Anita Kaushal On Relaxing Rituals

Anita Kaushal On Relaxing Rituals
Looking for ways to incorporate more mindfulness into your beauty routine? Anita Kaushal, co-founder of Mauli, reveals the healing essentials we should all have in our bathroom cabinets.

My Bathing Ritual

Because self-nurturing rituals are such a big part of my life, we converted our bedroom to incorporate the bathroom, which features a big roll top bath. On a Sunday this becomes my silent reprieve for two hours or so. I find baths very healing; I love the stillness and the fact that there’s nothing to do but just be there. Before I start running my bath, I light and pour Mauli Himalayan Healing Salts, £35.10 into the water. While prepping for my bath I’m rather partial to a bit of romantic 70s Bollywood music (much to the boys’ amusement) or even Indian bhajans, but the moment I dip my toe in the water it’s unbroken silence.

In terms of my skincare routine, I start by cleansing and nourishing my skin. I use Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil - Chia and Parsley Seed, £65.00 to wash my face, mixed with Mauli Radiance Multi-tasking Exfoliant & Mask, £44.00 to exfoliate and sometimes I’ll pop a sheet mask on as well before I get into the bath.

My Head-To-Toe Ritual

Once I get out of the bath I give my body a long, slow massage and this can last up to an hour. I massage my body from head to toe using one of our Ayurvedic dosha blends - I shift between Serenity, Spirited or Surrender depending on how I’m feeling. While I’m doing this, I might listen to a podcast. I like SuperSoul Sunday – Oprah’s podcast – there are some very good speakers on there and I love reading so I might listen to an audio book. Anything that encourages growth and evolving.

I’ll also apply Tan-Luxe The Body Illuminating Tan Drops - light/medium (15ml), £18.00 all over my body. Next, I’ll apply Mauli Grow Strong Hair Oil, £35.00 to my scalp. I apply this oil once a week and start at the top of my head and massage it into the scalp as if shampooing my hair, kneading with my hands all the way down to and around the ears – this helps stimulate the follicles and moisturise the scalp. Because our scalps are not on show we tend to forget them. I leave the hair oil in overnight and wash out in the morning.

My Bedtime Ritual

After bathing, I’ll get into my pyjamas and lounge on my bed. It’s my favourite place in the whole house and I spread my books, papers and products everywhere. My son Marni will come and join me a bit later and we’ll sit together on the bed and play Connect Four or Trivial Pursuit – some sort of family game that’s not too serious but gives us time to bond; because when you have a teenage son you never really get to see them!

Before I go to sleep, I’ll cleanse my skin again, brush my teeth and apply Mauli Supreme Skin Face Serum, £68.00 – it’s my desert island product and I can’t live without it. My skin is dry and I have some pigmentation, so the serum helps with this. My mother only ever used oils on her skin and she still has the most soft, luminous complexion. I’m slighter darker around the eyes.

Lastly, I dab my pulse points with Mauli Surrender Body Oil, £48.00 and meditate for 10 minutes before I switch the lights out. I’ll moisturise my hands with and spray my pillow with This Works Sleep Plus + Pillow Spray, £20.00 and read until about 11pm. I also like to write a little gratitude journal and include five things I feel blessed for on that day.

Posted: Monday, 31 May 2021