Take a moment to think about the lesson you’re supposed to learn every time you’re on an airplane. In case of an emergency, you have to put on your own air mask first. That’s because you can’t be much help to anyone else, unless you’ve taken care of yourself. Well, that idea doesn’t just apply when you’re thousands and thousands of feet in the air. It’s true all the time, which is why self-care is so important. So, why are we talking about all of this in a beauty article? Because your hair care and skin care routine can both play a part in self-care! From bathing with one of our best hair masks on to using one of our best face scrubs to relaxing with one of our best face masks, there are a myriad of ways to take care of yourself within your beauty routine. If you’re ready to prioritize yourself, read on and find out how to practice self-care with your beauty routine.
Self-Care Step #1: Take a Bath
Nine times out of 10, you probably opt to take a shower over a bath. They’re just so much quicker! But don’t discount how taking a bath can make you feel. Grab bath salts or a bath bomb, dim the lights, light a couple of candles, and grab an easy read. Relax in the tub until your skin is totally prune-like and we promise you’ll feel renewed when it’s time to get out. Just make sure the water isn’t too hot, as that can leave you feeling dry.
Self-Care Step #2: Use a Hair Sheet Mask
Speaking of bathing, while you’re soaking, consider using a hair mask. Not just any mask, but a hair sheet mask. And no, those aren’t just for your skin! Treat your tresses to one of our hair sheet masks. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask is formulated for damaged hair and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask is formulated for dry hair. Pick whichever one your mane needs more, then give it five minutes to work its magic.
Self-Care Step #3: Exfoliate with a Face Scrub
When you’re in need of major relaxation, it may seem like a good idea to binge on chocolate but you probably won’t feel as confident in your decision in the light of a new day. So, instead of overindulging your sweet tooth, have a piece or two of dark chocolate, then satisfy the rest of your craving with a chocolate face scrub. Not to eat—of course—but to slough away dead skin cells and soften your skin. Massage the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub—which is formulated with three types of sugar, cocoa, and coconut oil—onto your skin, then rinse off thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Self-Care Step #4: Break Out All Your Face Masks
When you’re in need of a bit of “me time” but don’t know what to do all by yourself, coating your complexion with face masks is always a good choice. All you need is 10-15 minutes and a selection of our best face masks to have your own at-home multi-masking session. Have your pick from the following face masks, then enjoy—no trip to the spa necessary!
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Face Mask: Over time, harsh environmental factors like pollution and debris can damage skin, leaving your complexion looking dull and tired. This face mask is infused with charcoal to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, reduce the look of dull skin, and even out skin tone. Skin will look brighter immediately.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Mattify & Purify Face Mask: Day after day, impurities, dirt, makeup, and excess oils build up on the skin, leaving your complexion looking overly oil. This face mask is infused with eucalyptus leaf extract to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils and reduce the look of excess shine. Skin will look less shiny immediately.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask: Day after day, dead skin cells can accumulate on the surface of your skin, leaving your complexion feeling rough. This face mask is enhanced with red algae extract to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, exfoliate dead skin cells, smooth the look of imperfections, and allow skin to breathe. Immediately after use, you’ll notice your skin texture appears refined.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clear & Comfort Face Mask: Over time, harsh cleansing can be drying and sensitizing, leaving skin uncomfortable. As a result, skin needs cleansing that is effective yet gentle. This face mask is formulated with seaweed to help draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and oils, visibly reduce imperfections, clear the look of congested pores, and gently cleanse stressed areas. Skin will feel refreshed and comfortable immediately after use.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: Daily wear and tear—makeup and improper care—can leave skin uneven with roughness and imperfections. Often times a facial cleanser isn’t enough to solve this problem. This face mask—which is formulated with yuzu lemon—helps to draw out the buildup of impurities, dirt, and pollution, shed rough, dead skin cells, clarify tone, and improve skin texture. Immediately after use, skin is left with a clean glow.
Self-Care Step #5: Don’t Forget About Eye and Lip Masks
There are a few small spots on your face where you won’t want to put a clay mask—like your lips and the skin surrounding your eyes—but that doesn’t mean they need to be left out of all the masking fun. Use eye and lip sheet masks, meant specifically for those areas, to take care of every inch of skin.
Self-Care Step #6: Pair Foot Cream with Fuzzy Socks
If you’re living an ultra-active lifestyle and are on your feet all day, not only do you need time to unwind, but it’s likely that your skin is showing the signs. Take a look at the soles of your feet, and chances are they won’t look freshly pedicured. While you can’t exactly stop moving, try combatting the effects of your busy life with a foot cream and fuzzy socks. It may sound silly, but completely covering your feet in foot cream, then popping on a pair of oh-so-comfy socks will help hydrate your skin and it’s the perfect prep for a cozy night of relaxing on the couch.
You know what counts as another way to practice self-care? Sleeping! And while you’re catching some self-care shut-eye, you can try these 5 Ways to Work on Your Beauty Routine While You Sleep.