At Axis on 11th and Axis on 12th, we know that residents have worked long hours to attain the incredible lifestyle that they have. Simultaneously, the Axis staff work hard for residents to make life as simple as possible. The buildings have front desk convenience hours, on-site retail, and most any other service one would seek. Even so, sometimes we must take it upon ourselves to designate a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.
For the Skin
As luxurious treatments go, facial masks are a fan favorite… and with good reason. The various cooling and calming creams have been shown to refine pores, increase skin hydration, diminish fine lines, even skin tone, and create firmer skin, among other benefits. And besides these bonuses, sometimes it’s nice to do something simply because it feels good. For those willing to spend a little extra for results, consider trying the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial mask. The gentle formula made with matcha and milk thistle contains antioxidants and anti-pollution properties, which soothe redness and create a younger looking skin. On the other hand, Dr. Jart+ Lover Rubber mask is ranked #4 on Allure’s “Best Facial Mask” list. For just $12.00 this 2017 Best of Beauty award winning treatment will leave your skin soft and supple.
But for the spontaneous spa day takers, don’t feel pressured to go out and spend. The most natural formulas can be made in your own kitchen with many of the same benefits. A homemade oatmeal mask will calm red skin and act as a natural exfoliant. Combine ½ cup of hot (not boiling) water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for about two minutes, mix in two tablespoons of plain yogurt, two tablespoons of honey, and one egg white. Apply a thin layer to your face, and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes before rinsing off with warm water. After you’re done, you’ll feel brand new.
For the Stomach
Our bodies could all use a detox once in a while. In Downtown L.A., there is no shortage of juice bars and coffee roasters that will help you clean the slate. Qwench Juice Bar offers drinks like the Clean Green, made with kale, spinach, celery, lime, and apple. Combine the numerous vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties with the zero added sugars, and it makes for the perfect fuel to restart and recharge. Juices like these are also easily self-made. Cultivate your inner chef and try one of these homemade detox drinks.
For some of us, a healthy diet comes naturally. For others, it takes hard work every day. Either way, it’s okay for your “me day” to ignore everything written above about vitamins and nutrients, and take a day to curb your cravings. Ice cream, pizza, chips- pick your poison. You are allowed to indulge. In fact, you should! Life is short. Indulgence in moderation is key to self-satisfaction. Call the concierge desk at Axis on 11th or Axis on 12th to get recommendations for the best healthy, or unhealthy, eateries to treat yourself.
For the Soul
Self-help books have mixed reputations. While some are semi-helpful, and others are scams, there are masterfully written works put out there by professionals that understand what they are talking about, and that can help us all gain a little more perspective. Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way, is an introspective composition of thoughts on life, love, and time. It will force you to ask questions of yourself that you often overlook, and encourage you to be content with the answer, whatever it may be. It’s a great read for days both rainy and sunny.
Perhaps instead of introspection and reflection, what you truly need is to make like a sack of potatoes and veg-out in your beautifully designed Axis apartment. Finally rent that movie you weren’t able to see in theatres- or maybe binge the newest season of Stanger Things on Netflix. Take the day to do whatever it is that makes you happy, and don’t apologize for it. Have that juice, or that junk food. At the end of the day, the only person that you have to live with is yourself. And while that isn’t an excuse to indulge every selfish fascination, it is cause to nourish your spirit however, and whenever you believe that you need it.
As Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs goes, self-actualization follows a list of more basic needs, beginning with safety and fundamental comfort. Axis on 11th and Axis on 12th have you more than covered in that field, providing the basics and then some, so that you can focus on the things that really matter.