7 Beauty Rituals to Beat the Autumn Blues
Fall is a magical time. With crisp weather, crackling fires, and the reintroduction of pumpkin spice lattes, what’s not to love about this wonderful season? There is one thing: SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). As the temperatures grows colder and light decreases, our circadian rhythms change, which can cause a slew of unpleasant side effects including low mood, reduced energy levels, and poor sleep — otherwise known as SAD.
To protect your mental health this fall and prevent the fall and winter blues, try these wellness rituals that’ll leave your skin and mood instantly brighter.
#1: Take a Nice, Long Bath
Baths are a good place to start when it comes to self-care. With the weather getting colder and the days growing darker, there’s no better feeling than immersing yourself in a hot bath at the end of the day. It can help improve your sleep, boost your mood, and reduce your stress levels. Try adding magnesium salts or essential oils such as lavender to help you unwind even further.
Best of all, baths can even boost your immune system to better fight off colds and coughs. Already sick? A warm bubble bath can relieve symptoms thanks to the steam from the water which opens up the nasal passages and loosens mucus blockage. Wellness experts add that luxurious bubble baths are a great for the nervous system, too.
Run yourself a nice hot bubble bath tonight and start reaping up all the benefits!
#2: Establish a Skincare Routine
Routines and rituals give one a sense of control and security. If you don’t already follow a skincare regimen, try starting one — and sticking to it. Pick a handful of products that cater to your skin type and concerns, and include them in your daily routine.
When applying your beauty products, try transforming the act into a moment of mindfulness and reflection. Breathe in, breathe out. Enjoy the smells and sensations of the products you use. Really try to stay in the moment and take everything in.
Your beauty routine doesn’t need to be complicated. All you need is a cleanser, serum, face cream, and sunscreen. You can add in extras like toner, eye cream, and face oil, but they’re not necessary.
We recommend trying Rainbow’s Hydrate Bundle, a two-step skincare routine that’s ridiculously easy to stick to!
#3: Indulge in Luxury Lotions
After showering or bathing, grab your fave tub of body butter and massage it into your entire body. Just make sure the formula you use is luxurious to really create a self-care moment.
There’s just something so relaxing about rubbing a rich, sweet-scented lotion into your skin. Plus, you get the added benefit of super soft skin. It’s a win-win!
In the fall and winter months, skin needs as much moisture as it can get. Indulge in Rainbow’s Hydrate Body Butter, a whipped multicolored formula of coconut, shea butter, and cocoa butter to deeply hydrate and condition skin.
#4: Give Your Skin a Glow Up
It may not be the same for you, but when our skin’s glowing...our happy hormones fire up. In the fall, skin is prone to dullness. That’s because there’s less sunlight and skin becomes drier, making it harder for light to reflect your skin. The best way to combat dullness is with regular exfoliation. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week will remove the buildup of dead skin cells, revealing fresh, glowing skin.
Pamper your skin with Rainbow’s Glow Bundle, a 2-step skin brightening routine powered by glycolic acid, bakuchiol, and acai.
You can also enhance your glow even further by incorporating more antioxidants like vitamin C and E into your skincare routine. Antioxidants are like endorphins for your skin!
#5: Create Your Own DIY Formulas
Who doesn’t love a good beauty hack or easy DIY recipe? Get hands on this fall by creating a couple of homemade beauty products. From masks to creams and scrubs, there are plenty of products you can make using ingredients straight out of your kitchen.
Make the activity extra fun by inviting a couple of friends over. You can create a kind of spa day or night, creating your own formulas first, and then pampering yourselves with them after. With the festive season on its way, there’s no better time to get FESTIVE!
#6: Get Some Fresh Air
Research shows that half of the population is vitamin D deficient. To up your levels of vitamin D, try spending more time outside in natural daylight. Breathe in the fresh air, soak up the sunlight, and get your daily dose of vitamin D. If you don’t get much time to get outside, amp up your vitamin D levels with a supplement.
Not only will more time in nature increase your vitamin D levels, it’ll also keep your calm, happy, and controlled. Especially if you walk outside barefoot (aka, “earthing”).
“When your body directly touches the Earth, your entire being changes; both inside and outside. Studies show earthing calms our nervous system and help reduce stress and anxiety,” says hypnotherapist and life coach, Kristine Ovsepian.
#7: Try A New Makeup Look
It’s always fun to experiment! Channel your autumn blues into something more fun and productive: like trying a new makeup look. You could even set yourself the challenge to try a new makeup look every day. Not only is it fun to do, but it’ll give you a very attainable goal that’ll make you feel good.
Your makeup looks don’t need to look a certain way or be completely dramatic. Just play around, get creative, and above all...have fun! We all get stuck in a rut with clothes, makeup, and skincare products. Make fall the season to switch things up a little!
Autumn blues don’t have to mess up your days! In fact, you can use the new season to set goals, start a solid skincare routine, and spend more time practicing self-care. When the cooler months come around, it’s important to focus on yourself and prioritize your well-being to keep your mood and energy levels high.