Looking to get a little more out of your skincare routine? Whether you are on a budget or are looking to transform your beauty regimen into a nurturing self-care experience, we’ve created a guide that will take your existing steps to the next level.
As part of our Self Love month journey, we wanted to focus on some simple and totally free beauty and wellness habits that you can incorporate into your everyday routine without spending a cent. These mood-boosting steps can make both day and night routines that little bit more special – not just for your skin, but for body and mind. Because after all, love is free and begins with the self. So, get your glow on every day with these simple hacks and let it radiate out into the world.
There is endless scientific literature on the benefits of daily meditation and its irrefutable ability to combat the detrimental effects of both acute and chronic stress. Countless meditation techniques have shown to reduce inflammatory mediators and levels of corticosteroid hormones released during our stress response. It is high levels of these that can result in damage throughout the body.
Take just 10-20 minutes to either set yourself up for the day, or to unwind at the day’s closing. There is no one way to meditate, and we recommend trying a variety of techniques to find one that suits your unique personality and brain activity.
It could be journaling or reading a book while your skin soaks up a hydrating mask, playing a guided meditation or singing bowls soundtrack while you apply your serums, or taking a few moments outside in nature after applying your sunscreen.
If you apply your beauty products at night just before bed, another tip we recommend for listening-based meditation or breathing activities is to pop one on once you’ve applied your serums, then get comfortable in bed. Lay facing upwards while you listen and enjoy, giving your products some time to absorb into the skin as opposed to being soaked up by your pillow.
If you genuinely cannot find the spare time for meditation, you could consider making mindful eating your chosen form? Switch off from your devices during your meals, chew slowly and be as present as possible, paying attention to smells, tastes and textures. This also improves digestion, and the better your digestive health, the better your skin health will be too.
Start the day with a splash of cold water.
This is another well-researched technique that has shown to have an effect on the autonomic nervous system, in particular the vagus nerve, our stress response, and even our capacity to heal. Superficially, benefits on the skin include boosting microcirculation, firming skin tissue and reducing facial redness and inflammation.
This technique will really wake you up and make you feel refreshed and ready to begin your day. Those brave enough can opt for a cold shower to kick start the day, though you may want to simply start on the face.
Up the ante by adding cold water, some ice cubes, and some slices of cucumber to a bowl or basin and use this for your morning cleanse. Think of it as a morning cocktail for your face.
Maximise your product performance
Boost circulation and energise your skin even further by incorporating facial tools like crystal rollers or quartz mushrooms and use these to create your own facial massage. Notice how wonderful and calming it feels to take your time with your serum and moisturiser application. Forgo slapping them on in a hurry and instead opt to gently work them into your skin with your hands or chosen tools, taking the time to enjoy the fragrance and texture, be present in the moment, and simultaneously boost the health of your skin.
You can make your products work even harder for you by using plain old water to increase their penetration. That’s right! Ensure your skin is still a little damp from your cleanser rinse (ideally your cold splash!) before applying your skincare, as this has shown to increase tissue permeability and therefore increase product absorption.
If you prefer to dry off your face, you can add in a Facial Mist at this point. This beauty hack is great for all serums, moisturisers, and particularly humectants like glycerin, aloe vera gel and hyaluronic acid as they naturally attract water molecules. If you suffer from any form of skin barrier dysfunction or dehydration, then this step is an absolute must.
Age Defying Face Massage in 2 Minutes
Facial massage can not only relax and release muscle tension in the face, jawline, temples, and neck, but can also create a luminous glow by improving circulation and removing toxins and puffiness through lymphatic drainage. Try performing this for yourself at home to improve your skin health, create a glowing luminous complexion, and improve your mental wellbeing all at the same time.
To ensure good slip across the skin’s surface without dragging or stretching, we recommend using a skin health-boosting oil, such as our Antioxidant Facial Oil Omega 3-6-9. Apply a few drops to your fingertips and gently tap it across your face and neck to spread evenly and help stimulate blood flow.
Start massaging at the neck and always work upwards, as this is the direction of drainage for your lymphatic system. This upward pattern can have a powerful youthful effect that sculpts and lifts facial features that have been weighed down by gravity and the passing of time. Softly press from the inner corners of the eyes outwards to drain puffiness, and release tension and lift the eyes and forehead by smoothing the brows up towards the hairline. Press or pinch along the brow line to relieve tension or headaches.
