When you work with women as I do, you come to learn the importance of self-care.
When my busy clients come to see us at Jamele Skincare, many of them are doing something rare – slowing down and letting themselves be cared for.
For many women, their monthly facial or brow shape is an important ritual of ‘me-time’ that sustains them in their busy lives.
It’s the Little Things
But it’s not just the big things that matter. Since reading ‘The Gut-Skin Connection’ by our friends at Bestow Beauty, I’ve been reminded of the importance of the skincare and selfcare habits that we build into our daily routines.
This life-changing book, which combines inspiring education and nourishing recipes to restore gut health and renew skin from within, contains a whole section on wellbeing rituals.
The Challenge of Self-Care
I’ll be honest, I’m not great at making time for daily self-care.
Like many of you, I have a busy life between seeing clients and overseeing our wonderful team of therapists at Jamele Skincare, running a wedding venue at home with my husband, spending time each day with my mother, Pat Foster (the founder of Jamele), and of course being a mum and grandma myself. Whew!
There are seven Bestow rituals, beautifully described in The Gut-Skin Connection. I only regularly do two of them – but I do them every day without fail and have done so for years.
They might be small, but they add a lot to my life. They make my life feel calmer and they soothes the edges of my soul when I am feeling a little frayed by the stresses of each day.
The Rise and Shine Ritual
Each morning, I do the Bestow Rise and Shine ritual. While the house is quiet and the world is still waking up, I take a golden lemon from the fruit bowl, cut it open and squeeze the juice into a glass of warm water. I drink it in the half-light as I head to the bathroom for my morning shower. It re-hydrates my system and awaken my senses. It’s a calming moment and it sets the tone for the day.
The Skin-Soaking Ritual
Every morning and evening, I do the Janesce skin-soaking ritual.
This involves hydrating the upper layers of the skin by pressing a soft, warm damp cloth directly to the skin. At the same time you take slow, deep breaths to trigger the body into the parasympathetic nervous system – our rest and repair mode.
You apply skincare products immediately after to seal the precious moisture into the skin. When I do my skin-soaking ritual in the evening I truly feel like it soothes my soul and helps me to less go of the stresses of the day.
This simple technique is truly a game changer for skin, because topical hydration is essential for healthy, glowing skin. But it only works if you do it every day – twice a day in fact! If you need help establishing this soothing and effective ritual, check out the Janesce 30 Days to Glow challenge and special offer.
What About You?
What is one thing you could add into your daily life that would begin to make a difference to you wellbeing over time? I cannot recommend ‘The Gut-Skin Connection’ book highly enough as a wonderful place to start – the seven rituals it encompasses each have a gift to offer you in your daily life.