I’m the biggest believer in a good skin and hair care routine as well as all things under the self care umbrella. Self care shouldn’t be seen as a selfish indulgent experience, it’s essential to your wellbeing and happiness. Each month, I’ll be sharing my self care favourites from skincare, haircare, books, podcasts, candles, blankets, walks, studios; whatever I’ve been loving that month to take care of myself. When I feel good I’m able to be the best friend, daughter, sister, teacher, writer, adventurer, whatever it is I’m being. So let’s see what’s been helping me feel sparkly this month…
This oil has saved my hair recently. It’s perfect for me because my hair is lighter at the ends so can sometimes look dry but using this oil a few times a week keeps the condition really lovely. It’s lighter than coconut oil which I find takes ages to wash out my hair. I take 1 or 2 pumps, rub my hands together and run my hands through the ends of my hair. I love that it’s not too oily so can be used through done hair or I use a bit more, leave it in overnight and wash out in the morning.
I’ve been loving using this body butter as part of my night time routine this winter. It feels so nourishing and the calming essential oils, ylang ylang and patchouli, encourage me to wind down before a restful night sleep. It’s quite rich so works well overnight doing it’s magic and my skin feels so smooth and pampered when I wake up. Taking off my make up and taking time over my skin, hair and body care is my way of letting go of the day and it’s stresses.
I’ve been trying to listen to a Ted Talks a little more this new year. I’d definitely recommend downloading the app if you haven’t already. One talk I listened to was “How To Gain Control Of Your Free Time” with Laura Vanderkam. If you do one thing for your self care this week, listen to this. I’ve always struggled with time management. Laura talks about how we all have 168 hours in each week, which is actually a lot. She speaks about priorities and that we can build the life we want in the time we’ve got. If you’re one of those people that feels they never have time to exercise, cook from scratch, take a relaxing bath, then this talk will help you see that you do. In fact I’m going to listen to it again today.
I was introduced to sheet masks a couple of weeks ago. A sheet mask is a face shaped sheet soaked in serum individually wrapped. They are like a lazy girl’s facial. I wasn’t sure it would have the same effect that my usual masks would have but I was pleasantly surprised after using a Maskorea one last weekend. My skin felt hydrated and refreshed. One of my favourite brands for masks, Origins, are also launching sheet masks in March. I was lucky enough to try this Raspberry one. At only £5, biodegradable and great for on the go, I think I’ll be packing lots of these for my trips throughout the year.
I’m making more time to read this year and always have a non fiction informative book and fiction book on the go. The two books I’ve been reading this month and want to share with you are Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern and Whole by T. Colin Campbell PhD. Lyrebird is a beautiful book, I’ve still got the last little bit to read but I don’t want it to end. The romantic part of the storyline is unique and unusual and the main character, Lyrebird, is so mesmerising. She is thrown into fame and her outlook on the situation is refreshing and makes you realise what really matters. I love books that have a beautiful story but really make you think.
I’ve only just delved into Whole, a complex look at the whole food plant based diet and why we still aren’t eating this way. I struggle with nutritional science as I find it makes me overthink how and what I eat but so far I am enjoying this book and persevering with it. T. Colin Campbell explains how he has nothing to gain from sharing this information with the world aside from revolutionising the way we look at nutrition and getting as many people understanding that the whole food plant based way of living is the healthiest, helps our future and the future of our world.
I would love to hear what your self care favourites have been this month and whether you’ve been loving any of mine too?
“The relationship you have with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” Jane Travis
Happy Self Care Sunday!
Love, Lottie x