I think when people think of self care, they think of the spa or spending a lot of money on one day to “recharge.” But we are all worth it to take care for ourselves everyday!
These days, we are working more than ever or taking care of others, and forgetting about ourselves. This year, I say “NO MORE” because if I don’t take care of myself EVERY…SINGLE…DAY, I will be hard to do the other stuff.
Here are some self care tips you can implement every day to make you feel like you can concur the world!
SKIN CARE ROUTINE
Girl! Seriously, no matter how tired you get at night, WASH YOUR FACE! You owe it to your future self to take care of your skin now so that you don’t have to worry too much later in life.
Not only should you get into the habit of having a good skin routine both in the morning and at night, but also make sure you apply GOOD skincare on your face.
LOOK AT THE LABEL
Take the time to really look at the ingredients on your current skincare products. These are the products you don’t want:
- added fragrance
- anything too abrasive
With the enzyme cleansing gel, there is fragrance that is added to the formula but in the lower end of the ingredient list which means not a lot is added. Unfortunately, there’s not too many options out there when it comes to face wash but this is one of my favorites. It’s really gentle on the face, leaves it clean and fresh. It’s perfect for both as a morning and night cleanse.
Now, I have normal skin, with an oily T zone. If your skin is on more of the oily side, I would consider a tea tree foaming product.
So of course as I’m writing this, it’s not available and it’s out of stock every where. This is how good this product is! But I’m still going to add it to the list and check back for you.
Tea Tree is so good for the skin because it naturally absorbs the oil without over drying your face. I will admit, I was that girl who scrubbed her face like 50 times a day…no joke but I was doing so much harm to it. When you overly strip the oils away from your face, you are telling your body to produce more and that’s why you are finding yourself having more buildup and pimples.
Another good tip with skin care is , just like taking too many of the same medication and your body gets use to it and you will want to switch your cleaner up every so often to give your skin a little bit of a break.
Basically, wash your face babe. You will thank me later in life. Get into the habit now because most of us don’t have kids, but if life is already hectic now, imagine looking after little humans.
Like I said before, I use to buff the crap out of my face and little did I know, although it felt good at the moment, I was actually aging my skin, Stay away from anything that’s super abrasive like walnut scrubs or anything with a good amount of chunks in it. You also want to make sure you are only scrubbing only once week. When you have something that harsh scrubbed on your face, it’s like making little rips and then your skin has to work extra hard to repair itself.
I like to take used coffee grounds and mix it with coconut oil to create an at home scrub. Here are the benefits:
- Calming effects.
- Anti-aging benefits.
- Vitamin B-3 for skin cancer.
- Reduced inflammation.
- Acne treatment.
- Dark circles.
- After-sun care.
Now for the most amazing moisturizer you will ever try!
Nourishing Face and Neck Cream
Make sure you get that neck girl! The first two things to go are your neck and your hands.
VLB’s Skin-Loving Moisturizer, a combination of some of nature’s powerhouses, will leave your skin looking good enough to Go Naked. This luxuriously smooth, nourishing cream is formulated to lock in moisture and reduce hyperpigmentation (brown spots) and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Skin will take on a natural looking, dewy finish and radiant glow. Good for all skin types.
Revitalizing Face Oil
VLB’s Skin-Loving Elixir, a potent combination of natural skin revitalizers and boosters, will leave your skin looking good enough to Go Naked. This luxuriously rich oil is formulated to quickly absorb into skin to leave it looking firmer and gorgeously glowing. Good for all skin types.
I use both products both morning and at night. It makes my makeup look a million times better and don’t leave the house without it on. In the morning, it makes my day start off on the right foot because with or without makeup, they both give the natural glow.
DRINK MORE WATER
HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU’VE HEARD THIS? But seriouslyl… we need to do it! Once again, we are going to back to the fact that we are super duper busy but if don’t put ourselves first, we won’t feel energized and there will be nothing left for us to give.
HOW TO ADD MORE WATER IN YOUR LIFE?
This is all habit babe. You just have to give yourself reminders to make sure that you’re hydrating yourself:
- set a timer
- track your water intake
- keep yourself accountable
I created this 30 Day Water Challenge tracker for your stories. It’s really important if you are going to change something, you put it out there because it will help keep you accountable. This is a fun, low pressure way to make sure you get 64 OZ per day. If you don’t want to share, you can simply use your story features to track your progress and save the image. On day 30, you can see how far you came and celebrate! DON’T FORGET TO CELEBRATE! When you’re changing a habit, you really want something you can visually see your progress to help it become a lifestyle instead of a new fad.
