Do you need a day to yourself? Maybe you’re stressed out from work, overwhelmed with obligations for friends and family, or maybe you just partied a little too hard this weekend (ahem…cough, cough – like I did). Whatever the case may be, sometimes you need to stop, tell everyone else to back off and get some me-time in.
So, here’s my 10-step de-stress, detox plan for today. This plan is going into action as soon as I finish writing this.
Step One – drink as much water as possible. Add slices of orange, lemon and cucumber to your water pitcher for a refreshing “spa drink.” You can also try adding strawberries for a lightly sweet taste.
Step Two – Put on some relaxing music. Maybe it’s Beethoven. Maybe it’s the sounds of whales mating with harpsichords in the background – hey whatever you’re into. I’m not judging you.
Step Three – Lock yourself in the bathroom, get your fluffy robe ready and light some scented candles.
Step Four – Draw a hot bath with some cruelty-free bath salts. I really like Abra Stress Therapy Bath. The natural mineral blend has lavender, chamomile, St. John’s Wort, valerian and hops to relax and detox your body. It also has oils (sunflower and olive), but not too much – so I would recommend it for normal, combination or oily skin.
Step Five – Use a body wash and a pouf or loofah to scrub away dead skin. There are a ton of good, cruelty-free body washes out there. You can use a gel to scrub while you’re sitting the bath and it will add more bubbles to your bath.
Step Six – Shampoo, condition and then use a high quality hair masque. I LOVE Phyrra’s Pretty Little Elixir Hair Masque. It smells like berries and conditions the hair like nothing else. It’s vegan and cruelty free of course. You can put it in your hair, comb through, put it up, and then leave on for 10-30 minutes (or even overnight). Try wrapping a hot towel around your hair for extreme deep conditioning. Feeling crafty? Create your own DIY vegan hair mask.
Step Seven – Veg out. Do some OMs if you want.
Step Eight – Towel off, but before your skin is completely dry, rub on some body lotion. For the ultimate spa experience, you HAVE to try A Girl’s Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Lotion. It will perk you up and bring you back to the land of the living! It smells like heaven, and it’s blended with olive oil, African shea butter and unprocessed natural cocoa butter, which smoothes, hydrates and helps to improve skin elasticity. Powerful essential oils treat the skin and enlighten the senses. It’s made without sulfates, phthalates, parabens or animal products (cruelty free and vegan). You can also use a scented or unscented body oil. Whichever kind you use, putting it on when your skin is slightly damp means you’ll absorb more moisture.
Step Nine – Use a moisturizer with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and antioxidants to keep your skin clear and healthy. My Beauty Bunny’s Cruelty Free AHA Facial Moisturizer is a great choice. It’s vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, phthalate-free and paraben-free. It’s my own special formula made with AHAs from fruit, aloe, witch hazel, sugar cane, and white, red and green tea. The moisturizer won’t cause breakouts, and it has a light grapefruit berry scent. Great for all skin types.
Daily moisturizer and SPF are of course, the best way to avoid wrinkles in the first place. Or, hey – if you’re like me, and never venture out into the daylight, maybe you don’t need SPF. You’ll just become pale and ghostly – which can be considered sexy (as in hot vampires) or just really gross (like Gollum). You be the judge.
Step Ten – Do some yoga stretches, take a nap, paint your nails, read a magazine, watch some trashy TV, sweet talk someone into giving you a massage, or my favorite – all of the above.