Remember how all these beautifully complected hotties were sharing their detailed skincare routines a while back? There’s nothing I love more than a step-by-step “this is how I maintain my sexy” beauty article. You can recommend me all the makeup you want, but what I really wanna know is how you look so awesome without it.
But since I already share my skincare adventures with you on the regular, I thought I’d dive into how I keep the rest of myself so fresh and so clean.
Weekdays are as quick and lazy as possible, just soap ‘n’ go; but every weekend, I make time to get my inner Donna Meagle on and treat myself.
The party starts with Friday Bath Night (all my fellow hermits, let’s make this a thing). I light a few candles, start running some bathwater, and make myself a cup of skin enhancing tea. To punch up my bath, I like to add a few drops of almond oil to soften my skin, because I hate putting on lotion, so the oil means I won’t have to moisturize after my bath.
I’ll also toss in a Lush Bath Bomb. They usually help to soften my skin and relax my muscles, not to mention make my bath water look and smell magical. My current favorite is the holiday-season-only So White bath bomb. It smells like fresh, crisp apples for DAYS and turns my bathwater a deliciously frivolous pastel pink.
For the rest of the year I favor Sakura; it doesn’t look like much, but it has a divine sweet and subtle floral scent, and you don’t have to clean any glitter or weird floaty bits out of your bathtub after. I mean, that totally defeats the purpose of a relaxing bath anyway.
After my soak, I’ll get out and do a mandelic peel or a face mask, or maybe both. While I’m waiting for my facial treatments to do their thing, I usually trim my nails and moisturize my cuticles with a little Smith’s Rosebud Salve.
I also moisturize my feet with whatever I have around, but Rosebud Salve and regular Carmex do wonderful things for warding off calluses and dry heels. Then I pop on some socks and hit the bed.
When I wake up on Saturday, I usually try to eat healthy (LOL) but things devolve pretty quickly into a gummy-bear-a-thon with a side of fries. Still, a multitude of sins can be hidden by drinking tons of water. I keep a water bottle at hand all weekend and drink up to 72 ounces in a day if I’ve been eating poorly. The best way to recover from eating too much crap is to hydrate, forgive yourself, and drink green smoothies all through the week.
Anyway, back to beauty. I try to start off Sunday mornings with a long run (this takes the place of every “illuminating” product I’ve ever tried) before my absolute favorite beauty indulgence that I look forward to all week: a long, hot shower. Before I even start the water, while my skin is still dry, I scrub my whole body thoroughly with Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub.
This stuff is still my gloriously-scented favorite, though I recently tried their Flake Away scrub, of which I also approve. I find that using the scrub first thing exfoliates much, much better than scrubbing wet skin. It also saves water, which is important to me because I have never forgotten this video from my childhood.
Then, I jump in the shower and rinse the scrub off. I start my head to toe routine by washing my hair with Shea Moisture’s Yucca and Baobab thickening shampoo, which is velvety and super-smoothing. I proceed to my weekly deep-condition with Biolage Conditioning Balm.
While that’s all doing its thing, I shave and soap up with a gentle-to-skin soap like any of these from Chagrin Valley Soaps. They’re non-drying and packed with oils and butters that can moisturize enough that you won’t need to lotion up afterwards. I am telling you, my aversion to lotion is REAL.
Once I’m all rinsed out, and toweled off, I slap on a quick brightening mask like Bliss’ Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. It’s fun and tingly and makes you extra glowy for a day.
While it’s working, I rub a LITTLE body butter on dry areas only: hands, feet, elbows, knees. Soap and Glory’s Moisture Extreme Sugar Crush Body Buttercream smells so good that it makes lotion bearable--almost enjoyable--because the fantastic sugary lime mojito smell lingers.
With that, I can get dressed and go on with the rest of my week feeling like the softest, cleanest person who ever lived.
What are your current body care essentials?