I have a confession: I’m a skin care nerd. There, I said it. It’s because of this nerdiness that the following indulgences and activities chill me out:
1. Taking time at the end of the day to wash my face, refresh with some misting and give myself a mini face massage with my moisturizer and serum. It calms me down and resets my brain to bed time mode. This works so well for me that I think I could set the record for “Shortest Amount of Time Between Putting Head to the Pillow and Being in a Deep Sleep”. I mean it. I’m THAT quick.
2. Talking about ingredients. I especially love hearing stories behind ingredients. Take, for instance, the reishi mushroom extract in the Lip Line Treatment: Martha looked long and hard to find an artisan reishi mushroom supplier that met her stringent ingredient standards. When she finally found her mushroom guy (Paul Stamets of Olympia, WA), he took weeks (if not months) of coaxing until he finally agreed to be her mushroom guy. This Paul fellow is kind of a big deal, having written half a dozen books about mushrooms and discovering four new species of mushrooms. You can imagine how difficult it must have been for Martha’s fledgling skin care company to convince Paul’s people to supply the valuable and rare reishi mushroom extract used in Lip Line today. REALLY difficult. Stories like this intrigue me.
3. Indulging in a face mask when my boyfriend’s not home. He thinks it’s a creepy look on me but there’s nothing quite like relaxing with some Law and Order, drinking some tea and wearing a face mask. I’m relaxed just thinking about it. Speaking of which, that reminds me of another relaxing, skin-related joy of mine…
4. Drinking water or tea. I know it’ll sound totally batty, but whenever I’m drinking water or tea, I think of how lovely and dewy my skin will feel once I’m hydrated. It’s not instantaneous. I know that. I just like to think of it that way.
5. Taking a bath. I get that a bath seems like a cliché relaxing option but it’s a cliché for a reason: it works. I just drop some essential oils in and let the hot water do its thing with my muscles and stress. If I’m feeling saucy, I’ll light some candles and maybe have some wine. What a night, right?
Enough about me. What makes your days better? What are your indulgences or hobbies that turn you geeky? I’d love to hear about them!
Until Next Time,