One of the best things about working for yourself is that you can work anytime! And one of the worst things about working for yourself is that you can work anytime.
After a couple exceptionally busy weeks, I found myself nearing a breaking point: I was not making enough time to take care of myself and it was showing in my stress levels. So I’ve been creating space on the weekends to relax: with a novel, with a TV show, or with a facial.
Let’s be real: when you think of facials when you think of self-care, that can get expensive in a hurry. But I’ve found some little luxuries that won’t max out my credit card and still feel like a true treat. My routine these last few Sundays has looked a little like this:
- Scrub: I’ve long been a fan of Indigo Wild’s stuff. (They’re not paying me!) They’re a local Kansas City company, they make all-natural products, and their scents are amazing. But I don’t think anything can top their Rosemary-Mint & Walnut Sugar Scrub. It’s like absolute magic on your face, leaving it looking and feeling like new.
- Mask: I used to love picking up a sheet mask, but typically went for the bargain option at a big-box store. It turns out those are often full of scary chemicals—like hormone disruptors and known carcinogens. Yikes! But Indigo Wild’s Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Treatment is thick, refreshing, and carcinogen-free.
- Moisturize: Dry winter skin is a pretty common issue, especially if you tend to have dry skin year-round. Last year seemed particularly harsh, but luckily I discovered Wild Wash Soap Co.’s Winter Crème. “Deep hydration” is almost an understatement: super soothing and basically an overnight miracle for restoring dry skin.
- Roll: Ice rollers can help alleviate redness and puffiness, shrink pores, and calm skin. Plus, it feels wonderful! I actually bought this one (full disclosure: affiliate link) to help with occasional migraines, but it makes a perfect addition to an at-home facial. It also helps soothe angry muscles after you try to force yourself to go for a run.
- Treats: Sugar is not known for promoting healthy skin but adding a beer and a small treat can make the whole thing seem even more indulgent. There are few things, particularly on a Sunday afternoon, that can’t be improved with a bag of caramel bites.
What I love most about this process is that I can take enough time to really enjoy the process, but it’s not such an ordeal that it becomes a chore or a major scheduling hassle.
Do you have a favorite self-care routine? I’d love to hear about it!