I’m Dani Kelley,

and I do lots of things.

Self-Care Is…

This is where I document what I do to try to take care of myself, no matter how big or small.

Celebrate the little victories.

These are such small things. Such little victories. What right have I to celebrate them?

The same right I have to celebrate the victories of all of my friends and family who deal with chronic illnesses, physical and mental. Small victories are victories. Medication that allows me to escape the never-ending cycle of panic is useful. Wrapping myself in soft, warm cloth is calming and soothing. Touching my skin and putting makeup on with gentle, loving hands is crucial on days where I struggle to love myself. Such a short amount of time of my day, and yet now I am calm. I can think. I am okay.

Celebrate the little victories. Always, celebrate the little victories.

My current skincare routine.

Earlier this year, in the wake of serious depression, I started watching makeup tutorials as a form of self-care. Specifically Sinéad Cady’s tutorials, a la The Makeup Chair. (If you stop reading right now and just go sit on her channel for hours, I will not blame you. Maude knows I do it.) This week, Sinéad talked about her skincare routine as of late, and I thought I’d write a bit about mine as well. This will double as a mini product review for everything I use.

I have combination skin, both dry and oily — and sometimes in the same places! It’s not unusual for my nose and forehead to be both oily and flaky, which is frustrating to deal with sometimes. In fact, my skin is the number one physical reason I didn’t wear makeup for years. (There were philosophical reason as well, but I’ve written about those before.)

It’s taken me a while to figure out what works for my skin. In fact, I’ve dedicated this entire year to figuring it out! So please don’t take what I say to be gospel truth — your skin will tell you what it needs and what works for it, so be sure to experiment until you find what’s best for you. Pay really close attention to how your skin reacts to different products and treatments, and be sure to give them a couple of weeks before determining whether it’s working or not. Unless something you’re using is causing rashes or chemical burns, then stop immediately.

My skincare routine is concentrated at night before bed, so I’ll be starting there.