With all of the stresses of everyday life, it’s important to make sure that you give yourself and break and indulge sometimes. One of my favourite things to do on my day off is to have a mini spa day at home. Having a Spa day at home can be just as relaxing and beautifying as going to a spa hotel if done well. Here are some simple steps to making the perfect at home spa experience.
Set the mood – When it comes to creating a spa experience at home you need to make sure you get the ambience just right. By creating the perfect space you will help yourself dive deeper in to relaxation mode. Put on some calming music and light some candles.
If you are looking for the perfect background music there are lots of options available on apple music. I tend to play their 50 ultimate spa collection.
Nothing reminds me more of a spa than the smell of eucalyptus oil. known for its anti inflammatory properties this oil is an Invigorating way to revitalise the senses. You can find many candles on the market that will make you feel as though you are stepping in to a 5* spa, below are some of my favourites.
Espa Energising Candle RRP £26.00
Rituals Hamman candle RRP £21.50
The white company Spa restore candle RRP £32.00
Warm up some towels- Hotel spas never give their customers cold towels. They are always warm and fluffy. Throw a couple of bath towels along with some hand towels into your dryer for 30 minutes and let them warm up. Failing that then put them on a radiator.
Get the right beauty products- Aromatherapy is an extremely powerful
holistic healing treatment that promotes health and well being. Having the right selection of products is key to a truly indulgent experience spa day. Before you hit the showers get yourself a selection of beauty products in calming scents. For a full spa experience please follow link below to my favourite spa products.
Make some ‘spa water’- In a jug put some ice, mint leaves, cucumber, berries with lemon and lime slices and top with cold water. Leave to infuse for ten minutes for a refreshing spa drink you can enjoy throughout your spa time.
Prep your nails – Remove any nail polish from hands and feet and using a nail file shape your nails as preferred.
Exfoliate in a warm shower- A body scrub is my favourite spa body treatment, It is basically a facial for the body. Body scrubs exfoliate and hydrates your skin, leaving it super smooth and soft. There are some amazing body scrubs available to buy in stores and online. I have included some of my favourites in the earlier link. Jump in a warm shower and scrub away all of your dead skin cells. Make sure you include your feet ready for a mini pedicure later on.
Treat your hair – When you are in she shower give your hair a thorough shampoo and then pop on a deeply nourishing hair mask. For extra conditioning wrap your hair in cling film followed by a warm towel clip in place and leave on while you enjoy the rest of the pampering. The heat generated will help the ingredients to be absorbed leaving you with hair that is strong shiny and soft to touch.
Have a rose petal bath- In Bali the spa treatments usually include a bath filled with a nourishing milk and rose petals. I really enjoyed these treatments when i visited there and they really benefited my skin. The rose petals looked beautiful but this wasn’t the only benefit of using them.
Rose petals can actually enhance your skin and mood. Rosewater soothes irritated skin, brightens your complexion and tightens pores leaving skin ultra smooth and is even gentle enough for sensitive skin. Make sure that for this you keep the lights dim, light the candles, keep the soothing music on in the background and let your tensions ease away.
Quick rinse- When you have finished your bath quickly jump in the shower and rinse out your hair mask. If you can handle it quickly blast your body with cold water to close pores and tone the skin.
Moisturise- When you get out of the shower slather on a rich lightly scented body cream to trap in the moisture.
Face mask – After your hot bath your pores should be open. This is the best time to pop on a face mask. I tend to go for a deep cleaning mask as I have combination skin and like to remove all impurities and clear my blemishes. If you skin is dry a moisturising mask would also be great here.
Prep your nails- Apply cuticle cream to finger and toe nails and push back your cuticles with a cuticle stick, you can buy these at most pharmacies. pushing them back will be a lot easier now you have had a soak in the tub. once this is done using a nail buffer, buff your nails so they are ready for a polish.
Paint your nails – Pick out your favourite nail colour and paint your nails on hands and feet. Whist allowing them to dry grab a magazine or book, lie back and unwind whist listening to music. If you can add a top coat so that the polish lasts longer and avoid chipping.