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).
- 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).