Self-isolation - an opportunity to boost your self-care

Things are pretty strange right now, huh?

The thought of staying home 24/7 may be pretty daunting, but there are some silver linings to this new way of living.

Think of this break from the hustle and bustle of daily life as a wellbeing retreat – one you can enjoy from the comfort of your own living room (no makeup or pants required!).

 Here are some tips to help you make the most of this ‘new normal’…

 DIY facial massage – give yourself a natural facelift!

Your gym might be closed, but you can still work on your skin and your self-care routine!

There’s no better way to pamper yourself than with a rejuvenating at-home facial.

Want to naturally lift, tone, and sculpt the muscle tissues in your face at the same time? Take your DIY facial one step further with these techniques:

1: Cleanse

Always start with a cleanser (Cleanse and Mend Facial Cleansing Milk and Totally Balmy Cleansing Balm are our top picks) to remove any dirt and impurities and follow up with a gentle exfoliator (like Love a Scrub). Then light some candles, breathe deeply and feel yourself relax.  

 2: Mask

Next, apply a face mask such as our Maskerade Soothing Facial Mask which contains hand-harvested seaweed and pro-collagen to calm and nourish your skin.

 3: Serum

 Massage My Little Hero Facial Serum into your face and décolletage. Always use warm hands and a small amount of pressure. Make sure you use fluid and smooth motions - never drag the skin.

 To reduce dark circles around the eyes, take your thumbs and place them on the inner corner of the eyebrows, then slowly move them outwards toward the temples. Next, start making large circular strokes on your cheeks to boost circulation.

 4: Moisturise

 Apply a hydrating moisturiser and begin massaging your lymph area (located at the top of your neck, just under your earlobes). Because toxins drain from the face to the lymph nodes, massaging them will prevent toxins building up around your face.

You can encourage even more lymph drainage by using large downward circles to massage from your ears down your neck. Take the palm of one hand and drag it from the centre of the chin, along the jawbone, towards the ear. Then start moving your fingers in large circles down the side of the neck to the side of the chest. Next, move your hands gently over your collarbone and back towards the chin, before gliding them up towards your ears.

Repeat this circuit a few times and you’ll immediately notice the difference!

Another good thing about isolation is your skin gets to enjoy a well-deserved break from makeup. Embrace your natural beauty for a few weeks - it’ll do wonders for your complexion!

Nourish your soul

There’s never been a more important time to take care of your mental health.

Take this time to reflect and connect with yourself by practising gratitude – the benefits are truly endless. Try starting your day by making note of three things you’re grateful for. It could be as simple as the first sip of a morning coffee, listening to the sound of the birds or feeling the sunshine on your skin.

To help you fill your days with positivity, we’ve put together a list of our favourite at-home activities. Happy isolating!

  •  Read a great novel
  • Video chat a friend (with a glass of wine of course!)
  • Do arts and crafts with the kids
  • Make a new playlist on Spotify
  • Clean out the pantry, fridge or other cupboard you’ve been putting off for ages
  • Binge watch a TV series
  • Try an at-home workout
  • Sleep in and eat breakfast in bed
  • Bake a cake
  • Research future travel plans
  • Give yourself a mani-pedi
  • Learn a language
  • Practice yoga, Pilates or meditation
  • Flick through old photo albums
  • Learn a new skill – use the internet for something other than social scrolling!
  • Declutter your wardrobe.

 A few months from now, you’ll wish you had more time on your hands – so use it wisely. And remember, we’re all in this together.

My Little Hero