i firmly believe in pampering or treating yourself regularly, no matter your schedule or lifestyle. for some, this could mean grabbing that treat you deserve, or mixing up that face mask you’ve been dying to try. it’s about taking a small time-out from everything to focus on YOU and give yourself some time. after all, you work hard to be that great, don’t ya? i knew it!
from small things to more time-consuming things, i always find little ways to indulge myself… and let’s be honest – keep myself even-keeled after hectic days or weeks. it can be as simple as drinking tea and catching up on my favorite blogs while my face mask has time to soak in, or it can be as long as scrubbing, then oiling, then washing my feet. anything i can fit into my schedule that makes me feel better, i try to do.
here are my favorite ways to treat and pamper myself. i hope you share yours, too! <3
dandelion root tea w/ coconut milk
i like to take some time to read natural beauty blogs and/or real food blogs while i drink what i think is a very comforting tea. usually Runt (my fluffy gray nebelung) likes to lay on my lap, too, which makes it even better!
steep the dandelion root tea (i love traditional medicinals) for a few minutes in very hot water, add some unsweetened coconut milk, and get ready for some warm comfort in a cup!
simple face masks
even if i don’t have all the time in the world to mix up crazy good face masks, i always like to make simple ones.
my favorite currently is a spoonful of plain kefir, a few drops of almond or argan or emu oil, and a few sprinkles of Real salt. very quick to make and it makes my skin very soft! i usually leave this on for 15 minutes and rinse it off with cool water and a washcloth.
another quick mask i love is a spoonful of plain aloe vera gel and a 1/4 spoonful of apple cider vinegar. i leave it on for up to 15 minutes and rinse it off with cool water and a washcloth. this one helps with dry skin and hormonal breakouts.
and honestly, even plain aloe is a great mask for both your face and hair. dump in on your scalp and face at the same time, and take 15 minutes to sit and do nothing other than relax before you rinse off. it’s so great!
simple scalp masks
i guarantee you that if i have at least 30 minutes to an hour free, i’m doing a scalp mask.
these can be as simple as just plain aloe vera gel, or i’ll add in other things. my favorite right now is 5 parts aloe, 1 part raw honey, and 1/3 part apple cider vinegar. it’s simple, yet packs a great moisturizing punch. try adding in 1 part plain kefir for extra protein and softness, or a few drops of your favorite oil (i love argan oil) for extra moisture and shine.
i’m probably on the weird spectrum here, but i LOVE stretching. it just feels so great and i feel so relaxed afterwards! having a desk job really gives me shoulder tension, so it’s a necessity that i work that out daily. i’ve let the tightness go until i got back spasms once… Not fun.
take some time to stretch it out and clear your mind!
nothing is pampering quite like a yummy body scrub to exfoliate and moisturize all your skin! my very simple go-to scrub is 2 parts Real salt to 1 part coconut oil. you can of course add essential oils to make it smell however you’d like. lime, anyone?!
dampen your skin with a warm washcloth (or do this before you exit the shower), scrub all over, and gently rinse off. some oil will be left over to moisturize, and your body will be baby-butt soft. you deserve it!
okay, i’ll really take the weird award on this one, but i love oiling my feet. yes, i hate feet, but i hate dry and/or uncared for feet even more.
if i have a solid half an hour to 45 minutes, i’ll dampen my feet, use my body scrub on them, rinse them off in warm water, and then oil them up with almond oil and 1 mL of magnesium oil. i then put thick socks on and jump in bed. the magnesium helps me sleep soundly, and then i get to wake up to soft and pampered feet! win!
how do you treat and/or pamper yourself? doesn’t matter how indulgent or how simple it is, leave us some ideas :)
love you all! now go get some self-lovin’ on!