Have you ever tried a steam bath or a sauna before? Your pores open and your skin sweats to remove toxins from the body and stimulate blood flow – it’s bliss. To get a similar experience at home, fill a large bowl with very hot water and place your cleansed face over the bowl for ten minutes. Draping a towel over your head will intensify the experience. Bonus points if you follow with a gentle exfoliator.
OK, so it’s not quite the same as having a facial, but an at-home face mask will rejuvenate your skin while you unwind – it’s the ultimate indulgence.
Try a gel mask if you want to moisturise your skin without adding oil – great for cooling sensitive skin. Or hydrate and treat ageing skin with a sheet mask followed by a layer of moisturiser to lock-in the hydrating liquids. If you have blemish-prone skin a clay mask will clear pores, as will a clearing mask that’s formulated to treat blackheads. Finally an exfoliating mask will remove dead skin cells and other impurities to leave skin restored. Relaxed yet?
For silky smooth skin from head to toe, treat yourself to a warm bath or shower ritual. Using an exfoliating glove, massage a body scrub in circular motions over your skin. A massage soap bar or brush is a great way to stimulate blood flow to areas prone to cellulite. Finish, by rubbing oil over your body – you’ll step out of the shower a new person!
We put our hair through a lot: heating tools, styling products, hair colouring – the list goes on. So a hair mask is a simple – and calming – way to restore it. Depending on your hair mask, apply with a wide-toothed comb to damp or dry hair, and then wrap with a towel. Hair masks that are infused with natural oils (like almond, shea or Argan) will hydrate, repair damage and protect, keeping hair looking lush.
TREAT YOUR FEET
Satisfy tired feet with an at-home treatment. Dip your feet into a basin filled with warm water and massage an exfoliant over rough skin to soften. Use a specialised file to remove dead skin from the bottom of your feet and follow with a foot mask to leave them ultra-smooth. For the ultimate indulgence, slip your feet into a pair of moisturising socks and - quite literally - put your feet up!