Two more days until the weekend! That means two more days until I get to pamper myself 🙂
The Importance of Pampering Yourself
I think it’s super important to give yourself a pamper/self-care day once a week to remind yourself that you’re worth it, that you are worth all the money, time and effort you put into yourself. And it’s also a reminder to take care of yourself! Many of us get caught up in the stresses of life and it’s easy to get completely washed away in it that we forget about taking the time out to treat ourselves to some “special” time.
This is why I’m here to share with you my pamper routine that I’ve been doing every Saturday night for the past 9 years now. I always look forward to this day because it’s when I focus on breathing and relaxing. It’s the only time I have during the week when I tell everyone and the world ‘NO.’ It’s the only time when I press pause and live in the moment.
My pamper routine starts in the shower.
Step 1: I first exfoliate my face with the Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub. I love using a microdermabrasion scrub once a week and during this time to get extra exfoliation. The scrubby bits are small crystals. This scrub feels quite moisturizing, surprisingly, and really smooths and brightens my complexion.
Step 2: I cleanse my skin with the Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Foaming Gel Cleanser. I have blog posts that show the Foreo and this cleanser!
Step 3: After the shower, I put a bit of coconut oil over my entire eye area of each eye to moisturize it and protect it from the steam.
Step 4: I steam my face with my facial steamer. This is when I close my eyes, take deep breaths and relax. Ah~ Steaming helps soften the pimples, sebaceous filaments and blackheads soften to enable easier extraction and also softens facial hairs for epilation.
Step 5: I take the most time extracting gunk from my nose, chin and unibrow area with my extractor. Then, I go into epilating my entire face except my forehead with my facial epilator. (Yes, it hurts. But, like everything, you get used to it!)
Step 6: I rinse my face and pat dry before moving onto my masks. As of late, I’ve been using the Foxbrim Dead Sea Mud Mask. I love the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay because it’s super powerful at purging your pores of everything nasty. However, I’m running low on it and decided to try a mask that doesn’t require my having to mix things with it to make it into a mask. The Foxbrim mask does what I love about the Aztec mask! They’re both equally powerful. I only use the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask on my neck every so often (like I did this time in the last several selfies). But, I like to use my clay masks on my neck, too! ** With all clay masks, leave them on for 10 minutes MAX to prevent unnecessary drying of the skin! **
Apple cider vinegar, activated charcoal and my jojoba and rosehip seed oil mix go into making the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay mask. I find that ACV works at turning the clay into a mask than water, which didn’t do anything but move the product around while trying to mix it together. I add activated charcoal for more detox purposes! The oils provide extra moisture to my skin since this mask can be really drying. The white parts of my mask (on my temples) is the Shea Moisture mask that I mentioned in another post. I used it this time to do some multi-masking since my temples were kind of dry!
After every pamper routine, my skin is glowing, is cleaner and clearer and feels smooth and soft!
Don’t ever think that you’re “taking too much time” for yourself. You deserve it!
I hope this post helped you think about pampering yourself or how you can! It takes me a total of one hour to do this and it’s the most relaxing part of every week. After you give yourself a facial like this, you shouldn’t put on any makeup or go out in the sun for the next 24 hours. This is why I do this on Saturday so my skin has the whole of Sunday to recover!
Thanks so much for reading. Let me know in the comments what your pamper routine looks like if you have one!
Until next time,