We all need some time for ourselves to sit back and unwind, but we all know that reducing our stress is not easily done. A lot of effort goes into mental and physical health, but often, a little "me time" goes a long way. Whether you have a few minutes, hours or a full day, you definitely have time for a relaxing at-home spa session.
Start by applying a hair mask to give it enough time to condition the hair. You can either leave it in for 15 to 30 minutes before washing your hair (also called a pre-shampoo) or leave it in overnight for optimal results. This is a hair ritual to adopt if you have textured, frizzy, dull, dry and/or curly hair. Use your favourite hair mask or simply apply a conditioning oil like olive, coconut or argan oil, if you do not have a hair mask at home. I personally like to mix different oils together because of all their different benefits.
FACE & BODY
While your hair is conditioning, cleanse and exfoliate your face to purify the skin and remove dead skin cells. Exfoliating helps the skin absorb moisture 2x better and ensures the products will sink in evenly.
Once the skin is completely rinsed and fresh, apply a detoxifying, firming or moisturizing mask depending on your skin type and needs. Let your skin take in the benefits from the mask while pampering your body with a luxurious shower.
Clean and exfoliate your skin with a body scrub like Caudalie’s Crushed Cabernet Scrub or Clarins’ Tonic Body Polisher, which will leave your skin refined, toned, and radiant. Rinse the body scrub and face mask to move on to the next step.
Lather on some moisturizing cream or body oil (from your neck to your toes) and apply your eye cream, serum, and moisturizer. If you want some extra hydration, put on a sheet mask (or even a sleeping mask) instead and take that time to relax to achieve a revitalized look.
For the ultimate calming moment, create your perfect set up (candles, a good book, a hot cup of tea, detox water, etc.). You can also treat yourself to a face or brow massage. If you tend to be anxious and often get headaches, I highly suggest you take 2 to 3 minutes to indulge in a meditating temple and brow massage (that’s often a part of shavasana, the final and essential step in yoga).
With a face oil, use your ring finger to massage the contour of your eyes, starting at the inner corner, to the brow bone to the under eye (in a circular motion).
Then slide your thumbs from the sides of the nose to the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow. Let your head rest on your thumbs for a few seconds until you feel a slight pressure.
Move your thumbs along the bridge of the brows and then, by placing your middle and ring finger on the temples, massage the skin in a circle looping motion.
Gently tap under your eye and brow area with your finger tips.
Massage the remaining oil into your hands and rest your eyes into the palm of your hands (let the weight of your head drop into your hands).
Create your own body scrub by mixing 1/4 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of brown sugar and lemon zest. You can also create your own lip scrub with coconut oil and white sugar.
If you have some oil remaining from the hair mask mixture, use it as a rich body moisturizer.
For a healthy glow, inside and out, treat your body to detoxing foods. Your skin is the body’s biggest organ. Eating fruits and vegetables rich in minerals and antioxidants is good for your whole body, especially your skin.
Stress is an inevitable part of life and there are many well-known coping techniques, but exercise may be the one most recommended. It is considered vital for maintaining mental fitness and to reduce stress. Multiple studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness, concentration, and enhancing overall cognitive function (which can be especially helpful when stress has affected your energy levels). So before starting your at-home spa session, consider the option of doing a little exercise for a complete restorative experience.
Depending on the amount of time you have and where you are, pick and choose the steps that fit your needs. For a quick revitalizing spa session, focus on only 1 or 2 steps.