6 Best Self-Care Tips – from our co-founder, wellness expert, Kristy Cimesa

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In today’s world of stress, pollution, commuting and life pressures, it has never been more important to try and factor self-care into our routines.  You may have seen the popularity of the hashtags #selfcaresaturday or #selfcaresunday on social media, and for good reason, with 8.2million tags for #selfcare on Instagram alone, it’s great to focus on our self-care in order to preserve our energy & wellbeing.

Kristy Cimesa, our co-founder at Botanico Vida, knows a thing or two about self-care. Educated at The Australian College of Natural Medicine with a degree in Applied Science in Acupuncture, she worked for Space NK as their Spa Development Manager and previously founded skincare brand Elemental Herbology.  Kristy continued her passion in pursuit of developing a clinically proven skincare formula, using 100% natural ingredients.  The result, Omega Oil, our hero skin oil, for use on baby bumps, babies, scars, wrinkles and dry skin… You can scroll down to hear more about Omega Oil from Kristy a little later.

Here, we share her secret top 6 tips to feel self-nourished by introducing the right self-care rituals into your weekly routine:

 1.      Start the day with the best breakfast

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Overnight, your body is resting and considered to be ‘fasting’.  It’s recommended that the average adult gets 8 hours of sleep per night, a long time to go without food.  By eating a balanced, nutritious breakfast first thing in the morning, you are fuelling your body to provide energy for the day and this also controls mood & improves concentration too.  Of course, it’s important that we don’t grab those high-sugar, low-nutrition options out of convenience.  According to Kristy, “by having a go-to, quick and healthy option, you can whip up a perfectly balanced breakfast in minutes”.  Her favourite is a yoghurt, seed and fruit pot.  She takes 3 heaped spoons of yoghurt; either a dairy free option such as coconut yoghurt or an organic natural yoghurt, then she adds sliced seasonal organic fruit and her nutritious seed mix.  “I love to add a mix of chia, linseed, sunflower and pumpkin seeds for their amazing Omega-rich content.  Always buy raw, organic seeds wherever you can, as their nutritional content has not been disturbed by roasting them.  This breakfast sets me up for the whole morning and is my secret weapon for energy and glowing skin from within”.   

2.      Invest in regular deep tissue massages

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Kristy is an expert when it comes to choosing the right massage and she has a great tip: “I find the best therapists are usually those that have trained in sports massage along with acupressure or shiatsu and often found in more local neighbourhood healing centres than hotel spas which are normally performed by beauty therapists rather than body therapists”.  Her first choice is Tanya from Project Me http://www.project-me.co.uk/therapies-crouch-end/ who “combines a wonderful mix of deep tissue and sports massage with gentle aromatherapy”. Kristy recommends booking a massage on a monthly basis to reap the benefits of regular attention to tense areas of the body.  It also allows for total relaxation to know that your phone is switched off, no one can disturb you and you’re not exposed to the temptation of checking your emails, social media or voicemails.  A recent survey conducted by Common Sense Media, which included nearly 1,800 adults, found that adults spend an average of nine hours and 22 minutes every day in front of various screens—including smartphones, tablets, computers and televisions.  Those are scary figures and by booking those regular massages, you are ensuring time to yourself and a welcome break from screen-time.

  3.      Run a warm bath infused with Neroli and Rose oils to rebalance body and mind

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This might sound like an obvious one, so as one of the easiest and most accessible self-care tips, Kristy recommends taking a bath “at least twice per week to relax, unwind and rebalance”.  Her secret tip is “to create your own mix of essential oils and add 5-10 drops in your bath water for total rejuvenation”.  Kristy mixes her own blend of Neroli and Rose oil. “I love mixing essential oils and making my own bath soaks – it’s the most satisfying ritual and you know exactly what is being soaked into your skin”.

Neroli essential oil comes from the Seville orange tree, is spicier and greener than the sweet orange blossom scent and is produced by steam distillation. 

