Who doesn’t like to be pampered and take some time out for themselves? Going to a Day Spa is a luxury which some of us can’t afford on a regular basis. I am always thrilled if I receive a voucher for a massage or facial as a little pampering goes a long way. It doesn’t matter what age we are, we should take care of ourselves and our bodies.
This Post is part of my series of 10 Steps to A New Improved You, which is all about feeling good in our own skin.
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If you can’t afford to go to a Day Spa, why not try to make a Day Spa at Home. Here are some ideas on How to Make a Day Spa at Home, which will have you feeling spoilt and refreshed without maxing out your credit card. These items don’t have to be top of the range (that is a luxury and great if you can afford it) . The internet is also full of homemade treatments so if you can’t afford something see if you can make it.
What you will need:-
- Fluffy towels – I love the feeling of soft fluffy towels – you will probably need about 4
- Bath Robe
- A Towelling Turban
- Natural Soap
- Bath Oil or Bath Crystals
- Body Moisturiser
- Body brush
- Facial cleanser, Toner, Exfoliator, Mask and Moisturiser
- Nail File
- Orange stick (for cuticles)
- Cuticle Cream
- Nail Hardener
- Base coat, nail polish and Top Coat
- Nail Brush
Note: Try to keep the same perfume for the bath oil/crystals and body moisturizer as this will add layers of the perfume rather than using all different scents.
1. Set the Mood
Okay, your partner and/or the kids are out or you tell them you need some ME TIME and DO NOT DISTURB.
TURN OFF YOUR MOBILE
Place scented candles around the bathroom and your bedroom. Select a soothing scent for the candles that will help you relax.
Select some music that will be soothing, or perhaps some of your favourite ballads. (Not sure heavy metal would have the same effect in setting the mood).
If you have a bath (lucky you), add some bath oil or crystals and make sure the water is tepid and not hot. Before you shower put a hair treatment on your hair (see #3 Hair) You will need a quick shower to rinse the treatment off.
Relax in the bath for about 15 minutes. Close your eyes and listen to your music. Try to empty your mind of all the pressures of daily life. Let the warm water soothe your body and relieve any aches and pains.
Shower – if you don’t have a bath you can still have a day spa. Let the water run over you and wash away all the stresses of the day.
For Bath or Shower, use a body brush to scrub over your body or use an exfoliant glove with exfoliant. Brisk strokes and your skin will tingle and feel fresher, smoother and alive.
We sometimes forget about our hair in our beauty routine and usually stick to Shampoo and Conditioner. Invest in a hair masque for your type of hair, massage into your hair and cover with the turban. Leave on as directed and soak in the bath or have your shower.
Lavishly apply moisturizer all over your body. Use this time to slowly massage the moisturizer in and ease your muscles. After a shower or bath the pores of your skin are open and this is the best time to moisturize. The pores soak up the moisturizer and your skin will be feeling smoother and softer. Put on your robe and let the moisturizer sink into your skin.
Do you know your skin type? You should select an appropriate facial. For the more mature skin we require a facial which provides deep but gently cleansing. Apply the facial and lay down. Again you want to try to relax with your eyes closed. Before removing the facial with tepid water, massage gently into your skin, rinse off and then use your toner and moisturizer to complete your facial.
File your nails of your hands and feet into a shape that you like. I prefer the rounded shape and not too long as my nails are brittle so I apply a couple of coats of nail hardener.
Exfoliate your hands and feet and rinse in warm water. Gently push back the cuticles and apply a cuticle cream and massage in.
Paint your nails first with nail hardener (if required), base coat, nail polish and top coat to prevent chipping. Make sure you let each dry thoroughly before applying the next layer to get more life out of your manicure.
Once your nails are dry, lather on moisturizing cream on your hands and feet. If your skin is extra dry, put on some gloves and socks so that it will soak in to the skin.
Now you are feeling pampered and relaxed, do some gentle stretching exercises to complete your Day Spa and relax with your favourite cup of herbal tea in a beautiful china teacup.