Three weeks into COVID 19 lockdown and you may be starting to feel relentlessly bored, perhaps you are running out of creative ideas to keep busy or maybe you are worried about job losses and have financial concerns. It’s a very unsettling time for all of us and self care is more important now than ever. Whilst you may not be able to get a massage or facial at your favourite clinic anytime soon you can recreate a spa environment at home.
When you enter a spa what is the first thing you notice? It’s the gorgeous scent isn’t it? What better way to set the scene for your own DIY spa: Light a scented candle, there are many recommendations for scents, some for relaxation, some are energising, some will help you sleep but in my experience regardless of what it says on the tin so to speak just choose one that you like, whether its for relaxation or to boost energy, either way if you enjoy the scent that’s a great start.
Set the mood with relaxing music. I use Amazon’s Alexa and ask Alexa to play me a spa music playlist, it’s a great playlist and guaranteed to help get you in the mood.
Switch off your phone and run yourself a bath, remove your make up and allow the steam from your bath to open the pores. I absolutely love Jo Malone bath oil, Pomegranate Noir, it’s a luxury but worth every penny. Following your bath, treat yourself to a DIY facial, cleanse again, exfoliate, using a face oil, massage your face and neck for about 5 minutes and then apply a nice mask. Environ revival masque is my favourite at the minute (Nick named face lift in jar its our best selling mask) however if you don’t have a mask you could make one, I did find one online you can make at home, mix one tablespoon each of turmeric, raw honey, and milk (the mixture should be thick, not too runny) …. I tried this just to check it out.
If you have any Moroccan hair oil, I’d apply at this point also. You can either remove it at the same time you remove your face mask or leave on overnight (this is what I would do).
Finally apply a dry body oil or body cream leaving you skin soft and hydrated … your home spa treatment is complete and hopefully in doing something nice for yourself you’ll feel better.
To aid relaxation I’m using a great app called headspace at the moment, it can be used for daily meditation or simply to help you sleep as and when you feel you need it.
I read a quote today which I thought was lovely: ‘If 2020 is telling us anything, its telling us to enjoy the moments we have and don’t take any day, anything or anyone for granted’.
Stay Safe x