Self-care Sunday has never been easier…
Whether it’s a stress-relieving massage, an uplifting facial or a little foot pampering bliss, a relaxing spa treatment has to be the ultimate in self-care. For many of us, a spa-day spoil the ultimate way to pamper ourselves so much so that it has now become part of our regular wellness routines – which in today’s world is something we could all use...
The best bit? You can create your very own DIY self-care spa day at home without needing a whole bunch of stuff. Apart from some wonderfully indulgent spa products and kits, all you need is your bath (or shower), a few ideas on the spa treatments you need, and before you know it, your face, feet, hair, body - and stressed-out mind - will be thanking you…
Here's a checklist of 10 easy ways you can create a blissful self-pampering DIY spa retreat at home - whether you choose to indulge in them all in one day, or just add a few to your self-care Sunday routine…
1. Scrub From Head To Toe
For starters, a stimulating and rejuvenating all-over scrub is one spa treat all our bodies can do with. Body scrubs don’t just make your skin look and feel fantastic, but have other benefits too.
Besides removing the buildup of old dead cells which dull and clog up your skin, the rubbing action itself helps drain and detox your lymph nodes and boosts the circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the skin to give you a healthier glow. Exfoliation also speeds up skin cell renewal and helps other skin products penetrate deeper, so makes everything work better all round.
Grab some salt scrub infused with skin-loving lavender, mix with a little coconut oil, and then gently rub in circular motions from head to toe, paying special attention to any rough spots. Finish off with a luxurious lavender body lotion for a deep drink of moisture for your skin.
2. Have An Invigorating Aromatherapy Shower
If you aren’t much of a bath person, you can actually create a wonderful spa-like experience in your shower. Adding the brisk, refreshing scent of eucalyptus is guaranteed to give you an instant boost of energy, clear your mind, and ease away all that stress…
Hanging a fresh sprig of eucalyptus leaves in your shower is an Insta-popular trend that not only creates a brilliant spa vibe in your bathroom, but the heat also releases the fresh healing scent that’s perfect for when you need a quick pick-me-up.
Otherwise, just scatter a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil on your shower wall (away from the water spray) and let it do its magic. End your shower by turning the water onto cold for 30 seconds to kick your circulation into gear and for a big burst of endorphins (the happy hormone).
Finish off with a luxuriously rich and reviving body lotion, and you’ll quickly find that any anxiety will soon be a thing of the past. Literally like smelling a breath of fresh air…
3. Flood Your Face With Steam
What with the daily assault of dust, pollution and makeup, steaming your face is a great way to get rid of all that grime and clean the gunk out of your pores.
For a spa-like steam treatment at home, simply fill a bowl with hot water and add a couple of drops of essential oils. Choose mix of lavender and tea tee oil for oily, acne prone skin, or lavender and rosehip essential oils for a dry skin. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the bowl for a few minutes to allow the steam to softly penetrate and decongest your skin, leaving it nicely plump and hydrated.
Seal in all the goodness with a DIY face moisturizing cream that’s worthy of any spa - and so easy to make. Combine ¾ cup of unrefined virgin coconut oil, 20 - 30 drops of lavender essential oil and 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (extract from Vitamin E oil or cod liver oil capsules). Mix well until texture becomes creamy and store in a glass jar. A serious burst of pampering healthy goodness for your skin…
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4. Refresh Tired And Tattered Feet
Often the most sadly neglected part of our bodies, your feet deserve a much-needed spa pampering treat from time to time - especially if they are prone to drying and cracking - and even more so after a strenuous bout of exercise.
Start off with a soothing foot soak. Toss a handful of lavender bath salts into a bowl of warm water and let your feet bliss out while you catch up on some Netflix. Once the water chills, move onto a soothing foot mask for a little bit of heat and healing at the same time. Slather your feet with a generous amount of luxurious lavender foot balm, cover with some cozy faux fur spa booties warmed in the microwave for a treat both you and your feet will love.
5. Soothe Sore And Achy Muscles
Whether you are suffering from sore muscles post workout or even in need of some pain relief from stiff joints or back pain, the healing power of eucalyptus essential oil can help make everything better. Consider this a shortcut to a mini spa aromatherapy massage plus a little bit of heat therapy thrown in for good measure.
Grab some eucalyptus infused massage oil and using circular motions, gently work it into your muscles and joints. Follow this with the moist heat of a eucalyptus heat wrap for about 10-15 minutes and you’ll feel the discomfort and tension simply melt away. Best of all? It will not only re-energize your body but also soothe your mind.
