Take a moment to think about the lesson you have been taught every time you are on an airplane. In case of an emergency, you have to put your own air mask on first. That is because you won't be much help to anyone until you have taken care of yourself: Well that idea does not just apply when you are thousands of feet in the air. Taking care of ourselves, our body, and our mind is something everyone needs to take note of. Many things can get in the way of us taking care of ourselves, including family caregiving responsibilities, work, social commitments, and more. But, ultimately, when we do take care of ourselves and our needs is when we are best able to show up for all of the other people and responsibilities in our life. After more than a year and a half, it becomes fully apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live forever, from our work arrangements to our recreational activities to our social lives. This new reality poses unique sets of challenges for all of us.
Practicing self-care is more essential than ever when it comes to taking care of our emotional health and well-being amid these changes. And self-care is not just about eating right or allowing yourself to take mental health days. Self-care can include myriad practices that you find enjoyable and also promote your physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental health in some way. Your hair care and body care routine both play a part in self-care! From bathing in one of our best shampoos to relaxing with a shower gel, there is a myriad of self-care methods you can add to your daily routine. If you are ready to prioritise yourself, read on for more ideas that will make "me time" extra special.
Self-Care Tip #1 - Give Your Scalp A Good Detox
Whenever we discuss cleansing products and routines, the first thing that comes to mind would almost always be skin cleansers. Yet, how often do we think about deep cleansing our scalp, which is usually hidden under all those layers of hair?
If you regularly use styling products like hairspray and wax, you should pay extra attention to thoroughly removing them from your scalp as the oils and residue of hair styling products can linger around even after washing.
The buildup of product residue, excess sebum, and dead skin cells in and around the hair follicles can result in the irritated scalp at best and scalp inflammation at worst, which can feel tender and uncomfortable.
AYURA's Thermal Head Cleansing is a scalp cleanser specially formulated to soothe and remove impurities from your scalp, and at the same time, strengthen and nourish each strand of hair. This unique product is to be used before your shampooing step, to provide deep cleansing for the scalp - something that most of us neglect in our hair care routine. To complete your scalp detox hair routine, always opt for hair products (e.g. shampoos, treatments & leave-on) formulated specifically for the scalp.
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Self-Care Tip #2: Show your hands some love with a mask
It is not just your face (and neck) that deserves a dedicated skincare routine. Our poor hands really go through the wringer - perhaps these 2 years more than ever - with constant handwashing plus exposure to UV rays and the elements. And while you may think that dryness is the only skin concern when it comes to your hands, think again. They are a prime spot area where all kinds of signs of aging can show up, including wrinkles, spots, thinning skin, and more.
The bottom: By all means, please use a hand cream and sunscreen daily. but on top of that, consider incorporating a hand mask into the mix. Like your weekly face mask, they are an easy way to give your hands some extra TLC with a concentrated dose of active ingredients, and also make for a fun, spa-like experience.
Self-Care Tip #3: Take A Long Bath
There is nothing quite like a long and refreshing shower after a tough day or week at work. Take some time to decompress before starting a new week by taking a nice long bath. Pamper yourselves further by invigorating the senses with essential oil-infused hair care products or body washes. These products provide extra relaxation effects, help to relax your muscles, and calm your mind.
Self-Care Tip #4: Time To Give Your Stressed Tresses A Break
Unless you have severely dry or over-processed hair, chances are you might not even need in-salon hair treatments if you bother to give your hair that extra bit of TLC at home. It is as simple as diligently using good hair products at least once a day that will help moisturize and protect hair from elements and heat-styling.
Self Care Tip #5 - Not Overlooking Your 'V'
These days, there is a lot of noise about intimate cleansers, feminine wash, and vaginal douches vs regular soaps or just plain water. But, not all feminine hygiene products are created equally - while they tend to be put under the same "feminine hygiene" category, some products are actually harmful, while some are helpful.
Women from all walks of life have different opinions about which routine works best for them and which they would recommend to their friends, so we wanted to help you make some sense out of all the information floating around these days and help you make the right (and safest!) choice for you.
It gets tricky to choose the best feminine wash or cleanser for your vulva. There are so many products on the market that it is hard to figure out what to choose. Here are some quick tips on how to find a great feminine wash for your daily feminine hygiene routine.
- Be sure the feminine wash is pH-balanced. Regular soap is highly alkaline, while the vulva skin (and vagina) prefer to be acidic. A feminine wash that is pH-balanced has more acidic formula and would be more gentle to your vulva.
- Choose a feminine wash that is unscented or fragrance-free. Most fragrances are made from chemicals that are well-known for irritating sensitive vulvar skin. Your vulva was not made to smell like artificial flowers and butterflies. Fragrance-free is the way to go.
- Pick a feminine wash that has a gentle formula. No one wants to get burning sensations or feel like dry sandpaper down there. A wash product with a gentle formula will feel soothing and moisturising.
Top feminine wash products to avoid
Douches of any kind are used to "flush" or cleanse the vaginal canal, the very place we now know is a self-cleaning oven. Not only are douches unnecessary, but they can be very dangerous. If there is an infection present, douches can potentially push the infection further into the cervix by the force of the liquid spraying from the douche bottle. Big No.
Soaps are not pH-friendly for vulvas and they tend to be highly fragranced. Skip the possibility of being dry and irritated down there and avoid soap altogether if you can.
Sorry ladies, but we are clear that rinsing with just water is not enough to cleanse the vulva. Want to know where "just use water" came from? Decades ago, when women could not find a product that is gentle enough to use, they (and doctors) decided water was the answer. Thankfully, now the ladies have OPTIONS! Think about it: just like your entire body, the vulva has hair, hair follicles, oil glands, and often accumulates sweat. If you are not just "rinsing" with the rest of your body, why do that with the vulva? So, to effectively remove sweat, odours, and oils from the vulvar skin, a gentle and pH-balanced cleanser is recommended.