Hey, blossoms! There are times when we get ill, which is perfectly natural. To be honest, I am currently sick, so this is kind of a refined version of my thoughts from a few days ago. I was worried about missing school, and I thought that some ideas I have could help you!
The most important thing to do when you’re sick is to take care of yourself and get better. This may mean putting your studies aside, but health always comes first. Here’s some tips:
- Certain types of tea, like chamomile and ones with lemon, can soothe sore throats.
- (Side note: I’ve heard that marshmallows are also able to help sore throats because of the gelatin they contain, but that may not be true and I don’t have a credible source for it.)
- Make sure you drink lots of fluids, like juice, milk, and most importantly, water! One of my personal faves is Tang, which is this orange powder that you dissolve in water. It used to be really big in America a while ago but I don’t know widespread it is elsewhere.
- Try to shower regularly if you’re congested because the steam will clear out your sinuses.
- If you can’t shower regularly, nasal rinses will work just fine too! You can get a system for that at your local pharmacy. (There’s also this thing you can do where you fill a sink with hot water, put a towel over it, and stick your head underneath the towel. This allows the steam to build up, which means you can decongest a little.)
- Medicate regularly!! Check the directions on whatever type of medication you’re taking to see when it wears off and set a timer so you can stay on top of it. This will help your recovery process along a bit faster. However, DO NOT ABUSE MEDICATION. Take only as much as is prescribed because taking too much can actually be worse for your health.
- If you’re on antibiotics, make sure to eat well because antibiotics are designed to take out all types of bacteria within the body, even the good ones in your digestive system. (I’d personally recommend eating foods with fiber and protein and staying away from dairy if you can. That’s just my personal experience! It may be different for other people.)
- Get some rest!! You may want to catch up on your studies but you’ll be able to catch up quicker and understand material better if you’re well rested.
So, you’re feeling alright and ready to begin making up work. Where do you begin?
- Here’s someposts on catching up after being away for a while (note some of these are travel based, but there’s still some good information in there)
- Email your teachers! Text your classmates! Ask for notes, for homework, and for additional help if you’re unclear about what’s going on.
- If you’re feeling well enough, you could run in to your classes in order to get the homework and briefly conference with your teachers, but it’s always best to make sure you’re not contagious or feeling poorly before doing so. Email is pretty much just as effective.
- Start small. Trying to catch up on all your work in one day is never good. Try to do the work for maybe one class, and if you’re feeling well enough, do another.
- Do what’s most important first. If you’re in a group project and they’re waiting for your input on a presentation or something else, get that in ASAP. Don’t affect the grades of others with your illness.
returning to class
As you return to your usual schedule, here are some things to note:
- Before going back to class, ensure you’re in a good place mentally and physically. For example, if you’re still running a fever or you still feel very ill, take some more time and wait.
- Make sure your study space is functional so that you can begin to return back to your normal schedule. The desk reflects the mind.
- Keep up on your fluids! If you’re still a little under the weather or you haven’t finished that course of antibiotics, keep taking those meds!
- Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t understand something. Being gone is hard. Ask for help and self-advocate.
- If you’re on a sports team or doing some other strenuous activity, it’s okay to take a couple more days away from that to let your body recover completely.
- The most important thing is to take it easy, even after you’re well enough to come back to class. If you overwork yourself while still recovering, that can lead to backslide, so please be careful!!
I hope this will be useful, darlings!! Take care of yourselves and remember that so many people are rooting for you to do well, including me :]
Aight, so this is MY complete skin care routine. Y’ALL 👏🏾 DO 👏🏾 NOT 👏🏾HAVE 👏🏾TO 👏🏾USE👏🏾 THIS! So do NOT come for me and the stuff I USE FOR ME. ON god. Don’t do it. You will be BLOCKT.
For those of you who sweetly inquired - this is for you babes as well as the homie @diamond-heiress . My mom is an esthetician and she has given me the A-Okay to do what I do and my skin is as close to perfect as I can possibly get it.
Alrighty, so here it goes:
I wash my face, neck, and chest using Boscia Black detoxifying cleanser, once with my hands, then a second time with a Konjac sponge (this is MUCH less abrasive then most facial scrubbers but incredibly effective).
Rinse with warmer water (not hot but not luke warm either) I make sure my pores are fully open.
I get my Salux towel and lather it up with my oatmeal soap and scrub THE shit out of my body, thoroughly cleaning everywhere. This is how I achieve RADIANT even skin with no ingrown hairs. The Salux towel is excellent for those with keratosis of the arms - much like me.