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6. Give Your Hands Some Extra TLC
When your hands are as dry as the Mojave Desert and your cuticles are looking a touch shabby, it’s time for some intensive spa therapy to bring them back to life.
Hands also love the soothing moisturizing heat treatment you did for your feet. Scoop up a generous dollop of luxurious lavender hand cream, using circular motions to apply it your hands and nails to soothe and repair. You can also squeeze in a quick bonus massage as you work the cream into your hands.
Then slip them into the lavender infused warmth of a pair of spa mittens, locking in the heat to allow the lavender and other oils to really penetrate your skin, leaving your hands as soft as a baby’s butt. An easy way to add some pampering self-care to your day…
7. Soothe Sore, Tired, Dry Or Puffy Eyes
You’ve heard of the chilled cucumber slice remedy to help refresh and soothe your eyes, right? But did you know that using essential oils together with a hot or cold compress can give you the same – and often better – result?
Many essential oils are natural anti-inflammatories and so can act a bit like headache pills for your eyes. Just toss a lavender spa mask into the freezer, light some candles, put on some relaxing music and lie back with the mask covering your eyes for about 10 minutes. It will not only soothe and cool tired, sore eyes, but also help knock back any puffiness you have, shrink under eye bags and reduce dark circles.
Warming up a lavender spa mask in the microwave can also help minimize swollen, puffy eyes, and even provide some relief for dry eyes. The heat from the compress helps the tear glands to work better.
By adding a little diluted lavender essential oil around the eye area, you can then layer in a whole bunch of anti-ageing and wrinkle busting benefits as well. Get your entire eye treatment home spa kit here. True multipurpose spa magic…
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8. Deep Condition Your Hair
You don’t need to splash out to get a perfect head of hair. Just borrow a popular deep conditioning spa hair treatment to get those lustrous shiny locks you’ve always wanted.
Heat up some nourishing coconut or argan oil, add a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil and mix well. Gently massage into the scalp, working the blend through the hair to the ends, wrap it in a shower cap for about 30 minutes, and rinse off.
Eucalyptus is known to stimulate the hair follicles and encourage the growth of a full and healthy head of hair. Top that off with the deep conditioning benefits of the oils and, in practically no time, you’ll have beautifully hydrated, soft and gorgeous glossy looking locks. Maybe it’s time to include this all-natural scalp treatment and conditioner in your weekly routine…
9. Take Time For A Relaxing Bath
Instead of rushing through a two-minute shower, find a little me-time to soak in the bath uninterrupted. Step up the ambience with lots of candles, calming music and some bubbly for the ultimate end-of-home-spa-day escape.
Copy Cleopatra’s famous beauty trick by indulging in a nourishing milk bath. The lactic acid in milk softens your skin, and can also help soothe eczema and psoriasis. Add a few cups of whole milk to warm bath water, mix in some drops of lavender oil, and float a few rose petals on top for a pretty spa finishing touch.
Not into milk? Then try lavender bubbles instead. Or a scoop of lavender bath salts. Every which way you’ll be able to lie back, relax, and feel the calming scent of lavender slowly ease away the stress and tensions of your week. Finish off your bath time ritual with a generous layer of lavender body lotion for the softest, smoothest skin.
Otherwise, get all your lavender bath time essentials in one convenient home spa kit. The perfect spa pampering experience with a little touch of lavender heaven…
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10. Prioritize Healthy Sleep
Now that you’re feeling all pampered and relaxed, don’t spoil all your good work by landing up tossing and turning all night. Sleep is arguably the best ever thing you can do for good health, and to make it as high-quality as possible, it’s best to take a little time to unwind before you go to bed.
The value of a regular bedtime ritual should never be underestimated. Set aside a couple of chill-out hours for a relaxing bath, burn a few calming candles, spritz your bed linen with lavender spray and then slip into bed with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. This also means powering off your mobile to give your brain a chance to unwind.
A home spa sweet dreams sleep kit will give you all the goodies you need for some high quality shut-eye. Also consider a weighted spa blankie to help you sleep better. Often compared to a big warm hug – that’s known to calm the nerves - it helps increase your serotonin that makes you feel happy and calm, so you will sleep better. Add in a silk sleep mask to knock out the light and you’ll fall asleep like a baby.
And don’t forget the absolute must-have of any spa experience – a super-soft spa robe to wrap yourself in a little bit of pampering ultra-luxe indulgence that’ll make you feel like you’re on cloud nine…
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