I know what you're thinking—did you just rip the title off Rachel Hollis' book? Yes, I probably did but I think it sets the tone of this article really well: wash your face and love yourself!
I am lucky, I know this for a fact. All my rants are 'first-world problems' and I have a circle of friends and family who genuinely love me. My group of girls, in particular, who you can read about here 'Our Story' always reminds me to love myself when I'm feeling down.
This was mentioned briefly in my bio—I am that 'new mum'. I feel guilty about shit I shouldn't feel guilty for. I don't brush my hair most days because it's falling out anyway so 'what's the point?'. I think I've worn my robe 4 days in a row... although I can't recall exactly when the last time was (oops!). Does that make me a slob? Maybe. But that's why it's *so* important to have someone in your life to look out for you and help you WASH YOUR FACE!
Kellie came to me with her 'skincare' products in the midst of my sleep deprivation (newborn life). 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 times). She gifted me a starter kit from Youth to the People 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 most occasions—GASP!
Here are (some) products I love that really made me feel refreshed and ready to conquer my day:
Youth To The People Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Superfood Cleanser (gentle and organic feeling)
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner 2X (love this!)
Innisfree - Green Tea Seed Serum (feels amazing!)
Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream (am I the only one who thinks of whip cream and gets hungry?)
Laneige - Lip Sleeping Mask Berry (wake up to smoother 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 employed 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).
Hope 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