Simplifying my Routine

In one of my last posts, I mentioned how I've taken a bit of a step back from the beauty space in the last few years. I realized recently that there are aspects that I miss, but I don't miss the pressure I was putting on myself to keep up with trends and to curate myself, my blog posts, and my social media. In the last few months in terms of 'beauty,' I've been more focused on doing things to lighten the load while still making myself feel good. 

When I was in college, I would do my nails weekly (typically myself), self-tan twice a week, I had a long skincare regime, and I was crazy about skin and hair masks. These days I'm lucky if I can find the time to do one of those things, and honestly, even if I have the time I'd rather be reading a book, playing with my dog, or helping with a project on the house. That said, I do feel nostalgic for the acts of self-care. Here are a few things I have done recently as acts of self-care, that ultimately have given me the little confidence boost I was craving. 

  • Weekly Baths w/ Epsom Salt 
    • Swapping my shower at the end of the week for an Epsom salt bubble bath has been a real treat. I find this ritual relaxing, and have been loving trying out different Dr. Teals combinations. Usually, I'll use a scented bubble bath, with a scoop of fragrance-free Epsom salts. In a warm bath, Epsom salts break down into magnesium and sulfate, since the skin is your largest organ, the theory is that your body will absorb the magnesium through the bath. According to this article on Real Simple, magnesium could potentially help alleviate stress and anxiety.
  • At home dermaplaning
    • I had been using disposable dermaplane razors to touch up between eyebrow waxes and finally decided I wanted something of better quality. With recyclable blades, I have been loving the Leaf Shave dermaplaner (linked below). It's great at getting rid of any peach fuzz, and I do feel like my skin is smoother and makeup applies easier. In the future, I'd like to also swap my regular razor to a Leaf.
  • Lash Lift
    • I got a lash lift a few weeks ago. I had been wanting extensions for a bit but ultimately decided it was way too much maintenance and time for me. I went to a local salon for the lash lift, it took about an hour, not including the patch test I did beforehand. I really like the results, and I think it's something I'll want to continue. 

I'd love to hear if you have any similar 'low maintenance' self-care routines in your life. Leave me a comment below!

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