What Day Is It Today?
Silly question under normal circumstances, but I can’t be the only one suffering from “Lockdown Day Disorder”. As I write I was utterly convinced yesterday was Friday. I was doing Friday things like thinking about the weekend, tying up loose ends, and shall we have fish for supper? When Mark said “it’s not Friday and you’re not religious” I actually argued with him, scrabbling for my phone to prove it was right. Then after laughing at my delusion I was overcome with a crazy joy, like I’d been gifted another day, mine to keep and do with whatever I wanted.
I looked in the mirror and knew exactly what I wanted – Pampering. Over the years I’ve learned much about the beauty business, spoken to the wise and become a competent DIY therapist, which at the moment is all we can do. My column isn’t long enough to give you my complete top to toe so I’ll give you a few favourites.
Skin, Skin, Skin – don’t wilfully destroy it because it’s difficult to get back. However, you will never be younger than you are NOW so it’s never too late to start.
Avoid the 3 S’s – Smoking, Sunbathing and Sugar! A little of the last two won’t hurt, but either to excess will do you no favours, and alcohol isjust sugar in a glass I’m afraid.
Taking oestrogen in a gel form is a reminder to me that everything you put on your skin either penetrates the tissue or is absorbed into the blood stream. So choose products wisely.
Castor Oil, a natural moisturiser, is my all-time cheap, safe, go-to beauty fix from my hair to my toes. So on “Friday” I ran castor oil through my hair with my hands and a wide-toothed comb. (Pop a little across your eyelashes and brows if you like!) I did a bit of plucking and cupboard tidying for 20 minutes then jumped in the shower to thoroughly wash out and lightly condition.
A good scrub. Before switching the water on I exfoliated using a mix of coconut oil and table salt. Be diligent – don’t miss anything out – then shower off with your favourite soap. As I had a few episodes of Tiger King to watch on Netflix I lay on the bed with neat castor oil on my feet, socks over the top, and ever ywhere else a blend of olive oil, castor oil and a few drops of Ylang Ylang because I like the smell.
Hydration absolutely helps skin so I made my way through a pot of rich antioxidant Green Tea and dreamed about my lovely acrylic French manicured nails – which I miss more than my friends, because you can’t FaceTime nail tips in a closed nail bar! Until next week,
Stay safe and whatever you are doing, do it in lip gloss.
Love, Anthea X
Article originally from My Weekly!