I already told you about my glorious weekend here, but to recap: sun, sand, wind, late nights, cocktails, junk food. They were all contributors to the fun of the trip, but they also left me feeling, and looking, a bit… haggard… by the time we returned yesterday.
Luckily for me (and maybe for you!) I have a pretty fool-proof method for bouncing back quickly.
For someone who loves her exercise schedule, a few days away always makes me feel sluggish. Normally, I advocate for exercising while vacationing but with 7 girls in 1 hotel room… a minimalist approach to packing was necessary and the tennis shoes were sadly left at home.
So after I pulled into my driveway around 5 yesterday, I dumped my suitcase, and darted here,
My yoga studio. After 4 days of late nights and poor eating / drinking habits… nothing sounded worse than running. But yoga? A place that could loosen up my car-stiffened joints and make me feel loads better about myself, well that sounded just about perfect.
So I went. And it was amazing. Our teacher always says “Even if all you do is show up and lay on your mat, you still did yoga”. While I did a little more than hibernate in child’s pose, it certainly wasn’t a practice to be proud of. But I went, I tried, and that was enough for me!
I came home, lingered in a hot shower for what felt like forever (sloughing off my sand-chapped skin and sandy hair), emerged and immediately grabbed two favorite products from my make-up cabinet.
The first is Alba Botanica Deep Sea Facial Mask. I love this product. A couple of times a week, when I feel like I need something to really liven up my skin, I slop this on post-shower. By the time I finish drying off, moisturizing and trying to do something with my hair… the recommended 10 minutes are up and I feel like a new woman.
You know that glorious feeling you get when you whisk some Burt’s Bees chapstick on dry lips? This feels similar… but all over your face. Amazingly, amazingly refreshing.Your pores will be forever indebted to you.
Next is Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment. I can’t speak of any other product I use as highly as this. It genuinely transforms your hair, making it perfect for the first day back after traveling. After showering, I brush out my locks, coat my wet tresses with 3 pumps of this, throw it all up in a bun, and let the healing begin. After twenty minutes I take my hair down to dry and the difference is already obvious; smoother, shinier, and much softer.
Today I’m focusing on filling up with whole, fresh foods (of which I had none this weekend).
And lots and lots of this.
I chose this title, “rejuvenate”, for a reason. That’s what this combination does! The sleepless nights and long days are already starting to lose their grip!
Anyone else have any tricks?