If you’re reading this post on your phone… simply hold down the image and hit save! Don’t forget to tag @simpleandprettyco so that I can share your progress.
To be honest, you don’t need anything fancy when it comes to your water bottle…just a tracker.
I personally got my water bottle from a local coffee shop but I found the same brand which you can grab on Amazon. Just like mine, it has a 32 oz tracker on the side to let you know how much you have drank. The 32 oz bottle makes it super easy because I know drinking two full bottles will equal to 64 oz.
Stay tuned because I’ll be opening up a 30 Day Water Challenge soon and for those who participate will win a prize! If you want to get notified for the official date, enter your email below:
I am the WORST AT THIS! No judgement here. But here’s what I’m proposing. My mind is completely spent when I’m done working and the last thing I want to do it move but we have to!
I think when we think of moving, I use to always think about loosing weight and getting fit. No, it doesn’t have to be that complicated. When I was in the classroom, I use to give my kids “brain breaks” where for about five minutes, they had to move. This could be dancing, run outside, or just walking around the classroom. Either way, they are moving! I had to start applying this to myself because with movement releases endorphins.
- Take a walk/ Walk your dog
- Watch T.V. and run in place
- Ride you bike
Just start of simple. That’s why I have created this Self Care Daily Checklist to help you get some movement in your life. I’ll be using this myself because…I NEED IT IN MY LIFE!
AT HOME SPA TREATMENT
If I can stay home all the time…I would. It’s so much work to get all dressed up just to get some “me” time. You don’t know how many times I wanted to get a mani and pedi and not have to worry about putting my makeup on. Now that’s why I LOVE Color Street, the 100% Nail Polish Strips!
I get the luxury of cute nails that last up to 10-14 days in the comfort of my own home. Oh…and there’s no dry time or mess. Every couple of weeks, I turn on a movie and do my nails and toes. I’m usually done in 15 minutes but I don’t have to worry about smudging my beautiful work. I can just curl under the covers to finish watching the movie literally seconds after doing my nails.
What are nail polish strips? And why do they rock?
- Nail polish formula, with a base coat, color, and top coat all in one.
- Easy, one-step application for a brilliant, salon quality manicure in minutes. No heat or tools required to apply.
- No dry time, smudges, or streaks. Chip-resistant, long-lasting color – up to 14 days!
- Less money than a manicure and faster too. Take off easily with nail polish remover. Doesn’t leave your nails weak once removed like other products.
- Comes with extra strips in case you need to re-do a finger.
- Big selection of solids, patterns, glitter (my fave) and French manicure strips.
- Made in the U.S.A
The most expensive design is $13 plus tax and shipping. If you order on the website, you can actually get BUY 3 GET 1 FREE! The amount of savings will get you closer to your next trip or your next lux bag! Check out all of the Color Street designs.
This stuff is seriously junk free, leaves your hair super soft, and make it smell like sugar. I used a package during my Indiana trip, not only is it easy to travel with, it’s great for an at home spa treatment. Mane’s Club is a 5- in – 1 hair conditioner that give your a well deserve a lazy day. You just relax and let Mane Club do the work for you with the Expert Procrastinator 5-In-1 Deep Conditioner pack. The proof is in the pack…Conditions, tames frizz, strengthens, adds shine and repairs.
I left if in for five minutes and I had perfect hair for the rest of the week. Plus, it’s only $3.99. Super affordable.
I love zenning out and relax in the tub. My favorite bath bombs are from Naples Soap Company because everything is natural, smells amazing and has the best deals on their bath bombs! In store and online, they offer 5 for $25. I stock up every couple of months because they are just fabulous!
This deal is ALL THE TIME! Right now: BOGO BATH BOMB BARRELS: PURCHASE (5) BATH BOMBS AND RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL 5 BATH BOMBS FOR FREE!
Ummmm…adding to my cart LIKE NOW!
Sometimes, all that you need to fill your bucket is a cute new outfit. Plus a discount make your finds even better! I got you covered!
