The weather outside’s been frightful and at this point the Christmas trees are long gone. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so we’re all condemned to six more weeks of bleak winter. The way this winter’s been, you might be snowed in on any given day, whether you live in the Midwest, the east coast, or even into parts of the south. It’s unpredictable and unfortunate. But Mother Nature has handed us these lemons. We might as well make lemonade, right?
On a blustery, snowy, negative temperatures day, I love staying indoors, cooking up a storm and indulging in a lovely DIY beauty treatment. I’m a big believer in a Sunday beauty ritual. This is a bit different. It’s a snow day beauty ritual! Choose your adventure! Here are my suggestions for fun beauty DIY treatments to stave off your cabin fever:
- Ultimate oatmeal bubble bath. Who doesn’t love a good bubble bath? They’re so relaxing and nurturing to the spirit. If you’re stressed out, you should take a medicinal bubble bath ASAP! The one issue with bubble baths in winter is, hot water can be really drying to your skin. I found a clever bubble bath tip via xoVain.com – “Grind up half a cup of oatmeal and put it in a piece of cheese cloth, a small cotton bag, or the foot of a clean panty hose. Put it in the bath with half an ounce of olive oil…the oatmeal with soften your skin, prevent dryness and help strengthen your skin. The olive oil will penetrate the skin and help hydrate and moisturize it.” Totally trying that!
- Nail art fiesta. Get out your favorite nail polishes and tools, today’s a day to experiment with new looks and doll up those digits. When making nail art your at-home activity, the important thing is to have the necessary tools at your disposal. Find a base coat and top coat that work well for you. And for Pinterest-inspired looks involving nail tape and such, read up on best practices before frustrating yourself, and you’ll be more likely to love the results!
- At home facial. Here’s the thing, we can’t recommend an at home facial that’s heavy on the extractions. If you’re looking for a deep cleansing, extraction-heavy facial, go to a pro. At at-home facial should be soothing, relaxing, cleansing, and nurturing. Consider using a great exfoliator like a Clarisonic brush to enhance your cleansing experience. Use an at home mask, whether it be a peel off mask or a traditional clay masque. Enjoy the experience and don’t leave your skin all red and pockmarked at the end.
- DIY body scrub. You can use your scrub of choice, or you can make an at home body scrub. My friend Julia Coney of All About the Pretty uses oatmeal, brown sugar and olive oil for a fabulously skin-softening pre-bath body scrub.
- Hair indulgence. If you have thick, kinky, curly hair then you should know about the delights of a pre-shampoo treatment. Using coconut oil beforehand makes for super soft, shiny hair. Or if you’ve got different hair needs consider a deep conditioning treatment to pamper your tresses.
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.