Updated: Feb 28
By now you know how much I love skincare, especially those that full into the clean category. On my path to curating a more conscious life, I'm making a conscious effort to make applying my skincare a more hands-on and purposeful experience. Different cultures and religions have different ritual practices which are sacred or customary ways of celebrating, in this case, I am celebrating myself as part of my self-love journey, because why not?.
So what is the difference between a skincare routine and a skincare ritual? you ask.
noun a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.
A routine implies a habit or something you do all the time, our brains become accustomed to the repetitive routine patterns we undertake on a day-to-day basis, this usually means those things become easier and sometimes become harder to be conscious about. Although Covid has been a shit show, which is an absolute understatement, there are aspects of it that I have actually been thankful for, like having to slow down by force. Slowing down has meant that I can spend more time enjoying the more simple things in life, my skincare routine being one.
I saw a blog that said 'We as humans don't do that well with uncertainty, having a routine reduces stress and anxiety, I partially agree with this, however for me personally I do not do well with routine, I thrive off having a busy schedule and every day being different, but actually as I typed that I did ask myself how I honestly feel in those situations and I guess it does take it's toll eventually.
The established form for a ceremony specifically: the order of words prescribed for a religious ceremony. A system of rites or ceremonial act or action.
Turning my skincare routine into a ritual requires commitment and intention, its no longer a case of dipping my finger into my favorite Kiya cosmetic product and smothering it onto my face, but instead first being grateful that I am able to have such amazing products in my reach and gently massaging it into my skin to nourish it and protect it. Being in the moment and realising that I am touching my skin means that I am honoring and loving myself by giving myself more than just a moment of self-care but dedicating enough time to be mindful and intentional during the act, trust me when I say this is so powerful. You deserve all the love. Use washing your face with your favorite cleanser as a way of washing off all the stress and worries that may have accumulated throughout the day, think of it as a way of offloading before calming down for bed or getting ready for the day.
noun the action or process of affirming something or being affirmed.
Repeat after me, "you are worthy, you are love, you give love and receive love abundantly" say this out loud or in your head whilst doing your skincare ritual, it holds so much significance if you allow your mind, body, and soul to receive this. The mind and the tongue hold more power than we can ever possibly fathom. Allow yourself to be present in the moment, notice your breath, feel the rise and fall of your stomach, feel the pressure of your fingertips on your face and body, what can you hear? what can you smell? What emotions are you experiencing? Add some candles into the mix or some 432hz music, whatever your preference, do that for yourself, nothing is too much or too little.
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What we put onto our bodies is just as important as what we put into our bodies. The skin is the largest organ of the body, so it absorbs, well, A LOT! Recently I've made more of an effort to invest in clean beauty products and work with brands that are mindful of this. I'm not going to say every single product I have is considered clean as I do have one or two staple pieces that have helped to turn my skin around, however, I am looking for alternatives as part of curating a fully clean skincare cupboard, God how many times am I going to say curated? lol. Now we all know the power of the mind as I mentioned before, so knowing that the products you are putting onto your skin are clean will release so much positive energy and endorphins, it's a must, I don't think a successful ritual can be done without clean products, for me personally, I am always aware when I put something toxic into or onto my body, it doesn't make me feel good and I know I could have made a better decision but being aware of that is the first step to making the right changes.
I've been discovering so many amazing brands recently with amazing ethos. My skincare, body care, and hair care largely consist of Kiya Cosmetics products an amazing black-owned brand that reached out to me to join their PR list. I admit I wasn't expecting to fall in love with this brand as much as I have, even Chris has fallen in love with the brand, hence why my products are running out quicker than usual, *major side-eye*. I expressed my love for the brand and was so happy to have been able to partner with them to share with you how amazing their products are. Kiya isn't just another clean beauty brand that will just sit in your bathroom cupboard, you will love these products as much as I do, that I can promise.
Kiya Cosmetics is an all-natural skincare and haircare brand founded by Kay Amoah in September 2019. At Kiya, they believe in Clean Simple Beauty. Because of this, they strive to create products that are packed full of truly natural ingredients that will keep your skin and hair nourished and healthy! A full list of their ingredients can be found here. I have now added some of Kiya's range to my staple products that allow me to have the perfect skincare ritual My fav products can be found on my beauty, shop tab.
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