The world is a crazy place right now, many of us are trying to juggle working from home, home schooling and trying to find a new daily routine that works with these new regulations. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by it all, and feeling like you’re falling behind trying to keep on top of everything. So why not take a break? After all, I think we all deserve to take a mental break from it all and allow ourselves the time to focus back on us and our wellbeing.
My favourite way to re-establish my inner connection is by having a ‘Spa Day’ unfortunately with the current government lockdown, going out to an actual spa is off the cards, so here’s a few tips on how I bring that Spa experience into my own home.
Candles are a great way of setting the mood, the warmth of the flickering flames has a mesmerizing and relaxing effect on the brain, you can use LED candles if you don’t have anywhere safe to light a real candle in your ‘Spa Experience’. Choosing candles, incense or diffusers with warm, relaxing or invigorating scents further adds to the experience, some great scents to look out for are Lavender, Cedar, Lemongrass, Lotus Flower, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus and Jasmine.
I love a good bubble bath, I find the bubbles so comforting like a big warm hug, however my boyfriend doesn’t agree, so if like him you’re not a bubbles person there are other options available like bath salts or bath bombs, if you do like bubbles, bath soaks and bubble bars are the best to create those lovely bubbly baths. My favourite bath soak to use is sage and sea minerals which helps relax any aching muscles (don’t know if it does but it smells amazing and I always feel super relaxed afterwards). When it’s time to get out to the bath, I would recommend (if possible) grabbing your shower head and washing yourself down to clean off any reminents of dirt that may be lingering around, then switching the shower from warm to cold, this shocks the body and provides many benefits, the first is that it forces the pores to close to stop dirt getting trapped back inside, it also helps to wake your body back up after all that sleepy relaxation in the bath.
Fresh Juice, Water and Herbal Teas
Every spa I have been too always has fresh juice, water and herbal teas on hand to help replenish keep your body hydrated. If like me you like a damn hot bath, then this increases the heart rate and encourages the body to sweat out any toxins that may be hidden beneath the skin. To avoid dehydration (which may seem odd considering you’re sat in the bath surrounded by water) having sufficient yummy drinks available will encourage you to drink fluids that will benefit the body.
Just like having the fresh juice and water available, fresh fruit encourages us to consider what we are putting into our bodies. During and after a Spa Day I am always more conscious about how I am treating my body, the food I am eating, the drinks I am consuming, am I giving my body what it needs? The answer is no, I’m not, because if I was, I wouldn’t crave fresh fruits, veg, wholesome meals and water.
As I mentioned above the heat from bath will open up the pores, allowing your body to sweat out any nasty toxins, so take advantage of that and treat your skin to facial. I like to apply a cleansing face mask towards the end of my bath, as the temperature begins to drop grab a damp warm face cloth to just clean away any residue off the skin before applying your mask. While this is setting, take a second damp face cloth, but this time, place it in the fridge, you can then continue to lay in the bath (as long as it’s cooled enough to allow the mask to set) or treat yourself to at home mani/pedi. When the mask is ready to come over, take the warm damp face cloth in gentle circular motions to remove the mask, when the mask is completely removed, grab your second damp face cloth from the fridge and gently pat the face and neck area. The cooling effect of the second face cloth, will encourage the pores to close to stop any further dirt getting inside and will also shock the muscles in the face and neck area, helping to tighten them. With the face now clean, it’s time to grab your favourite moisturising tissue mask, tissue masks are a great way of intensely moisturising the face and neck, and you can generally find one for every skin type. I love to grab one of these out once a week, they instantly rehydrate tired looking skin. My favourites to reach for are the Garnier Fresh- Mix Tissue Mask with Hyaluronic Acid which plumps and smoothes, Garnier Fresh-Mix Tissue Mask with Vitamin C which brightens and evens complexion and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrogel Recovery Mask. I do however have a new mask to try which I haven’t used yet, the Beautypro Thermotherapy warming gold foil mask with Hyaluronic Acid and Q10, I will let you know my thoughts when I use it.
I am the absolute worst when it comes to maintaining my brows. I suck at it! My brows are naturally uneven ‘sisters not twins’ certainly applies here, my right brow grows twice as quick as my left and the left is missing the peak of its arch; unsure if this is just a natural occurrence or it just never grew back after I tripped and hit my head off a door frame at 18 months old. Anyway, I hate maintaining my brows, but I try and factor it into an ‘At Home Spa Day’ because its all about pampering yourself, and fresh brows, can instantly improve how you feel about yourself.