POV: After a busy day, you’re *finally* about to sit down, light a candle, and meditate… when the overflowing laundry basket in the corner catches your eye. As you get up to go deal with the laundry, another cycle of deprioritizing your self-care regimen in favor of more pressing tasks begins.
But here’s the thing: Whether self care for you looks like meditation, skin care, working out, or something else entirely, it actually is pressing for your overall well-being.
Makeup artist Isabel Y. Rosado can personally attest. For her, self care has helped her to become more centered and avoid burnout. “Self care is important because clear space, clear mind,” Rosado says. “We have many responsibilities throughout the day, whether that is working or taking care of others around us. The time we choose to give to ourselves is a grounding time to breathe and be present.”
Her version of self care is artfully applying a fresh face of makeup, but no matter what you like to do to take care of yourself, you can find the essentials you need at great prices during the Walmart Beauty Glow-Up Event, which is online and in-store through April 21. So go ahead and prioritize yourself this spring—the laundry can wait a few minutes.
8 budget-friendly self-care essentials
Like your self-care moments to make you feel as if you’re at a spa? Then these hydrating, tea-infused aromatherapy gel eye patches are for you. If you wear makeup, Rosado recommends using them before makeup application to de-puff the eyes, which will mean less concealer and foundation usage. “Skin is alive, and needs its care before makeup, always,” Rosado says.
If you live for a long, hot shower no matter the weather, consider adding this daily exfoliant to your routine. The dual-action body scrub combines physical exfoliants (peach kernel and pumice powder) with AHAs (lactic, glycolic, and malic acids) to buff away dry skin, help cell renewal, and even out skin tone.
If you’re someone who lives for life’s simple pleasures, you understand the joy of stopping to smell the roses, and of slathering on body cream after a hot shower. Well, you can do both at once with this blush rose and magnolia-scented body lotion. The non-greasy formula is incredibly moisturizing, thanks to its blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, and vitamin E. Plus, its fast-absorbing, aka you’ll be in your cozy pajamas in no time.
Sleep in itself is a form of self care, and it counts double when you’re also taking care of your hair while you snooze. This pure silk sleep wrap is made to help maintain your hairstyle, prevent tangles, and keep your curls’ shape overnight.
Self care doesn’t have to mean hours-long routines—it could just be spending 15 minutes to give yourself the nutrients you need. Since 95 percent of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of fiber, yes, taking the time to drink a glass of water with this added fiber powder to support your gut health would, in fact, count as self care.
One of Rosado’s self-care picks? A facial spray, like this beloved one by Mario Badescu that promises to revive dehydrated skin. “I use them before moisturizer to attract moisture, and after to help settle any powders I may have used, so those facial mist particles can refine and look like skin,” Rosado says.
For all the skin-care lovers out there, upgrade your self-care regimen with this facial epilator and cleansing device combo. The facial brush promises will cleanse your skin more deeply than your average wash, and if you’re into facial hair removal, the epilator will give your skin a smoother-than-a-wax finish.
Sometimes, simply lighting a candle is all you need to set the mood for a self-care-conducive environment. And when that candle is made specifically with the thought of relaxation in mind? Well, that’s just a game-changer. This vanilla, tuberose, and jasmine scented candle will bring all the zen vibes to your home. Now that’s the start of some good self care.