Between a busy social calendar, work commitments and making time for loved ones, setting aside some me-time can be a seriously tough task. For many of us, self care often slides down the to-do list while we focus on kicking goals in our personal and professional lives.
But let’s face it: Looking after yourself should always come first. It’s hard to give the world your best self when you’re feeling tired and stressed, so take the time to slow down, relax and reset every now and again. A great way to achieve this is by having your own relaxing spa day at home.
Like the sound of that? Slip into something comfortable, get into relaxation mode and read on for our 5-step guide to how to have a spa day at home.
1. Turn Your Home Into A Spa Sanctuary
You know that calm feeling that instantly washes over you when you walk into a spa? That immediate sense of starting to unwind? That isn’t just because you know you’re about to melt into a blissful massage or other facial or body spa treatment: Spas are all about the ambience. The dim lighting, soothing music, herbal teas and ‘’spa water’’ spruced up with mint and cut fruit all play a part in telling your body it’s time to relax.
The good news is, these are all things you can easily do at home. Start off your DIY spa day by dimming the lights, putting on some soft music and brewing a pot of your favourite herbal tea. Then, switch off any tech devices (such as your TV and computer) and switch on your favourite aroma diffuser - our pick is the Zen Time Essential Oil Blend, which is infused with frankincense, pine, orange and patouchil.
2. Indulge In A Hot Shower Or Bath
We say “indulge” because this shouldn’t be your everyday shower or bath. Treat your bath spa treatment as an indulgent, occasional addition to your self care routine and start by dry brushing your entire body. Starting from your feet, use a gentle body brush to brush upwards in small, circular strokes. This wakes up the body, stimulates circulation and exfoliates dead skin cells for super-smooth skin. Once you’ve brushed yourself from head to toe, hop into the bath or shower and polish your skin to perfection with our Buff-Me Sugar Coffee Body Scrub. The blend of super-fine coffee grounds and brown sugar smells good enough to eat and will leave you with skin that is super hydrated and soft.
For a full-body clean, don’t forget to follow up with your favourite facial cleanser or exfoliator. If you’re lucky enough to have a tub to spread out in, here’s how to make a relaxing bath. Fill the tub with warm water (make sure it’s not too hot, as that will dry your skin out) and add a carrier oil like our Superfood Concentrate Fractionated Coconut Oil to nourish and hydrate your skin. Then, turn up the luxury levels with a few drops of our Zen Time essential oil blend. Its sweet, woody aroma will have you deeply relaxed in no time, while notes of frankincense and cedarwood soothe inflammation and muscle aches.
3. Apply A Face Mask
What’s a spa session without a face mask? After you’ve thoroughly cleansed your face, wrap yourself in your plushest robe or towel and apply a face mask. For the best results, choose a mask that suits your skin concerns. If your skin is feeling dry and dull, quench its thirst with the Hydrating Gel Mask or the WildBerry Harvest Super Hydration Sheet Mask. If your complexion is on the congested side, the Green Clay Mask is the perfect detox. And if your skin is dull and in need of brightening, the Exfoliating Mask is a great option.
Have more than one skincare concern? You can multi-mask! This involves layering one mask after the other or applying cream masks to different areas of your face.
To boost the benefits of your pamper session, think of your masking time as a mini-meditation. Sit or lie down in a comfy spot, close your eyes and relax.
4. Love Your Locks
Are your locks looking less-than-lustrous? Whether you’re a big fan of styling products, use heat on your hair (Think: Hair dryers, straighteners, and curling wands) or spend a lot of time in the sun, most of us could be taking better care of our hair. While you wait for your face mask to work its magic, get to work on achieving healthy, shiny hair.
Start by washing with your favourite natural shampoo, making sure to work in a good lather from root to tip. Rinse out thoroughly and skip the conditioner - yes, you read that right! Instead, gently squeeze out extra moisture with a towel, take your nourishing hair mask of choice, and comb it gently through your tresses. Leave it in for 10-15 minutes before rinsing out with lukewarm water for maximum shine. We recommend covering your hair with a showercap or hair wrap as the humidity helps the mask penetrate your hair shaft, giving you better results.
Allow your hair to air dry, then finish with a spritz of our mood mist for locks that smell as good as they look!
5. Treat Yourself To A Mani-Pedi
Between walking, hand-washing, and - let’s face it - everyday life, most of us have hands and feet in need of a little TLC. Complete your spa day at home with a DIY manicure and pedicure. Start by filling a bucket or basin with warm water, plus Epsom salts and essential oils. Pop your feet in and soak them for 10-15 minutes, using a pumice stone if you need it.
When you’re done, reach for your favourite cream or lotion to massage your feet. Then, wipe off the excess product and trim, file and buff your nails. For the ultimate sandal-ready feet, strengthen your nails with a lick of Kale’d-It Toughen Up Base Coat and Kale’d-It Diamond Shine Top Coat.
Finally, it’s time to pamper your hands. Soak them in a bowl of warm water, then gently massage in your cuticle treatment of choice. Dry your hands thoroughly, before giving yourself the mani of your dreams using the Kale’d-It Nail Lacquer, and finish off with a hydrating hand cream like our Nourish-Me Hand Nail Cream.
Rejuvenate Yourself With A Spa Day At Home
Recreating the spa experience in the comfort of your own home is easier than you think. Better yet, choosing your own products means you can make your at-home spa treatments all-natural and as kind to the environment as they are to you.
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