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Elevate Your Sunday Ritual
Life is wonderful and wild and beautiful and totally hectic. We’re constantly thrown into work, relationships, busy family lives and social lives. It can really be a challenge to remain mindful and balanced through it all. Studies show that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol result in collagen loss and increased inflammation in the body.
The next question is: how do we handle stress? Taking time for yourself to nourish the mind + body will help reduce stress and prevent the release of cortisol. While everyone has unique ways to relax, we wanted to share some of our favorite tips to combat stress and generate happiness - we like to call these our daily doses of joy. Read below to see (and shop) our rituals to soothe on Sunday’s - we hope you enjoy!
OUR SUNDAY RITUAL:
Sweep Away Stress. Dry brushing is an easy way to sweep away dead skin cells and increase circulation to the skin. Taking the time to dry brush before stepping into your bath (or shower) is a wonderful form of self-care. This practice also stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps remove toxins from the body and allow your skin to better absorb nutrients. Plus, it feels great! We love starting our Sunday bath ritual with CAP beauty’s natural wood dry brush.
Scrub Away the Day. After dry brushing, treat yourself to a full body decadence by gently massaging on our Smoothing Body Scrub. With a concentrated blend of natural exfoliants and nourishing oils, this scrub works some serious wonders to promote soft, glowing skin from head to toe.
Bathe in Bliss. And now for our favorite part. With the scrub still on, run an amazing bath filled with Aura Cacia lavender salts and bubbles and drift away. Light some candles, read a book, or listen to your favorite podcast. Just relax…
Breathe in the moment. All of our products are formulated with completely natural fragrances for a soulful, relaxing experience. Ingredients such as calendula extract in the Smoothing Body Scrub not only smell nice, but also have mood-boosting, anxiety reducing properties. We also love to rub a few drops of our Aromatic Stress Treatment into our palms and take three to five deep breaths. Infused with Bergamot essential oil, this helps soothe and calm the mind.
To heighten the experience, light one of our favorite 100% organic and therapeutic Candles by UMA. Rooted in the practice of Ayurveda, UMA candles are made with a soothing blend of botanical ingredients to help alleviate tension, melt away stress, and leave you in a state of renewed calm and balance. Beautifully scented with rose and geranium oil, we are currently loving the Pure Calm Wellness Candle.
Smooth As Silk. Once you are out of the tub, keep your full body glow going with our Revitalizing Body Oil. This delicious-smelling, lightweight oil is packed with nutrients and vitamins to give you touchably soft and youthful looking skin. It’s a fan favorite and a total treat.
Relax your face. Facial Gua Sha treatments are definitely having a moment, and we can see why. Practicing this ancient skincare technique helps elevate the health and vitality of your skin. We are currently obsessed with our new Lady Jade Gua Sha tool from Lashin.
To top it off, after relaxing the facial muscles, apply a thick layer of our Purifying Mask over your face and neck. This is the perfect way to reset your skin from any environmental stressors and start the week with a renewed, fresh looking complexion.
Monday, let’s do this! (Shop the regimen below)
TAKE IT INTO THE WEEK WITH TATA'S TIPS:
Take a Mindful Moment. Simple breath work is incredibly powerful. Tata’s favorite daily trick? Try taking ten deep breaths, or opening your mouth and doing five full circles of the head in one direction, then five in the other. Simple, but effective.
“This calms my mind in any situation and helps to release tension in my head and temples ”
Relax Your Mind. Saffron is an incredible, proven, all-natural mood lifter. Tata likes to take Life Extension Optimized Saffron twice a day. Ashwaganda powder is another incredible supplement for promoting rest and relaxation. Try adding Sun Potion’s herbal supplement to warm water each night for an antioxidant rich, soothing bedtime tea.
Elevate Your Present. CBD is everywhere, but it’s been our secret in Vermont for years. Upstate Elevator’s CBD oil may just be our other favorite way to totally de-stress and zen-out. With anti inflammatory and mood lifting properties, there’s so much to love about these little hemp capsules or tinctures. When incorporated into your daily wellness routine, CBD can bring numerous benefits into your life.
Get your beauty zz. Last but not least, take your beauty sleep seriously! Getting enough quality shut eye significantly improves your overall health, wellbeing, and outer glow. Luckily, each one of these rituals will help you find your inner calm and sleep more soundly. BONUS TIP: Try slip’s silk pillowcase for anti aging, anti sleep crease, and anti bed head benefits.