4 Ways to Treat Yourself at Home and Feel Rejuvenated

So often we don’t make time for ourselves; that includes taking care of our body, mind, and spirit. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself with a little free time at home, give these inner and outer beauty activities a shot.

DIY Pampering

Yes, consider yourself lucky if you have the time and means to get treated like you deserve. But if you’re life is like most—busy, complicated, and spending time taking care of others—you will need to make a conscious choice to make time for yourself. Choose an activity below and see how good you can feel by treating yourself to something just for you.

Scrub

  1. Dry Brush. Take a soft-bristled brush and make contact with your bare skin, over every inch of your body. Dry brushing will invigorate your skin. Some dermatologists suggest using a circular motion from one area to another. Other specialists recommend brushing straight in one direction as if it were a mane of hair. Regardless of your technique, the overall consensus is that ultra-fine bristles are best.

The massage definitely improves circulation. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, which will help flush toxins from the body. Exfoliation will scarf off the dead skin cells, leaving the epidermis in better shape to receive hydration, thus moister skin. After dry brushing, treat yourself to a warm shower and after, apply coconut oil to your skin.

Glow

  1. Organic Facial. Create a concoction made from fresh produce. Ingredients like lemon, strawberry, olive oil, and honey are often used in organic mask mixtures. A simple favorite is to beat an egg yolk and then add-in half a ripe avocado and blend well. Start applying at the chin, moving up towards your forehead, leaving space around your eyes and mouth. Leave on for about 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

After, take the inside of the avocado, the peel, and massage your face with it. The peel has oil, which contains humectants, and is a natural moisturizer. You can leave that on, or rinse off.

Chill

  1. Create a Meditation Space. You want to meditate and a quiet spot to relax, but it doesn’t exist. Yet. All you need to do is pick a spot in your home, preferably one that is not heavily trafficked. It can even be a corner or a closet! Starting with a seat—it can be a pillow, beanbag, or a blanket covering the floor. Then make whatever space is around your “seat” clean and beautiful.

Keep the lighting soft. Paint with warm colors. Decorate your space with objects that are meaningful to you. Go ahead and enjoy your creation. Hopefully, you’ll get to visit daily.

Prepare

  1. Freeze, Cook, or Bake. Being able to feed yourself a healthy, delicious food is satisfying to your entire being. Taking the time to do or make something special will go along way. One thing you can do is take your fresh produce, wash, cut, and then freeze. Slice bananas, chop spinach, cut stems off the berries—you get the picture. Your supply will be ready when you want to make that last-minute smoothie!

Look up (or check your bookmarks) for that Mediterranean dish you’ve been wanting to cook. Check out recipes for muffins, bread, or cakes. GetThrive.com has gluten-free ideas for treats and breakfast suggestions, too. Pour your joy of food into your creation. Revel in the experience when you get to eat it!

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5 Natural Recipes for Home Facials

Even if you apply sunscreen, avoid alcohol and smoke, and get plenty of rest and hydrate, your skin—with age—loses elasticity.

Unfortunately, skin loses some of its ability to self-moisturize, creating fine wrinkles. Here are some ideas for improving skin quality using natural ingredients at home.

1. Dilute fresh lemon juice in a half-cup of cold water. Apply the astringent gently with a washcloth. Rinse with clear, cool water.

2. Whisk two egg whites into foam. Apply the hydro lipids to your face and neck, leaving it for 15 minutes, and rinse with cool water.

3. Mix three teaspoons of honey with a couple drops of fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Rub gently onto your face and let it sit and hydrate for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

4. Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon with powdered turmeric, a couple drops of olive oil, and a dash of salt. This paste makes a great exfoliant.

5. Apply aloe vera gel and leave on overnight. Rinse with cool water.

Any natural ingredient that helps boost collagen and elastin with give your skin a younger, richer glow.lf (or your kids) into liking veggies.

 

Our Top 5 at Home Mud Masks

The Mud Masks Every Woman Should Try!

You don’t have to go to the spa to pamper your body. Mud therapy offers dozens of benefits, and you can make packs, baths, or masks at home. Check out some ideas…

Get Your Muds Straight

For mud baths, there are generally three different types of mud used. They are all high in mineral content, and each comes from different parts of the world.

1) Moor mud is the kind often used at spas. This mud is taken from the bottom of ancient lakes. Much of it is found in the moorlands of Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Besides minerals, this mud contains decomposed herbs and flowers.

2) Reduce Wrinkles: Mud from natural hot springs. There is also mud from geysers that contain volcanic ash.

3) Mud from sea beds. The most popular is the Dead Sea mud.

For mud packs or facials, you can use any of the bathing muds or clay, or  there’s:

4)-volcanic ash sediment (fuller’s earth and bentonite.) This is often used for acne or oily skin.

5)-green clay (kaolin and Rhassoul), or Moroccan clay.

Mud Bathing

One successful recognized form of therapy is reclining in a mud bath. Once you get beyond the initial bizarre sensation, your body truly relaxes. The heat from the mud and water relieves aches and pains. Many arthritis sufferers have found some respite from pain using mud therapy.

The mud and its minerals have anti-inflammatory properties. Circulation improves as well. It also helps draw out toxins from your body through your skin. Mud is a natural exfoliant.

To make your own mud bath, run hot water in the tub. Add in your mud and mix thoroughly. Some add a couple of drops of their favorite essential oil. Others mix in a little honey. Another option is to add a bit of milk powder to lend a soothing effect. Once prepared to your liking, soak for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water when finished.

Note: Mud will clog your drain, so use a screen or sifter before letting the water out.

Another note: Don’t soak in mud if you have any open cuts or sores. Because heat is an element of the soak, if you have heart disease or high blood pressure, check with your doctor first.

Mud Packs

You can use the mud as an anti-inflammatory on specific parts of the body. Packs are suggested for those with arthritis, especially to manage pain in the knees and hands.

Mix 1 cup of mud with enough warm water or green tea to make a thick paste. Add a drop of essential oil or honey. Smooth the mud over the sore area, and then cover with a warm, wet towel. Let the mud soak in for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.

For facials, simply apply the mud and let it dry for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then apply a conditioning lotion. For other tips on pampering you can do for yourself to feel and look better, check out Thrive.