3 Tips to Upgrade Your Spring Self-Care Routine

Are you doing everything possible to take care of yourself? If not, you could be putting your own wellbeing at risk. It’s not just about drinking enough water, eating right, and exercising regularly—although these are all key components of a well-rounded lifestyle that nurtures your body. It’s just as important to nourish your soul, though, by partaking in regular self-care practices that promote a greater sense of peace and mindfulness. You can accomplish that by reevaluating just what you do for yourself on a regular basis. If you find that it’s not enough—that you can give more of yourself to others, for example—then it’s time to refresh your routine this spring. Here’s what you need to do.

 

  1. Block Out Some You Time

It’s easy to get carried away by the responsibilities of family and work. Squeezing in even a moment of peace can be difficult if you’re always on the go. It may even come as a shock to your system to discover just how much your mind and body crave a little dedicated “you” time. That’s not to say you need to give up your responsibilities or forgo doing what you do on a regular basis. Those are the building blocks of your life, and they’re what bring you joy. But in order to provide the most for others, you need to set aside a little time for yourself to enjoy whatever it is that you love—a good book, a hot bath, a long walk, a rejuvenating nap. You’ll feel the difference right away, and when that happens you’ll recognize its value more than ever.

  1. Discover the Power of Scent

Fragrances have the power to transport you to another part of your life entirely. Maybe it’s a tropical note that takes you back to those cherished family vacations, or the heady floral that reminds you of the perfume you wore on your first date with someone special. Scents are transformative in many ways, and not just because they’re often associated with memorable occasions. Consider making them a more integral part of your lifestyle, whether you’re spritzing a gentle fragrance onto your pillow at night to help lull you to sleep or lighting a candle to invigorate your senses and brighten your home during springtime. We love NEST Fragrances Classic Candle in Grapefruit ($40.99) for both its beautiful packaging and its ability to boost spirits in an instant.

  1. Create a Dedicated Morning Ritual

Devising a morning routine can be life-changing. The key isn’t just to wake up earlier, but to perform activities of value during that period. This means you aren’t blearily making your way to the coffee machine for your first java jolt, but cultivating a ritual that sets the tone for the day. Avoid checking your email and social media first thing—these aren’t conducive to the calmness that you need to relax during those early hours. Stretch gently, sip a glass of warm water with lemon to detoxify, and turn on some music as you enjoy a nourishing breakfast. This is a great time to add something revitalizing to your day, too, or maybe a patch to keep you awake all day long. The Good Patch- B12 Awake Patch

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The Easiest Celebrity Morning Routines

It is no secret that the most successful people in the world, celebrities included, are early risers—some even wake up as early as 5:00 AM like Jennifer Aniston! Getting out of bed while it is still dark out is definitely the challenge, but it allows people to get ready at their own pace and also get a quick workout session in before the day starts. While a lot of celebrities say that meditation and coffee is an essential start to their day, skincare products are what they really cannot live without. To get inspired, we have found the top celebrity morning routines that are surprisingly simple and therapeutic so you can also take on the day like a star.

 

Cleanse with an herbal face wash

Before starting her makeup routine in the morning, Kate Bosworth cleanses her face with an herbal cleanser because it is gentle and natural. We recommend using Neova’s Herbal Wash  as it is a soap-free, gentle wash that works well at removing any oil and debris from the night before. Formulated with chamomile extract to help decongest clogged pores and peppermint oil to soothe the skin, this cleanser is especially great for sensitive, acne-prone skin types.

Put on a cold sheet mask

If your skin is looking particularly dull when you wake up, do what Mindy Kaling does and use a sheet mask in the morning! Decleor’s Aroma White C+ Intensive Brightening Sheet Mask instantly rejuvenates the skin by adding luminosity and decreasing hyperpigmentation. For an added bonus, chill the mask in the fridge like Mindy before applying. Using a cold product on your face will tighten the skin and brighten the complexion by boosting circulation so it is a win-win.

 

Use a different mask each morning

When you are more crunched for time, sheet masks may not fit into your schedule so opt for a regular face mask like Martha Stewart. Even though she accomplishes a lot in the morning, she always has time for a face mask. Martha told the New York Times that she puts one on every morning for five days a week, but she never repeats the same mask two days in a row. She uses a variety of face masks, from firming to gel to collagen, so we recommend trying out Peter Thomas Roth’s Meet Your Mask Kit  since it offers six different masks in total. It includes a purifying mud mask, a detoxifying cucumber gel mask, a rose stem cell repair mask, a pumpkin dermal resurfacing mask, a 24k gold firming mask, and an algae hydrating mask so can tackle any skin problems throughout the week.

Roll out those puffy eyes

Even though it seems like celebrities wake up flawless, do not be fooled. They deal with puffy eyes like the rest of us do, which is why they have a fool-proof weapon: a Jade Roller . Lea Michele, among many other celebrities, uses this tiny tool religiously to get rid of puffy eyes, as it reduces inflammation via lymphatic drainage. Use it cold to reduce swelling even quicker. It will make you look and feel more alert in the morning, helping you to put your best foot forward.

 

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