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Spa Weekend at Home

Ah, the spa…in theory, it's a completely relaxing and pampering experience. That is, until you book the appointment, get there, disrobe in front of strangers…you know the drill. Why not transfer your home into a scene of serene, and pamper yourself the way you know how! The good news is that you can bring a version of some luxury spa treatments to your home for a fraction of the cost.

Set the scene

Candles, reed diffusers and essential oils are all ways to make your bathroom look like a sanctuary for shooing away the stress! The right scent can really uplift your mood and make you feel like you’re away on a tropical island. If you’re up for some DIY, having control over mixing your ingredients for treatments means you can play around to see how your skin and hair reacts to various salts, oils, and herbs, which could lead to finding your "miracle" mix. Stay away from any essential oils that are too potent and stimulating (like lemongrass) unless you're confident in your aromatic blending abilities.

Heat things up

Before jumping into the shower, stash your daily body lotion on top of a radiator or heating vent so it's warmed up when you rub it on. I tell you, there is nothing better than getting out of a hot shower and rubbing on the heated, soothing lotion. Just be aware that your lotion will get much more liquidy when it's warm, so it might rush out of its container faster.

Big up the Bath

Whether you're at the spa or at home, bath time is a great opportunity to lift the aches and pains of your mind, skin, and joints. Bath bombs are a great way to fill your bath with nourishing and moisturizing butters, oils, and additional items. Customize them by adding a tablespoon of your preferred dried flowers and essential oils that tailor to your skin's needs to make your at-home spa experience extra special. Don’t have the time? Invest in some bath salts to detoxify, soothe sore muscles, boost immunity, and hydrate for a truly restorative soak.

Get steamy

Facial steams are an excellent way to gently cleanse your pores and use calming ingredients like lavender or passion flower to help detox your mind from stress. Add your favorite cleansing, rejuvenating herbs to your steam session and follow a few basic guidelines: Heat your water temperature between 100 and 110 degrees and keep your face between five and 10 inches from the water during steaming.

Mask ON

After the facial steam, your pores will be wide open and ready to take on a deep cleansing treatment. Facemasks are the best way to give your skin an intensive boost of the ingredients it needs. But with so many options, why not opt for a multi-mask? Different areas of your skin have very different requirements. For example, your under-eyes may be dry, your cheeks blemish-prone, and your nose oily. If you have dry skin, you can also use a mask to trap and retain moisture. Multi-masking is the perfect opportunity to treat different spots with different needs at the same time, and allows you to take it to the next level by creating bespoke, tailor-made treatments. Top tip: Be strategic when slathering – use a foundation brush with synthetic bristles or reach for a tool with an angled tip to hit the hard-to-reach spots like the crevices around your nose.

Hair Heroes

Spa weekends aren’t just about skin and face care…we often forget that our hair also needs some TLC other than the normal wash and quick condition. Women with especially curly and kinky hair, as well as relaxed hair (it's great for protecting new growth), will love coconut oil as a hair conditioner and moisturizer. You can leave it in overnight or condition with a heat cap if you are pressed for time. Coconut oil also provides shine, and some studies even claim that it helps penetrate the hair to make it stronger. Leave-in intensive masks and oils are another fantastic way to make sure that we get the care we need.

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