When in the company of the outdoors, one doesn’t expect to be pampered and tended to. If we’re being honest, we enjoy the outdoors and everything that comes with it. Days spent hiking, camping, and cooking by a campfire. We’re sweaty, dirty, tired, and uncomfortable. There’s grease in our tangled hair, oil on our faces, and dirt between our nails. Why does that bring us so much joy?
For us, self care is about the well-being of our mental, emotional, and physical being. While the outdoors satisfies 2 out of the 3 (well maybe 3 out of 3, because of physical exercise), we think it’s important to focus on ourselves when we’re back at home. No matter how mentally stimulating and fun the trip was, we’re always left exhausted. So we want to share a bit of how we incorporate self care after a long trip outside.
MY SELF CARE ROUTINE
When I think of self care, the phrase “Treat yo self!” pops up in my head. It’s all about giving your mind and body a break. I think we can all use more of that in this day and age.
After a trip in the wilderness, food is always the first thing that comes to mind. I crave something greasy and unhealthy. What usually hits the spot is a big, juicy burger with a side of crispy fries and ketchup. You can’t go wrong with that.
Once home, I drop everything in my room, say hi to whoever’s home, and head straight to the shower. Before jumping in, I make sure the water is so hot, the room starts to steam up. This really helps to open up my pores. I love scrubbing off all the dirt on my body and in my hair. Seeing the water turn brown and watching as it goes down the drain is so satisfying. It’s like I conquered an epic feat.
Next on the list, skincare — my favorite part. When I’m camping, I don’t do my full skincare routine (ain’t nobody got time for that). But once I’m home, it’s time to revitalize the skin. Brace yourself, it’s a lot.
(1) I first double cleanse with an oil-based and water-based cleanser. I’ve been using coconut oil and COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser. (2) Then, I use a sample size of the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment I got from Sephora to scrub all the dead skin away. It gives a nice tingling feeling. (3) After, I lather on Glossier Mega Green Galaxy Pack detoxifying mud mask. I love this part of the routine and how moisturize my face feels after the mask. (4) To shrink my pores, I soak a reusable cotton round with SON & PARK Beauty Water and swipe it all over my face. (5) I follow up with Cremorlab Mineral Treatment Essence to prep my skin for the next step. I like the watery texture and how light it feels on my skin. (6) Next up, serums. They’re all about targeting skin concerns. I interchange using Mizon Collagen 100, Earth Science Maximum Hydration Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and OZNaturals Vitamin C Facial Serum to rehydrate and brighten my skin. (7) Then, using my ring finger, I gently pat on Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream under and around my eyes. I’m trying to ward off those crow’s feet as long as I can. (8) To seal everything in, I use Skinfix Nourishing Cream as my moisturizer. I’m very entertained by its pump applicator. (9) Lastly, I top everything off with a couple drops of the ACURE Moroccan Argan Oil so my skin can soak it up overnight.
Nothing feels better than a fresh, clean, pampered face.
To cap the night, I hop into bed and just lay there — sometimes with a cup of ice cream or a bag of sweets. I’ll go on my phone and see what I missed in the digital world, which is usually a lot. That can feel overwhelming so I like to pop in a movie on my laptop and eventually fall into a deep deep sleep. What a day.
*We save empty containers to use when traveling, to store DIY skincare products, or recycle them at our local center. You can also send your empty containers to TerraCycle.
Read Jennifer’s self care routine.