If there’s anything we regret in life, it’s not spending as much time pampering ourselves as we should. Self-care is somewhat of an acquired taste; one that’s often met with a little guilt and a whole lot of excuses. Our October resolution (is that a thing?) is to restore the confidence to take care of ourselves. Here’s five ways to pamper yourself this weekend- no guilt allowed.
1. Set your surroundings
The best spas are all about ambience; so to get fully pampered, you’re going to need to do a bit of work first. (Sorry ’bout that.) First thing’s first; clean your place. Even if you don’t think it bothers you, clutter won’t allow you to fully relax- even if it’s a single wine glass left on the counter. Tidy up clutter, Swiffer your floors, and put the dishes in the sink. If you have a Crockpot, put in an easy recipe like a Chicken Breast with Lemon Juice– once you enter full relaxation mode, you’ll be grateful you won’t need to cook or call PostMates (cough… be seen.) While you’re at Trader’s, pick up a bouquet of flowers- and actually stick them in a vase. (You’ll thank us later.)
2. Step up your Bath game
If you’re anything like us, work week baths are usually just meant to avoid getting our hair wet or steamy. They’re rushed, sometimes not even taken with a closed drain, and last about as long as it takes to shave both legs.But this bath is about pampering, so it’s important to set up your space. First and foremost, you’ll need a Bath Caddy for hands-free “me” time. Then stock it with relaxation essentials, like a Mimosa-scented Candle, a great Coffee Scrub, and a good book- not your mobile device. We’re loving Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht. (It’s available on Kindle, too!)
3. Give yourself a Facial
A DIY Facial is totally possible, so long as you don’t skip any steps or skimp on product. First, slay dead skin with a gentle facial exfoliator. We’re obsessed with ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville– apply a thin, even layer to a clean, wet face, massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Leave on for up to two minutes, then rinse and gently pat dry with a dry cloth. Next, open your pores with a DIY Facial Steamer- wet a wash cloth with super hot water, wring it out, and set over your face for 5 minutes or so. (Pro tip: This jazzy cover by Norah Jones is almost exactly 5 minutes.)
Now that your pores are open, it’s time to cleanse them; a clay mask is perfect for unclogging pores and kicking any impurities. Philosophy Purity Pore Extractor is a Top 5 for us. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then remove using your steamed washcloth step once again. Following your clay mask, apply a Hydrating Mask, which will allow skin restoration in newly cleansed pores. Dermovia’s Lace Your Face Rose Water Mask stays in place with its revolutionary ear and chin straps, so your hands can be devoted to prepping your next step! After removing your Hydrating Mask, be sure not to wash the serum off your face; instead, massage it gently in an upward motion into your pores and dab any excess off.
Last but not least, seal in with a moisturizer, using your fingertips to continue your massage. Be gentle with your skin while massaging, taking extra precautions not to break facial capillaries. Our favorite oil-free moisturizer right now is Origins Zero Oil Moisture Lotion for oil-prone skin.
4. Lounge in Luxury
Even if your agenda consists of a Fixer Upper Marathon and at-home Acaí Bowls, lounging in luxury will help put you in a state of Namaste. Hang around in Satin Robe and preserve your facial by sleeping on a matching Satin Pillowcase. (Bonus points if you deck out in slippers; we’re obsessed with these Cocktail-Inspired ones from kensie)
5. Speaking of Cocktails
…Make yourself one. (And we don’t mean a glass of wine.) Treat yourself to an easy Thyme Cocktail, like our fave for Martha Stewart. (We’ve already added the ingredients to your shopping list, below.) Then turn on your favorite trash TV and enjoy.
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- Thyme sprigs (3)
- Bottle of Gin
- Fresh lemon juice
- Bottle of Riesling
- Lemon-lime soda
- Fresh flowers
- Dried Oregano
- Ground Black Pepper
- 2 lbs. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- Chicken Bouillon Granules
- Fresh Parsley