Take a moment to think about the lesson you’re taught every time you’re on an airplane. In case of an emergency, you have to put your own air mask on first. That’s because you won’t be much help to anyone until you’ve taken care of yourself. Well, that idea doesn’t just apply when you’re thousands of feet in the air. It’s true all the time—which is why self-care is so important!
And self-care isn’t just about eating right or allowing yourself to take mental health days. Your hair care and skin care routine both play a part in self-care! From bathing with one of our best hair masks on to relaxing with a face mask covering your complexion, there is a myriad of self-care tips you can add to your beauty routine. If you’re ready to prioritize yourself, read on for 11 self-care ideas that will make “me time” extra special.
SELF-CARE TIP #1: TAKE A BATH
Nine times out of 10, you probably opt to take a shower over a bath. They’re just so much more convenient! 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 this can leave your skin feeling dry.
SELF-CARE TIP #2: USE A HAIR MASK
As you soak your cares away in the bathtub, why not give your strands some attention with a hair mask? This is the perfect multitasking self-care tip for giving your hair the TLC it deserves. Treat your tresses with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Remedy Balm, which helps to strengthen your mane strand by strand, making it one of our favorite self-care products.
SELF-CARE TIP #3: DETOX YOUR SCALP
While you may make it a point to regularly shampoo and condition your hair, there may be one thing missing from your routine: a scalp detox. A great way to go a step further in your self-care routine, a scalp detox works to deeply cleanse your scalp for the ultimate refresh. And this is where the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Scalp Care + Detox Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free ScalpCare + Detox Conditioner come into play. Formulated with invigorating menthol and neem leaf extract, this duo works wonders to refresh your scalp and get rid of buildup.
To use, gently massage the shampoo onto your wet hair and scalp, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Follow up by applying the conditioner to your hair and leave on for one to two minutes. Rinse and style as desired.
SELF-CARE TIP #4: EXFOLIATE WITH A FACE SCRUB
When you’re in need of major relaxation, a chocolate binge may come to mind. Instead of overindulging your sweet tooth, have a piece or two of dark chocolate—then satisfy the rest of your craving with a chocolate-esque 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 Cocoa 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 TIP #5: BREAK OUT ALL YOUR FACE MASKS
Take relaxing to new heights by coating your complexion with a face mask or two. All you need is 10-15 minutes and a selection of our best face masks for 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. Infused with charcoal, this offering helps 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 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 TIP #6: USE A SKIN CARE AMPOULE
Need a pick-me-up? A skin care ampoule can come in handy. This Korean beauty trend is all about giving your skin an extra boost, which falls right in line with what the best self-care tips are about. Formulated with a myriad of ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and plant extracts, a skin care ampoule provides your skin with multiple benefits to give your visage a radiant and healthy glow. Try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.9% Pure Hyaluronic Acid 7 Replumping Ampoules, using half an ampoule in the morning and half at night.
SELF-CARE TIP #7: MASSAGE YOUR SKIN WITH A JADE ROLLER
No self-care routine is complete without giving your skin a gentle massage. And that’s where a jade roller comes in! This trendy skin care tool works to stimulate blood flow to your complexion for healthy-looking skin. Kick things off by using the large end of the tool to massage your cheeks, jawline, and forehead in upward motions. Switch over to the smaller side to show your under-eye area and the bridge of your nose some love.
Editor’s tip: Want to amp up your self-care game? Pop your jade roller in the fridge before using it for a cooling and de-puffing effect. Trust us; your skin will thank you for giving this self-care idea a chance!
SELF-CARE TIP #8: DON’T FORGET ABOUT EYE AND LIP MASKS
There are a few areas 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 TIP #9: GIVE YOURSELF A FACIAL
A great way to up your self-care game, DIY facials gives you free rein to turn your home into a personal spa for the ultimate pampering experience. And with the right self-care products in your arsenal, you can reap all the benefits without a pricy spa trip. Here’s How to Do a DIY Facial at Home.
SELF-CARE TIP #10: PAIR FOOT CREAM WITH FUZZY SOCKS
If you’re living an ultra-active lifestyle and are on your feet all day, your soles may be paying the price. Take a look at the bottom 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—not to mention be the perfect start to a cozy night of relaxing on the couch!
SELF-CARE TIP #11: SHOW YOUR FEET SOME LOVE WITH A PEDICURE
Speaking of showing your feet the attention they deserve, you can’t go wrong by indulging in an at-home pedicure. Paying a visit to your nail tech is one way to unwind, but you can also take matters into your own hands. All you need are the right tools and enough patience to score a gorgeous pedicure. For a step-by-step tutorial, head on over to our article, How to Give Yourself a Pedicure at Home.
Next: Want to consider treating yourself with the TLC you deserve? Don’t forget to get enough sleep. And while you’re catching some much-needed shut-eye, you can try these 5 Ways to Work on Your Beauty Routine While You Sleep.