OUR BEAUTY BLOG
June 2, 2020
Telling people not to get stressed out while we’re in the throes of a
global pandemic that’s having an effect on every aspect of our lives is
not going to be helpful. Of course, you’re going to be stressed out,
and there’s not even the option of getting your usual stress-busting
massage or facial treatment booked in because, you know, social
Even so, there are things that you can try to reduce the impact that
COVID-19 stress has on your daily life. Here are a few tips to try…
This is a new situation for the vast majority of us. We feel compelled
to do things through fear and stress, like hoarding toilet rolls and
trying to find ‘useful’ things to do with our time. You don’t have to
be busy, or productive. Let yourself just BE.
Psychologists promote the idea of ‘radical self-acceptance’ this
means just accepting everything about yourself, your situation, and
your life without question or blame. It’s the best way to let some
calm in – nobody knows how to navigate this situation, because we
haven’t been here before. There is no ‘wrong’ way to do this. Once
you accept this, things start to get easier.
Shut Out the Constant Bad News
Everywhere seems to be drowning on COVID-19 related news and
information at the moment, even your social media feeds will be full
of it. Take time out from the constant stream of negativity and have
social media days off, limit the time you spend reading/watching
news. Turn off your phone’s news app notifications.
The information we get, especially online, is often sensationalized.
Much of the time it also focusses on the negatives. Decide on your
own trusted sources and check in with them just a few times a day,
for a few minutes. It’s also important to limit talking about the virus
and any negative impacts or concerns in front of children. They may
already be feeling unsettled by the things they see going on around
them and their changes in routine, so keep COCID-19 related
conversations out of their earshot. Kids soak up information like little
sponges and they can get very frightened, picking up on your own
Try to Notice the Positives, The Good People and
This is related to the last point – while the media focuses on what’s
wrong with the world, take the time to notice the good people, the
positive actions and the ways people are coming together – albeit
not socially – to cope with the problems the virus has thrown up.
There is a ton of stories around that showcase the ways people are
helping each other, uplifting each other and more. Individuals are
supporting their community, donating time and other things and
coming up with a whole load of ways to get themselves and each
other through these hard times. It’s so important to try and balance
the heavy news reports with the optimistic and life-affirming
Take It Moment by Moment
Nobody knows how long this is going to go on for, and thinking long
term is likely to make you feel depressed and powerless. The only
way to avoid this is literally, taking it a day, a week or even just an
hour at a time. This is our new reality, but it’s not our forever reality.
Focus on dealing with the next day, or whatever time feels
manageable to you, and try not to think about the ifs, whens and
maybes of how long this is going to last.
Focus on the Things You CAN Control
When this thing seems overwhelming and you don’t know what to
do, find something in your day your day life that you CAN control. It
could be as simple as making sure you have your daily shower and
get up at the same time as normal to restore a sense of routine.
Maybe it’s time you cleaned out your kitchen cupboards, organised
your bookshelf or cancelled all the payments for things out of your
bank account that you no longer use. These little jobs are the things
that will help to absorb your brain and ground you when it feels like
life is in chaos and it’s way out of your control.
Be kind to yourself and take care.
July 1, 2019
How to Keep Your Feet Healthy and Feeling Great All Summer.
Just as you are conscientious about keeping your skin from burning and staying hydrated in the summer months, it is important not to neglect your feet. Your feet take a beating in the summer, between being in shoes all day without much chance to breathe, and going bare foot or in flip flops. Keeping your feet on their toes is a great way to keep the rest of your body in alignment as well. Healthy Feet Mean a Happy Body. There are many ways to keep your feet healthy. Remember, your feet work hard, so take some time to take extra care of them! Natural foot scrub – Take a 5-10 drops of lavender essential oil mixed with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and ½ cup of kosher salt. Mix together well. You can add more olive oil if needed. Place the scrub all over your feet, especially concentrating on the heels. Rub thoroughly for several minutes, rinsing with warm water. Sugary sweet foot scrub – Take ¼ cup of sugar,5 drops of eucalyptus oil, ¼ cup of almond oil, and some of your favorite moisturizer if desired. Mix together well and spread all over the feet. Do not forget in between the toes, and concentrate on the heels. Rinse thoroughly in a foot soak first and in the shower or tub thereafter. Foot smoothie – Mix oatmeal, olive oil, baking soda, and water together to form a paste that will give your wounded warriors a lot of moisture. Just spread the paste all over your feet, relax for 10 minutes, rinse well and pat dry. Put moisturizer and cotton socks on overnight and your feet will feel soft and smooth in the morning. Soak Your Tootsies. Sometimes you may not be in the mood or have the time to do a foot scrub, so soaking your tired tootsies is good enough. 1. Add ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of Epsom salts to a basin of very warm water. Soak your feet for as long as you like. You will notice that your feet will be rejuvenated and refreshed instantly. 2. A combination of milk, warm water, and a little almond oil is perfect for soothing and moisturizing your feet. 3. Eucalyptus oil, warm water, and baking soda also make a relaxing yet invigorating foot soak.
November 13, 2018
They call it beauty sleep for a reason; without enough sleep you just don’t look or feel yourself. If your morning face is starting to look a bit tired and emotional, try these tips for a better night’s sleep. Set A Regular Bedtime. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. That includes weekends, days off, holidays and duvet days. Getting up and going to bed at a consistent time lulls your body into a regular sleep cycle which promotes better quality sleep. If you struggle to doze off, after 15 minutes, get up and do something…but nothing too stimulating. Eat Right for Good Sleep. Don’t go to bed feeling stuffed after a big meal, or so hungry that your tummy is rumbling. Avoid drinking too much before bed as you might find yourself waking up needing to go to the bathroom! Avoid Stimulants. Some people can get away with nicotine, caffeine and alcohol before bed, but many of us are sensitive to these stimulants. Nicotine and caffeine can take hours to get out of your system – and alcohol might make you drowsy at first but you’ll pay the price with a broken night’s sleep. Design Your Own Bedtime Ritual. Do the same things each night and your body will get used to the idea that it’s time to slow down ready for bed. Do whatever works for you; it could be a warm bath or shower, a good book, or listening to music. Try to avoid phones, TV or tablets before bed as screen time close to bedtime has been shown to interfere with sleep. Sweet dreams!
May 2, 2018
Why you shouldn’t neglect yourself
Yes, we know that it’s just easier sometimes to give in, let your own needs slide and forget the little things that we enjoy when life gets busy. When we’re overwhelmed, taking time out to do something fun seems frivolous and like a luxury. Stop and think about it the next time you’re tempted to work through lunch instead of making your gym or hair appointment though; self-care actually makes you more productive and less stressed.