The Peach Pistol Boutique has an amazing app that makes shopping so much easier. Not only are there more options on the app, but the app also notifies you when they have amazing sales! The prices above are The Peach Pistol regular prices, so imagine when they issue out a sale. Plus for Simple and Pretty Co. readers, you get a 20% discount when you use the code: MANDY20. I truly love The Peach Pistol Boutique’s collection because they have something for ALL sizes!
- 20” Silver with 14k Gold Plated Adjustable Bead Chain
- Sterling Silver Disc with 14k Gold Plating with diamonds in each Large star
- Each Zodiac Pendant is the Exact Size of an American Quarter
These necklaces are the cutest and do run $175-188. But like I said…discount codes! Use code: MANDY to get 50% OFF! That’s an AMAZING deal! These necklaces are great quality and will be in your collection.
GOING ON AN ADVENTURE
This one, you will have to leave your house but I promise, it will be worth it! Being on my computer, phone, and not getting enough vitamin D is not really healthy. I also don’t have a connection with nature. But I think it’s really important to get out there and try something new.
When I first found out that I was moving to Naples, Florida, we first explored Marco Island. This was during season and all of these people kept coming up to Andy and me to give us shells and sand dollars. The look on their faces made it seem like they found gold. I didn’t really understand the appeal about shelling but we got to explore the 10,000 Islands with Reel Kind Fishing and Tours and now I’m hooked. SERIOUSLY! This snake hating girl, does not like fresh air, computer nerd is now obsessed with shelling!
It wasn’t just the shelling but how Reel Kind educates you about the 10,000 Islands and about the creatures who lives there. I have this love for learning and Captain Jesse took the time to explain the cool facts about the birds, the different species, and the importance of preserving the area.
I’ll get more into detail about my trip soon but if you’re considering shelling, these are the things you should remember when you’re booking an eco tour or a shelling trip:
Are they certified and have the education to teach you about the species?
Do they have a track record of being accident free?
Do they know the right places to shell?
Is it a one size fits all tour?
What are others saying about their experience about their tours?
I’m asking you to ask yourself these questions because as part of your self care routine, you deserve to have the best of the best when you’re investing in your experiences and adventures. How many times have you’ve seen people “look” like they are having fun at a restaurant and when you finally go, the food is just….okayyyyy. Self care also means doing your research so that you are enjoying the moment instead of constantly worrying. This is actually a tip for everything in life. Don’t be so quick to do something just because it’s cool but instead, is it going to make you happy.
But back to Reel Kind and why you should book a trip with them. It’s getting back to nature in a way that you wouldn’t be able to experience if you’re on a bike ride. I was moving, I got sunlight, and I got to bring a little part of my experience back home with me.
Just try to incorporate one thing different in your life, step away from work and have an adventure.
HAVE A ROUTINE
As you can see, there are so many things you can do everyday to make sure you are getting some “me” time. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to taking care of yourself. It’s just making it into a habit.
The last thing I will leave you with is start creating a routine. When you create a routine that you can stick with, it will help you stay a hell a lot more focused than always being in a hurry. Trust me, I’m always in a hurry. Especially since my job requires me to be really flexible. Having a routine helps me have a clear head so that I can perform my best during the day.
I have a hard time sleeping and I use Revita CBD Oil to help me stay calm during the day and sleep at night. The CBD Oil helps me wind down before I head to bed and I TRY MY HARDEST to go to bed and wake up around the same time.
With Revita Oil, you want to take it through out the day so that you don’t feel groggy in the morning.
Revita Oil is a brand that offers safe, hemp-derived CBD products that have been thoroughly lab-tested for quality. You can order these products online for delivery straight to your address. You don’t need a medical prescription to buy CBD and anyone can use it.
It doesn’t hurt to try something that is going to be safe and that you can incorporate in your everyday self care. This helps me take back control of my life, ease my anxiety, and really helps me sleep.
Babe… I get it. You put yourself last. Maybe you’re like me who is constantly working or perhaps you are a mom but as women, we shouldn’t feel guilty for trying to recharge ourselves so that we can be the best person for ourselves and others. Balance is really difficult to achieve. Hopefully you use these helpful tips in your everyday life so that you don’t hit another breaking point. What are you going to try? Tell me in the comments below! Love you so much! xoxo Mandy Nicole
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