Updated: Apr 16
I’m pretty sure we can all agree that 2020 has served as a reminder of how precious life is and that slowing down and taking care of ourselves (physically and mentally) should be done as a priority.
When I became a parent I like many other parents instinctively put my children first. I mean that's what you're meant to do, right? But no... I soon realised that if I didn't look after myself first, how could I look after my children? - That saying "you can't pour from an empty cup" springs to mind.
Though I sometimes find myself reverting back to old habits (naturally, we're human) like, forgetting to eat because I have a load of laundry to hang, or cleaning the house when a 20min nap whilst the kids are at school could save me a headache later, I have learnt that if you work hard you MUST rest hard too.
So what does rest or "me-time" look like for a Mama of #ThreeLittlePandas?
1. Spray all day - Rose Spray
On days where I feel like I need that extra nudge to wake up, I use Grace & Stella Rose Spray. After 4 sprays on the face (eyes closed obvs.) I immediately feel the hydrating effects. It is #sorefreshing and smells out of this world.
The spray is paraben free and sulfate free which makes it ideal for sensitive skin. It also contains rosa essence amongst other ingredients which hydrates dry skin, can clear acne and reduce signs of aging.
2. Bath time
TLP TIP: use a bath salt blend that has himalayan bath salts in it.
Himalayan bath salts improve respiratory diseases, balances your body's pH, improves sleep quality and can reduce signs of aging. Made by Coopers have an amazing selection of bath salts and we stock our favourite right here.
Mama Panda loves a relaxing bath, especially when you do it right which leads to my next point...
3. Get the candles out
Lavender scented candles are my fave to set a relaxing atmosphere.
Lavender helps improve sleep, reduces blood pressure and fun fact: potentially promotes hair growth (of course this is when applied to the hair directly but why not throw in some facts to help back why we love lavender so much and get you ready for your first post-lockdown pub quiz?).
We have a variety of scented soy wax candles in our shop - each created using essential oils to give that clean and quality smell. Paraben free and hand-poured by our friends at @atria_fragrance we are so pleased to have created this line as candles are a must have in our home. I mean... just watching the soft flame of a lit candle makes us all warm and fuzzy inside.
4. Eye masks for when I feel a little puffy: Grace and Stella Eye Mask.
Also available in our webshop - a box contains 12 pairs of anti-wrinkle & energising eye masks. It literally does what it says on the box. Apply it to clean, makeup-free skin and place the masks on the under eye area for about 15minutes. During that time it brightens, depuffs and hydrates. #Winning!
You may have noticed by now that all of these items are available in our webshop - that's because at TLP we like to practice what we preach. Offering you clean and kind products we genuinely believe in and that are good for you and the environment.
Have you tried any of the items mentioned? Have you got a self-care routine you'd like to share with us?
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