Let's not let isolation get boring! "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were big things." - Robert Brault.
Remember the days before Covid-19 when you complained about not being able to take time for yourself. Seems like life has finally answered the whining of humankind by giving us all the time we ever needed for self-care. NOW IS THE TIME.
It's time we embrace the simplicity of life and knowing what we can overlook. To go Stone Age and survive on what's available. That's why we are in need of wisdom from the old generation who lived contently with basic resources and needs. Keep your beauty intact with these age old beauty wisdom amidst Coronavirus Quarantine:
Wash your face twice a day.
In the older times, women weren't concerned about using fancy face wash/cleansers. According to them, any surfactant's main purpose is cleaning away the dirt on surface level; be it soap, face wash, body wash, shampoo, etc.
Whenever your skin feels oily/dirty, wash it right away. Do contrast cleanse, if possible i.e begin cleansing with warm water and end with cold water because warm water opens the skin pores making it possible to deep cleanse while cold water closes the pores and tightens the skin to prevent wrinkles.
The only powerful & essential skin care product you need.
Reach out for beauty advice to any old aged woman and you will never find her giving you a long list of skincare products. Rather only a few and effective routine tips that she learnt and has incorporated in all her life.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Using a facial oil/serum in the morning & evening is the most important skincare step. It helps give the skin the nourishment & suppleness it needs after cleansing. Use any oil/serum that suits your skin & its needs to be the best. Jojoba oil, Lavender oil, coconut oil to name a few. Use a Vitamin C serum for hydrating, brightening, and firming antioxidant ingredients for your skin.
Adopt Gua-sha application technique
Gua-sha is a popular Chinese facial massage technique. As much as walking up the stairway of life is important, moving the skin flow in upward direction is just as vital. According to grannies, you should always apply anything to your face & body in an upward direction and never down. As wrinkles and sagging brings down your skin texture, gently pressing skin upwards 3-4 times prevents ageing process along with moving the life force energy (chi) upwards.
I do my eyebrows, blush my cheeks, put on some lipstick - feeling good as hell!
That's right. No highlighters/bronzers or anything that'll make you look like a skeleton.
Want to know what a 100-year-old lady wants you to know? "Don't try to change your face because it's the only face you have, honey !"
Despite many new influencers inspiring youngsters to change themselves and fit in to the beauty standards, a grandma's wisdom is enough to clear off the insecurities and make us realise the truth.
Laughing is the best calorie burner.
Chitetsu Watanabe, the longest living man on earth (112 year old) when asked about the secret to living a beautiful & long life, he simply said - "To smile." Believe in goodness no matter what, be happy and smile as much as you can. Don't worry about those wrinkles because they are the permanent marker of your happiness. An indication of a human being who lived a happy life.
Use simple & clean DIY products.
Nothing is better than taking care of your appearance all by yourself and not being dependent on marketed chemical products.
Make yourself a face mask, lip scrub, body exfoliator at comfort of social distancing. Give yourself a pedicure/manicure, face and body massage to increase well-being.
Let us help you with the main components of DIY skincare to help you personalize your beauty care:
FACE & BODY
Mask - Gram flour and milk
Exfoliation - Sea salt/brown sugar
Hair removal - Turmeric/Sugar wax
Manicure/Pedicure - Lemon juice & baking soda in warm water
Mask - Egg white, lemon, honey, yogurt
Oil - Any hair oils.
Work from Home. Work at Home.
Flush out all the negativity on one activity which is time consuming and needs a lot of physical involvement. Be it cleaning the bathroom, doing the dishes, laundry etc. When you keep yourself busy you won't have time to overthink or be frustrated and this eventually helps keep your face free from wrinkles.
Detoxify your system, detoxify your appearance.
According to every grandma and mom, you become what you eat. Instead of downing that early morning tea or coffee, try warm water with lemon juice. Nature’s facial, keeps your digestive tract clean while cutting the fat. Drink golden milk (turmeric) once or twice a day to build immunity. Focus on exercising, yoga and meditation to not only detoxify but also stay healthy & fit.
As we know, beauty is generally expressed in two levels, i.e internal and external. But there is a third-level of beauty in Ayurveda known as the state of self-realisation.
It is said that a self-realised person is externally beautiful and does not need to use any external cosmetics or designer clothes.
So let us walk from - " Self-isolation to Self-realisation."