I think it’s so important for us to unwind and unstress. For me, stress plays a huge part in flares or the absence thereof.
If finances were not an issue, I would get a massage everyday. I would get a facial every week. And I would sleep in a hammock on a tropical beach whilst being fanned by Channing Tatum in one of his Magic Mike get ups. Too explicit? Well, I didn’t specify which get up, did I? Because that’s between me and Channing.
At least once a week, I set aside time for an at home spa day. It’s quite simple, it’s FREE, and I can put on a movie so that Channing, Brad Pitt and James Franco can join me. Alas, never simultaneously. They’ve never done an ensemble piece.
Step one: take a long hot bath with Epsom salts. Great for the joints and for the psyche!
Step two: helloooo fluffy bath robe!
Step three: wash my face with my regular face wash.
Step four: Do a facial exfoliant. I prefer Clinique’s Seven Day Scrub cream that I usually steal from my mom’s Clinique bonus samples.
Step five: Make a piping hot cup of chamomile tea. Soak a clean washcloth in the tea, wring it out, and hold washcloth on my face to open my pores.
Step six: apply a deep cleaning mud mask. I use a $5 generic one I got at Target.
Step seven: sip the tea from step five while enjoying lounge time in fluffy robe from step two. (Variation of the five second rule…in theory, you used a clean washcloth earlier!)
Step eight: soak ankles or wrists in a bucket or pot of hot water with Epsom salts. This may be my favorite part- feels SO good on my joints.
Step nine: wipe off the mud mask
Step ten: crawl into bed, warm, peaceful and much comfier than you started.
Step eleven; fantastic dreams of Channing Tatum.
Give it a try: it’s very cheap and while it may sound silly, it is amazing!