I am no tech expert but I do know that if there is a problem you can usually fix the issue it by unplugging the device for a moment, which could be applied to us too, so I hope you are taking the time to unplug and make the time for some self care in these challenging times.
If, like me, you love chocolate and coffee, here is the recipe for a sugar mocha scrub I like to make for when I make some me time. Now you can indulge your senses with a calorie free cocoa treat this Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day, even if you are still keeping your New Year’s resolution to eat less chocolate 😉
When I was pregnant with Little Miss I realised my body was a temple and started a cleaner approach to living, first I cleared the apartment of all the toxic household products and toiletries we had and then replaced them with items that were free from parabens, sulphates and other nasties. It has been a long and ongoing journey, with each move to a new country I have had to find alternatives to the brands I liked and there is still so much to learn about what goes into products that are on the shelves of our supermarkets and drugstores (gosh I sound like a real North American!)
With home cooked meals you know what goes into them, no preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce, so where possible I try to apply the same rule to our personal care and household products. I use pure essential oils with dryer balls for our laundry, diffuse them to freshen rooms and add a few drops of peppermint oil to my shower floor to help me wake up in the morning….that’s before a large coffee or tea!
So here is a super easy recipe to make some self love you can keep in a jar and use when you have more than five minutes to have a shower….
4 tbsp granulated sugar
2.5 tbsp ground coffee
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp coconut oil
Mix with love, store in a mason jar and use it on your hands or body. It is a little messy but rinses off easily and can be kept for about a month. You should avoid using sugar based scrubs if you have sensitive skin or any inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema.
The benefits of the ingredients are numerous but here is a quick overview of the main reasons to raid your kitchen cupboards for reasons other than to find a snack; sugar is an exfoliator that removes dead skin, coconut oil is a natural moisturiser, coffee is rich in antioxidants and enhances circulation which can help reduce cellulite, and finally cocoa (as well as smelling yummy) is also full of antioxidants which leaves your skin soft and radiant.
With so many people having to juggle more balls than normal during COVID-19 lock downs, working from home, remote schooling, snacks and meals to prep, finding time to unplug and unwind can seem like an over indulgence, however your batteries need to be recharged, so take some time for self love and care.
Here is to a healthy, happy February!