Manage Stress for a more beautiful you.
Signs of stress show on the body and wears it out faster. Managing stress can also help people improve their skin conditions. Uncontrolled stress can make skin more sensitive and triggers acne breakouts and other skin complications. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress daily. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect. Here are a few self-care treats you can do at home!
Soak the stress away. Trying to work, studying, cleaning, cooking and parenting can really pack on the stress. Relax, breathe deep and soak it away. Create the perfect spa bath atmosphere by dimming the lights. Grab healthy, chemical-free and organic bath oils or salts and drop them into the tub. Sip some herbal teas or juices to help you relax. Add some flower petals to the bath water for added scent and garnish. Listen to your favorite calming tunes. Ah! It’s the perfect spa bath experience — in your very own home!
Open your pores. Facials can cut deep into monthly expenditures and time, but both men and women benefit from having them! Place a hot towel over your face to open pores. Pat dry. Next, use an exfoliator for pore control. After the exfoliation, apply a healing and cleansing mask. Follow up with your favorite chemical-free face lotion and a nice, soothing facial massage. Facial massages help keep your facial muscles strong and prevent premature wrinkling and aging.
Buff those nails. You can easily perform manicures and pedicures in your own home at the fraction of the cost of the salon. For manicures, begin by soaking your hands in sudsy, warm water. You can add a drop of essential oils or bath oil to help soften your hands and an aromatic experience. Soak your hands for about 10 minutes. I know, 10 minutes is a long time without using your phone! Use this time to meditate, listen to music, listen to an audio book, or watch a favorite show. Pat dry. Rub your nails down with a fresh cut lime or lemon and rinse. Gently push back cuticles with a cuticle stick and begin buffing nails. File nails into desired shape. Voila, gorgeous, natural, nails.
For pedicures, soak feet in warm water with bath salts. After 10 minutes, dry feet off, and use a pumice stone to smooth any rough areas. Rinse feet in warm water and pat dry again. Follow with some soothing lotion. Clip nails to desired length. File, buff and beautify. Enjoy your naturally gorgeous feet, and Remember, you just saved a lot of money!
Make your own body scrub. You’ll love this natural body scrub that’s a cinch to make, but makes your skin super soft. Simple mix 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup raw oatmeal, and one cup olive oil together. Apply to dry skin and rinse off in the shower. How simple is that?! There are so many beauty benefits of oatmeal, for inside the body and out. “Bathing in colloidal oatmeal (finely ground) can really sooth irritated skin,” says Dr. Gary Goldfaden. Also, Oatmeal helps with acne because it contains ‘saponins’, which remove dirt from pores and are anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. Oatmeal is also extremely moisturizing due to the high level of fat found in it.
Cut up some limes or lemons! Grab some limes or lemons, slice them in half and rub on rough areas of your skin. The acid in the limes and lemons will help soften your skin while filing the room with a lovely citrus scent! The vitamin C will also provide your skin with the nutrients it needs to heal. But be careful! Don’t wear this out in the sun, you’ll be more susceptible to skin burns!
Condition your hair with ingredients found at home. A person’s hair is their glory. Everyone wants beautiful hair. Both men and women. Beautiful hair needs lots of TLC to keep it radiant. Try this deep conditioning treatment to moisturize and soften hair:
- Peel and dice an avocado.
- Blend it with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon honey.
- Comb the avocado mixture through hair and cover with shower cap. Keep covered for 15 minutes and then rinse out.
Treat yourself to a weekend spa…AT HOME!
How many of these will you try? Which ones are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
Aimee Tariq is most passionate about empowering professionals to live their best lives by removing toxic triggers and maximizing energy, focus and productivity. At the age of 23 she became a no. 1 bestselling author for health optimization.