We all have good days and bad days. On the bad days, you may feel like you don’t have the drive to get anything done. You feel tired even after getting sufficient sleep, and no matter what you do, you’re just not feeling it.
Sometimes, it only takes a few tweaks in your daily routines to lift your mood. With little adjustments here and there, your regular beauty routines can become stress-relieving self-care rituals. If you’re having a bad day or week, read on for beauty ritual ideas to boost your mood.
Wash your hair
These extra steps in my hair care routine not only leave my tresses smooth and shiny but uplift my mood too! When you feel low-spirited and unmotivated, you may be more likely to leave hair unwashed for days. We often forget how much lighter and refreshed we feel with freshly clean hair. A scalp brush is perfect for massaging the head during shampooing. It’s also great for unclogging and buffing away the buildup of dirt, sebum and dandruff on scalp.
Aside from shampoo and conditioner, I always put on a leave-in treatment after briefly towel-drying my wet hair. Sometimes I use hair oil instead if my tresses are extra dry. If my hair feels limp and damaged, I replace the conditioner step with a hair mask to provide more intensive hair care.
Skin care mixology
Mixing serums is my go-to technique to make products easier to absorb into skin, while saving me time and steps in my skin care routine. Besides customizing for your skin concerns, the mixing and application process can also be particularly cathartic. Sometimes, I’m pleasantly surprised by the effects of mixing serums. When combining very different serums together, I recommend adding a drop of an oil-based serum with a thick, viscous serum, or a silky formula together with a creamy one.
I love a full-body massage. If I could indulge in a session every week or day, I’d do it in a heartbeat. If a full-body massage seems a little farfetched when you’re in goblin mode, a quick DIY facial massage is a more convenient alternative. Simply keep a rose quartz face roller or a gua sha within reach whenever you need tension relief. To make the step feel more like a proper massage, use the tool in combination with a facial oil or hyaluronic acid ampoule.
Sheet-mask it away
My fellow editors all know I’m not a big fan of sheet masks, but I was a frequent user back when I lived in a cold country where the weather often made my skin very dry. The other day, I felt really crappy, so I applied a sheet mask after showering. Just like that, I was reminded of how soothing and relaxing sheet-masking can be.
I prefer sheet masks that adhere well and stay put on my face even when I’m moving about. My personal recommendations are daymellow’s Snow Mushroom Real Ampoule Mask for tired, lackluster skin and Pyunkang Yul’s Calming Mask Pack for irritated skin. For a nourishing boost, turn to Anua’s Heartleaf Cream Mask Night Solution Pack, and for a super-pampering session to use on extra bad days, try TROIAREUKE’s home spa kit the GPS Mask.
The benefits of pleasant aromas on stress and sleep quality have been widely studied. Scents affect our emotions and mood, which is why aromatherapy is part of my self-care routine. I regularly use scented candles and an aroma diffuser, and my preferred smells vary depending on my mood and vibe. Sometimes simply smelling good is enough to uplift your mood and boost productivity!
Applying a body oil is another way to connect scent with skin care. AROMATICA’s Serene Body Oil Lavender & Marjoram is infused with lavender to soothe the senses and marjoram to help alleviate symptoms of burnout. If body oils aren’t your thing, try a scented body lotion that alleviates dry and tired skin while calming your mind with its blend of aromas.
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