The Ultimate Self-Care Beauty Routine Every Woman Should Know
Ever since the concept of self-care went mainstream, it’s gotten kind of a bad rap. Some believe that slapping on a facemask, drinking some rosé, and calling it “self-care” isn’t going to solve our problems. This is true to an extent, but despite what naysayers believe, self-care isn’t a fad; it’s a critical component to establishing a healthy, well-balanced, lifestyle, and yes, this includes a self-care beauty routine. With each swipe of mascara and each application of a whatever-scented facemask, you will be closer and closer to complete bliss.
Self-care isn’t a concept invented by one singular person — especially when different things depending on a person’s interest can define it. For example, what may be considered ‘self-care’ to some (going on a hike, getting a manicure, etc.) may sound treacherous and just downright miserable to others. In the same way that some of us definitely prefer the glamping lifestyle (same), there are those who think having a stranger clip their nails and push their cuticles is more appropriate for one of the early stages of hell. On the other hand, self-care for a lot of people is tied to mindfulness and classic examples of relaxation such as meditating, journaling, soaking in a hot bath, or even doing it like Carrie Bradshaw and stacking saltines with grape jelly and reading through the latest edition of Vogue. She called it her SSB, or Single Self Behavior. Today, we call it self-care and how it’s defined is completely up to you.
Kalyn Nicholson, a popular Canadian YouTuber who promotes a healthy lifestyle on her channel (1.4 million subs and counting) came up with what she calls a GYST day or a “get your sh*t together” day. Once per week, she takes time to complete all the major to-dos that got procrastinated to the wayside. This includes making time for chores, goal-setting, meal prep, and of course, her self-care beauty routine.
Accomplishing this is easier than it sounds, especially when that routine becomes a habit. The first step is to pick a few things to add to your self-care beauty routine list. We recommend starting with three to five, even less if necessary since doing too much can have the reverse effect: stress and even deterrence from making the steps part of your weekly routine. The best way to go about it is starting off small and adding more if you find yourself with a surplus of time and energy, which will probably happen once it becomes habitual. You can even rotate different activities every week. Here are some ideas to get you started…
Slather on a facemask
When thinking about relaxation, your mind might immediately go to an image of a woman wrapped up in a fluffy white robe, cucumber slices atop her eyes, and green goo all over her face. If so, ding-ding! You are right on the money as a weekly facemask is not only beneficial to your skin — it gives you that post-mask glow by ridding your pores of dead skin, dirt, and oil. It’s relaxing, but also really necessary to reflecting your inner positivity outwardly.
If just sitting with your thoughts for fifteen minutes while looking like a sea monster isn’t your thing, no sweat; since face masks are so low-maintenance, you can accomplish other tasks on your to-do list while you have it on. Break out the OPI, hop into a Vinyasa Flow, or start scrubbing down the counter. You’ll be feeling refreshed rejuvenated in no time.
Put on a hair mask
With the number of hair products and dry shampoo we use on a weekly basis, not to mention the damage caused from hot hair tools, a hair mask is a must. Just don’t expect it to cure all of your hair needs—a regular hair appointment is the only true fix for issues such as split ends. But a weekly hair mask does have its perks, according to Joel Warren, master colorist and co-founder of Warren-Tricomi salons.
Regular hair masks can “impart shine, help with manageability and work to nourish the cuticles.” The best part is, you don’t have to dish out a ton of money to maintain this weekly habit. DIY hair masks are a thing and according to Warren, a lot of what you need already exists at home. “There are plenty of ingredients found in your kitchen that can be applied to the hair to hydrate it, such as yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and olive oil.”
Freshen up your nails
This is a great self-care beauty activity that can also be shared with a friend. Boom, self-caring two birds with one stone. While this might not be something you do weekly, given the fact that it can get costly and your nails might not even need weekly care, you can make it bi-weekly or even monthly. Want to save money? Go the DIY-route instead. There are tons of YouTube videos that will teach you how to create the mani of your dreams right at home. Just be sure you have the right tools and know how to use them safely!
Additional beauty self-care habits:
- Clean your makeup brushes
- Take a hot shower or bath
- Book a spa appointment
- Reorganize your vanity table or makeup drawers
- Apply nice-smelling body lotion
- Blow-dry and style your hair
- Whiten teeth
- Get a spray tan or apply self-tanner
- Shave or wax your legs
- Exfoliate the skin
Once you’ve made your self-care beauty list routine, aim to make it a weekly habit. According to Charles Duhigg’s New York Times best-selling novel, The Power of Habit, this is accomplished via what is called a habit loop. Essentially, this involves a cue (or trigger) routine, and reward. Say, for example, you want to build the habit of going on a run. Your trigger/cue will be seeing your running shoes. This reminds you to go for a run, the routine is the action carried out, which in this case, is running, and the reward might be eating a piece of chocolate after. Sounds serious and scientific — two things often not involved in beauty or self-care, but believe it or not, the same principles can be applied to make sure your new self-care beauty routine sticks. Keep at it and your beauty will continue to shine inside and out as you look and feel utterly and totally pampered.