It’s certainly true that you can have too much of a good thing. For instance, while it would be much harder than eating high-calorie fast food to get there, you can become obese through eating otherwise very healthy, clean foods if you do not exercise portion control, or overdo certain food types with a high concentration of vitamins, you may find yourself in less of a healthy state than you would hope for.
This can go for almost any form of self-care. Even someone with an active approach to exercise can conduct their exercise with poor form, or overtrain, or may not replenish their energy levels before trying the next session. It’s also true that this can go for grooming. For instance, don’t do laser hair removal at home as it can be hard to complete a fully satisfactory job. Additionally, dying your hair too much can cause it to become brittle and fall out (as evidenced by Grimes latest Vogue ‘get ready’ video.
But how can you know where the limit is, and what best practices you should follow? No matter how experienced you are, you can always benefit from the following advice:
No matter how experienced you are, make sure to read the instructions on any and all products you use. A new product, while seeming similar, may have particular needs. For instance, a face mask may be a little stronger than your usual fair, and thus may require leaving on your face for much less time than the other brands you use. Ignoring this may promote a rash or a negative reaction to the strength of the formula, and that can be a problem. Make sure you understand official instructions before use.
Know Your Sensitivities
Everyone has their particular sensitivities to some degree. You may be allergic to lavender extract, or perhaps you simply have sensitive skin. This means that shopping for products more in line with your particular needs can be worth the time investment. In some cases, it may also mean the need to try new items with new ingredients. For instance, you may decide to try aloe-vera based products thanks to their healing properties, or alternatively you may use nourishing vitamin-based creams instead of strong moisturizers. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and also keep the results in mind.
Don’t Overdo It
Don’t overdo self-care. Eight to nine hours of sleep is mostly the requirement for a healthy adult. You can overdo drinking kombucha. You can over-supplement to the point where otherwise healthy vitamins start becoming a problem. Overly washing your hair can harm the natural oils within and this can lead to it becoming dried out. As evidenced by those who struggle with OCD symptoms, even cleaning your home too much can turn into an obsession and a real mental health struggle. Don’t be afraid to relax a little, to care for yourself, but not obsessively. There you can find the best benefit.
With this advice, you’re sure to avoid harming yourself through incorrect self care.