Self-care can look different to every single person, but ultimately, it’s the practice of actively injecting small rituals into your daily life to manage stressors and take care of your health (both mentally and physically) and well-being. In fact, the World Health Organization defines self-care as: “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.
For some, it could be keeping their houses clean and tidy. To others it could be a weekly exercise session to get those endorphins up and running. And then there are those who spend 15 minutes every night to indulge in a soothing skincare routine. To some, that might feel indulgent, but it can feel really good to pamper yourself. On top of that, it’s beneficial for your skin as well!
If you already have a committed routine of your own, here are some more ideas you can incorporate into your current self-care routine.
A quick and easy way to give your face an instant lift is to use a facial massager or jade roller on your face. It can help to drain lymphatic fluid that may have built up on your face, and make it look less puffy and bloated.
A good massage can also improve blood circulation and relax your face muscles. As a result your skin will look more youthful, and your complexion will become brighter and more radiant.
When you use a face roller or massager to depuff your face, remember to only roll upwards (don’t roll up and down). Start by rolling along your jawline towards your hairline for about five reps, and then roll upwards over the cheeks towards your ears. Move on to your inner eye and roll out towards your temples, before doing the same for your eye brows. Then, roll upwards from your eye brows towards your hairline while moving across your forehead, and end the face rolling routine by rolling from the middle of the forehead towards your temples.
Have you ever woken up with a sore jaw? You could be clenching or grinding your teeth unknowingly in your sleep. Known as a condition called bruxism, it can happen when you are experiencing stress or anxiety and can’t relax when you sleep. This will damage your teeth and jaw in the long run, and cause tension headaches and muscle soreness. It can also cause your facial muscles to be enlarged and overdeveloped, resulting in a square jaw.
If you think you are affected by this, make an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth checked. Also, try to relax and destress before you go to bed. Going to sleep stressed and worried will cause your muscles to be tense. You can try meditating, or light a soothing scented candle. Alternatively, you can consider Botox injections to relax the muscles in your jaw.
We’ve all been there – the morning after an evening of indulgence, we wake up to a puffy face. In order to work with that, we need to spend a few minutes in the morning to improve circulation and tighten pores.
One way to do so is to dunk your clean face in a bowl of refrigerated toner in the morning. The cold temperatures shrink capillaries and stimulate drainage while the toner helps to reduce inflammation and puffiness.
This beauty hack requires the most perfunctory prep the night before. Grab a bowl of water straight from the tap and mix in the tiniest bit of a toner of your choice – approximately five (parts water) to one (part toner), proportions wise.
Give everything a good stir and pop that into the fridge. When you wake up in the morning, dunk your face into a bowl the refrigerated toner water concoction, then gently massage the contours of your face for about 15 seconds or so. You’ll notice a depuffing effect, alongside a reduction in ruddiness and pore size.
Infused with active ingredients to lift saggy skin and redefine your jaw line, v-masks helps to tighten the face and break down fat cells without surgery.
The application process itself where you wrap the silicone mask around your head also helps to stimulate blood flow and tone your facial contours.
Chin Lift Sculpting Sheet Mask, $15, Wishful
Looking down at your phone on a daily basis can not only cause permanent creases around your chin and neck, it could also lead sagging skin and drooping jowls.
While wrinkles in the jowl area was previously more common only in women over 50, with the omnipresence of smartphones, women in their 30s are starting to experience sagging cheeks.
Once this sets in, it is difficult to reverse and aesthetic treatments like fillers and lasers are required. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure, make it a point to hold up your phone instead of looking down.
For those who are raring to get an instant Insta-ready face minus any face slimming filters, warm up a dime-sized bit of your go-to firming and toning cream in your palms before patting the product into the skin.
With the tip of your fingers, massage the product into your skin using circular motions, exercising a firm pressure upwards and light pressure outwards. Doing so will help to drain lymph nodes and reduce water retention in your face.
Frankincense Intense Cream, $148, Neal’s Yard Remedies
Facial exercises have been hailed as a non-invasive alternative to Botox and a great way to relax your face.
The best part about these workouts? You’ll see results without breaking a sweat. For healthy, glowing and tighter-looking skin, do the exercise 6 times a week, for about 20 minutes each time can work all three layers of the skin (hypodermis, dermis and epidermis).
If you want to tone up those cheeks, try this exercise set.
- Create an “O” shape with your mouth and hide your teeth with your lips
- Without exposing your teeth, smile widely. Repeat this six times
- Suck in your cheeks and your lips to make a “fish face”.
- Holding that same position, try to smile as wide as you can. Hold this pose for a good five seconds and repeat until you feel the burn!