Three Luxurious DIYs Just In Time for Valentine’s Day

So, there’s this old adage that if you don’t love yourself, it’s hard to love someone else. Listen, I don’t want to sound like a corny Pinterest board, but there’s something to that nugget of wisdom. Self-love begets real love.

And there are a million ways to practice self-love and its cousin, self-care. Some of them are rather profound, such as surrounding yourself with positive people or seeking out therapy. But there are other, less profound ways, too: Taking a long bath, cooking yourself a healthy dinner, laughing your ass off with your best friend.

Skincare may fall into the “less profound” route, but it’s fun, easy, and just so happens to be our expertise (though we’re happy to go to a therapy session with you, too). Here are three ultra-luxurious DIYs to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day and, well, any day.

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Skintroduction With Helen

Skintroduction with Helen

Little known fact: I had really, really bad skin in high school. (Of course, not so little known if you actually knew me in highschool. So, cool.) Cue everyone rolling their eyes and muttering, you and EVERYONE ELSE, girl, but take me seriously for one second. When I say bad I mean capital B-A-D bad. I mean cystic acne on my cheeks and a constant sprinkling of the same on my forehead, nose and chin. Sometimes even my neck and arms. No, I wasn’t on steroids. Yes, I did want to hide from the world.

From ages twelve to nineteen, I had just about zero relief. And I tried everything. Every over-the-counter option available, late night TV ads boasting total clarity in three weeks (I SEE YOU, PRO-ACTIV), prescription creams, potions, pills, etc. Just about the only thing that never crossed my skin’s fragile, senstiveass barrier was Accutane (thanks for your skepticism on that one, mom – seriously).

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S.W. Recipe: Galentine’s Day Edition

Even though it is plagued by a brutally hokey name, I still consider Galentine’s Day a worthy holiday for two reasons.

One, even though I’m happily married, I think Valentine’s Day is kind of a joke. It’s basically a kinda-makes-you-feel-bad holiday invented by 1-800-FLOWERS and only celebrated in earnest by newly minted couples (the ones that don’t fart in front of each other yet), “smug marrieds” (term courtesy of Bridget Jones), and/or sugar-high third-graders. So, any holiday that attempts to subvert the sanctimonious vibe of V-Day is good by me.

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Trust: DIYing is Better with Friends

It’s common knowledge that cooking for one can be difficult: It’s hard to purchase the right quantities, you end up with copious amounts of leftovers (or eating way too much), and it’s just kinda… lonely. Well, the same could be said for DIYing. After all, wearing a ridiculous-looking homemade facemask is always better when you can laugh at your friend who is wearing it too, right? Right.

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Prepping Your Body for Pregnancy

By: Lizzy Ott, Skin and Wellness Expert and trained Doula

Preparing your body for pregnancy is a complex experience – it involves tremendous care, attention, and perhaps paradoxically, totally letting go. Creating a habitable atmosphere for budding life inside of your body, and preparing to be the sole conduit of nourishment for your baby is a downright miracle.

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How To Love Your Period (It’s Possible, I Promise)

I’ve always been awed by the human body. Its ability to maintain equilibrium and balance is truly remarkable. Of the body’s countless processes, menstruation is the one I’m most moved by. I remember being totally flabbergasted as a child learning about the process of getting my period. I’m going to bleed out of my vagina? No way. Chances are you’ve gotten past the utter shock of menstruation, but perhaps don’t totally understand its nuances.

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Why Our Friends Are Awesome | Clean 2017 Giveaway

If you’ve been following S.W. for a while, you probably know that we do everything for a reason. We use fewer ingredients because it allows us to use better sources for gentler, more effective skincare. We use glass bottles not just because they look pretty, but also because glass is 100% recyclable. Our main line is Certified USDA Organic because it’s important that our ingredients are grown and processed under strict codes with absolutely no genetically modified organisms.

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S.W Recipes: Vegan Coconut Butternut Soup

Hi. First things first, let’s start this whole thing off by making an outrageous (but totally true) claim: this is going to be the easiest soup you’ve ever made in your life. There, I said it. I can’t take it back now and suddenly I’m feeling a little nervous about it, but I’m sticking to it. Easy. Peasy.

Second, please take a second to say coconut butternut five times fast.

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