“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield
Self-care does a mind, body and soul good. If you’ve ever woken up like I did today – with puffy eyes, wild hair, and skin that could use some serious TLC, you know the necessity and importance of self-care. But what if you don’t have the cash or time to go to a spa? I’ve got good news: most of what your body needs is probably within your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Here are 4 quick-and-easy recipes for a Self-care Sunday that will leave you refreshed from head to toe.
For Puffy Eyes: Cherry tomatoes + lemon or lime juice
This remedy and the one below came from an issue of Willow and Sage, and I absolutely love them. They are so simple too! Raw tomatoes are high in vitamins A, K, B6 and lots of antioxidants, and when combined with the Vitamin C in lemons, your under-eyes get a nutrient boost.
- 2 chilled cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 chilled lemon (I didn’t have a lemon, so I used a lime. If you don’t have either, oranges and strawberries are also rich in Vitamin C).
Combine the lemon juice and tomatoes into a pulp, mixing by hand or in a small food processor, (I used my magic bullet and it worked great). Dip a cotton ball into the pulp and dab under the eye area, being careful not to get it in your eyes. Then follow up with a moisturizer of your choice.
For Stubborn Blackheads: Baking soda + water
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 3 tsp water (you may need more or less depending on consistency)
Make into a paste and massage into the affected area on your face. Then simply rinse with warm water and a washcloth.
For Dry/Damaged Hair: OILS
From Cosmopolitan.com, you can make a big batch of this hair treatment to keep in a glass jar and use once a week. My hair always feels its softest after I apply it.
- 1 Cup coconut oil
- 1 Tbs almond oil
- 1 Tbs Macadamia oil (I used Vitamin E oil instead)
- 1 Tbs Jojoba Oil
This mask works best if you apply it to damp hair, leave it on for 10 minutes and then shampoo and condition your hair. The oils fill your hair with essential fatty acids, and shampoo helps seal them in.
For a DIY Pedicure: Foot cream, a $1 foot scrubber and some pretty polish
The most important part of the pedicure is not the polish, so if you don’t want to polish your toes, you don’t have to. I love Essie’s Russian Roulette color so much I have 2 bottles of the stuff, so I definitely went all-out today and painted my toes RED!
- 3-4 inches of warm bath water
- foot scrubber (I use one from the Dollar Tree that works great)
- Foot cream of your choice Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source is one of my favorites
- Polish and topcoat of your choice
Fill your bathtub or a washtub with warm water and let your feet soak for 5 minutes. Scrub your feet until dead skin and calluses are removed. Dry off your feet and apply foot cream. Finish off with some polish, then put your feet up and relax! If you are so inclined, you might make yourself a cup of tea, (one of my favorites is the Detox Yogi Tea) and read a book, listen to some music, or watch your favorite show. Do whatever floats your boat, this is your day!