Rub-A-Dub-Dub, A Spa In Your Tub! Spa At Home
You don't have to spend big bucks on expensive spa treatments to help de-stress and pamper yourself. Make a ritual of the home spa experience and enjoy a little luxury by turning your tub into a spa destination. With a few products and some me-time set aside, you'll feel refreshed, relaxed, cleansed and beautiful.
Set the mood
Go for the whole spa vibe with relaxing music and soft lighting. Get your treatment products and some fluffy towels ready and light some candles -- then turn off the phone and give yourself over to an hour or two of indulgence.
Scrub and cleanse
Mix up a body scrub of olive oil and sea salt to slather on for an all-over exfoliation that will leave your skin silky soft and smooth. Rinse off in the shower and follow up with a home hydrotherapy treatment. Take a short hot shower and follow up with very cold water for one minute. It's energising!
Run a warm bath and be generous with bath salts or essential oils. Relax in the tub with a facial mask — homemade varieties like honey, egg (whites for oily skin and yolks for dry compexions) or mashed avocados mixed with yoghurt. Cooling wet cotton pads or rounds of cold cucumber over your eyes will soothe you while the facial mask does its work. Sip chilled mineral water while you soak and let your body and mind be at rest while you concentrate on the music.
Rinse off the mask, then add fresh water to your tub and give yourself another 15 minutes of relaxation. Wrap up and dry off with a fluffy towel and moisturise your body with a rich almond-scented lotion. For extra-dry areas like feet and heels, a slick of vaseline works wonders. Rub it on and slip into some socks -- you can sleep in them and wake up to soft, smooth feet.
Apply a hair treatment to re-moisturise. Handy kits have one-application hot oil to heat in the microwave. Cover with a wind of plastic wrap and secure head in a towel while you steam your face - just heat a pot of hot water and lean over it -- be careful not to burn yourself -- tenting your face with a towel. The steam opens up poors and gets rid of any miniscule debris left behind by the facial mask. Following the steam, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturise. You can leave your hair treatment on overnight or rinse it out now.
You'll get repeated uses from products you purchase for home spa night, and will learn to be creative with masks and scrubs that can be made in your own kitchen. Home spa evenings wash away the stress of a busy life and can become a habit you'll enjoy regularly.