Do you need a day to yourself? Maybe you’re stressed out from work, overwhelmed with obligations for friends and family, or maybe you just partied a little too hard this weekend (ahem…cough, cough – like I did). Whatever the case may be, sometimes you need to stop, tell everyone else to back off and get some me-time in.
So, here’s my 9-step de-stress, detox plan for today. This plan is going into action as soon as I finish writing this.
Step One - drink as much water as possible. Add slices of orange, lemon and cucumber to your water pitcher for a refreshing “spa drink.” You can also try adding strawberries for a lightly sweet taste. Feeling crafty? Create your own DIY vegan hair mask.
Step Two – Put on some relaxing music. Maybe it’s Beethoven. Maybe it’s the sounds of whales mating with harpsichords in the background – hey whatever you’re into. I’m not judging you.
Step Three – Lock yourself in the bathroom, get your fluffy robe ready and light some scented candles.
Step Four – Draw a hot bath with some cruelty-free bath salts. I really like Abra Stress Therapy Bath. The natural mineral blend has lavender, chamomile, St. John’s Wort, valerian and hops to relax and detox your body. It also has oils (sunflower and olive), but not too much – so I would recommend it for normal, combination or oily skin.
Step Five – Use a body wash and a pouf or loofah to scrub away dead skin. There are a ton of good, cruelty-free body washes out there. You can use a gel to scrub while you’re sitting the bath and it will add more bubbles to your bath.
Step Six – Veg out. Do some OMs if you want.
Step Seven – Towel off, but before your skin is completely dry, rub on some body oil. Weleda has another pomegranate product called Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil. You can slather it on everywhere – it won’t clog pores. I wouldn’t put it on my face, but I have combination skin. I think it would be fine for dry facial skin. You can also use regular body lotion if you prefer it, but the body oil is nice for a deep moisture. Whichever kind you use, putting it on when your skin is slightly damp means you’ll absorb more moisture.
Step Eight – Use a deep moisturizer on your face. Even if you have oily skin, you need moisture. I like to use a deep moisturizer every now and then, like Riversol’s Daily Moisturizing Concentrate. It’s pretty heavy, so I wouldn’t use it on my combination skin every day. I see it as a special treat for my skin. If I lived in a cold, windy climate, I would use this every day. But, I live in sunny So-Cal – don’t be jealous. The Daily Moisturizing Concentrate contains thujaplicin, a SUPER antioxidant from the red cedar tree. Thujaplicin is purported to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Daily moisturizer and SPF are of course, the best way to avoid wrinkles in the first place. Or, hey – if you’re like me, and never venture out into the daylight, maybe you don’t need SPF. You’ll just become pale and ghostly – which can be considered sexy (as in hot vampires) or just really gross (like Gollum). You be the judge.
Step Nine – Do some yoga stretches, take a nap, paint your nails, read a magazine, watch some trashy TV, sweet talk someone into giving you a massage, or my favorite – all of the above.
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