Thank you, CVS Pharmacy for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are my own!
I didn’t want to only come to Hawaii for the delicious Mai Tais and pretty blue beaches. I tried to use this time as a way to reset from a pretty busy year. The next few months are going to be a bit stressful on top of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I planned to use this time away to relax, have laughs with family, fuel my body with good food, move more, and to give my skin a breather (which is why I only packed mascara and lip balm.) I leave tomorrow for the long trip home, and I’m feeling more alive and motivated. This was the type of self-care my body needed.
Everyone deserves a good self-care routine no matter what it entails. I have been so lucky to be able to work with one of my favorite companies this year, CVS Pharmacy, to bring awareness to self-care. They understand that it’s a vital part of proactive health care, and they are working hard to add new and exciting things to make self-care easier for 5 million+ Americans who shop in THEIR stores daily. And since I’m one of those daily shoppers, I appreciate everything they are doing to make my goal of living my healthiest lifestyle more accessible than ever. Today, I’ll be sharing a few products that CVS carries in their stores that can bring your self-care to a whole new level.
The holidays are weeks away, and it’s essential to start thinking about a game plan for staying on top of your self-care routine this winter. Maybe it’s taking the time to destress before bed, to read more, to drink more water, or to take care of your skin this winter. Something I want to work on this winter is taking better care of my skin.
I tend to forget that the sun is still so powerful even when it’s cold, I fill my body with more sugary treats from the holidays, and I don’t always take the vitamins my skin needs in the winter. And don’t get me started on my lack of moisturizer. The foods we put in our body, our stress levels, and the products we use can make such an impact on our skin. I used to think it was all about the makeup I used or the way I washed my face, but it’s so much more than that. Healthy skin also starts from the inside.
There’s no dodging the sun in Hawaii. I was face to face with the sun while surfing, snorkeling, riding bikes, and paddleboarding. I made sure to apply sunscreen every hour but also ended my activities with a couple of after-sun products. I used the Beauty360 After-Sun Melon & Cucumber Gel mask after almost all of my outdoor activities. There’s a lot of the gel in the pouch, so it lasted a week for me. The trick is to keep it in the refrigerator to make it extra soothing. I decided to keep all of my makeup, other than mascara, at home while being in Hawaii. I wanted to give my skin the ultimate breather, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Not only did I keep my face away from makeup, but I started to create better self-confidence in having a bare face. I got used to looking at my freckles, my imperfections, and began to love them.
The CVS Health Aloe Continuous Spray saved my booty (LITERALLY) after two hours of surfing. I’m not kidding when I said I applied so much sunscreen that my legs looked like Casper before surfing. I learned about my sunscreen lesson last year, but it still wasn’t enough. After being in and out of the water continuously for several hours, the sunscreen washes off. Luckily, I wasn’t as fried as the year before, but I was still red enough to be uncomfortable. I used the CVS Health Aloe Continuous Spray to relieve the redness, and it healed up super fast. I haven’t experienced any peeling, which is a relief.
One of my favorite ways to take care of my skin lately has been my daily matcha intake. I love that CVS carries new products from top brands like Olly, New Chapter, Ancient Nutrition, Be Well Teas, Navitas Organics, ManukaGuard, Mickelberry Gardens, Oak and Reed, rareESSENCE, Tone It Up, Vital Proteins, Gaiam and more!
I usually have my Navitas Organics Matcha Powder mixed in with my almond milk when I’m home. Since being in Hawaii, I’ve been mixing it in with my coconut milk yogurt. Matcha has one of nature’s richest sources of the rare antioxidant EGCG. The antioxidants in Matcha protect against UV damage, free radicals caused by sun damage, age spots, dry skin, inflammation, and wrinkles. Over time, the consumption of Matcha can help you obtain a more radiant complexion.
I usually mix in collagen with my Matcha, but this Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein is another excellent source of protein and health benefits for your skin. Chicken Collagen Type II and Hyaluronic Acid found in this bone broth help with obtaining healthier glowing skin. It’s also a great way to pack in 20 grams of protein.
Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein and the Navitas Organic Matcha Powder, are both powerhouses for anti-aging, which is why I love incorporating them both into my meals. You can also add them to smoothies or baked goods.
I’ve mentioned these vitamins several times on my blog posts, but before I take my coffee, I usually always have my CVS Health Hair, Skin & Nail Gummies along with CVS Health Women’s Complete Daily Multivitamin. I set them right next to the coffee maker, so I never forget. CVS has a wide variety of vitamins and supplements, and I love that they created the Tested to Be Trusted program, which requires third-party testing of ALL vitamins and supplements sold in-store and online to confirm the accuracy of the dietary ingredients listed on the supplement facts panel and to confirm products are free from certain additives and ingredients. It gives me total peace of mind that I can trust what I’m buying and putting in my body. To me, treating your body with only the best supplements and vitamins is self-care!
Sometimes life gets busy, and it’s hard to take time to care for yourself, but CVS Pharmacy is going above and beyond to make it easier and more convenient than ever! They have launched hundreds of unique and exciting products this year focused on physical, mental, emotional, and social health! We all have different forms of self-care, but at the end of the day, it’s all about how self-care can make your life a little better.
Being stressed out is a big factor in skin health for me. When I’m stressed, I find myself having more breakouts. Giving myself some self-care time to destress is the perfect way to prevent those breakouts. CVS carries products that cater to holistic wellness and specific needs.
I recently got into essential oils for my skin when one of my good friends told me about frankincense oil, and how it can help hormonal acne under my chin. I’ve always been a skeptic when it came to essential oils healing conditions, but after a week of using the essential oil, my hormonal acne under my skin disappeared. I’ve been putting frankincense under my chin after the shower every day now. You can find Radiance brand Frankincense at CVS.
At night I put my essential oil diffuser on, I spray my pillow with soothing scents, and this Ellia Fight It or Let Go Oils roll-on is a great on-the-go blend for stressful situations. Quiet your tension by applying it to pulse points, temples, back of your neck, or soles of feet.
CVS has so many Radiance essential oils available in their stores! They are perfect for all hours of the day. At the end of the day, when I’m ready for bed, I love having my Be Well Teas Get Some ZZZ and diffusing calming oils.
I’m a big bubble bath person during the colder months. There’s something about the warm water that distresses my entire body, and it also helps me fall into a deeper sleep. Adding Natural Solution Himalayan Pink Salt Body Soak to my bath is a fantastic way to exfoliate and regenerate my skin! During the winter months, this is what my body needs. The blood orange body soak has a refreshing scent, and I keep it in a cute jar with a little scooper on the edge of my tub. Bath salts can draw out impurities, pollution, toxins, oil, dirt, and sweat from the skin as well as increases blood circulation.
CVS is encouraging customers to treat themselves well by practicing self-care and proactive wellness regularly. They understand that self-care means different things to different people, but it’s an essential part of everyday health for EVERYONE, regardless of age, gender, or income. This year, I’m going to be filling stockings with self-care items that help with stress, healthier skin, and all things self-care! You can expect a blog post on that one soon 😊
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Questions for you!
- Which CVS Product from today’s blog post would you most like to try?
- Do you take better care of your skin in the summer or winter?
- Do you currently have a skincare routine?