Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m deeply rooted in the physical and practical at this point in my life. Mostly, it’s been about home organization: meal plans, shopping lists, budgets, homekeeping routines- and parenting: positive discipline, homeschooling preschool, bedtime routines, etc. I’ve been too busy to focus much on myself, my body. But more recently, it’s been turning inward. And I’ve been wanting to take care of my physical self more than before.
I do the basic stuff- showering, teeth, hair- but my routine is very minimalistic- and I liked it that way for a long time- it was very practical when I had a newborn. Sometimes, I hardly had time to comb out my hair at night so I wouldn’t have to spend time detangling it the next morning. So, it had it’s uses. But, I have slightly more time to myself with a toddler. I used to wear my hair in buns- again, very practical, but I also think they’re beautiful. Hair sticks are my favorite way to hold a bun. But they have all broken, and they’ve been broken for months, so I’ve been restricted to two hairstyles- ponytail and braid- and I think the ponytail is boring, and I hate scrunchies- I’m tired of them. For YEARS I have wanted a beautiful set of hairsticks– wooden ones, not plastic like I had before (which were a Christmas gift from my mom after I had asked for hairsticks- my mom is a wonderful person, but she always seems to JUST miss the mark when it comes to gifts) with semi-precious or cloisonné stones on top. When I have hairsticks, even a simple bun will be elegant, and I’ll be able to do a greater variety of hairstyles anyway. Just have to wait another month or so for the money. A short listing of some other hair toys I’d like:
a leather leaf (I’ve lost the link to that one)
and while I”m dreaming, more hairsticks.
I also decided that I would try to start a facial routine again- I had been cleaning with just plain water, and believe it or not, plain water is what got rid of my acne- that, and my hormones straightening out, I believe (the skin issues came back in full force at the end of my pregnancy, and for a few weeks afterwards). But, I noticed that I could use some exfoliation- so, I whipped up some of my favorite cleanser/exfoliator: cornmeal and honey, and it left my skin so soft! Now, I do it once a week, if I remember. I need to find something to wash my skin with daily- I’m likely to go back to Rosemary’s cleansing grains: oatmeal, a nut (almonds or hazelnuts for me, usually), lavender, and rose petals, all ground together into a fine powder- this cleanses and exfoliates gently, without soap. The final thing I need- and it’s something I’ve really never needed before- is moisturizer. My skin used to be so oily, and once I learned not to wash it to death, I didn’t need moisturizer- however, along with the clearing of the acne, my skin has changed from “oily” to “normal”- oh, how I LOVE normal skin! But it needs a bit of extra moisture after a shower. I haven’t been able to bring myself to actually put *oil* on my face yet, but a 50/50 blend of glycerin and aloe gel (100% pure gel- this has no color or odor, and no other ingredients) works nicely. Then I top it with mineral makeup. Right now, it’s just blush and lipstick in natural shades, but I hope to get more creative as time goes on. I haven’t gotten to playing with eye makeup yet, but I know it’ll really enhance my face when I do, because if I do say so myself, my eyes are one of my best features. My favorite place for mineral makeup is Herbs of Grace.
As for the rest of my body, it also benefits from the cornmeal/honey exfoliator in the shower, or an olive oil sugar scrub. I don’t get too fancy with my potions. I just prefer things simple, but you can get all kinds of creative with the additions to the scrubs and lotions and such. And of course, in the winter, I try to take a lavender bath at least once a week. It really helps keep me from drying out too much (and since I can’t reach my back to put lotion on it).
So, that’s the extent of it. I need to focus more on the inside of my body too- and moving it more, but baby steps, right?