Self-care secrets that I’ve discovered this lockdown

Culture / May 29, 2020

This week, I was invited to talk about self-care on Unlock Philippines podcast. We talked about self-care and how this lockdown might have driven us to try out different self-pampering devices and methods. Some failed and some gave amazing results.

It got me thinking how when it comes to self-care, it’s all about self-discovery as well. Self-care has shifted because of the lockdown, and for those lucky enough who can use the time at home, we’ve discovered that taking care of yourself is more than just your products.

I learned how creating your own lockdown routine helped me cope with the situation. It also helped me maximize the time I have. Routines help your tackle tasks at home whether it’s decluttering or exercising. Since we are all different, one must not follow a certain routine based on another person, nor one should be pressured to be productive.

If your routine is simple and just the basics, that’s fine. If it involves a lot of Netflix, I see no harm in that. Self-care is about doing what makes you feel good, above all else.

When it comes to products, I suggest taking the time to do those little life hacks that everyone talks about. If it works for you, then great! But if it doesn’t now is the moment that you have the time to adjust it or to discover what works for you.

My personal self-care hacks involve stuff found in the kitchen. I use olive oil in my hair post-shower. Apply just a little amount to your roots and you’ll find that it’s not sticky and your hair is so soft the next day.

As someone who loves masks, I often reach for a few favorites. But sometimes, I also opt for honey. A thin film of it over the face is moisturizing. It also has anti-bacterial properties that will help fight the acne-causing elements in your face.

In the hot days, I find the sliding an ice cube over the face is instantly refreshing. It also closes up your pores, something really important, since they tend to be inflamed and open in the heat. If they remain that way, they tend to collect dirt and oil.

Other than that, I’ve turned to my favorites. Since there is so much time, I can leave my Olaplex Np. 3. It’s one of my go-to products for a while as it helps nourish colored hair. It’s recommended to leave it one for 15 minutes but these days, I keep it there for hours! It’s amazing because the longer you leave it on, the more your hair gets the benefits the product delivers.

I also like the Davines Oi Oil. It adds shine and softness to hair while also detangling and fighting frizz, working especially well on coarse or dry hair. It doesn’t feel heavy.

Beyond that, I want to share how self-care isn’t just about the physical as well. It’s about how you take time for your self as a person, tapping into some empathy especially during this time.

Listen below for the full podcast interview