We all need a little TLC at the end of the working week, but who can afford expensive spa prices? Treat yourself to a DIY home relaxation session. It only takes an hour or two out of your afternoon, but the results are magnificent.
1. Create a Calming Playlist
Before you begin unwinding, you’ll need the right music in the background. Many people like meditative Zen tunes, but you can just choose a chilled out album from your CD collection. This will start signalling your brain to relax. Pour yourself a generous glass of red wine, while you’re there.
2. Think of the Little Things
It’s those small details that make your home spa feel special and soothing. Turn off the lights, light up some candles, spritz the room with essential oils, and start heating up your bath robe on the radiator. Create a platter of fresh fruits to snack on for if you get a little peckish.
3. Oranges and Lemons
Halve an orange (that failing, a lemon) and use this to slough off dry skin cells, in the same way that you’d use a loofah.
4. Essential Massage Oils
These delicious bottles of gorgeousness are a great way to moisturise your skin and make you smell amazing. If you’re a runner, you can seriously benefit from giving your calf muscles a rub-down. If you have a partner to hand, get him or her to massage your back and shoulders. Some of us don’t have that luxury; however, The Body Shop does great self-massage equipment and aromatherapy oils.
5. Face Scrub
Revitalise your skin by combining 1 cup of chickpea flour, ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, 2 tablespoons ground mustard and fresh coriander leaves, 3 tablespoons rose water, 1 cup of orange juice, and ½ cup of water. Work this scrub all over your face and rinse with warm water.
6. Body Scrub
Coffee lovers will adore this treatment: Mix together ¼ cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 cup pure turbinado sugar, 15 drops peppermint essential oil, and ½ cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed cafetiere. It's best to use this over a rubber mat in the shower to prevent slipping on the oil. Gently scrub your skin with this concoction to feel fresh and invigorated.
7. Face Steam
Steaming your face during the colder winter months is an absolute godsend for dried out skin. Pour boiling hot water in a large bowl and throw in some of your favourite fragrant herbs, such as lavender or rose petals, or a few drops of essential oils (keep it covered until ready to use). Once the water has been left to steep, throw a tea towel over your head and place your face over the steam.
8. Face Mask
There are plenty of DIY recipes for this online, but we find it’s easier and more effective to buy fresh face masks in store. Lush, in particular, does a great range, including the spot-killing Catastrophic Cosmetic. If you do want to make your own, Rebecca has some great ideas here: skincare.allwomenstalk.com
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