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WHAT IT ISTurning your selfcare routine into a ritual can create a calming and relaxing vibe, making it a beneficial way to get stress relief.
WHAT IT DOESSkincare rituals carefully bring in purpose to your ordinary steps, making them an extraordinary way to work in self-care.
For 2022, give your skin a New Year reboot. Sure, you probably have a skincare routine. But would you call it a ‘skincare ritual’?
Most people seem to use the terms ‘routine’ and ‘ritual’ interchangeably when it comes to skincare, but there’s a huge difference between them. Discovering that difference will ensure you not only care for your skin but also enact proper self-care.
Skincare Routine vs Skincare Ritual
The primary difference you’ll find when it comes to a skincare routine and a skincare ritual is the way you think about it. With a routine, you go through the motions. You cleanse, you moisturize, and you do everything in the same order. As such, it often feels somewhat mundane and ordinary. A routine really requires little thought to it and may not be inspiring or enjoyable.
With a skincare ritual, it shares the same series of steps that you complete in the same order. However, rituals have meaning behind them. This can infuse your day with enjoyment and positive energy while upholding the routine structure. Skincare rituals carefully bring in purpose to your ordinary steps, making them an extraordinary way to work in self-care.
After all, skincare rituals ARE a form of self-care. Taking proper care of your skin should never be routine. Yes, you should follow the steps to taking care of your skin, but those steps should have positive purpose behind them. Turning it into a ritual can create a calming and relaxing vibe, making it a beneficial way to get stress relief.
How to Convert Your Skincare Routine into a Ritual
Now that you know about the intent behind a skincare ritual, it’s time to transform your skincare routine into something more meaningful. In doing so, you’ll not only get the best from your skin but you’ll also feel more positivity, something that makes us all shine with beauty from within.
- Create a Soothing Mood
For your skincare ritual in the morning as well as night, set the mood just right. Some scented candles or aromatherapy mist can bring a calming atmosphere that reminds you to take your time with this skincare form of self-care.
- Don’t Rush the Cleansing Step
Do you simply apply your cleanser and wash it right off? You’re not getting the best from your skincare ritual by hurrying through. Cleansing helps skin detox and gives it a clean slate for the rest of your skincare products to work their magic. Gently massage the cleanser onto your face in a circular motion for at least 60 seconds. As you do, let the refreshing feeling wash over you and your spirit.
- Make Massage Mandatory
Cleansing is a spectacular step to slow it down and massage your skin. But when it comes to serums and moisturizers, massaging is key to boosting circulation. That circulation helps bring oxygen to your skin cells and gives you a beautiful glow. Rather than slather and go, take the time to massage by hand or even with a skin tool like a jade roller.
- Make Time for Masks
Masks don’t need to be done every day of your skincare ritual, but you should absolutely make time for them a few days a week. They soothe skin and your soul all at once. When you apply them, put on your favorite relaxing music and simply unwind. You’ll come to love this part of the ritual most of all!
With all the steps of your skincare routine, you can put intent behind them and find the pleasure in self-care through skincare. On the surface, calling it a ‘ritual’ seems like only a change in wording. But when you put it into action, it creates an uplifting ritual that benefits your skin even more while reducing your stress for feeling fabulous inside and out.