caring about self-care
In my last post I touched a little bit upon self-care, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into what that means to me. Self-care in and of itself is pretty self explanatory. Sometimes it's as simple as cooking yourself a healthy dinner, deleting the Facebook app, listening to a celebrity gossip podcast instead of a political one, getting your ass to that yoga class (even though you don't want to), and sometimes it's applying a face mask while watching Seinfeld re-runs. Really, it's whatever you need in that moment to put you in the best mind-set you can!
Usually, the latter form of self-care wins for me. I love focusing on my skincare routine and nails and staying in and being a little introverted. Having a routine that feels productive is really important for my mental state. Even if I don’t practice my routine every day, I love having a cycle to come back to that is familiar. My self-care is very repetitive, comfortable, and usually pretty self-involved. To each their own!
Over the last year or two I have switched to a more natural routine by eliminating chemicals, toxins, parabens, etc. My skin (and I hope the environment!) are happier. I shared some favorite high and low natural masks below for a little self-care at home.
If you're more of a cream mask lover, I highly recommend using one of these treatment masks to hone in on your trouble spots. The Burt's Bees Intense Hydration mask hydrates to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, whereas Herbivore's Blue Tansy mask gently exfoliates to help resurface your skin.
Though technically not a mask, I love exfoliating my lips while wearing a face (or eye) mask. Lip exfoliators last so long because you need such a small amount to see results. They are a lifesaver anytime your lips are feeling a little dry and chapped.
Pair any of these with an episode of your favorite rerun, a glass of wine, and a neck-warmer for a perfect little "self-care" night. You'll sleep wonderfully and wake up with better skin for it!
(P.S. Be sure to check all labels for allergies, sensitivities, etc. I'm not an expert - just someone who likes to share natural products!)