Let’s kick off The Self-Care Series with a quick and relaxing routine to ease you into the idea of taking care of yourself. Look at your hands. Are they cracked and peeling with rough patches you didn’t even realize were there? Mom life is taxing and your hands take a beating. It may be time to show them some love.
This routine may seem trivial, but spending 5 minutes pampering your hands can make a significant difference in how you feel, physically and emotionally. Imagine what could be born from 5 minutes of sitting quietly to focus on you.
My hands have seen better days. After working a long week as a nurse my hands are left peeling, red and irritated, burning every time I wash them. The harsh cleansers and drying antibacterial foam in my hospital really take a toll. And a break in the skin is a portal for infection, so this self-care routine has a number of health benefits.
My personal advice is to schedule this short self-care routine when your kids are asleep or at school, so that you give yourself undivided, uninterrupted time and attention.
Let’s get started!
Step 1: Cleanse hands with Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile soap. I love this stuff and I use it for everything from face to fabric! It’s a gentle cleanser using only organic vegan ingredients, and is great for everyday use, but especially important when you have irritated skin. It cleanses the skin without drying it out, and the lavender essential oil helps to calm the irritation. Lavender oil has also been used to induce sleep and help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, so this packs a mean punch for Moms. I use this foaming dispenser because this liquid love is magic, and a little goes a long way!
Step 2: Scrub the dead skin away with Shea Moisture's Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub. This sugar scrub gently exfoliates while the Vitamin E and shea butter soothes dryness and acts as a barrier preventing further damage. Songyi Mushrooms will take care of those dark dry patches on your knuckles by evening your skin tone. Work the scrub into your palms, back of hands, and between fingers. Rinse to reveal smooth, soft, and hydrated paws.
Step 3: Apply a small drop of cuticle oil to the bed of each nail and work into cuticles. I use Solar Oil. It's made with Jojoba oil and Vitamin E and will build stronger, healthier nails with repeated use. I also use this in the morning before heading out the door... Annie likes to help. :)
Step 4: Rub a dime sized amount of Origins Rejuvenating Hand treatment all over hands (and maybe on your elbows if you have a tad extra). Rose of Jericho, Trehalose, and Sea Haricots hydrate, while Ancient Oceanic Flora and Scutellaria Extract repair UV damage and even out skin tone. It's the perfect end to this routine. It's like dotting your i's and crossing your t's.
Step 5: Sit down with your feet up, a cup of hot tea, and a good book. Who am I kidding?! I have trashy TV to watch!
Sending you lots of love, and a nap.
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