My stay-fresh, self-care routine is not just about getting clean in the morning! It is about getting clean and staying fresh throughout the whole day!
I am a busy Mom-on-the-go. I don't have a ton of time to get ready in the morning and I certainly do not want to be fussing with a complicated routine throughout the day to stay fresh. With that said, I certainly do not want to end up being stinky either! My activities keep me on the move, from neighborhood walks, to play dates, park time, back yard fun, mall trips, and swim lessons, this list just goes on. I am certainly active and often sweating in this GA heat as I keep up with my 1-year old and 3-year old! So, my stay-fresh routine focuses on starting out my day clean and maintaining that feeling throughout the day.
My Self-Care Stay-Fresh Routine:
Morning Shower: No matter what, I have a shower in the morning. Quite simply: It wakes me up and gets me clean. I don't always wash my hair, but I always shower. So, on non-hair-wash days, my hair goes up and under a shower cap while I wash my body. While in the shower I start with washing my hair if it is a hair wash day. That way my conditioner can sit on my hair for as long as I shower to keep my hair in shape. Then I proceed to use bar soap to wash all over. Next, I rinse the conditioner from my hair. Then I shave my legs. Next, I wash my face. Last of all, I use a body pouf and scented shower gel to give my body one last wash (this also removes any conditioner residue from my body).
After drying off, I apply a few products to keep my body smelling great and feeling fresh. I apply lotion all over and lotion with SPF to arms, legs, and exposed areas for sun protection. Sometimes I add a bit of powder if I am feeling like it is a super hot day and that I need extra freshness. Next, I spray a fragrance to wrists, neck, and torso. Oh, and of course, we can't forget antiperspirant/deodorant! That is certainly an essential! After getting dressed, I often spray a fragrance mist/body splash all over to layer scent.
Freshness On-The-Go and Throughout the Day:
My freshness routine does not end in the morning or in the bathroom at home! I always carry a small bottle of fragrance mist/body splash with me for freshening up throughout the day. Also, items like anti-bacterial hand gel (for my hands) and baby wipes (to use anywhere) can certainly keep you clean on-the-go. I keep my makeup looking and feeling fresh during the day by blotting with blotting papers. The slim packs of blotting papers are super easy to toss into your purse and carry with you. If I am swimming or exercising, I always carry antiperspirant/deodorant with me, too! I tend to like the spray kind for on-the-go. Also, if swimming, I like to apply a scented body lotion too after drying off and getting re-dressed (chlorine is so drying!).
End of Day:
My evening freshness routine depends on how fresh I stayed throughout the day. If it was a day of exercise, gardening, or swimming, an evening shower or bath is a must (even if it is a "quick rinse" just to get me clean). On other days, that I have maintained my freshness well, I just wash my face in the evenings. What can I say, I really do like climbing into bed for the evening feeling clean and fresh!
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