In this edition of Makeup Wars we discuss how we pamper ourselves at home. I do a lot of regular maintenance all the time, but I try to make a point to have one evening a month where I go all in on taking care of myself tip to toe. I will usually do this on a Friday or Saturday night, so that I can totally relax and know that I can sleep in the next day all refreshed, as opposed to knowing that in a few hours I will have to get up and start the week if I do this on a Sunday night.
I always make a point to set the bathroom stage for relaxation by running a tub with a bath soak/bath fizz (*I tend not to do bubbles since I have a small tub and don’t have much room for them and me in the same tub.) and light a candle (*I usually use a smaller tea light or so since the bathroom is small, that way I don’t overpower everywhere with the scent. The ones in my rotation right now are the SheaTerra Organics Moroccan Lava & Argan Oil Volcanic Bath Soak and Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange 3oz soy candle.
I have a regular facial skincare routine that I do on the daily, but I tend to be super thorough & decadent when I take time for myself. This includes starting with the Patyka Biokaliftin Radiant Cleansing Ritual. This 3-step process was inspired by the Japanese women’s cleansing ceremonial. It starts with the Remarquable Cleansing Oil, followed by the Delicate Cleansing Foam and finishing with the Smoothing Revitalising Toner. This takes some time to complete, but it’s calming and my skin feels so clean. After that, I do the two-step RoC® Retinol Correxion® MAX Wrinkle Resurfacing System, which includes the Anti-Wrinkle Treatment with RoC® Retinol, followed by the Resurfacing Serum with E-Pulse® Technology. To soothe my skin after that, I slather on a good layer of the Patyka Intense Moisturising Mask and head to soak in the tub. When I am out of the tub and ready for bed, I put on a good dose of Patyka Ultra Rich Radiant Face Cream and some eye cream – right now I am digging the Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream, which really complements the RoC® resurfacing treatment for wrinkles.
As for my hair, I actually try to start that the night before by applying a hair oil to my scalp. Lately, I have been using the WEN by ChazDean Intensive Treatment Oil in the seasonal scent of “Vanilla Mint”, which smells ridiculously delicious to fall asleep smelling. I will wash that away with the Leonor Greyl Shampooing Creme Moelle de Bambou to help control my frizzy dryness and then comb in some Leonor Greyl Masque a L’Orchidee to give my hair a deep conditioning while I am soaking in the tub. These sulfate free treatments make sure to treat my color treated hair gently and help keep my scalp healthy and my hair frizz free down deep, while making my hair feel silky and very loved. (*And they all smell crazy good, too.)
As for my body, I make sure to use my exfoliating mittens to go over my whole body and get rid of all of the dead skin. Sometimes I will use an exfoliating cleanser, but usually on treatment evenings, I will use a more moisturizing, and thicker, body wash, so I will exfoliate and then use the rich body wash to cleanse all of that away. As soon as I get out of the shower, I will layer products to seal in moisture, starting by putting on an oil, followed by a rich body lotion to make my skin feel soft, but not oily. Since I am SO ready for Spring to get here, I have been using a combination of products from the Carol’s Daughter Coconut Bath & Body Collection – the Dry Oil Mist and the Shea Soufflé (*which you would think would be super heavy since it is for dry to extra dry skin, but it really seems rather light and whipped to me.)
Lastly, I do not forget my feet – well, like I do for the rest of the month. I’m serious, I should really take better care of them, but they have been cooped up in closed shoes all winter and I haven’t had to look at them during the day. No excuse, I know, but, reality stinks sometimes. Anyway, you remember when I told you guys about the Sally Hansen Deep Callous Remover before? Well, it is still a staple in my arsenal because I have not found anything better to treat these heels of mine. So, I make sure soak my heels really well, and then I will take my pedicure loofah brick and scrub the ever living tar out of them. It’s crazy how soft I can get them without resorting to any blades. So after all that, when I go to bed, I will make sure and moisturize them well, but I have been cheating. I have been using the Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Hand Cream on my feet. My feet are so dry, that this glycerin based lotion really does coat my foot and keep more moisture in, just as it does for my hands, but they haven’t been nearly as dry as my feet have been this winter.
So, that’s it, just a mere 47, okay 19, steps to a Pampered Paula. Do you see why I need a night to do this and a morning to recover? Now, it’s your turn to tell me – how do you pamper yourself at home? And after you do that, go see how the other lovelies treat themselves, too:
*Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided by the company’s PR for editorial consideration and some were bought with my own money.
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