Why self-care = survival, not self-indulgence

It’s true – self-care is the main essential to manifesting everything in our lives. Why? Because we can’t pour our heart and soul into anything from an empty cup and self-care is all about giving yourself permission to pause, reboot, fill that cup back up and go again.

“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not an act of self-indulgence. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”

— Audre Lorde, writer, feminist and civil rights activist

For me, a big part of this process is my skincare routine – I’ve been following it religiously since I was quite young, and even started using an eye cream when I went to modelling school at just 14 years of age.

At the time, my mother went off and bought me Ella Bache’s Special Eye Cream and I still use it to this day, off and on!

Since then, I’ve enjoyed using a whole range of different products – which was especially a bit of a trial and error process during my pregnancies. I started having a really bad reaction to all types of natural products; things that were plant-based or filled with essential oils. At the end of the day I put it down to my hormones!

But right now, my skincare regime looks a little like this…

Morning

I love the Thalgo Marine range, so my day begins with their cream cleanser, toner and face cream. It’s designed especially for sensitive skin, which works beautifully for me.

Evening

I use Go-To skincare foaming cleanser to remove my makeup at the end of the day. When I feel like my skin needs a bit of an extra boost I’ll use the ASAP daily micro-exfoliating scrub and I find Synergie Skin’s Super Serum is the perfect final step to soothe and repair my skin overnight.

As for my skincare crush?

If I had money to burn I would be snapping up the La Mer moisturising cream and eye serum lifting contour. I love their history, how the product came about and their top-secret ingredients work wonders on my skin… it’s just a touch expensive.

But hey, a girl can dream, and we did say self-care is a matter of survival, right?

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