The year is almost over and we are heading into 2020. The phrase “personal hygiene” has been all but replaced by “self-care” because really, shouldn’t the ways in which we clean and maintain our body’s wellness be rooted in care and love? Sure, “self-care” often refers to those actions we take, big and small, to make ourselves feel a little extra special, but you and I both know that sometimes our schedules are just too packed and our to-do lists are just too long to make self-care a regular part of our wellness routine.
But does that have to be the case? We already dedicate time in our daily schedules to wash, brush, nourish, hydrate, moisturize, rest, and more, so what if we committed to making those essential tasks meditative? Soothing? Relaxing? Empowering? Loving?
In the months leading up to the New Year, we’ve been seeking brands and products that elevate those things we have to do into things we want to do, each and every day. No added time or effort is required – these products will take the time and effort you’re already giving and change the intention into one that is self-care, through and through.
Here are 5 parts of our daily routine that could use an upgrade, and the amazing products that can enhance your self-care experience in an instant:
1. Upgrade Your Sleep
We all have to sleep, and if our schedules don’t always allow us the recommend number of hours each night, we can make sure that the time we do get to spend in our beds is as restful as possible.
Ettitude’s bamboo lyocell bedding feels like you’re sleeping on silk, but at an affordable price. Made from 100% organic bamboo, Ettitude guarantees a softer, cooler, and more breathable sleep. Take it from us, the only downside to purchasing these sheets is that you won’t want to get out of bed in the morning (but let knowing there’s a cozy bed waiting for you at home motivate you to get up and crush the day ahead).
Plant People, who produces high-performance CBD products, recently released a new tincture specifically designed with better sleep in mind. Their Drops+ Sleep tincture aims to induce rest and relaxation when it’s time to go to sleep, and restore balance when it’s time to wake up in the morning.
2. Upgrade Your Haircare
F0r me, a steamy shower (away from the intrusion or any computer screens or phone notifications) is meditative. To make the daily experience even more tranquil, I make sure that all of the products I use to wash my hair and body in the shower feel and smell like I’m treating myself to a trip to the spa. I was given a Function of Beauty gift card last year, and fell in love with the customizable shampoo and conditioner right away. My products, which are made up of clean ingredients and created with my hair type and needs in mind, make my entire bathroom smell like yummy Eucalyptus and Peppermint every time I use them and keep my hair soft and sleek.
Hair care is not just about the hair on your head, and Flamingo knows that. On their website, they say that “we believe that when we show up for ourselves in private, we show up as ourselves in public.” We love that, and their love of ritualistic personal care is evident in their beautiful products. The Flamingo razor looks like art suction-cupped to my shower wall, and glides with ease over my skin when I shave. They’ve created a great product for pubic hair, too: the Mons Mist spray, which conditions the hair and prevents ingrowns.
3. Upgrade Your Supplements
I will be the first one to admit that I’ve never been good at maintaining a vitamin supplement routine. I know I need to take them consistently in order for them to really do me any good, but I just haven’t been able to form that habit. Binto‘s supplements for women’s health and wellness changed that for me. Their monthly subscription of personalized supplements makes “taking your vitamins” a fun activity for me to do each day, and one that has shown me real results in making my menstrual cycle more manageable. The individual packets contain only the supplements my body needs each day, which means I’m not swallowing an overwhelming number of capsules and I can easily take my supplements with me on the go to maintain the routine when I’m away from home.
Whether you’re already taking Omega-3 supplements daily or are looking to incorporate them into your routine, Simris‘s plant-based algae Omega-3 capsules are vegan, potent, and environmentally sustainable. They’re a must-have to support your active lifestyle with healthy skin, eyes, brain, and more.
4. Upgrade Your Skincare
While I also could have included the next product under the “Upgrade Your Sleep” category, Prima’s “Night Magic” face oil has worked wonders on my skincare routine. By massaging the CBD and botanical oil into my face right before I go to sleep, I wake up the next morning with softer, suppler, brighter skin. Since using “Night Magic,” my face looks clearer and more radiant all on its own, which means I was able to cut a few steps out of my makeup routine and use those precious minutes on other things.
Did you know that Mama Glow has our very own line of Glow Time products, in partnership with Good Medicine Beauty Lab, to kick your exfoliating and moisturizing routine up a notch? We love them all, and they were designed to be used in conjunction with one another, but if you’re looking for a cream that will deeply hydrate your skin, our “Goddess Glow” blushing body cream to nourish your skin with everything it needs to heal, regenerate, firm, and glow.
5. Upgrade Your Oral Hygiene
Brushing your teeth is kind of a drag, and flossing is truly the worst. There, I’ve said it. Oral hygiene is one of those (twice daily, at least) things that we just have to do, and the first time I started looking forward to brushing my teeth was when I treated myself to a Quip toothbrush. Quip is all about forming good oral hygiene habits, and the electric toothbrush they’ve created is as beautiful as it is functional. The brush’s buzzing is programmed to let me know how long I should be brushing and when to switch sides, and Quip delivers toothpaste and fresh brush heads to my door every three months, making it easier than ever to take good care of my mouth, every single day.