Wednesday, May 25, 2022




Ever since I was a kid, I would kick my mom out of the downstairs and have what we referred to as a “Markey Me Night”. I would watch what I wanted to watch, eat what I wanted to eat, and when that was over, I would go up to my bathroom, put on a facemask, and draw a bath.


Now that I’m older and watching what I want and eating whatever I can buy has become normal, the “Markey Me Nights” have appeared less and less. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have an occasional spa night. I still believe that there is nothing a facemask and a bath can’t fix. In fact, that’s my suggestion when anyone doesn’t feel well.

 Sad? Take a bath.

Stressed? Do a facemask.

Heartbroken? Do both.

I believe in facemasks. I believe in baths. I believe in spoiling yourself.

We have a wonderful opportunity to spend hundreds of dollars at Sephora and have spa days at home. In this time, imagine what a blessing that is! So how do you have a really successful spa day? Well, I hate to tell you, but it’s not going to be a five-star night, but it will still be as wonderful as you wish.

My spa days start with my teeth. Weird, but the first thing I do on my night off is brush, floss, and whiten. This act lets me start clean. After the teeth comes to the nail polish. I was never one for manicures, but there is something about a fresh coat of paint that makes everything a little nicer, cleaner, and better.

Then it’s my favorite time.

In fact, this time is so revered that my college freshman group chat knew me by this. My roommate knew that when she walked into the room and could smell one, it had been a tough day. And friends, my wallet sure as heck knew the importance of this time too. It’s facemask time.

I think the time it takes to do a facemask almost forces a rest. When you put on a facemask, you are bound to keep it on for the time it indicates. You are required to bless your skin and take care of yourself for however long it takes for that clay to dry. When I put on the 45-minute facemask, you can bet that I’ll be in the bath for the next 2 hours. When I put on the 10-minute one, I usually rush back to my computer and finish a quick work-thing before it burns my skin off.

But to me, the facemask is essential to the spa-night-in. It’s really what makes me realize how important that time is. After the facemask, or sometimes during, it’s time for the bath. The lights go off, the candles light up, and YouTube starts playing. This is how I relax. This is how I love myself when I’m hurting. This is my reset.

In truth, there are a million ways to have a spa night:

  • Get a facemask
  • Do your nails
  • Pluck your eyebrows
  • Self-tan
  • Take a bath
  • Do a hair mask
  • Brush your teeth (this should be every night….)

But in the end, the spa night is really about your mental state. You need to be willing to give up the time to let yourself “be.” You need to be willing to spoil yourself. You need to be loving to yourself and accepting that it’s okay to take a night off and have a “Markey Me Night.”

Let’s all strive to do this every now and then. To unabashedly love ourselves.

Markey Battle Sr. Lifestyle Contributor
Markey is a senior at Liberty University where she is studying both English and theatre. Her passions include reading as much as she can, health and fitness, and cooking. She has an enormous love for writing and wants to continue to craft words for the rest of her life.