Every time I feel a little stressed, burned out, or in need of a mood booster, I look for a snack (don’t we all?). Nothing can make a gloomy day better than a cupcake, some masala chips or even a cup of adrak ki chai. A bar of chocolate can make me happier and more focused than any pep talk from my girlfriends.
But on the list of quick and instant pick-me-ups, right after yummy snacks, comes the refreshing and indulgent genre of self-care. Diving into the hydrating,and rejuvenating world of beauty with a moisturising toner or dipping my toes (literally) into colourful nail paints can be truly satisfying, don’t you think? Or stepping away from the laptop for a quick five minute reboot to cool my under eyes with a short gua sha massage. Oh, the joy!
That brings me to the hottest skincare trend that everyone is talking about (and I’m currently obsessed with). Beauty snacking. This viral craze is basically taking bite-sized breaks that involve beauty self-care to elevate your mood. Think of beauty champions that can be trusted as instant stress-busters for short breaks between your work calls. These quick and easy ‘beauty snacks’ will fit right into your bag so you can take a pause wherever and whenever you like. It’s like carrying your comfort zone in your purse. Ahead, a few beauty snacking non-negotiables that you can try to survive your weekdays.
Wake Up, Sunshine!
Mid-day burnout? Give tired eyes a break with these under-eye patches to de-puff your eyes. Think cooling ingredients like cucumber, aloe vera or green tea. Add to this delicious and calming routine a few spritzes of a refreshing face-mist for an instant pick-me-up!
Keep Calm And Hydrate
No time for a salon facial? Just let your favourite sheet mask work its magic on your skin, and follow it up with a relaxing gua sha massage. Trust me, a dose of hydration along with a tool that is known to reduce puffiness and aids in lymphatic drainage (read: massaging technique to reduce painful swelling) is truly welcoming for an at-home ritual.
Paint The World, Start With Your Fingernails
Feeling low? A pop of colour on your nails will boost your mood right away! Pastels and neons always work best to brighten up my day. Follw up with a hydrating hand cream for nourished hands.
Priority #1: Unwind
Had a tiring day? Take off your shoes, dim the lights at home and light your favourite candle to calm your senses. Unwind with a relaxing champi that’ll make your scalp, hair and mood instantly healthier.