Beauty shouldn’t just do good—it should feel good, too. And that’s where self-care comes in. Weaving small (but effective) changes into your everyday routine can make a big impact on your body and mind, from head to toe.
So, show of hands—who could use a little extra “me time”? Don’t worry, Beautycounter’s got your back. We tapped HQ’s OG Queen of Clean and self-care guru, Christy Coleman.
Not only is she Beautycounter’s Chief Artistic Officer (hello, dream job), but she’s also the ultimate self-care devotee. Christy even credits her everyday beauty rituals for keeping her sane during the recent Texas ice storms (Christy hails from the Lone Star State.) “My One-Step Makeup Remover Wipes were my salvation,” she says.
Here are Christy’s go-to tips for adding a boost of self-care to your everyday routine—all of which start right inside your own home.
1. Reach for matcha instead of coffee—and your skin will thank you.
Curious about matcha? If you’re looking for a pick-me-up without the jittery crash, try this antioxidant-rich coffee alternative.
“I absolutely love the taste [of matcha]! It has wonderful antioxidant benefits, which help with skin renewal,” says Christy. “I make my own almond milk with the Almond Cow, which I sweeten with dates from Rancho Meladuco [in Coachella Valley, California]. Once you try these dates, you can never buy another brand.”
2. Pare down your morning routine.
Got 10 minutes until your first Zoom call? Christy recommends these five products for making your morning a breeze: “Counter+ All Bright C Serum, Skin Twin Creamy Concealer, Color Define Brow Pencil, Color Pinch Cream Blusher in Hibiscus, and Beyond Gloss in Clove. Ready, set, go!”
3. Create the ultimate bath ritual.
Even if it’s just once a week, indulge in a luxe bath or shower with all your favorite Beautycounter products. Here’s Christy’s take:
“I start by filling the tub and adding a few pumps of the Luminous Hydration Body Oil directly into the water,” she says. “While the tub is filling with water, I exfoliate with the Sugarbuff Body Polish. I then slip into the tub and try to relax! I use this time to listen to a podcast or a bedtime story on the Calm app. I love Matthew McConaughey reading ‘Wonder,’ not just for his voice but also because I absolutely love the story. After I get out, I immediately apply the Luminous Hydration Body Oil to damp skin, then follow with the Melting Body Balm.”
4. Learn to press pause.
Everyone has those moments throughout the day where it feels like everything’s happening at once. Creating a mantra, meditating, or simply just giving yourself a minute can surprisingly work wonders.
“I have a tendency to ‘never stop,’ so I am in a constant battle with myself to slow down,” she says. “I have found that going back to my breath is very helpful—I like to visualize taking a step back, and creating a ‘pause’ for myself. I do this about 10 times throughout the day. It allows me to catch my breath, literally.”
5. Keep a clean house.
Keeping potentially harmful ingredients away from your skin and body is a great start, but Christy takes it one step further in her home.
“I have two Molekules: An Air Mini for my bedroom and the Air Pro for the house,” she says. “I also use lots of Dr Schulze Air Detox. I have used this product for about 15 years, and I literally can’t live without it. I spray my house, pillows, mattresses, and sometimes the bottom of my shoes!”
Don’t have an air purifier at home? Try plants! Plants are an effective (and beautiful) way to keep your home clean, happy, and healthy (and here are some more ideas). Houseplants scrub the air of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These hazardous compounds, like formaldehyde and benzene, are known to be potentially cancerous.
Fun fact: In 1989, NASA conducted a study and found that indoor plants like ficus, peace lilies, and mother-in-law’s tongues, when placed in the same environment as VOCs, can reduce them by as much as 70%.
With Christy’s simple approach to self-care, taking care of your body and mind doesn’t have to be just another chore—we already know how long your to-do list is. A dash of daily health and wellness adds up quick. So, go ahead and treat yourself! And make sure to tag @beautycounter to show off your self-care time. You deserve it!