My husband is not only the man of my dreams but was in fact my very first real boyfriend. Which means that until we met, I spent many a Valentine's Day nursing a pint of Ben and Jerry's all by my lonesome. Back then it seemed like Valentine's Day was specifically designed to remind me how much I sucked. Not to mention all that pink and red and hearts and plush toys. Gag me!
Eating an entire box of chocolates while wallowing in self pity may have made me feel better momentarily, but it probably wasn't the healthiest option. So for any Valentine's hating readers out there, here's another suggestion:
Host a Home Spa
Invite a few single friends over, put on your favorite movie, and pamper yourselves. To get your party started, here's a step by step guide to an eco-friendly, do-it-yourself facial:
- coconut oil
- grapeseed oil
- lavender essential oil
- chamomile tea bags
- apple cider vinegar
- aloe vera gel
- vegetable glycerin
Mix one ounce of coconut oil with 1/4 ounce of grapeseed oil. Add in 5 drops of lavender essential oil. Dab onto your face with your fingers. Wipe off with a warm, dampened washcloth.
STEP TWO: STEAM
Place a couple chamomile tea bags in a pot of water. Bring to a boil, then place the pot on a potholder on a table. With hair secured, lean your head over the steaming pot. Make a tent over your head with a towel and stay there for 5 to 10 minutes.
STEP THREE: MASK
Mash an avocado with 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice. With slightly damp skin, apply the avocado to your face. Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes, then remove with a wet washcloth and cold water.
STEP FOUR: TONE
Mix one part apple cider vinegar to one part water. Apply to face with a cotton ball or washcloth.
STEP FIVE: MOISTURIZE
Combine 1/2 c. distilled water, 1/2 c. aloe vera gel, 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin, 2 tsp. grapeseed oil, and 10-20 drops essential oil of choice. Apply to face with your fingers and rub in to your skin.
Giving credit where credit is due:
Most of the recipes in this post are modified from my DIY homecare bible, Better Basics for the Home, by Annie Berthold Bond.
The title of this post is the name of one of my favorite Alkaline Trio songs. To be honest, I wrote this post for the sole reason of being able to use that phrase in my title.