Making Time for Yourself: Not Easy, but Necessary

I didn’t think it would be as hard to carve out 10 – 15 minutes an evening to pamper myself as it has actually been. I’m a bit disappointed in my lack of ability to devote even that small of an amount of time every day to my mental and physical health. I made it extremely easy on myself—I kept my cute bamboo caddy right on my vanity near the sink so that I saw it before bed. I still didn’t use it daily. I will admit that last week was a bit of an anomaly from my usual weeks, and I had several nightly obligations, so some of these nights I was just plain too tired to do anything more than brush my teeth and fall into bed.

But I will also say that the evenings I used my pampering kit (which was in actuality probably every other day), I felt much better than when I started, which means that it is definitely time well-spent. I felt more relaxed, calmer, and more attractive because I was putting an effort into caring for my body. I’ll aim to do better this week!

Here are the different products I’m using:

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So far I’m really loving these additions to my beauty regimen. In case you didn’t see the first post, here’s what I’ve been doing so far.

Step 1: Wash my face with St. Ives Apricot scrub (no need to do this daily since scrubs can be abrasive to the skin if used too often)

I have extremely (and I mean extremely) sensitive skin, especially on my face and neck. So sensitive, in fact, that there is almost nothing I can use that doesn’t cause some sort of reaction—itching, hives, breakouts, redness. As I mentioned before, I’ve used the apricot  scrub before and it’s worked well for me (and it’s cheap, but smells luxurious!!). The other items are all new to me, so I’m in “testing” phase.

Step 2: Moisture with a sensitive/calming night cream from Yes to Cucumbers

The nightly calming lotion for sensitive skin is wonderful. It really smoothes and brightens my skin, and the cucumber smell is intoxicating. The scent makes you feel like you’re at the spa, which definitely helps me to feel more relaxed.

Step 3: Spray wet hair with Dove Retail Therapy detangling spray

I’m also really liking the detangling spray! I have very thick, wavy hair, so I cannot just use it in place of regular conditioner. But what I’ve been doing is using a smaller amount of conditioner and then spray my damp hair with the detangler at the shower. My hair hasn’t felt this smooth in ages—and this spray also smells incredible! It takes my usual frizz out so that my hair settles a bit better now too.

Step 4: Massage St. Ives Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract lotion into my skin

I LOVE this lotion. It was the cheapest one I could find at Target, which would normally make me think the quality would be seriously lacking—but this isn’t. It’s also got a great smell—think summertime—and it’s a pretty thick cream that seriously moisturizes. I’m pretty impatient, so I usually hate it when a lotion takes a long time to absorb into skin. This dries quickly and leaves a lovely lingering scent on my skin for hours. My fiancé likes it J

Step 5: Gently file and smooth my feet with Revlon’s sugar foot file

This is the step I least enjoy because it tickles and is a bit rough on my skin, but that’s exactly what it’s supposed to do. Afterward, I see a noticeable improvement to my feet.

Step 6: Rub Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion into my feet to lock in moisture

This foot lotion is fantastic. It’s very light and not greasy at all, and absorbs into skin quickly. The peppermint is not only a soothing smell, but gives my feet a “cool” sensation for quite awhile afterward. It’s a nice way to end the day!

What about you? Have any of you started a pampering ritual as well? How’s it going so far?

R

To see the original post (Establishing a Pampering Ritual), click here.

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