At Home Self-care Spa Days

Too much to do and not enough time? We juggle many roles as women, so it's essential to make time just for us and where better to unwind and relax than at a spa.

I love the thought of a Spa weekend, but it's not always an option when budgets are tight. The promise of soothing facials always tempts me, hot cloths smelling of gorgeous skincare, body massages, heated beds and towels, a warm swimming pool and all the attention from the lovely staff.


We can all use a little self-care, especially after the past two years of dealing with the Pandemic and now with world events that lead to more uncertainty and elevate our stress levels.


Since the start of the Pandemic, I've created my own at-home spa experience with the minimum of expense, and I started by making changes to my bathroom.


For your at-home spa, put a date in the diary - once written down, it's hard to ignore! We deserve to recharge our batteries, especially during colder months, when sunny days are few and far between. Even an hour a week as a self-pamper session will help you rejuvenate.

Here are some tips on creating your own Spa experience at home and using products that don't cost the earth:

First, set the mood - the idea of visiting a spa is to RELAX! So you want to create a vibe that's calm and clean.

Keep your bathroom and countertops utterly free of unnecessary items and clutter.


Have a selection of moisture-loving plants in the bathroom. The Boston fern and Parlour Palm are great in bathrooms, and ferns thrive indoors and in steamy environments, like your bathroom.


Put out clean fluffy towels and light a few candles, preferably those containing aromatherapy essential oils and fragrances you love. Lavender is soothing and relaxing; Neroli is another essential oil that's lovely in candles and body-care products - it has a calming effect on mood.


Footcare


Before you take a long soak in the bath, start with a foot spa/soaker. A full pedicure is not something you can easily do at home, but you can pamper your feet by using a foot spa.


Add your favourite bath milk or salts or just warm water.

If you are after the complete foot spa treatment, there are plenty of different ones on the market.


For a roundup of reviews on the various manufacturers and models, check out Expert Reviews. https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/health-and-grooming/1407006/best-foot-spa.

Tired feet need looking after - use a pumice stone or foot file to help remove hard skin.


Homemade Foot scrub

A simple and effective salt scrub for your feet is easy to make using Epsom salts. Mix a handful with a tablespoon of your favourite bath oil or olive oil. Rub gently over wet skin to exfoliate, soften, and remove dead skin before rinsing off with water.


Excerpt by kind permission of www.healthline.com. https://www.hehttps://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-remove-dead-skin-from-feet#methods


Finish off by giving your feet a pamper with our Peppermint & Juniper Berry Shea butter foot cream.


Now for the Face

Tie up your hair or hold back using a bandeau or headband.

Remove makeup, cleanse and wash the face, then pat dry.

Depending on your skin type, use either a clay mask for oily skin or an oil-based one for dry skin.


For Dry Skin: Avocado


Ingredients:

  • One Avocado

  • Two tablespoons plain yoghurt

  • One tablespoon olive oil

  • One tablespoon honey

How to use:


Cut in half and scoop out the pulp then mash with a fork, add all the ingredients and apply to clean skin. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off. Any Avocado you don't use on your skin is perfect added to smoothies.

For Normal or Oily Skin: Clay


Many types of clay are used in the beauty industry, but my preference is French green clay. French clay absorbs excess oils and helps remove dead skin cells. Kaolin clay acts as a mild exfoliate and is particularly good for acne.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ teaspoon of French Green Clay

  • ½ teaspoon of Kaolin Clay

  • 1½ tablespoons of Aloe Vera Gel

  • One tablespoon of Rose Water

How to use:


Mix the green and kaolin clays in a bowl. Add Aloe vera gel, rose water and mix. Apply to the skin and sit for 10-20 minutes, or until the clay has dried. Rinse with a warm, steamy washcloth and pat skin dry.


For all skin types, try our Green Tea Facial Mask.


This gorgeous face mask contains all-natural ingredients and is Certified Vegan. It's rich and creamy, infused with green tea, and is excellent at drawing out impurities and excess oils from the skin.


Ingredients:

  • Dead Sea mineral mud

  • Sunflower oil

  • Vegetable Glycerine

  • Olive oil

  • Shea butter

  • Apricot kernel oil

  • Apple, melon, cucumber and green tea extract.

  • Hyaluronic acid

  • Lavender & Lemon essential oils.

How to use:


Apply a generous layer to a cleansed face and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area. Sit back and relax for up to 10 minutes, rinse face with warm water and pat dry.

To view the complete natural soap and skincare collection, please visit www.livewellnaturalskincare.co.uk.


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Pam x

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