Quick Beauty Tips for Stay-at-Home Entrepreneurs
After working from home for the past two years as a creative entrepreneur, I quickly learned that your everyday beauty routines are not quite the same anymore. You’re not getting as much sleep and the last thing on your to-do list is not usually beauty related. Your schedule is usually out of sync and you end up working longer hours than you should sitting in front of the computer until the wee hours. And yes, your skin and overall hygiene is all out of whack. That's perfectly normal, right? But, as we all know, self-care is important for our overall well-being and having an everyday skincare routine can leave you feeling refreshed in the morning and relaxed before bedtime (And your skin will thank you for it as well). I’ve recently started a simple beauty routine that I have started everyday ( which I try to stick to) and will share a few quick tips to make you feel a little pampered on those extra busy days. Working from home also makes you feel like you can wear pajamas all day and skip all the self-care "stuff", but sometimes getting dressed up at least once a week and stepping up your beauty game can give you that extra motivation. And who doesn't enjoy that pampered feeling?
Before I start and end my day, I always feel better after cleansing my face. I’m currently using a gentle moisturizing cleanser by Nourish Organics. It is rich in antioxidants and the cucumber helps to hydrate and sooth leaving your face feeling refreshed in the morning. My evening tip * On those days when you don’t have the time to cleanse, I take a cotton pad and use a toner or micellar water to cleanse the day’s grime.
Moisturize: Depending on your skin type, I normally apply my moisturizer while my skin is damp. I’m currently using Naturopathica’s Beech Tree & Ginseng Daily Moisturizer for my face in the morning and in the evening I like to moisturize with coconut oil drops. For my body, I've started using oils and I just discovered Marie Lynn Skincare's Everything Oil, it's the perfect after-shower moisturizer and I usually apply it right after I get out of the bath, throw on a robe and have my cup of tea. The floral/citrus scent is relaxing and rejuvenating.
Extra pampering: Let’s say you have those days where you skip your whole beauty routine, there’s one thing that you can do at the end of the day that will leave you feeling extra pampered. I like to moisturize my feet at the end of the day with ElskaBody’s Peppermint Foot Lotion. If you have neck pain or feel stressed around your shoulders, an herbal massage oil always works for me. I'm using a relaxing blend by Molly Muriel Apothecary.
Makeup: My everyday makeup routine is very simple. After cleansing and moisturizing, I apply an all-over tinted moisturizer with SPF if I’m getting out of the house (I never used to do this until I moved to Southern California). I usually just use a light bronzer or blush for my cheeks and apply Root Pretty’s natural mascara. If I’m going out to meet friends or somewhere special, I like to change things up from the everyday routine and use eyeliner, shadow and a lip color. Sometimes I just add a bold lip color and it can totally brighten up your face and your whole outfit.
One last tip, which is a given, get plenty of beauty sleep! As we all have different skin types, some products may work better than others. I would love to hear some of the brands you enjoy!
I’ve recently started adding green & natural beauty products to my beauty routine and these are my current favorites which I've found at craft fairs, recommendations from friends and new brands through Instagram:
ElskaBody: Peppermint Foot Lotion-elskabody.com
Root Pretty: Vegan Mascara and Shea Butter Lipstick-rootpretty.com
Marie Lynn Skincare: Everything Oil and Cocoa-Mint Lip Balm-marielynnskincare.com
Molly Muriel Apothecary: Tranquility Relaxing Kava Kava Blend Massage Oil- mollymuriel.com
Naturopathica: Beech Tree and Ginseng Daily Moisturizer-naturopathica.com
Thayer’s: Lavender Witch Hazel Toner-thayers.com
Nourish Organics: Moisturizing Face Cleanser-nourishorganic.com
Acure: Brightening Facial Mask-acureorganics.com
Andalou Naturals: andalou.com