Self care is such a big deal right now, which makes sense considering it's really about acknowledging the importance of one self. My journey with self care started when I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Since then I have tried all sorts of methods like meditation, affirmations, journalling, therapy and more. Over the years though, something that is quite clearly a constant method of self care is my "beauty" regime. Now I know this seems a bit basic, but honestly it has been the most effective way of making me feel as though I am well and truly taking care of myself.
Having Bipolar means that I often go through bouts of tormenting depressive lows and extreme, extravagant hypomanic episodes. Both often lead to me not taking care of myself at all. Gross alert - during these times, I can go weeks without washing, particularly when I am low having no motivation to live does that to you... my everyday routine gets shot in the foot and in turn everything falls apart, especially my self worth. Without any self worth, why would I dedicate any time to caring for myself? It is so incomprehensibly tiring to try and get yourself out of that mindset when you're in it. Thats why I know when I am able to continue with showering, brushing my teeth and using all the pretty products my inner magpie is attracted to, is a marker for me to acknowledge I am actually doing ok. It doesn't just stop at making myself look a certain way, It's about giving myself time to reflect on how I want to feel as a person and know that I am worth it. It is solely for me. Following my regime doesn't just achieve what the products say on the bottles, it's about feeling like I have achieved something in a day. Let me tell you, the gratification of accomplishing this is sooooo satisfying. Im a list kind of person, and being able to tick this off twice a day fills me with relief and joy, especially because it comes with a physical result! Two birds in one, guys.
Speaking of products, I am obsessed with trying out new things. Whether they are for the body, the face or hair, I am always on the look out for items to stock my beauty shelf with. I have combination skin, and am only really recently recovering from an outbreak of acne (ugh, whyyyyy does this exist?) so I need repair and rejuvenation. Here are some things I am loving right now -
First up is Sunday Riley's Juno Facial Oil - This stuff literally makes your skin glow overnight. I never really believe it when a brand tells you that, but with this, I was definitely proven wrong. Speaking as someone with very sensitive combination skin, and prone to breaking out, this oil has not given me any problems. It has left me with smoother, brighter, glowing skin instead. It might set you back *cough* £70 *cough* but trust me when I say it is totally worth every penny.
Second, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% - Yet again, another product that does EXACTLY what it says it will do. It keeps spots and breakouts at bay and also acts as a treatment should you not want to put it all over your face. The best part? It doesn't dry out your skin! Win win. Oh, and I shouldn't forget to mention, it's only £4.90!
Third, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre - Used by makeup artists, particularly during major fashion weeks, this is a multi-purpose cream that isn't too thick and isn't too sticky, smells amazing and really moisturises the F@!# out of your face. It is soothing and works so well as a base underneath makeup. This is one product I am truly hooked on and I'm pretty sure I'm on my 10th tube right now.
Fourth, Frank Coffee Body Scrub - The OG of coffee body scrub, using this in the shower is guaranteed to wake you up because of that ground coffee aroma and leave your skin feeling super smooth, nourished and truly exfoliated. I try to use it twice a week (if my mood permits) and it really has alleviated my dry skin and reduced the severity of my stretch marks.
Mental health is a really important topic for me and taking care of yourself when you do suffer from it is just a starting point in order to feel recognise your worth. Never hesitate to share your experiences and I will always share mine. So, tell me, how do you self care?