Why Rituals Are Better Than Routines
To me, rituals are not about repeating steps over and over and going through the motions. Instead, I think of it as a grounding practice where I try to be fully present, and I use that time to reconnect with myself. I think what many people have found, as a result of the pandemic, is how essential self-care is for our well-being. My evening ritual is perhaps my most important because of how it helps me process the day — I try to let go of whatever doesn’t serve me, and end the day with gratitude.
My Evening Beauty Ritual
Mindfulness is present in every step of my skincare, and it’s easy and more intuitive than it sounds. As I massage Tatcha The Camellia Cleansing Oil, £45 onto my skin and melt away my makeup, I let go of whatever isn’t serving me, whether it’s anger or worry. It all goes down the drain with the day’s mascara and sunscreen.
Next up, I use Tatcha The Rice Polish: Classic, £60 onto to gently exfoliate my skin, which reminds me that we can always begin again. I reset my mind, welcoming a new start and new skin. After that, I use The Essence, which floods the skin with hydration. As women, we give so much of ourselves throughout the day, and so with this step, I think of replenishing myself so that I can show up for others.
Finally, I lock in all the hydration and nutrients with Tatcha The Silk Cream, £115. As it veils my skin, I think of all the people I love in my life, cocooning me in their care and support. When I’m done, I feel nourished and cared-for from skin to soul—and it only takes about four minutes. I truly believe small steps make a big difference.
My Healing Ritual
Whenever I feel stressed, I try to pause for a moment with nature. During lockdown, I found myself going outside any time I needed to be grounded. Whether by the ocean or some trees, or even just the stars, it reminds me that I’m part of something much larger than myself. I incorporate breathing exercises to bring me back into the moment.
For me personally, stress builds over the course of the day so before bed, I focus on turning my skincare ritual into a calming ritual by engaging my senses. I’ll turn on some relaxing music, or even some nature sounds, put some lavender essential oils in a diffuser, and drink some calming tea while I perform each step of my skincare. This way, I’m not just caring for my skin but also my well-being, from skin to soul.