by (Derma E): Self-care is important to both mental and physical health…

Awaken

Taking care of yourself is not only a form of self-care but also a healthy display of self-love. When we are at our best physically and mentally, we can be our best in our everyday lives and perform at our highest potential. Keep reading to find a few tips and tricks to incorporate self-care into your weekly routine.

Adaptogens to Relieve Stress

Adaptogens help to relieve stress as well as alter the mood. Adaptogens have been used for centuries to heighten and enrich the mood and can be easily found at your local grocery store, if not already in your home. Adaptogens such as Maca, Holy Basil, and Ginseng can be taken as teas. Many adaptogens are also found in mood-enhancing skin care items. Adaptogens such as Amla, Gotu Kola, Cordyceps, Cardamom, Eleuthero and Arctic Root can help to alleviate stress while boosting creativity, calmness and energizing the senses.

At-Home Facials

It is important to ensure that our skincare regimen is working to help us achieve healthy, beautiful skin. Often, internal and environmental stressors can cause or trigger skin issues so it’s important to have a good skin regimen in place to combat any skin concerns that may arise. Treating skin to a bi-weekly or monthly facial is a great way to maintain a good, healthy skin care routine. Using clean beauty solutions helps to get the most effective results. Be sure to always avoid products with harsh sulfates and parabens. Sulfates and Parabens can cause excessive dry skin and can lead to breakouts and irritation. Using products that are clean, vegan and GMO free, allows you to effectively care for your skin and the environment. Always check the ingredients on your products to ensure you are choosing clean options. For aging skin, using products with Retinol/Vitamin A is ideal. Dull or uneven skin benefits from products rich in Vitamin C, while Hyaluronic Acid helps hydrate and draw moisture to dry thirsty skin. When doing your at-home facial be sure that you are using products that work well for your skin. Start with a sulfate-free cleanser, next exfoliate, steam, extract, massage then mask, rinse and apply your alcohol-free toner followed by a serum and moisturizer. Facials can help eliminate blackheads, give the skin the appearance of smaller pores, minimize the look of wrinkles, reduce acne and give skin a radiant glow.

Meditation for Clarity and Relaxation

Meditation is a great way to calm the mind and body. Mediation can last a few moments, minutes or hours depending on your personal need and is a powerful tool in practicing self-care. Many people incorporate meditation into their daily routines for stress relief, mindfulness, and relaxation. For efficient meditation it is best to have a space that is free from clutter and quiet so there are less distractions. There are many apps for meditation available as well those that allow you to select exactly what you want to focus on to meet your personal needs.

In what ways do you practice self-care?

Source: Mother Earth Living