Let's face it...most moms (and dads...and care givers) are really good about making sure that everyone else gets what they need. Often times this happens so well because we put our own needs and wants aside. It is a sacrifice as wives, moms, daughters, sisters, friends that we make happily. It is something that we often don't even think twice about. We're happy to do these things for those we love and care about. If we're not careful, we can find ourselves feeling completely depleted. When this happens to me I often focus on my short comings instead of what things I can do to recharge myself. The past couple of years I have tried to find ways to recharge myself that don't have a negative impact on my family and don't significantly impact the time I spend with them.
I decided to try and find ways I could pamper myself at home. Things I could sneak into my weekly routines that made me feel better about myself and give me a small chance to relax.
At about the same time I was beginning to have this revelation, a friend from high school started to talk about this new product she had developed. I hadn't seen Tobi since our high school graduation (my mom still talks about the awesome speech she gave) but we had kept in touch via facebook. Tobi is a mom of 7 who had been looking for a face regimen with natural ingredients that worked. She couldn't find any that didn't include fillers, so she started to work on developing one herself. That is how Belpeau was born. (That is a very short summary of the background story of Belpeau, so please go check it out on her webpage!) I was excited to try Tobi's nourishing exfoliant because it sounded like EXACTLY what I was looking for AND it gave me the opportunity to support a small family business. Since then she has also come out with a nourishing oil and has plans for a daily face wash soon (I can't wait!). I decided to give it a try.
So, how does this pamper me? I found myself, a mom in my early 30s, using the same face wash I had been using in high school. I really didn't have a skin care routine (even though my mom said that I should)...who has the time or money for that, right? I had some friends who had started to use things like Rodan and Fields. I used Proactive in high school and it worked. I really wanted to try it, but I didn't have the wiggle room in the budget to afford it.
I am a busy mom. It is very easy for me to fall into a routine of go go go. One where I barely have time to stop and look at myself in the mirror and when I do I think "Oh my goodness...who is she?" but I'm on the brink of running late so I just have to take a deep breath and keep going. I wanted to start taking better care of myself. I wanted to feel like more than just mommy. This has been a very small step I can take to try and achieve that.
I'm sure that everyone who uses Belpeau uses it a bit differently, but here's how I use it. I have a subscription (that saves me money). I get the exfoliant and oil every 3 months. I use the exfoliant about 3 times a week on my face, neck and chest. Every once in a while I will use it more like a body scrub. When I use the exfoliant I don't need to moisturize my face after my shower like I do with my daily face wash. I use the oil almost daily. I use it on days that I use my store bought daily face wash and I use it after I shave my legs. I apply it while I'm in the shower and it keeps my skin soft and healthy. This sounds so silly, but I always wondered how in the world other women kept their legs from getting that dry skin/ashy look. The creams and moisturizers I was using didn't work. I figured out how I can get rid of dry skin! For me, it is Belpeau. This past winter I used it on my arms too. It really helped with dry skin. I was a little skeptical at first because I was afraid it would make me feel gross and oily, but it didn't and I love it!
The product usually lasts me more than 3 months (typically 4-5 months), but I have found that they make great gifts (check out the amazing way Tobi packages them). So when they come in the mail, if I don't need them yet, I put them in my closet. Sometimes I give them as a gift for someone else and sometimes I open them up for myself!
Belpeau is one way that I pamper myself. It is a small way I take a little better care of myself that gives me a bit of a self confidence boost and allows me to recharge, even if it is just a smidge, as I get ready for the day.
I also have to add that Tobi has no idea that I have written about Belpeau. I will probably share it with her in a few weeks. After using Belpeau for a little over a year, I have come to love the products and wanted to share them with you. For me, Belpeau has been a little luxury. What little luxuries do you have?
I can't forget that before I wore many of these hats, I was me. In order to succeed in my other roles I need to take care of myself too. This is a tough one because many of my other hats are more precious to me. I think many can relate to this.