Whether it’s learning how to give yourself an at home facial or sinking into a blissful bath, a little stay-at-home pampering can do wonders for your wellbeing. Why not use this this extra time at home to indulge in a new weekly pamper routine to take care of your body and mind and bring some much-needed escapism to your day? We’ve already given you tips for activities to do to help you relax and unwind and now we give you top tips for beauty rituals to help you de-stress and rebalance.
Set the mood
Some easy preparation to turn your bathroom into an at home spa will ensure a fully relaxing experience. Choose a time where you’ll be faced with minimal disruptions and ensure your bathroom is clean and tidy.
It goes without saying that you’ll want to light a scented candle with a calming scent to really set the mood and help you switch off. Scents that feature lavender, camomile or sandalwood will help you to unwind.
Prepare a refreshing and detoxing drink such as lemon-infused water or herbal tea (or a glass of fizz, if that’s your preference) and gather all your beauty essentials in one place. For added indulgence you could even warm some towels and flannels for that true at home spa experience.
Supercharge your soak
A long hot soak in the bath is not only good for soothing the body but can calm an anxious mind too.
Whether you’re a fan of fizzy bath bombs or prefer a luxurious bath oil, the key to a relaxing bath is finding a scent that helps your mind and body relax. Calming scents to try include ylang ylang, eucalyptus and of course, lavender.
Epsom salts are also a worthwhile addition to your bath: they’ll soothe tired muscles and relieve any tension in your body. Other benefits even include improving skin tone, conditioning dry skin and promoting better sleep. Be generous with how much you pour in – aim for 500g for a 20-minute soak.
Whilst you’re soaking, you could also try applying a homemade hair mask. Coconut oil will replenish moisture in your hair, repairing damage and making your hair soft and shiny.
What you need:
- Coconut oil
- Warm coconut oil
- Apply warmed coconut oil to damp hair, focusing on the ends which are typically dryer.
- Leave on for at least 10 minutes (longer if possible)
- Rinse off with warm water.
Recreate an indulgent at-home facial
After you’ve had a long soak, it’s time to treat your skin to a thorough facial. Facials offer something deeper than your daily skincare routine and help to leave your skin feeling properly cleansed and glowing. That said, we recommend only doing them once a week as an indulgent treat. Why not do it on a Saturday or Sunday when you have more time?
The first step for your at home facial is to double cleanse your skin so that you remove any make-up and residue dirt. Start with a gel wash or cleanser and gently massage it into the skin using circular motions, before rinsing with warm water. Follow with a micellar water or micro-emulsion cleanser applied to a soft cotton pad and swept across your face.
Following your cleanse, it’s worth steaming your face to open pores and soften the top layer of your skin. Hover your face over a bowl or sink filled with hot water and cover your head with a towel to trap the steam.
After 5 – 10 minutes of steaming, dry your face and use an exfoliator to smooth and brighten. Follow this with a detoxifying face mask (a clay or charcoal mask is ideal, as your pores should be open at this point) and leave it on your skin for 15 – 20 minutes. Remove using a warm, damp flannel, using circular motions until all the product is removed.
Next, apply a serum to target specific areas of the face and gently massage this into the skin. Follow this with a hydrating moisturiser.
Complete your at-home facial with a light face massage, this aids lymphatic drainage to improve circulation and depuff your face. Using your fingers, apply gentle light pressure around the eyes, then from the cheekbone working upwards towards the temples.
Unwind with a blissful bedtime routine
Hopefully, your pamper-session has relaxed your mind and body and made you ready for a snooze. The benefit of being at home rather than at a spa is that you can round off your beauty rituals with a truly restful slumber.
Before you hit the sack, apply some essential oils (single notes of lavender or rose are ideal) to your palms, cup your hands around your nose and inhale deeply. Place your hands on the areas of your body that are feeling any tension and focus your breath into that area.
Next, add some much-needed hydration to those constantly washed hands by massaging in a rich hand cream. Pop on a pair of white cotton gloves if you have any, to help the moisture really sink in.
Once you’re tucked up in bed, try five minutes of mediation or give the 4/7 breathing method a go. Lie in bed and close your eyes, breathing in deeply for the count of four, then breathing out for the count of seven. Repeat twenty times and you’ll be ready to drift off for a blissful night’s sleep, with the satisfaction that you’ll wake up with gorgeous glowing skin!
Now that we’ve given you our top tips for your new weekly beauty ritual, the key thing is to put it into practice and allow your body and mind some well-deserved self-care to help you feel tip top. Share your top tips and advice for your own beauty routine with us on our intu social channels.