It’s the first snowfall of the year! Can you guys believe it? I woke up to attend to some errands for the day but once I opened up my curtains to snow this morning, the game plan changed. Typical “bitter” me, but I did manage to get some errands done on myself. Yesterday I made an announcement on my Instagram how I was going to do an “at-home spa day”. Well, now that I think of it, it’s more of a chore for me to pamper myself. “A chore to pamper myself”…is that an oxymoron? ANYWAYS, I used to do these things weekly because, well…it was summer and it was pre Accutane period. My skin was out of control so I had to go that extra mile for it to stay under control. I’m not going to lie, post Accutane, my skin has been fabulous but I have not been taking care of it the way that I should be. Now that winter is coming up, I’m going to start incorporating this “pamper day” every Sunday before the week starts so I’m fresh for the next 5 days. Grab a green tea or hot coffee and let’s get right into it!
First thing is first; when I wake up in the mornings, I always go straight to the kitchen to make my current favorite coffee, Suisse Mocha (yummy!). While that is being made, I head to the bathroom to brush my teeth and exfoliate my face to prep for face steaming. This step will make the steaming process more efficient. I like to use plain sugar and honey for exfoliation. If you prefer to use a store bought exfoliator, one of my favorites is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub that works just as well.
If you have a steamer, great. If not, don’t you fret. I have one back home in West Virginia but prefer not to carry it back and forth. Just take a giant pot filled with water and bring it to a boil. If you want to add a little extra “oomph” to your face you can add some green tea leaves to your boiling water or what I prefer, Toner Tabs from Lush Cosmetics. Adding a little extra something to your water will really seep through your skin and not to mention, it’s beyond relaxing, especially if you get a lavender or vanilla herb tablet. Once my water starts to boil, I turn off the stove and take a giant beach towel over my head as my place my face above the steam. Be very cautious and do not burn yourself. Try to trap all the steam under the towel so no cool air gets in the way. I try to do this for 10-15 minutes, sweating out all the dirt, oils and impurities. After this, I immediately pat dry and take a bowl of ice cubes and rub about 3 all over my face until they all melt. Heat opens up our pores allowing oil and dirt to come out; you NEVER want to leave your pores opened! Ice or cold water will simply close them up. Steaming is a cost effective way to clear out your skin, skin deep. I also love doing this when sick—instead of using green tea or Lush Tablets, put a spoonful of Vick’s and your sinus’ will be cleared in no time!
For more deep cleaning penetration, I wear a face mask after steaming my face. I typically always use my Indian Healing Clay Mask which is my holy grail face mask but I had ordered some makeup online and asked for some Glam Glow Supermud samples. One little packet was enough to cover my entire face. This mask was mediocre at best…is it worth $69? Absolutely and most definitely not, I would never purchase the full size of it. I know some people swear by this mask but for my skin type, I have found other masks to be more effective at ¼ of the price point. If you all have any face mask brands you enjoy, do share!
Moving on to hair. For those of you who know me, taking care of my hair is just as important as caring for my skin. I used to apply coconut oil on a weekly basis to help maintain moisture and restore the damage done by heat throughout the week but, unfortunately, that stopped a while ago. I’ve been slacking big time but applying coconut oil today made me realize how much I loved it and what a difference it makes! I usually apply coconut oil on days when I’m not doing anything-meaning I have no plans to leave the house. I also like to sleep in it for a more deep conditioning regimen. If you really want the coconut to penetrate through your cuticles and stimulate your scalp, put on a shower cap and blow dry all around. We’ve been through this before, heat opens up pores–you have pores on your scalp and cuticles on each strand of hair, this will allow the oil to moisturize and deep condition the way we want it to.
Ladies, I don’t care what anyone tells you or what you believe, it’s NOT okay to not remove your hair now that winter has come around. I used to be okay with running around with hairy legs and arms but since I have been maintaining my hair removal regimen for some time now, I don’t think I will ever be okay with hair. My go to machine for removing my arm and leg hair is my Mini Epilator. Yes it hurts a lot, but…you get used to it. Waxing gets a little too messy for me, especially for that big of a body part so I stick to only waxing my armpits and…other areas that we will discuss in another blog post! If you have thick, coarse and/or dark hair, stick with either waxing, using an epilator or laser hair removal. Please, please PLEASE never shave any part of your body (cringe)!
I do all these steps in this particular order so I’m kind of multi-tasking. As my face mask hardens and coconut oil does it’s job, I’m removing my hair. After this time period is over, I typically shower then moisturize every part of my body. My face is packed on with my holy grail Cetaphil Moisturizer, my lips are topped off with an old time favorite Nivea Lip Butter in Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss and I soak my body in dry oil from Victoria Secret (discontinued, sorry)! This entire regimen does take some time but taking care of your body and being well groomed is crucial. Feeling good and looking good go hand in hand, right? I hope you all enjoyed learning about my at home spa day. What are some things you all do to pamper yourselves?
Happy snow day and stay warm, loves!