Stress. I am sure it is a word that you are familiar with. According to the NHS stress is “the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure”.
You maybe feeling stressed right now. You may feel that tight knot in the back of your neck. Your head may ache and you might feel weary. Maybe your mind is racing and you can not stop thinking about the 101 tasks on your to-do list.
I’ve been there and I’ve definitely felt that. And even though I adore being a mother and wouldn’t change it for the world there are days when I am stressed. There are days when I sigh with relief when Mr H walks through the door. But I can’t afford to get stressed. It isn’t good for me!
I try to nip stress in the bud by being kind to myself and giving myself a little pampering. It may not get rid of the cause, but it makes me feel happier and more positive. These are the at home treats that I like to give myself when I am feeling stressed.
Pampering treats for a stressed mum
My hands are one of my best features and I like to give them some TLC every now and then. These are my 7 steps to beautiful hands and nails:
It is important to keep your hands moisturised. Especially as everyday life can really take a toll on the skin on your hands. That is why before I do anything else I use a hand cream.
At the moment, I am using Time Bomb Bombshell Body Hand to Hand Combat Hand Cream* and I love it. I really struggle to find creams that don’t dry my hands out further but this hand cream, feels luxurious and has turned my skin baby soft.
The cream is enriched with argan oil and olive oil to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fight the aging process. Since using this cream I have noticed that the skin on my hands doesn’t look so on the road to middle-aged. Which I am very happy about. The formula isn’t greasy and sinks in quickly – an added bonus when you have a toddler demanding to be picked up every 10 seconds.
After covering my hands with moisturiser, I give my nails a trim as I like to keep them short and neat.
I then file my nails into a rounded shape.
4. Cuticle oil
My cuticles get a treat from the Hand to Hand Combat Hand Cream as it softens them. But as my cuticles get quite dry I like to give them some extra TLC with The Body Shop’s Wild Rose Targeted Hand Oil. Once the oil has sunk in I gently push my cuticles back with an orange stick.
I then buff my nails to remove any ridges and make them look pink and shiny!
6. Bottom coat
I always use a base coat before putting on nail varnish to stop my nails going yellow (ugh). I like this Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top Coat from Sally Hansen because it protects my nails and means I don’t have to faff around with more than one bottle.
7. Polish and top coat
Once the base coat is dry then I go to town with nail polish. I love nail polish. I am a massive fan of Essie nail polishes. The formula is easy to use, it looks lovely on nails and there is an unbelievable choice of colours. The colour in the picture above is called Blue Rhapsody and is perfect for the cold weather we are having at the moment. Once the polish is dry, finish off with a top coat and lashings of hand cream.
I find the whole process of giving myself a facial very soothing and relaxing. I try to incorporate some gentle massage too. This gets rid of any tension in my face, is great for the skin and is an extra pampering treat.
Firstly, I use La Roche Posay Physiological Micellar Solution to remove all my make-up and the grime for the day.
My skin is very sensitive but I still like to use an exfoliator. This Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub is especially designed for sensitive skin. It cleanses and exfoliates without irritating.
I prefer to double cleanse when I give myself a facial. This allows me to get rid of all the dirt and leaves my face squeaky clean. My main cleanser is La Roche Posay Rosaliac Make-up Remover Gel. This gentle cleansing gel is perfect for removing all traces of make-up and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean.
4. Toning spray
I always spray my face with Avene Thermal Water Spray to soothe and tone.
5. Facial oil
I use a facial oil on my skin before I put on my face cream. I have recently been using Time Bomb’s Youth Juice Secret Oil*. This face oil is packed with vitamins and oils (including olive, kukui, avacado and jojoba). It feels wonderful on my skin and I like to use it to give myself a facial massage. It smells absolutely gorgeous and helps to reduce lines and wrinkles. Since using it my skin has got its glow back, is clearer and feels less stressed.
The last process of my pampering facial is to smother my face in moisturiser. The moisturiser that I keep on coming back to again and again is Avene Rich Skin Recovery Cream.
The pampering treat that I love the most is a long, hot, relaxing bath. Adding some bath foam, bath cream or bath salts to the bath makes it an extra treat. At the moment, I love Hope’s Relief Goats Milk Body Wash*. This body wash is a great every day cleanser. But when I run it under some hot water it becomes a wonderful and luxuriant bubble bath which is perfect as a stress reliever. All readers of my blog can currently get 20% off all Hopes products on the Mahi Naturals site (excluding saver packs), with this code: HOPE20.
It smells like turkish delight which reminds me of my childhood and reading “The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe”. The emollient quality of the goat’s milk in Hope’s Relief Goats Milk Body Wash leaves my skin feeling amazingly soft and moisturised. It is gorgeous!
To make the bath extra special I take a book in with me to read, slap on a hair mask and lie back and relax. If I am feeling a little bit naughty then I may also be accompanied by a glass of wine and some chocolate. Perfect for relieving the tension after a stressful day.
When in the bath, I love to spend time exfoliating my skin and giving it a good scrub. I feel like I can scrub the stress away and it is a lovely treat that leaves my skin glowing. I like to use a home-made scrub that I make with 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil.
If all these pampering treats fail to relax me then I take a cup of decaffeinated or camomile tea to bed, read a few chapters of my book and get an early night. Bliss!
What do you do when you are feeling stressed? Do you think you will try any of my pampering treats?
Disclaimer: the products marked with a * were sent to me for the purpose of this post. All words and opinions are entirely my own.