I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
Remember how all these beautifully complected hotties were sharing their detailed skincare routines a while back? There’s nothing I
love more than a step-by-step “this is how I maintain my sexy” beauty article.
You can recommend me all the makeup you want, but what I really wanna know is
how you look so awesome without it.
But since I already share my skincare
adventures with you on the regular, I thought I’d dive into how I keep the rest
of myself so fresh and so clean.
Weekdays are as quick and lazy as possible, just soap ‘n’
go; but every weekend, I make time to get my inner Donna Meagle on and treat
The party starts with Friday Bath Night (all my fellow hermits, let’s
make this a thing). I light a few candles, start running some bathwater, and
make myself a cup of skin enhancing tea.
To punch up my bath, I like to add a few drops of almond oil to soften my skin,
because I hate putting on lotion,
so the oil means I won’t have to moisturize after my bath.
I’ll also toss in a
Lush Bath Bomb. They usually help to soften my skin and relax my muscles, not to
mention make my bath water look and smell magical. My current favorite is the
holiday-season-only So White bath bomb. It smells like fresh, crisp apples for
DAYS and turns my bathwater a deliciously frivolous pastel pink.
For the rest
of the year I favor Sakura; it doesn’t look like much, but it has a divine sweet
and subtle floral scent, and you don’t have to clean any glitter or weird
floaty bits out of your bathtub after. I mean, that totally defeats the purpose
of a relaxing bath anyway.
After my soak, I’ll get out and do a mandelic peel or a face mask, or maybe both. While I’m waiting for my facial treatments to do
their thing, I usually trim my nails and moisturize my cuticles with a little
Smith’s Rosebud Salve.
I also moisturize my feet with whatever I have around,
but Rosebud Salve and regular Carmex do wonderful things for warding off
calluses and dry heels. Then I pop on some socks and hit the bed.
When I wake
up on Saturday, I usually try to eat healthy (LOL) but things devolve pretty
quickly into a gummy-bear-a-thon with a side of fries. Still, a multitude of
sins can be hidden by drinking tons of water. I keep a water bottle at hand all
weekend and drink up to 72 ounces in a day if I’ve been eating poorly. The best way
to recover from eating too much crap is to hydrate, forgive yourself, and drink
green smoothies all through the week.
Anyway, back to beauty. I try to start off Sunday mornings
with a long run (this takes the place of every “illuminating” product I’ve ever
tried) before my absolute favorite beauty indulgence that I look forward to all
week: a long, hot shower. Before I even start the water, while my skin is still
dry, I scrub my whole body thoroughly with Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body
This stuff is still my gloriously-scented favorite, though I recently
tried their Flake Away scrub, of which I also approve. I find that using the
scrub first thing exfoliates much, much better than scrubbing wet skin. It also
saves water, which is important to me because I have never forgotten this video
from my childhood.
Then, I jump in the
shower and rinse the scrub off. I start my head to toe routine by washing my
hair with Shea Moisture’s Yucca and Baobab thickening shampoo, which is velvety
and super-smoothing. I proceed to my weekly deep-condition with Biolage
While that’s all
doing its thing, I shave and soap up with a gentle-to-skin soap like any of
these from Chagrin Valley Soaps.
They’re non-drying and packed with oils and butters that can moisturize enough
that you won’t need to lotion up afterwards. I am telling you, my aversion to
lotion is REAL.
Once I’m all rinsed out,
and toweled off, I slap on a quick brightening mask like Bliss’ Triple Oxygen
Instant Energizing Mask. It’s fun and tingly and makes you extra glowy for a
While it’s working, I rub a LITTLE
body butter on dry areas only: hands, feet, elbows, knees. Soap and Glory’s
Moisture Extreme Sugar Crush Body Buttercream smells so good that it makes
lotion bearable--almost enjoyable--because the fantastic sugary lime mojito
With that, I can get dressed and go on with the rest of my week
feeling like the softest, cleanest person who ever lived.
What are your current body care essentials?