I know I’m not alone in feeling…how can I put this nicely…not great about my body right now (anyone else holding onto an extra [quaran]nineteen pounds?). Added stress these days doesn’t make it easy to battle my negative self-talk. Time to bring in the homemade body scrub!
Rationally, I know that self-care begets self-love, but when I don’t feel my best, it can be hard to find the motivation to take care of myself in the small, kind ways that I need, ESPECIALLY with so little time to devote to myself.
(Speaking of no time…scroll to the bottom for the TLDR version)
If I can make it happen, something as simple as using a homemade body scrub in the shower for a mini-meditation and micro-self-care escape can help reestablish a happier connection with my body.
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So I’m switching things up this week, and compounding (pharmacy joke, get it?) a self-care product to share with you.
Using ingredients you (probably) already have in your pantry, and breaking up the steps throughout the week, you’ll be making a homemade body scrub, and hopefully indulging in some much-needed pampering very soon!
This homemade body scrub is a small, inexpensive way to take care of yourself this week, gently sloughing away some dead skin cells, and hopefully some stress, too. Regularly exfoliating the skin (once to twice per week) can encourage natural cell turnover and renewal, which means brighter, healthier-looking skin, and again, hopefully the ritual brings some stress reduction as well.
You might be thinking, “that’s nice, but who has the time to make their own products? or the time to actually use them? I don’t!” but this one is easy, and worth it, I promise.
For those of us REALLY pressed for time, I’ve broken it down into easy (possibly insultingly simple) steps for when you have 5 minutes here or there.
A quick PLAN for making your homemade body scrub
- Monday – Collect and assemble your supplies, placing them out of the way, but in a conspicuous place to act as a visual reminder as you go about your day.
- Tuesday – Make the body scrub and store it in an airtight container (or in my case, since I’m using it in a day or so, a solo cup with a plastic bag cover. Super glamorous!)
- Wednesday…or any day this week that you get to shower…. USE your homemade body scrub!
If you’re still thinking, “seriously though, I don’t have time for this!” it might be time to treat yourself to a premade body scrub that can live in your shower.
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Alternatively, if you have another self-care product squirreled away, take 5 min today to find it, and put it somewhere that you’ll be reminded to use it the next few days (perhaps in your shower, or by your toothbrush, etc).
Whether your body scrub comes from a store or from your pantry, if you are able to use it by next Monday, congrats friend! Not only will you have pampered yourself with a scrumptious body scrub, but you also will have had a mini-massage AND meditated, too! Nice work, you self-care maestro!
By the end of the week, if your ingredients remain unassembled on your countertop, forgive yourself, put the stuff away, and try something different (or if you’re like me, leave it on the counter, and go do some micro-self-care anyway). You’re still super at this self-care thing, keep trying.
What will you do to pamper yourself this week? How will you break it down into easy steps that fit into your busy life? Comment below or message me to let me know!
Stress sucks! Scrub it away (gently) with this cheap body scrub you can make with stuff in your pantry. Enjoy, and don’t slip in the tub!
- 4 parts brown sugar
- 1 part honey
- 2 parts liquid coconut oil
Mix, scrub (in the shower), rinse, and pat dry! Let me know how it worked for you.