When we hear the word “ritual,” we first think of religion and spirituality. That word association isn’t totally off base, but there’s much more to this idea of a ritual than we might realize. A ritual, by definition as a noun, is an act or series of acts regularly repeated in a set, precise manner. Plenty of research suggests that having rituals can reduce stress and anxiety. The specific way you make your coffee, pack your lunch and leave for work in the morning can help—or hinder—you.
By its nature, performing a repetitive task means that eventually, you may go into autopilot once your body recognizes the action enough times to perform it without considerable mental effort. Having rituals of your own can give you some much-needed relief and rest, especially for those of us who struggle to turn off our thoughts throughout the day. Incorporating beauty treatments into your daily rituals gives you two benefits for the price of one: You get to take care of your physical self, while also taking care of your mental health. Below, we’ve collected a few suggestions for several beauty-related rituals.
Skin Care Routine: The general consensus is that you should be washing your face twice a day in the morning and evening. If you have drier skin, a splash of water on your face in the morning to dampen your face before serums will suffice along with your nightly wash. You should be washing your face for at least 60 seconds, then applying your serums and allowing time between layers to let the product penetrate your skin. In the morning, you’ll want to wrap up your routine by applying sunscreen. At night, you should apply an occlusive moisturizer to seal and lock in moisture. This routine can take anywhere from five to 15 minutes, and it can be incredibly therapeutic.
Monthly Facial: Getting a monthly facial is definitely a luxury, but it’s well worth the time and money. The HydraFacial at OrangeTwist is the perfect ritual because it focuses on removing impurities from the skin, dealing with hyperpigmentation and giving the skin a hydration boost. If you want to make a real routine out of it—and save some money in the process—be sure to book your OrangeTwist treatments by joining the Citrus Club.
Exercise and CoolSculpting: Exercise is a great way to help the body from the inside out. You can improve cardiovascular health and mental clarity and build a more functional body to carry you through life. If you want to enhance the experience even more and get a boost to meet your fitness goals, CoolSculpting is an ideal complement to any exercise regimen. CoolSculpting will target the areas you’re having trouble with and freeze the fat off. It’s best done regularly until you achieve your desired results, so it’s yet another treatment that makes for a fantastic addition to your overall routine. Having a ritual that helps center your mind while also pampering yourself can be a complete game-changer. What rituals will you be doing this year?