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I’m all about a good “me” day once in a while, or even just an hour or two to give myself time to reset after a hectic week. On the daily, a good run or yoga sesh can give me enough oomph to make it through another day. But when I need to really push the reset button, I love to take the time to stick my nose in a captivating book, sip on my favorite tea, kick my feet up for a few hours, and treat myself to a little pampering.

It can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, but pampering results in nothing but feel good vibes that emanate off of you & onto those around you. When I’m feeling the need to kick it up a notch, I gather up some goodies I usually always have at home and give myself a DIY facial. Particularly around this time of the year, my skin is beginning to get dry due to the chilly air, so I opt for an über moisturizing treatment. But you can customize to fit your skincare needs!

And what’s better than hot tea, a DIY facial & Michael Bublé blasting in the background? Hot tea, a DIY facial, Michael Bublé & chocolateduh. So put the kettle on the stove, grab your favorite dark chocolate & indulge yourself. Let’s light some candles & get your relaxing on, girl!

For the facial you’ll need:

  • coconut oil* & a face cloth
  • ACV toner [1 part apple cider vinegar + 2 parts water//4 parts water for sensitive skin]
  • your choice mask based on your skin type:
    • 1/4 avocado + 1 tbsp honey // dry skin
    • 1/4 avocado + 1 tbsp plain full fat or Greek yogurt // normal skin
    • 1 tbsp honey + 1 tbsp plain full fat or Greek yogurt //acne-prone & oily skin [optional: 1-2 drops tea tree oil]
  • almond oil // normal to dry skin or coconut oil* // acne-prone skin

*Coconut oil can seem scary if you tend to have oily skin or a little acne, but trust in this superfood-nourishing-amazingness. This tropical treat is anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-microbial – it will be more helpful than harmful by so don’t fret, friends!

Begin by doing a good cleanse – with clean hands, take about a teaspoon of coconut oil, warm it in your hands, and rub it all over your face & neck. Run the face cloth under hot water, then squeeze out any excess [just so its not dripping wet]. Place the wash cloth on your face and allow the warmth to penetrate your skin – this will open your pores and let your skin simply breathe. After a minute use the face cloth to wipe the oil off your skin. If you’re not used to using an oil for cleansing, you will feel like there’s a residue leftover, but do not ever rub or scrub your face roughly with a face cloth. [If you do want a good scrub, though, use your favorite exfoliator now!] Swipe a cotton ball with the ACV toner over your face & neck.

Next, mix your mask – choose the mask that best suits your skin type. If you tend to have more sensitive skin, feel free to add 2 drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil to your mask for a soothing effect. If you have acne-prone skin, but also are very sensitive, leave out all essential oils. After mixing up your mask, apply it to your face and neck [it helps to wear a robe or comfy old shirt you don’t mind getting dirty]. This is your time to kick your feet up, sip your tea & get your reading on! A bath would be a great option now also – the steam will help the mask really steep into your skin & allow it to do it’s thang.

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After about 20 minutes, wash off your mask in either the shower or at the sink with warm water. Use a face cloth if you’d like, but remember to be gentle with your skin. Finish with a pea-size amount of either almond oil if you have normal to dry skin, or coconut oil if you have acne-prone or oily skin. Remember that a little bit goes a long way! Start with a small amount and add a little more if you’re feeling dry.

This is about the point when I let out a loud & peaceful “ahhh” – your skin should feel incredible & glowing now! I find serious bliss when my skin feels clean, moisturized & all-around nurtured. Use this simple at-home facial routine when you’re needing that indulgent R&R or when your skin is just feeling dull [ahem, fall & wintertime]!

What are your favorite ways to show yourself some TLC?

Keep glowin’,

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