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The benefits of self-care are endless. Studies show that taking just a few minutes every day to tune into our bodies can have a significant effect on how confident, creative, and productive we are. With millions of us spending more time at home to try and avoid the spread of COVID-19, there's never been a better time to give it a try. From regular exercise and sleep to good old-fashioned pampering, below are five ideas to put into practice.
SELF CARE SKIN-CARE
Let's face it, even a really good skin care routine isn't going to solve all the world's problems. But one thing it can do is make your skin feel ready to take on the day ahead.
More time at home means less vitamin D, which can lead to duller looking skin. To fight back, bolster your bathroom cabinet with products like our Daily Reviving Concentrate, which leaves skin looking brighter and more revived.
A facial in particular can be beneficial for your well-being as well as for your skin because it serves as a time to take a break and treat yourself. At Kiehl's, we have targeted face masks for every type of skin, from those in need of hydration to anti-ageing solutions.
There are more benefits to exercising than just fitting into a pair of skinny jeans. Over the years, studies have found that physical and mental health go hand in hand, affecting everything from productivity to digestion.
Whether you opt for a high-intensity workout or lunchtime stroll, setting aside just 30 minutes to get your heart rate up helps reduce stress and stimulates mood-boosting endorphins.
To remove any impurities that have built up on the skin while exercising, hit the showers with Kiehl's Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub and Rare Earth Cleanser. Follow up with our Kiehl's Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub and Crème De Corps Dry Body Oil and slowly massage into the skin for a post-workout treat
Regular sleep is one of the best ways to keep your body's batteries functioning at their best and a great way to practice good self-care.
While carving out time for rest during work tasks is a great way to stay motivated, the ultimate re-charge comes at night. So if getting a full eight hours feels more like a luxury than an essential, take steps to create a more structured bedtime routine.
Begin by stopping work to relax at a set time, avoid screens in the hour before bed, and maximise your skincare regime to take advantage of this time. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate helps to deliver a rested and restored appearance by morning. Now if that's not a reason to hit the hay…
MENTAL HEALTH MINDFULNESS
It's a common misconception that self-care is expensive. While there's no doubt a luxury spa retreat can do wonders for mind, body and soul, it can be as simple as five minutes spent meditating on your bedroom floor.
Try a few easy breathing exercises. The 4-7-8 method can help reduce anxiety. Inhale for four seconds, hold the breath for seven, then exhale for eight. Do this for four rounds, focusing on each breath.
To feel the benefits on the inside and out, why not start your session by applying Kiehl's Skin Rescuer before getting into position. This hydrator helps minimize visible signs of stressed skin including dullness and blotchiness.
There's a lot of scientific research around the benefits of disconnecting every now and then. But between juggling work, social life and relationships, it's not always easy to find the time. Luxuriating in a long, hot bath is the ideal antidote to modern life.
A good soak is the perfect time to try spa-like treatments that fall outside your simple skin care routine - think a hair mask or foot peel.
To upgrade your at-home bathing experience to a bubble bath, use with Kiehl's Foaming Bath formula. Infused with the calming scent of lavender and Dead Sea salts, it not only creates a relaxing experience but leaves you with softer feeling skin.