You don’t need to spend a fortune on luxury treatments. Pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home with these easy at-home spa treatments to help turn your bathroom into a decadent spa experience. Indulge in some me-time at least once a week and see how much better you feel.
1. Deep-condition your hair
Sun, chlorine and salty water play havoc with your hair, so many salons now offer a prescriptive deep-conditioning treatment for parched hair. You can, however, just as easily look after your locks at home by regularly using an intensive hair mask specially designed for your hair type. Shampoo your hair with a product specifically for dry hair, towel dry, then comb through a deep-conditioning treatment. To really help the formula penetrate, wrap your head in clingfilm and a warm towel, then wallow in a warm bath for 15 min before rinsing. If you’d like to go the DIY route, try these natural hair masks.
2. Pamper your feet
Here are some top tips:
- Soak your feet in warm water, scented with a personalised blend of essential oils. While your feet are soaking, massage the arch of the foot from under the toes to the heel — this hits all the reflexology points and helps to relax and soothe aches and pains.
- Remove hard skin with a bristle brush or pumice wand. Buff your feet gently until they tingle — this is great for boosting circulation, too. Focus on the heels and ball of your foot, but don’t buff too vigorously or you’ll make the area sensitive.
- Feet that have been sapped of moisture will benefit from a hydrating mask. Paint the mask over feet and legs, then wrap in a warm towel and leave for 10 to 15 min. Rinse and apply a generous blob of foot cream.
Tip: Walking over pebbles or coarse sand with bare feet is a great way to exfoliate them. You could also think of it as the most natural (and free) reflexology session ever!
3. Fake a sexy colour
Once you’re buffed and groomed, it’s time to think about a fake tan, because now the colour will be more even and it will last longer. If you’ve shaved, waxed or depilated, don’t fake tan until 24 hours later. If you’re worried about your hands turning orange, wear latex gloves. Or, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards and use a nail brush to remove any excess cream from under your nails. Start applying fake tan at your feet and work upwards, in sweeping movements. Leave at least 10 mins before dressing or getting into bed. If you do get any streaks, just rub a cut lemon over the area to help bleach the colour.
4. Give yourself an anti-ageing facial
Treat yourself to a facial — after all when do you normally find the time?
- To help boost circulation, decrease puffiness and make your jawline more defined, use your usual cleanser and with sweeping, pressing movements work around the eyes and the nose, then outwards and upwards along the jawline.
- Add a few drops of essential oils (we like soothing lavender or zingy peppermint) to a sink full of hot, not boiling, water. Put a towel over your head and inhale the vapours from the oils for about 5 minutes. The steam opens the pores and draws out impurities.
- You could pay for a moisturising facial — but you could also go to the cupboard and get out a jar of honey. It helps to brighten dehydrated and lined skin. Spread it over your face, wait 15 minutes, then rinse.
- Looking for something a little different? Try our DIY scrubs and face masks.
5. Brush your skin smooth
Get into a routine of body brushing once a day. Start from the feet and brush the skin really gently in upwards movements. The lightest touch is all you need to boost lymphatic drainage, which helps improve water retention, puffiness and cellulite.
Don’t stop there! We’ve got even more easy at-home spa treatments. Now keep calm and have a spa day.