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There are few things better than a long, hot soak after a hard day. Taking a bath is one of my favorite ways to indulge myself. It’s no secret to those who know me that I love bath stuff. All kinds–bubbles, salts, fizzies, oils, soft soaps, creams, bars, you name it I’ll want to try it.

Rather than looking for a specific product for my bath, I go for a scent or mood. If I’m looking to relax I reach for something with neroli oil, if I want to feel upbeat I look for a citrus or fruit. Sometimes I want to feel feminine and I’ll reach for a floral scent like rose or jasmine. Then there are the times when I just want some comfort–at those times I look for vanilla based scents.

Everyone has their own preferences for bathing. Personally, I prefer to run the water as hot as I can stand it then let some out and refill with hot water as long as I want to soak. A long, hot soak does wonders for my body and my spirit.

lipscollagecn_4246One of the quickest ways to make myself look and feel a little better is to slide on some lipstick. I’m fond of glossy berry shades. If I’m going for a really quick pick me up I’ll just use a neutral liner to line the inside of my lips then put on a bit of gloss or color. If I have an event to attend, first I’ll prep my lips with a foundation before adding the liner and color.

Sometimes my lips need a little extra lovin’. On these days I’ll gently exfoliate using a warm, damp washcloth and slather on some soothing lip moisturizer–such as coconut oil. Sometimes I’ll use a beeswax-based lip balm. I don’t make the use of lip balm a regular habit. It’s an occasional occurrance, usually after I’ve spent an extended period of time outside.

vacationathome1It’s winter where I live and that means harsh weather for lovely faces. Those who know me know that I tend to be a minimalist–if it requires a ton of effort I may not keep up with it. For everyday use, you can pick a cleanser appropriate for your skin type and use that. I’m fond of Angels on Bare Skin.

Also important is daily moisturization and sun protection. Your needs may change throughout the year. For the most part, I prefer a nice light moisturizer year round. Occasionally, I will use an oil as opposed to a lotion or a cream with Baby Bee Apricot Baby Oil being my favorite. The important thing is to find whatever works best for your skin to keep you looking and feeling your best.

For an extra special facial treat, you can learn to make your own facial cleansers and moisturizers. A simple scrub to exfoliate can be created from sugar and olive oil. Be sure to aviod your eyes and rinse well after scrubbing. An easy mask can be made from oatmeal and water–massage on, let dry, and rinse well.  An easy moisturizer can be made from glycerine and water. I like to use a little rose flower water to create a lovely scented lotion.

Whatever you choose to use, be sure to allow yourself the time to focus on you. Even just a few minutes in the morning can help you feel refreshed, energized, and ready to start your day.

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