Self-care routine: How to improve your skin

Investing in good self-care has never been more important. It helps us cope with life’s trials and tribulations! The best self-care routine can also improve your skin health and appearance. Carving out ‘me-time’ is vital for our mental and emotional health. This means different things to everyone. However, there are good reasons to make sure your self-care routine includes steps to make your skin look and feel amazing.

Why do your daily skincare habits matter?

Having healthy skin is a universal way to lift your mood and confidence. Also, the time spent pampering yourself can be relaxing and therapeutic. In fact, your skin self-care routine is closely entwined with managing things like your stress levels, sleep patterns and exercise. It starts with avoiding skincare products that contain toxins, and instead of turning to nature for clean, pure products that contribute to ‘your skin loving you, and you loving your skin’. What else can you do, to enjoy a good self-care routine?

How stress impacts skin health

Everyone feels stressed from time to time, and you need to focus on how your skin reacts to that. Stress creates a hormonal imbalance that can increase your skin's oil production. Leading to conditions such as acne and eczema flares. No matter how overwhelming busy you are, take time out to manage the effect stress has on your skin. For instance, using authentically natural facial care products morning and night. Also, defuse your stress – and improve skin health – by doing things you enjoy to unwind and relax. Such as putting aside time each day to walk, meet a friend, read a book, meditate or do your favourite hobby. Your skin will thank you!

Sleep and your self-care routine

Sleep is a vital part of your self-care routine. It’s sometimes referred to as ‘beauty sleep’, with good reason! It’s such a vital part of your self-care routine that we explore the link between sleep and skin health in a future article. Getting sufficient sleep improves your skin by giving it chance to repair and rejuvenate at night. Too little can result in dark areas under your eyes, and puffy, lined or dry skin. You can help nature do its job by using pure body care products rich in nutrients that feed your skin while you slumber. Including options to combat the signs of ageing and reduce wrinkles as you sleep, such as our highly popular Symmetry Anti Ageing Serum and Face Cream. To prepare for sleep (and manage stress) try to go to bed at the same time each night. Also, include ‘wind down’ time in your self-care routine. For example, a warm soak in the bath filled with fragrant bath salts and oils. Electronic gadgets should be avoided, so reach for a book instead of your phone to ensure you (and your skin) feel refreshed for the next day.

Self-care and exercise

You could tick off all the above – stress management, better sleep and improved skin – by adding more exercise to your daily self-care. Even gentle exercise improves blood circulation. This not only helps your heart and lungs but also your skin. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to your body’s surface and takes waste products away, allowing your skin to rejuvenate. Also, exercising promotes collagen production. Collagen is a protein that prevents our skin from sagging and contributes towards anti-ageing. Another benefit of having exercise as part of your daily self-care routine is that it leads to mood improvement. Physical activity releases serotonin (the ‘feel good’ hormone) and this, in turn, reduces stress levels.

Products for the best self-care

This is the easiest way to boost your self-care routine. Simply invest in top-to-toe products packed with botanic ingredients and essential oils good for your skin. Pure, clean products are always best, but especially at night. Harsh chemicals irritate the skin and strip away hydration. Whereas the best skin cleansers and moisturises add essential nutrients that gently protect and nourish all skin types. Also, the aromatherapeutic benefits of the Edinburgh Natural Skincare range boost your mood and allow you to relax, leading to positive effects on your skin and state of mind. A few of our favourites scents for self-care are lavender, jasmine, rose geranium, and frankincense. Lastly, don’t just focus on your face and body as part of your nurturing self-care and daily de-stress. We offer a range of natural hand care products that are ideal to snatch a few minutes of relaxation by massaging nutritious moisturiser into your hands.