Natural Self-Care: Making Time For You (in collaboration with Natracare)
Making small, daily choices that nurture you and make you feel good is a form of effective self-care. At Natracare we believe that taking time to listen to your body and give it what it needs is essential for looking after your mental and physical health, but it’s not something that needs to take all day. It can be as simple as choosing natural products that are kind to your skin.
Here are some ideas for adding pockets of natural self-care to your daily routine, even on those hectic days:
Be gentle with your pits
Part of your everyday routine, you might not even think about what you’re doing when you reach for your usual deodorant. But using aluminium-based antiperspirants that block your sweat ducts or alcohol-based deodorants every single day can be harsh on some of your most sensitive skin. Instead, choose natural deodorants like The Natural Deodorant Co. made from gentle ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. Your armpits will thank you later, and you’ll smell incredible!
Light a non-toxic candle
Scented candles are great for helping you to relax when you’re doing other tasks – from getting dressed for the day, to eating your dinner, to reading a book before bed. Make sure to choose a natural and non-toxic candle to avoid burning paraffin wax and getting headaches associated with chemical fragrances. Not only will a natural candle be better for your body and sense of calm, it will also be better for the planet.
Choose organic period products
Did you know that non-organic period products are often made from cotton that’s grown using pesticides and bleached with chlorine? What’s more, they’re also made using unnecessary perfumes and plastic. Your vulva is one of the most absorbent parts of your body, and these ingredients can cause irritation and discomfort. Natracare organic and plastic free period products are the perfect choice for taking care of your body during your period and having a more comfortable time of the month.
Turn off the blue light
For many, technology is an essential for getting through every day, but, while it’s useful, it might be stopping you from sleeping. Getting enough sleep is a must for taking care of your body and health. The blue light from technology screens can trick your body into not realising it’s night-time and time to get some sleep, causing you to stay up later or disrupting your sleep cycles. Schedule the blue light to be turned off on your devices or set a rule for yourself to stop using your phone after a certain time to help you get the best nights’ sleep every night.
Make your skincare routine natural
Those five minutes you take at the start and end of your day to clean and nourish your skin are a great time to breathe and reflect on how you’re feeling. They’re also the perfect opportunity to make product choices that’ll really look after your skin. Choose products with natural and organic ingredients and are fragranced with essential oils, not chemicals. If you don’t have the time for an 8-step routine or are a lover of makeup wipes, Natracare makeup wipes are made using natural ingredients only and are gentle on sensitive skin. They’re also biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about the environmental impact of your skincare routine.
How do you practise natural self-care? Tell us in the comments!
Natracare started in 1989 when founder, Susie Hewson, created the world’s first 100% organic cotton tampon. Since then, Natracare has been designing and producing products that are kind to our bodies and the planet. Natracare products are plastic free, biodegradable, and compostable, just the way they should be!