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Period talk. It makes some people uncomfortable. It makes me uncomfortable thinking about me making any of you uncomfortable. But you know, why should it? That time of the month is something I frequently talk openly and honestly about with all of my girl friends. So there is no shame here; you guys are my friends too! And U by Kotex®’s What Matters to U campaign has inspired me to open up and be honest with you guys about what matters to me when I’m on my period. The two keywords that matter to me are indulge and pamper.
I get a sweet tooth like no other during that time of the month. I have read article on article about how to curb your sweet tooth and avoid cravings while on your period, but I’ve found little to no success with the tips and tricks I read. So I’ve adapted the same mottos I use the other 23 days of the month: control your portions and find a healthy substitute. For example, when I’m craving cookies, I eat two cookies- not the whole box. When I’m craving a brownie, instead of whipping up a box of brownies, I make homemade black bean brownies. When I’m craving a rich, creamy milkshake, I make a healthy chunky monkey smoothie. There are so many different chunky monkey smoothie recipes online, but I’ve made up my own that I use every month (even when I’m not on my period):
Healthy Chunky Monkey Smoothie Recipe
1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
1 heaping Tbsp Peanut Butter
1 heaping Tbsp Cocoa Powder
I make this recipe as compared to a regular chocolate smoothie because so many of the ingredients in this one combat the negative aspects of being on your period. Greek yogurt is high in calcium, which has been proven to help reduce symptoms of PMS. Peanut Butter is high in magnesium; magnesium will help boost your mood and prevent bloating. Bananas are high in potassium, which will also prevent bloating and help with cramps. Needless to say, indulging in this healthy chunky monkey smoothie will curb your sweet tooth and help elevate any unwanted symptoms of PMS.
While I allow myself to indulge without feeling guilty once a month, I also make time to pamper myself. Feeling bloated and having cramps can really put a damper on feeling good about yourself, so in an attempt to reverse the symptoms that come along with having your period, I like to do things such as getting a pedicure, taking a bubble bath and putting on a face mask. I’m a huge proponent of DIY facial masks. They’re fun to make, all-natural and way cheaper than some store-bought masks. When I’m making an at-home mask, I tend to gravitate toward fruity masks. They smell yummy and feel fresh. Surprisingly, they also have amazing benefits for your skin.
Fruit Face Mask For Oily Skin
1/4 Peeled, Seeded Papaya
4 Tbsp Honey
1/2 Cup Ground Oats
Fresh Squeezed Lemon (I don’t measure, but don’t use too much; you’ll dry out your skin and cause sensitivity)
Start by preparing your papaya. Then throw the ingredients (except for the oats) into a blender. Blend that mixture until smooth, add the oats and blend briefly. You’ll still want your oats to be in pieces to add texture.
HINT: be careful with the amounts you are tossing into the blender and be aware of the consistency as you are blending. Depending on how ripe your fruit is/the natural size of your fruit, amounts may vary slightly. You don’t want a mask that is too runny because you used a lot of really ripe fruit that is juicy. If your mask does turn out too runny to be a mask, you have two options. One, you could add more ground oats to soak up the excess liquid. Two, you could turn it into an exfoliating scrub; you’ll still get the benefits of the fruit and honey while you lather it on and the ground oats will act as an exfoliator.
I like this recipe that I adapted from Crunchy Betty’s Papaya Fruit Smoothie Facial Mask because just like with the smoothie, these ingredients have great benefits. Papaya removes dead skin cells. Strawberries shrink pores and promote cell growth. Honey is antibacterial, full of antioxidants and moisturizing; it can help unclog pores, slow aging and treat acne. Lemon juice removes excess oils and reduces pimples. Trying a DIY fruit facial mask will have you feeling pampered and glowing instead of tired and oily.
Now, because Kotex understands what matters to us during that time of the month, the company has created a super fun, creative SNIPP ad to help us through our periods- whether we need a craving cured, a cozy night in or a fun night out. When you buy two U by Kotex® products from Walmart between now and September 30, 2016, all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt, Text UbyKotex to 811811, upload a photo of your receipt and then visit UbyKotexrewards.com to register to redeem your customized reward. A few examples of what you can get are eBooks, magazines, restaurant gift cards, a Walmart gift card and more!
During my trip to Walmart, I picked up U by Kotex® Cleanwear® Ultra Thin Pads and U by Kotex® Barely There Liners. Both products came in the Style N’ Store packaging, which is proving to be a lifesaver. I’ll be the first to admit that the cabinets underneath my bathroom sink can become super cluttered and messy if I don’t frequently reorganize and straighten up because I just have so much stuff stored under there. The Style N’ Store pack comes in a convenient drawer that you can easily slide in and out to pack away and reopen again. Now, I don’t have to worry about fussing with that half of the cabinet because it never gets messy. All of my feminine products are tightly packed away in these cute little drawers. Don’t like the patterns I picked up? You have four to choose from!
Make sure to go to the U by Kotex® website to check out all of the fun reward options and visit your local Walmart to start picking up your products! Connect with my on social media using the hashtag #WhatMatterstoU and let me know what Matter to U.
Also, I want to know: How do you pamper and indulge? What are your favorite tips to make your period easier? Have you ever tried a fruit facial mask? A chunky monkey smoothie? Let me know in the comments below!