***controversial product alert***
I may or may not use Apricot scrub. But note that I said that I may use it. I am not recommending it nor endorsing it. So stay in ya lane.
I then get my pumice stone and scrub my feet - I detest cracked feet. Those are amongst the first things to go when getting up in age, so please take care of your feet. You don’t have to go get them done every two weeks like I do (that’s really my own vanity kicking in) but take care of them while you have em.
I use a bath oil all over my skin before I get out of the shower
I do not towel dry off (I am a fan of air drying lmao) - mom says dragging a harsh towel over your skin promotes wrinkles prematurely. Plus, the extra moisture is pretty helpful in conjunction with this Shea butter mixture I make, detailed below.
Next, I get a cotton pad and put my rosewater Thayer’s witch hazel on it and do a pass over my face and neck just to make sure everything is thoroughly clean and to restore the balance to my face.
Next I do either a sheet mask (3 days out of the week) OR a “heavy duty” mask such as: peel off cucumber mask (1-2 a week), Aztec clay mask (1-2 a week), collagen mask (2 a week), peel off charcoal mask (varies because that shit hurts mayne, it’s hard enough out here for a pimp y’eard)
Sheet masks are gentle enough to do every day but I reserve 3 days a week those and 1-2 of the remaining days of said week I will go for any of the other more “heavy duty” options. I DO NOT do the heavy duty masks every day, I limit it to maximum 2 days a week because I don’t want to run the risk of my skin thinning.
***CoNtROveRsIAl ProDUct ALeRt***
I use coconut oil.
Anyway, after applying the mask, while my body is still damp (I may derma roll, I may not) I smooth a Shea butter mixture over it. This mixture is comprised of: Raw African Shea butter, pure rose hip oil (my holy grail), Vitamin e oil, *********coconut oil*********, and Bio Oil.
Then I go and let both my body dry and let the mask do its thing.
Once sufficiently dry I remove the mask. (I do not let the Aztec clay mask get desert dry, I let it sit until I feel it tighten up and then I re-dampen it, wet a towel with hot water, then scrub it off because I need to get whatever it brought to the surface, off.)
If this routine is done in the morning, I put Hyaluronic acid serum on my face (it does NOT make my face peel - that’s not what it’s for) prior to my makeup, if done the routine in the evening, I use vitamin C oil.
If I have a breakout, which is next to never, I will apply a retinol from my mom’s spa - This DOES make my face peel, or in my case, dry out the breakout and remove the first layer of skin so that the breakout does not cause a dark spot.
I then apply 4 drops of Rose hip oil to my face and neck. Rose hip oil mixed with water is my face primer. Rose hip oil has got the sauce.
In short, I’m an oily bitch by the end of it. But oily people stay preserved ya dig?
I use Medex on my lips. 99 cents at ya local Walgreens - EOS could never.
Tragic ass eyebrows doin me mad dirty.
Other things I do to maintain my devilish good looks:
Whiten my teeth with Walgreen teeth whitening strip trays. $15 magic.
Wax/pluck my brows
Get my bi-weekly mani-pedi
I’m a psychopath - I know.
My weak ass annoyingly simple makeup routine:
I spray my face with rose hip oil and water mixture (shake that shit up first)
Fill in brows with black eyeshadow (you heard me right - and you could NEVER clock me on it)
Do simple brownish eyeshadow with brow bone highlight using LA Pro girl eyeshadow quad in Harmonize
EYELINER AND LASHES SAVED MY LIFE !!!
Spot conceal with LA Pro girl concealer in toast
If I’m being extra, contour in Dark cocoa but since I don’t get out much, I set my face with LA Girl pressed powder in Toffee and keep it moving.
Contour with random chocolate colored powder.
Bronze in dark deep by Mac or Glow by Milani.
I don’t highlight, shit doesn’t look right on me.
Put on Medex lip balm, line lips in coffee bean by Jordana, and gloss that shit with dollar store clear gloss like it’s 2002.
Me in my bum ass Makeup:
And before y’all come for my filter game - here is one sans filter:
Ya fav could NEVERRRRR and you will deal.
And I REITERATE - THIS IS MY ROUTINE. I am not recommending NOR SUGGESTING that you use it. IF you do - that’s ya own deal homie. ION WANNA HEAR NO COMPLAINING.