4 Ways to Treat Yourself at Home and Feel Rejuvenated

So often we don’t make time for ourselves; that includes taking care of our body, mind, and spirit. If you’re lucky enough to find yourself with a little free time at home, give these inner and outer beauty activities a shot.

DIY Pampering

Yes, consider yourself lucky if you have the time and means to get treated like you deserve. But if you’re life is like most—busy, complicated, and spending time taking care of others—you will need to make a conscious choice to make time for yourself. Choose an activity below and see how good you can feel by treating yourself to something just for you.


  1. Dry Brush. Take a soft-bristled brush and make contact with your bare skin, over every inch of your body. Dry brushing will invigorate your skin. Some dermatologists suggest using a circular motion from one area to another. Other specialists recommend brushing straight in one direction as if it were a mane of hair. Regardless of your technique, the overall consensus is that ultra-fine bristles are best.

The massage definitely improves circulation. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, which will help flush toxins from the body. Exfoliation will scarf off the dead skin cells, leaving the epidermis in better shape to receive hydration, thus moister skin. After dry brushing, treat yourself to a warm shower and after, apply coconut oil to your skin.


  1. Organic Facial. Create a concoction made from fresh produce. Ingredients like lemon, strawberry, olive oil, and honey are often used in organic mask mixtures. A simple favorite is to beat an egg yolk and then add-in half a ripe avocado and blend well. Start applying at the chin, moving up towards your forehead, leaving space around your eyes and mouth. Leave on for about 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water.

After, take the inside of the avocado, the peel, and massage your face with it. The peel has oil, which contains humectants, and is a natural moisturizer. You can leave that on, or rinse off.


  1. Create a Meditation Space. You want to meditate and a quiet spot to relax, but it doesn’t exist. Yet. All you need to do is pick a spot in your home, preferably one that is not heavily trafficked. It can even be a corner or a closet! Starting with a seat—it can be a pillow, beanbag, or a blanket covering the floor. Then make whatever space is around your “seat” clean and beautiful.

Keep the lighting soft. Paint with warm colors. Decorate your space with objects that are meaningful to you. Go ahead and enjoy your creation. Hopefully, you’ll get to visit daily.


  1. Freeze, Cook, or Bake. Being able to feed yourself a healthy, delicious food is satisfying to your entire being. Taking the time to do or make something special will go along way. One thing you can do is take your fresh produce, wash, cut, and then freeze. Slice bananas, chop spinach, cut stems off the berries—you get the picture. Your supply will be ready when you want to make that last-minute smoothie!

Look up (or check your bookmarks) for that Mediterranean dish you’ve been wanting to cook. Check out recipes for muffins, bread, or cakes. GetThrive.com has gluten-free ideas for treats and breakfast suggestions, too. Pour your joy of food into your creation. Revel in the experience when you get to eat it!

For more tips on reducing stress and making your life simpler and healthier, check out www.GetThrive.com




Skin-tessential Details You Probably Want to Know

Your skin is a vital part of your overall health. Not only is it your largest organ, it helps regulate your temperature and defends you against the elements. And, if you’re image conscious, it’s one of the first things people notice when they look at you.

The Skinny on Your Skin

The average adult is covered by about 20 square-feet of skin. You probably learned in biology class that it’s comprised of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the hypodermis. The epidermis is the top layer, and does most of the protecting. It’s also the layer that suffers the most daily abuse from the elements, injury, and outside chemicals and toxins. (Especially your face.)

When your skin is dry, it usually means it doesn’t have the right balance of oily lipids (fats) on the surface.  Here are some drying culprits:

  • Winter weather- a combo of cold air and indoor heat strip the moisture from your skin.
  • Hot or very cold water.
  • Soaking skin too long in water.
  • Soaps and harsh cleansers, including alcohol and fragrances.
  • Overuse of abrasive scrubs, brushes, or loofahs.
  • Using the wrong moisturizer, which may include ingredients such as: alcohol, lanolin, and chemicals like phthalates and parabens.

For sensitive skin, consider switching to Fragrance-free and dye-free products for your laundry.  Keep irritation to a minimum, and don’t wear wool or other itchy, rough fabrics. Getting informed on ingredients added into products we absorb into our skin is essential as well.

Ditch the Dryness

Modifying your daily routine and switching to safer products will help your skin stay youthful and supple, no matter your age or the season.  Making these changes will make a difference:

  • Shower, bathe, and wash in warm, not hot water.
  • Use gentle moisturizing soaps and cleansers.
  • Apply a quality moisturizer to wet skin.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water and limiting caffeine and alcohol.
  • Use a humidifier.
  • Apply sunscreen every day.
  • Exfoliate, but gently.

Remember that your lips and nasal passages can dry out and dehydrate, too.  Lip balm and saline mist are good additions to your moisturizing arsenal.  Eating right is also important—make sure you are getting enough fatty acids (from fish and nuts) in your diet, along with magnesium, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.

Kids Get Dry Skin Too

Don’t forget the little ones when you are looking to change your routine.  Their youthful skin is extremely sensitive, and it can dry out just as easily as yours.  Look for safe products (free of harmful additives) that are fragrance-free and designed just for babies and young children.  You can even use natural remedies for the entire family—like essential oils, aloe vera, honey, and seed or nut oils.

Natural Solutions to the Dry Dermal Dilemma

Because we absorb so much through our skin, it’s best to minimize the amount of harmful chemicals and additives we slather on it.  There are many natural, plant-based remedies for dry skin on the market, or you can make your own.  Either way, look for products with the following ingredients:

  • Natural plant oils and butters (olive, avocado, coconut, shea, jojoba, etc.)
  • Essential oils
  • Oatmeal
  • Honey
  • Aloe
  • Antioxidants like vitamin C and E

With just a few simple steps you can kick your dry skin to the curb and reveal a younger, healthier you.  For more skincare and wellness information, just search www.GetThrive.com.