Do-It-Yourself

I love me a good pampering session, especially the do-it-yourself kind.  We don’t often treat ourselves with kindness at the best of times. And usually when we need to care for ourselves the most, it’s a time for self-destruction. What is that about? And we all know, it never helps.

For me, actually taking some time-out and focussing on the physical needs of my body, the most obvious, being my skin, has a profound effect on the emotional side of me. I am a spiritual being, and love rituals, so for those of you who are less inclined, you could look at this as  a practical step in taking care of your skin (and in the long run, self).

This is what I do, feel free to leave out the woo woo stuff 🙂

First things first:

  • Lay out a yoga mat and light a candle;
  • Do a simple yoga routine; (I am no yogi, so usually 15 or 20 minutes will do. This helps me to feel more grounded, present and in my body);
  • Focus on your breath and how your body feels; (the stretches help to get blood flowing to all the right parts).

woman with face mask, woman relaxing, self care

Pampering time:

  • Soak a face cloth in hot water (and wring it out), hold it over your face for a few minutes (this opens the pores and sinuses),
  • Wash your face with a cleanser; (I am using Natural Instinct as I am part of a tester group for 6 weeks, their products are all natural, free from nasties (and actually work)).
  • Then apply a purifying mask, or a mud mask (anything that draws out impurities will do).
    • I either drink a cup of tea while this is working or I potter around and tidy up.
  • Rinse off after 10-15 minutes (or when my face is tight and I am no longer able to talk easily, I am chatterbox, so this part is hard).
  • Now apply a moisturising mask, and leave for 15 minutes.
  • Rinse off and apply a nourishing moisturiser.

I reckon this will take you, about an hour to do, from the yoga to rinsing the 2nd mask off and applying cream. However, the knock on effect will last ages. I have posted a blog about Self-care, so check out my other suggestions for more important habits to incorporate into your life.

So there you have it. You deserve kindness, love and space (and a pamper).

Love

L x

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6 comments on “Never under-estimate the power of a good pampering”

  1. OMG!!! So love this, when I think pampering I would love to do it but never have the time to go to a spa and do all the fun stuff but this is awesome something quick and easy to do at home 🙂

    • Hi Jodie
      I am so glad to hear that. And I hope that you have taken some time out this weekend to do a bit of pampering. Let me know! L x

  2. Such a great reminder for self care. It really makes a difference, today I gave myself a mini facial, did my hair and put on a great outfit. After, I felt so ready to be productive. I will have to try adding in the yoga next time!

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