You can focus more specifically on releasing tension by concentrating on traditional acupressure points. There are 29 points on the face and neck as pictured. Since the points are duplicated on either side of the face, two points can be stimulated simultaneously.
Acupressure points may be located with the fingertips and can be identified as a slight indent beneath the facial tissue. The points will be more sensitive when pressure is applied. When massaging, use a firm circular motion as you apply a gentle pressure. Circle 10x clockwise, then 10x anticlockwise.
Use a Bamboo or Silk Pillowcase
Pillowcases made from breathable fabric that have slip will allow your skin to move better along its surface during movement overnight, as opposed pinching and creasing. This will help prevent wrinkle formation.
Be sure to wash your linen weekly in gentle, fragrance free and natural detergents, keeping acne-causing bacteria under control without irritating the skin. This will also eliminate dust, makeup or build-up that can accumulate and potentially cause skin irritation.
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Thank you Mukti, I have been using your products for aprox 4 months now & give myself a weekly facial. After reading this I’ll be sure to work the face massage into my regime . My skin now has a natural glow & feels softer & smoother. I even had several people comment that my skin is glowing 😊
Wow so many great ideas and techniques! Can’t wait to try these out!
Relax in a warm bath with epson salts and favourite Mukti mask with relaxing music.
Let’s remember to be kind to ourselves!
Really informative and complimentary information to continue my self care this month. Excited to try the facial massage focusing on pressure points ~ thank you
Loving the self tips above and using the checklist last week as prompt to focus on doing something different every day! Looking forward to week 3 :)
Oooo I love this! Definitely going to start using my quartz roller with my serums! Also, the facial massage sounds delightful.
I’ve heard silk pillowcases are good but had not heard about bamboo ones are just as great as well. Thanks for the print out for the face massage, can’t want to try it out!!!
I think it’s absolutely wonderful that you share this information to remind us that we need to take time out to look after ourselves. If we don’t who will? Thank you so much. Mukti products are so amazing and I love the fragrances that make it smell like they’re making a difference.
Amazing tips! I’ve been utilising cold therapy for a few months now at the end of my showers and have noticed a huge difference in my mental health! I like to recite 5 things I’m grateful for that day whilst the cold water washes over me.
Thank you Mukti for your self love tips.
Absolutely love your products. ❤️
Great tips especially for a time poor mother who forgets self care.
Great tips especially for a time poor mother who forgets self care.
Thank you!! These little tips on self care are a wonderful reminder that looking after yourself doesn’t need to take long and also, how important it is. I’ve just had my second baby so my time is even more limited now but these tricks will help me to be a more relaxed mum and help me feel better about myself again.
Cold water and face massage has truly helped the look of puffiness for my face and eyes. I also use the Daily Serum to calm redness and give my skin a healthy glow. I had constant breakouts until I discovered Mukti and will now use only these products. They have saved my skin.
Thank you for the inspiring beauty blog; it was a pleasure to read. I’m going to download the face massage and acupressure point guides and try them out immediately. I also love turning the shower to cold on my face to wake me up and energise me for the day.
Great blog! Thanks for all the hints, tips & reminders to make more time for myself for my mind and body wellness. I look forward to using my Mukti products every morning and night!
Love these suggestions. I normally apply my products in a rush and it seems like such a small but important change to take my time to do it. Thanks for sharing !
I have just purchased a beautiful silk pillow case and I love sleeping on it. I have all so been doing morning and evening facial massage with my facial oil and I love it .
Thank you so much for these very easy tips that anyone can incorporate into their daily routine. The massage guide and the pressure point guides are very good and easy to follow references. Looking forward to trying a few new ideas. :)
Looking forward to using the acupressure facial massage
Thank you Mukti for suggesting easily incorporated daily changes which harness the most from Mukti products while encouraging a sense of calm.
These are great tips. I love giving myself a facial massage after applying my antioxidant facial oil – I feel it allows the product to absorb so much better.
Thank you for the wonderful tip on not drying completely off. I will definitely be incorporating this into my routine. I also love massaging my face every night using Mukti face oil to release tension.
Using my Jade roller after my serums ABC has been a game changer . To boost hydration I have also been using the marine serum, my favourite product along with the marigold cream.
Post pregnancy my skin went through a series of breakouts and redness . I have been using mukti for years now since they launched and would never go back . I have also added the collagen booster drink into my daily routine and couldn’t be happier with how youthful my skin is looking .