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Spa At Home

Beauty and wellbeing can work wonders for your skin, hair and state of mind, so it’s important to set aside time to indulge. Treat yourself to a little radiance-restoring you-time and create an idyllic day of spa-like relaxation in the comfort of your own home with our ultimate pamper menu.

Spa At Home

Set The Mood...

Spa rules apply, so impose a full technology shutdown for the duration of your pampering time. Taking a break from screen-time is much needed in a technology-centric lifestyle and can rapidly boost your mood. Instantly achieve a tranquil environment by dimming the lights and lighting a beautifully-scented candle. A Diptyque candle is always a timeless classic, but to fully envelop the senses look to Parfums De Marly. Each boasting a heady aroma, the true magic lies in the pure cedar and balsa wood wick which replicates the beautifully atmospheric crackle of an open fireplace as it burns.

Hydrotherapy…

Immerse yourself in a warm bath full of scented delights and allow yourself to drift into tranquillity with the ebb and flow of the water. Be inspired by the ancient bathing rituals of Japanese Geisha who were known to bathe in sake to purify and scent their skin; the rejuvenating Sake Bath by Fresh mirrors this romantic beauty ritual perfectly. Or follow in the footsteps of the ever-beautiful screen siren, Sophia Loren who used to bathe in olive oil. While olive oil clearly worked wonders for Loren, add an aromatherapy twist with one of Aveda's scented bath oils; look to the Lavender Fleurs Oil for ultimate calm. Recreate the invigorating benefits of spa hot and cold rooms by draping an iced flannel over your forehead whilst bathing. If you're feeling particularly brave, plunge yourself under a cold shower post-bathing to rapidly cool your skin, improve your circulation and release happiness-boosting endorphins.

Scrub…

Use the time waiting for your bath to fill with a pre-soak dry body brush; a traditional natural health practice which helps stimulate your circulatory and lymphatic system, flush out toxins and invigorate the skin. Start from your feet, brushing upwards in firm, small strokes, or a circular motion, towards your heart for roughly three to five minutes. A pleasurable and therapeutic experience, gentle brushing will help slough off dry skin without you needing to be too vigorous, and can even help reduce the appearance of cellulite in the short term. Follow with a salt scrub, such as Ila's healing, Himalayan Bath Salts for Inner Peace for skin that truly glows. 

Spa At Home

The Massage…

After bathing, treat yourself to a relaxing body massage with a sumptuous body lotion or oil. Take inspiration from the world of aromatherapy once more, choosing scented concoctions to suit your mood; we love combining the intense hydration of Kiehl's ever-popular Crème de Corps with a few drops of Aveda's Beautifying Compostition™ for ultimate body and senses pampering. Smooth into your skin, starting once again from the feet up, in small, circular kneading strokes, paying particular attention to any areas of tension. The warmth of the bath will have relaxed your muscles, making self-massage particularly effective. 

The Face Mask…

Don’t forget to treat yourself to a deeply-nourishing face mask. Dry skin types will benefit from a rich, cream mask, while combination or oily skin types may wish to use a deeply cleansing clay or mud mask. When it comes to masking we particularly love Omorovicza and their long spa heritage, harnessing the curative, mineral-rich thermal spa waters of Budapest, Hungary. Exceptionally luxurious with a gold-infused velvet texture, the Gold Hydralifting Mask peps up even the driest of skin in a flash, leaving it firm, lifted and glowing. For more oily skin types the Ultra Moor Mud Mask is the mask of choice for your home spa day; this powerful purifier nourishes, detoxes and cleanses for a beautifully clear and lifted complexion.

The Facial…

Gently remove your chosen mask with a damp muslin cloth before continuing with your at-home facial. Supplement your usual skincare routine with a few targeted boosters for a decidedly therapeutic feel; pre-serums, such as La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Essence-in-Lotion, or SK-II’s iconic Facial Treatment Essence, can dramatically improve the impact of the rest of your routine. Follow with your favourite face serum, pressing it against the face in an outwards motion. Repeat this stroking motion on the décolleté up to the neckline. Next apply a sumptuous face cream, repeating the previous pressing and stroking motions. Using light pressure, press your fingertips on the centre of the forehead, slowly moving outwards to the hairline for a deeply-relaxing and stress relieving facial massage. Gently press eye cream under the eyes and brow bone. Smooth delicately scented face oil over your cheeks for a final sensorial moment of calm, finishing with gentle, circular pressing on your temple’s pressure points; By Terry Cellularose Liftessence Oil Elixir is a particular favourite pick for this ritual. 

The Relaxation Room…

The post-treatment relaxation room is always a blissful way to end a spa day. Wrap up in your favourite merino wool or cashmere loungewear, or even shrug on a sumptuous bath robe. Make the most of this rare time to yourself by keeping the rest of your day or evening as peaceful as possible, in a quiet room with ambient lighting and no distractions; Fresh's Citron de Vigne Candle will help create a positive and uplifting ambience as a perfect finishing touch to your you-time. This is the perfect time to catch up on your reading, eat nutritious food and practice some wellness-boosting mindfulness. For a simple mindfulness exercise focus on your breathing, bringing your thoughts back to your breath whenever the mind wanders, or visualise a slow, full body scan from your feet to your head, relaxing your muscles as you go. Some gentle yoga or tai-chi could also be beneficial during your relaxation time. Come evening, slip on a lavender scented eye mask from Otis Batterbee and allow yourself to drift into a night of restful slumber.