Invited to talk about self-care on the Unlock Philippines podcast, I discussed how the lockdown might have driven us to try out different self-pampering devices and methods. Some gave amazing results, others failed.
When it comes to self-care, it’s all about self-discovery, as well. Self-care has changed because of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), and we’ve discovered that taking care of oneself is more than just about testing and trying on products.
For example, I have learned that creating my own lockdown routine has helped me cope with the anxiety of the situation. It has also allowed me to maximize time.
Routines help one to efficiently perform tasks at home, whether cleaning up and decluttering or exercising and carrying out wellness practices. Since we are all different, one must not follow a certain routine based on another person, nor should one be pressured to be productive.
If your routine is simple, that’s fine. If it involves a lot of Netflix, I see no harm in that. Self-care is about doing what makes you feel good, above all else.
When it comes to products, I suggest taking the time to try those little life hacks that everyone talks about. If it works for you, then great! But if it doesn’t, now is the moment to adjust it or to discover what works.
Olive oil for my hair
My personal self-care hacks involve stuff found in the kitchen. I use olive oil in my hair post-shower. I apply just a little amount to the roots, so the next day the hair becomes nonsticky and very soft.
As someone who loves masks, I often reach for a few favorites. But sometimes, I also opt for honey. A thin film of it over the face helps moisturize the skin. It also has antibacterial properties that will help fight the acne-causing elements in the face.
Because of the hot days, I have found that sliding an ice cube over the face is instantly refreshing. It also closes up the pores, something really important for the skin, since it tends to be inflamed and open during the dry season. If skin remains that way, it tends to collect dirt and oil.
Other than that, I’ve turned to Olaplex Np. 3. It’s one of my go-to products for a while as it helps nourish colored hair. It’s recommended to leave it on for 15 minutes, but these days, I keep it there for hours! It’s amazing because the longer one leaves it on, the more the hair gets the benefits of nourishment and protection.
For skin care, I’m a big believer in ZO Skin Health by Dr. Zein Obagi. It’s a set of products that has long been prescribed to me by the Belo Medical Group. The products are recommended according to one’s specific needs, so no two routines are the same.
I suggest you take advantage of Belo Medical’s online services and The Belo Shop, to further find out which products will work for you.