I know what you're thinking—did you just rip the title off Rachel Hollis' book? Yes, I did but I think it sets the tone for this article quite perfectly: wash your face and love yourself!
I am lucky, I know this. All my rants are 'first-world problems' and I have a circle of people who genuinely love me. My group of girls, in particular, always reminds me to love myself when I'm feeling down.
This was mentioned briefly in our 'About Us'—I am Elle, the 'new mum'. I feel guilty about shit I shouldn't feel guilty for. I don't brush my hair on most days because it's falling out anyway so 'what's the point?'. I think I've worn my sleeping robe 4 days in a row now... although I can't recall exactly when the last time was (oops!). Does that make me a slob? So be it! But that's why it's *so* important to have someone in your life to look out for you and remind you to WASH YOUR FACE!
Kellie came to me with her cure: skin care products. This was in the midst of my sleep deprivation after having a baby. I was too tired to listen to her go on about all the benefits of each product and applying toner first before serums (I probably messed this up the first couple of times). She gifted me some skincare products and from then on, I was hooked. Before this, I was the lazy girl who thought that doing a cleanse and moisturiser in the evening was enough. Little did I know that my skin was seriously lacking hydration because I did not drink nearly enough water. I even forgot my SPF on many occasions—GASP!
Here is a list of my favourite products that help me feel refreshed and ready to conquer the day:
Innisfree - Green Tea Seed Serum (Feels and smells amazing!)
Etude House - Sunprise Mild Watery Light SPF50+ PA+++ (perfect size for your handbag)
Pyunkang Yul - Moisture Cream (so light weight!)
Laneige - Lip Sleeping Mask Berry (Hello smooth lips; smells *so* good)
Other than that, self care can be anything from going for a brisk walk, taking a hot shower (you bet) and watching funny shit on Youtube. I *love* laughing and was super intrigued after hearing the story of Allan Pease who used laughter as one strategy to overcome his prostate cancer! I am not making this shit up, you guys. The power of laughter is phenomenal.
Anyway, I think that's my two cents. Kellie is pumping out articles like a mad woman so I know she is side-eyeing me to write something (anything).
Hoping the Skin Gods will always be kind to you. Now go wash your face (you'll feel better, I promise).
Lots of love,
*Art by Kellie: our in-house creative director