Wouldn’t it be nice to take ourselves off to a spa, every time we need a break from the day-to-day stresses of life? Unfortunately, for most of us, budget doesn’t allow for this type of luxury, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home, with a do-it-yourself spa day. Follow our five ideas and you’ll feel fresh as a daisy and ready to tackle to world with a reinvigorated zest for life.
Scented Wheat Bag
Wheat bags, which you heat in the microwave, are a lovely way to unwind and relax, by draping them around your shoulders and neck. A great way to add to the effectiveness of your wheat bag is by adding a couple of drops of essential oil once heated. Lavender is the obvious choice as it is renowned for its soothing properties, but jasmine, geranium, rose and sandalwood are also good choices.
Water is so important for helping the body to function correctly and the skin is the largest organ of the body, so it stands to reason that drinking plenty will help your complexion. Before you begin your spa day, infuse a jug of water with lemon, mint and cucumber for you to sip whilst attending to your treatments. The added flavour will make the water more palatable and will add to the overall feeling of wellbeing.
Before beginning the process of pampering your skin, exfoliate to remove the old layers of skin using Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant for your face and Decleor Exfoliating Body Cream for your body. This will improve the effectiveness of any moiturising treatments you use and will also leave your skin looking rejuvenated and fresh.
A home spa day is a great excuse to take care of your hair, and there are few products which will deeply condition your locks better than the things you’ll find in your kitchen. Mix together half a cup of honey, with a whole mashed avocado, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and an egg yolk. Slather on the hair and wrap your head with either clingfilm or a carrier bag – after half an hour, you hair will be in the best condition it’s ever been in. Rinse well and use a mild shampoo to remove any avocado chunks!
Another way to get your skin looking great is to use steam to open your pores. Pour boiling water carefully into a bowl and lean your face over it with a towel over your head, creating a mini facial sauna. The steam will open your pores allowing dirt and toxins to be wiped away with a product such as Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, a soap-free formula which contains calming balm mint and lavender extracts to soothe the skin.