How have you been? have you taken any of my advice? have you been spending 40 minutes a day on yourself? did you stash your money? i have to admit that i haven't been spending 40 minutes on me every day, though i have been spending a little time on myself daily. this week, though, i'm ready to jump right in to my 40 minutes, even if i have to break out the egg timer to make sure i do!
Here are some things i'd like to share with you this week. ways to pamper yourself, using things you probably already have.
REDUCE EYE PUFFINESS
i made the decision to not spend the $30 on the eye cream that i have been scraping out of the bottom of the jar for several months now. i tried this recipe instead: cut 1/2 cucumber in chunks, run through the food processor and strain. mix with 3 tablespoons of witch hazel. use a cotton ball and dab on eyes. you can also soak a cotton ball in this and let it rest on your eyes for 15 minutes. i really like this one it's very refreshing.
here's the recipe for a mask i tried. mix 1/2 cup cooked instant oatmeal, 1 egg white, a tsp olive oil and a couple drops of lemon juice. mix it together until smooth and apply to face for 15 min. i tried this and liked it. i would suggest mixing it in a blender or food processor. the oatmeal was a little chunky and didn't work well, but i will try again with blending it. this can be used on any skin type.
only use 3-4 times a week. apply after shower to damp skin, leave for 10-15 minutes and rinse off.
mix 2 cups coffee grounds with 1/2 cup sea salt and 2 tsp of olive oil or massage oil.
a moisturizing scrub: Combine 1 cup of sea salt, 1 cup of olive oil, 1 cup of unscented liquid soap, and few drops of your favorite oil.
at-home manicure in 10 steps
1. remove old polish. for natural nails, use a non acetone remover.
2. file nails. file nails in one direction starting at the edges and moving toward the top.
3. soak in soapy water for a few minutes to soften cuticles.
4. dot a cuticle cream or any kind of moisturizer on the cuticles and rub in.
5. use an orange wood stick (available in drugstores) to push back cuticles. only push them back, do not cut them.
6. massage hands with a hand lotion for extra moisture.
7. wipe nails with a damp cloth to remove excess oils.
8. apply a base coat. let dry
9. apply two coats of your favorite color. always apply polish by starting on the side of the nail. you should be able to cover the nail in three stokes, one on each side and one in the middle.
10. apply a top coat. remember: If you use a fast-dry top coat, your polish will not last as long.
these are some ways to treat and take care of your body. it's a good place to start in taking care of ourselves, i think. i think we're able to accomplish more when we feel good about the way we look and are confident in our appearance. one more thing, one of the easiest ways to take care of yourself is to stay hydrated. do you drink 8 glasses of water a day?
To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~Buddha
have questions? feel free to ask. i'll do my best to answer or refer you to the answer.