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Valentine’s Day is a season of love— but it’s not just for couples. This year, we’re turning this holiday into the perfect excuse for a little self-love. Wondering how to treat yourself without dropping a ton of cash?
From face masks to zen sprays, make your home into a Pinterest-worthy self-love oasis with five of our favorite DIY recipes that will have you feeling fine—no heart-shaped candy or sappy cards required.
With winter weather attacking every ounce of hydration in our skin, this tasty, three-ingredient DIY face mask is a miracle worker. Just try not to eat it!
- ½ avocado
- 1 tbsp of organic honey
- Handful of oats
- Mash up avocado in a small bowl and add in honey and oats until combined.
- Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and enjoy the effects of ultra-nourishing avocado oils!
Relax your body—and mind—with this healing body scrub. Packed with antioxidants and our post-workout savior Epsom salt, this combination can help to heal all your aches and pains.
- 1 tsp (about two bags worth) of green tea
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil
- 3 tsp of Epsom salt
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass jar. Mix until achieving a pasty consistency, adding more salt or olive oil if the scrub is too stiff or runny.
- Apply to damp skin, avoiding the face.
- Leave on for five minutes. Rinse and get ready to embrace your super smooth skin!
With an office that has a few resident curly-haired beauties, we’ve tried our fair share of DIY Friday night hair masks. With easily accessible ingredients, it’s easy to whip up this hydrating hair wonder.
(Double recipe for longer hair)
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, blending until smooth.
- From roots to tips, apply the mask evenly through damp hair.
- Cover hair with shower cap or towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Rinse hair until water runs clear then apply conditioner.
- Comb out tangles and enjoy your luscious locks!
No self-care ritual is complete without a good bath. Scrub out your tub because it’s time to unwind with one of our favorite recipes. Plus, you can put last year’s dried roses to good use.
- Small cotton or organza bags
- Roughly ½ cup organic oats (to fill the bag)
- Handful of dried rose petals
- 3-5 drops of rose essential oil
- 3-5 drops of lavender (or your favorite) essential oil
- Place oats and rose petals in bag. Add essential oils.
- Tie bag closed and let soak in warm bath. Now, bask in the beautiful scents!
Whether it’s in our gym bag or spritzed on our pillow, homemade “zen” spray is a must-have, self-love essential. One feel-good mist and you’ll be embracing positive vibes all day long.
- Small glass or recycled plastic spray bottle
- 6 oz aloe vera witch hazel water
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5-7 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-7 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Add all ingredients to bottle.
- Shake, spray, and enjoy the instant dose of hydrating calm.
Whatever your self-care routine may be, remember there’s nothing wrong with loving yourself this Valentine’s Day—and every day!
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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