The Importance Of Self Care
by CLAY+Essence

Finding joy in the little things

Lock-downs, fear, and uncertainty have become the norm as we navigate our way through the Covid-19 pandemic. Little things can often have the biggest impact when it comes to maintaining good mental, emotional, and physical health during such challenging times. Personally, this translates to reducing the amount of news coverage I follow, practicing mindfulness, a good diet, and exercise (I try!), and doing things that genuinely bring me joy.

Getting the most from your beauty routine


One of my passions is of course skincare. I’ve always found my routine to be a form of stress relief. Cleansing my face at night washes away the day’s impurities while also helping to clear my busy mind. It’s like a little bit of tension is released with each layer that’s removed while everything applied thereafter delivers a sense of comfort and confidence.  I believe beauty rituals are a form of self-care that not only benefit the skin, hair or body, but also promote relaxation and boost self-esteem.

Enjoy a facial massage

I always start my PM routine with a double cleanse. I like to massage cleansing oil into my skin with my hands for around 10 minutes, finishing briefly with the meejee silicone facial cleanser to further purify pores. I’ve found this process effectively eliminates whiteheads as well as reducing the size and frequency of blackheads and pimples. I then flip the meejee around and use the massage side to relax facial muscles before emulsifying, rinsing and moving on. 

Alternatively, massaging serums and moisturizing oils into the face can be equally therapeutic.

Pamper yourself

Masking can mirror the decadence of a spa treatment at home. Applying a mask achieves a sense of pampering.  When I feel like indulging, I multi-mask! Care doesn’t stop at the face, your body and hair need some TLC too. Use a weekly scrub in the shower and lather yourself in a body oil or lotion to feel good from top to toe. Add a scalp scrub or nourishing mask to your hair routine every now and then to remove product build up, deeply condition and increase shine.  It all helps to make us feel good about ourselves. 

Treat annoying breakouts

Breakouts seem to be more common these days due to mandatory mask wearing, otherwise known as maskne. I incorporate products with ingredients like Niacinamide, Ceramides and Salicylic Acid into my routine to build a good defence against acne. These inhibit bacteria by improving skin barrier resilience and pore health. I also keep a few products on hand with soothing ingredients for skin repair such as Centella Asiatica, Propolis and Snail Mucin. Pimple patches and spot treatments can also come in handy.

The takeaway

The circumstances we face each day aren’t always in our control. It’s important to take care of ourselves on a daily basis, try to stay positive and retain hope of better days ahead. Whatever your passion, nurture it and it will help you cope with the challenges life brings. Every little bit helps. 

This blog post was guest written by CLAY + Essence.