In my last YouTube video I mentioned how important I believe it is as a busy wife and mom to take some time to take care of YOU! In essence, it is taking time off of your “job”.
I gave you three examples of what I do (to hear about the other two, check out this video) but wanted to go a little deeper in to the last one:
Tuesday night is my official “self-care night”. My entire routine takes about 1.5-2 hours but it completely transforms the way I feel about myself and I believe is improving my overall health.
Every Tuesday, right after the kids lay down, I clean the kitchen and do any prep that needs to be done for the next day. This is very important to me because part of the benefit of doing a self-care day is the relaxation and that is hard for me to do if I know there is a lot of stuff that needs to be done.
After the necessaries are done I start my detox bath. The most important thing about this bath is that it is VERY powerful. Unless you are sick, I wouldn’t suggest doing it more than once a week because it can really take it out of you. I would also suggest timing your self-care day in the evening because you will probably feel a little weak/woozy afterwards.
While in the bath I take some time to relax with as much of my body under the water as possible so the majority of my skin can be in contacting with the detoxifying water. But I also spend some time “beautifying” – filing nails, shaving legs, pumicing feet, etc. Washing my face is also always included in the bath time to prep for the next step in the routine.
After about 30 minutes in the tub I CAREFULLY get out (remember, you might be a little woozy because of the detoxifying).
Then I apply my facial mask and let it set for 15-20 minutes. During this time I do an oil pull. I shoot to do this for the entire time I am masking but sometimes I don’t make it.
While masking/oil pulling I lotion up with my body balm. This will include any areas that are dry or could just be the entire body. After the bath, my pores are nice an open and it is the perfect time to moisturize. I will especially focus on my feet because they tend to be my roughest spot.
Once the oil comes out and the mask comes off I whiten my teeth. This is another thing that is very good to get in the habit of doing but shouldn’t be done more than once a week.
And finally it is my “misc time”. There are certain things that I just do on an as-needed basis so how I fill this block really varies from week-to-week. It can include painting my toenails, tweezing my brows, extracting some blackheads, etc.
Then when it is all done I moisturize my face and go to bed!
There are so many ways you can fill “self-care day” and there are so many recipes you can use!
But these are the ones I have landed on and I can guarantee they are all very effective, natural, and healthy!
I have also included the links to where I purchase the majority of the ingredients I use.
Detox Bath (source): Pour a couple tablespoon of carrier oil (almond, coconut, olive, etc) and add 2 drops of lemon essential oil and 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Sprinkle 1 cup Epsom salts over the bottom of the tub. Then fill the tub with the warmest water you can comfortably stand. As the tub is filling, add 1/4 cup organic ACV under the faucet. Immerse yourself for 20-30 minutes.
Facial Mask – Pour a couple tablespoons of bentonite clay into a small container. Add just enough organic ACV to make it into an easily spreadable paste. Smear over entire face and leave on until it gets somewhat dry. Wash/wipe it off with warm water and a washcloth.
Oil Pulling – Put one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish for anywhere from 10-30 minutes. You do not have to continuously swish but do occasionally move it around. Make sure to spit it out in the trash or outside because coconut oil can easily clog up drain as it solidifies.
Body Butter (source) – Follow the directions in the link provided. But when I made it a second time I actually added some lanolin into the melting step to add additional healing and make it a naturally softer texture (the original recipe can get firm when room temperature). Either recipe with leave your skin feeling a little oily but it is perfect to use before bed because by morning it will have soaked in and your skin will be feeling divinely smooth and soft! The ingredients for this are shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils, and optional lanolin.
Teeth Whitener – Combine a small squirt of hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and some toothpaste (enough to bring it to a paste texture). Brush your teeth with this mixture for two minutes.
And there is all my secrets to a beautifying, relaxing, detoxifying, absolutely amazing self-care night!
Keep an eye out for my upcoming YouTube video that will show me going through the steps in this routine!