Common benefits of neroli include:

·       Improving low mood and soothing nerves

·       Repairing and rejuvenating the skin at a cellular level due to its antioxidant levels

·       Improving acneic skin due to its antimicrobial elements to combat bacteria

·       Reducing inflammation

·       Boosting circulation in the body

Rose oil is another powerhouse essential oil for the skin.  Containing a complex array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, rose essential oil has:

·       Excellent emollient properties for moisturising dry skin

·       Anti-inflammatory properties that help treat redness and inflammation

·       It can also help refine skin texture, controlling skin diseases such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

This wonderful blend of neroli and rose allows for complete relaxation when you take long, deep breaths whilst soaking in the bath.  Kristy recommends “taking a long inhale through the nose for a count of 4 and then slowly exhaling for a count of 8 out of the mouth at least 5 times to allow oxygen to flow into your body and encourage full relaxation through the body”.

 

4.      Apply Omega Oil to damp skin to keep skin soft and supple

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Kristy’s top tip for using our hero product, Omega Oil is “to use it immediately after bathing or showering on damp skin to allow for even better absorption into the skin”.  This is because water has two benefits when applying oils to the skin: firstly it helps the oil to penetrate the skin and secondly the oil will lock the water into the skin, helping to increase hydration of the upper levels of the skin.  She recommends “always keeping your bottle of Omega Oil in the bathroom so that you can easily apply it on moist skin” and she adds that “we specifically designed the bottle to have a spray pump so that it’s easy to apply evenly with no mess or excess product on your hands when applying it.”  Kristy says that “because the unique formulation of Omega Oil is brimming with antioxidants, essential amino acids and nourishing vitamins, including some of the Earth’s richest sources of Omegas 3, 6 and 9, it is an incredibly moisturising formula that allows our bodies to build and renew our skin.  Everything in Omega Oil is completely natural, and every company we work with adheres to standards of sustainability and ethical production, so not only does your skin feel amazing after using Omega Oil, you know that you are choosing a cruelty-free, vegan, fair trade and sustainable product too”. 

 

Omega Oil was clinically tested in a rigorous 12-week trial and was proven to:

·       Improve skin elasticity by 45%

·       1/3 of users reported their skin elasticity improved by 100% in 12 weeks 

·       On average, the skin’s moisture levels increased by 19% after only 2 weeks of use

·       During the 12 week trial, 96% of users reported that their skin felt softer and smoother

·       92% of users said that they would recommend Omega Oil to a friend

 

“We are incredibly proud of our clinical trial results as it demonstrates how unique Omega Oil truly is; to be 100% natural, yet clinically-proven to deliver incredible skin care results” says Kristy.

5.      Read a favourite book, wherever your quiet place is  

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“Taking time out, away from technology is vital for our wellbeing” says Kristy.  Her top tip is to “find a quiet space, a comfy chair and dedicate time to reading within your busy week – it will encourage a slower pace and is a wonderful compliment to your self-care routine”.  In our busy world, the simple pleasure of reading a book can feel like a total break from the day-to-day pressures we face.  Reading provides mental stimulation, reduces stress, improves memory, develops stronger analytical skills, expands our vocabulary and provides improved focus, concentration and writing skills.  In fact, book sales are booming.  2017 was a record-breaking year for publishers as global sales of books passed the £5.7bn mark. It’s also very interesting that the younger generation are proving that physical books are popular. New figures reveal that e-book sales are falling while sales of paper books are growing – and the shift is being driven by younger generations.

 Kristy is currently reading The Forty Rules Of Love by Elif Shafik. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/306346/the-forty-rules-of-love-by-elif-shafak/9780143118527/readers-guide/

Kristy adds that she “heard Elif speak at an event last year and finally got round to reading one of her books after being so inspired by her talk. Her books are incredibly beautiful reflections on life”. 

6. Practice Hot Yoga to detox, purify and uplift

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Kristy’s final self-care tip is to dedicate time in your week for physical movement.  “We all spend far too long working at desks or scrolling on our phones whilst on the go, so some well deserved time for exercise is essential within our self-care routines” says Kristy.  She prioritises her Hot Yoga class saying “it feels wonderful to book a class and know that you have carved out time for yourself to move, breathe and remove toxins from the skin”.  Benefits of yoga include: increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration and improved cardio and circulatory health through increased blood flow.  Similarly, yoga has been proven to improve your mood and mental health and is often now prescribed to help with mental health concerns including depression and anxiety.  Kristy particularly enjoys Hot Yoga and one of her favourite studios is 3 Tribes in Crouch End https://www.3tribes.co.uk/

We hope you enjoy these tips and we wish you all a relaxing and rejuvenating self-care routine!

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For more information about the story of Omega Oil visit http://www.botanicovida.com/bioactive-sacha-inchi/