My Skincare Line Puts Emotional Wellness First—This Is How I Prioritize Mine
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You may have noticed that we talk a lot about self care on this website. From the basics that bring us comfort, to the way we take care of our mental health, to the everyday morning rituals we follow, our self-care practices affect all facets of our lives.
And of course, the five to ten minutes we devote to skin care and pampering play a major role in our general wellbeing. Step into Strange Bird, a new line of skin care products designed to put your emotional wellbeing first and transform your routine into one of self-love, connection and gratitude.
According to therapist and founder Tina Chow Rudolf, “true self-care is the practice of creating a life that one does not want to escape from. It’s just as much about feeling good in your own skin as it is about feeling good in your own skin. “
We know Rudolf is passionate about creating a space where others can unabashedly incorporate self-care into their daily routines, but it turns out it’s just as deliberate about their own wellness rituals. Keep scrolling to see this businesswoman start her days below.
6 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING
My body has been conditioned to wake up at 6 a.m. these days. Since I had my babies, who are now 5 and 3 years old, the days of sleeping until 9 a.m. are a thing of the past. Both have Mella sleep coaches in her room and know I won’t get her until the light turns green at 7:30 am. That means I have 90 minutes to myself before my mother starts work.
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LittleHippo Mella kids sleep trainer ($ 50)
The first thing I do is grab my cell phone. I reply to a few emails, a couple of DMs, and usually do research on something that got on my mind – the best black jeans where to stay when we go to SF, and lastly, parents with my son. He’s been going through his emotional 3s (yes, that’s one thing and a lot worse than terrible 2s), and we’ve had a tough time with some behavioral disorders. I usually keep hopping for that Parenting +who has a great community of moms and experts who can help me troubleshoot in real time.
I have a yoga mat laid out in my bedroom and I do a few deep stretches every morning. After moving my body a little, I will pray and do a 10 minute meditation with Headspace. After that, I always draw a tarot card and currently use the Starchild tarot deck.
The Starchild Tarot Rose Portal Box ($ 65)
Then I use flower essences to deepen some of my inner child labor and to cleanse and protect my energy. I am in love Alexis Smart and LotusWei Flower essences.
Alexis Smart Unblocked Flower Remedy ($ 48)
I always take about a minute or so to manifest a feeling that I want to bring into my life. Lately it’s all about abundance and peace. I close this entire ritual by saying “Om Mani Padme Hum” three times. It’s an ancient Chinese Buddhist mantra that my father taught me when I was little.
I to have shower in the morning. I’m an empath, and for me, taking a shower helps me drain all of the accumulated energy from the night and the day before, and I feel like I’m starting over. I love using Innersense Harmony Hairbath and the brand’s Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner. I wash my body with a Good Soap bar and my Japanese peeling towel. I’m a little obsessed with peeling.
Innersence Pure Harmony Hair Bath ($ 28)
Innersense Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner ($ 30)
Salux Japanese nylon washcloth ($ 12)
Time for my skin care! I always use the Strange Bird Inner Clarity Cleanser. IIt’s a three-in-one cleanser, scrub, and mask that will leave you with a clear mind, heart, and of course, clear skin.
However, once a week I wait until I get out of the shower and immediately put on my Inner Clarity Cleanser as a mask while I moisturize Jiva Apoha body oil, applied to my favorite By Humankind deodorant and towel-dry my hair. (Masking when multitasking is a mother’s superpower.)
Strange Bird Inner Clarity Cleanser ($ 58)
Jiva Apoha Atman (Spirit) body oil ($ 135)
From Humankind Deodorant ($ 15)
The mask takes about five minutes and after I wash it off my pores are clear and firm and my skin feels baby soft. I follow my skin care routine with the Strange Bird Inner Balance Serum and the Inner Light Moisturizer.
Strange Bird Inner Balance Serum ($ 88)
Strange Bird Inner Light Moisturizer ($ 78)
At this point my son calls me: “Mom! My light is green! “And like clockwork my daughter opens the bathroom door and says:” My light is green! “Yes, their lights are green now and I am ready to move into my mother’s life.
I get dressed when my kids get dressed, cook them breakfast (usually something simple like soy sauce eggs or smoothies and waffles), and make coffee for myself (two scoops of collagen, along with some maple syrup and milk). In the end, I also eat what they don’t eat. Mother life.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder Supplement ($ 25)
Then the races start. Depending on the day, it’s either a jam-packed schedule for back-to-back meetings or a full day with the kids. Most days, however, I do a little bit of both, find out as the day progresses, and try my best to balance it all with joy, love, and presence.
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