Life will never be perfect, but your skincare can be.
Self-care is a muscle. You've got to work it constantly to build up its strength. The goal is to get so good at identifying when you need to restore and replenish, that you're basically vibing on auto-pilot. Carrie Bradshaw once said she purchased vogue instead of food because she felt it fed her more. that exactly how I feel toward my skincare rituals and i couldn't agree more with this line. Cold Spring Apothecary is a Hudson, New York based company that create medicinally focused and remedy-based skin and body products (among other things). CSA believes that skincare products should be both mindful and luxurious without compromise. Their products highlight the glorious benefit of investing in quality, small batch, products. CSA uses high grade organic essential oils and herbal extracts as the core of our products. Some of the line's favorite ingredients include myrrh, rosewood oil, geranium, lavender, petitgrain, and other essential oils & herbal plant extracts.
The last few weeks have left me pretty weary from the weight of everything that is going on, so I think some Sauvetagè (rescue) is in order. For days when I feel like hibernating, I created this at-home ritual that never lets me down. It starts with a body scrub, face mask, body soak, and then a sleeping salve. Pro Tip: the morning of, get together a batch of spa water to complete the experience. My personal favorite include: rose water + lemon + mint. Let's jump into the ritual:
Start your at-home retreat with a solid body scrub. This can easily be turned into a mindful experience as you cancel out the external noises and thoughts and focus on the task at hand. I used CSA's:
TURMERIC & NEEM BODY SCRUB
Key Ingredients: Sea Salt, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Turmeric, Neem Oil, and Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil
Turmeric & neem have long been used in Ayurvedic skin care and work as an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent in this product. This is a sea salt based product and I really enjoy that the scrub maintains its integrity; you see each salt crystal, there isn't an access of goop and "stuff" at the bottom of the jar, and the other components of the product are evenly distrubuted. This is a quality made product. The formulation is not too thick or heavy and the scent is a beautiful mixture of the jojoba and neem oils. The texture is coarse and this is not a salt-imitation scrub made with fillers and preservatives or inexpensive ingredients--therefore, keep this away from any cuts or open wounds.
Next, set yourself up with a face mask to detox your skin from the free radicals of the week. As you mix and set slip into your bath soak retreat. This mask is so boss, you can incorporate it in other aspects of your skincare routine as well.
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