Why splash out on beauty treatments when you can achieve practically the same result in the comfort of your own home? Create your very own spa, take the phone off the hook, then lie back and enjoy. Pick a weekend, invite some girlfriends over and get some healthy food in. This doesn’t preclude the guys, however. By all means, join us.
Try Spa At Home
First things first, hop out of bed and go and make yourself a cup of hot water with lemon or lime. This will help to eliminate toxins that your body has been busy clearing during the night. You might also decide that a smoothie is in order for a delicious, vitalizing breakfast.
Before your bathing rituals, start your morning with a skin-brushing session. As well as keeping the inside in the skin is an important organ of elimination. Dry skin brushing is a great but inexpensive way to boost blood and lymphatic circulation and remove dead skin cells. Lymphatic fluid brings nutrients to cells and carries away toxins, but isn’t pumped by the heart, instead it is moved primarily by movement and massage. The skin may feel a little tender at first, but by Jove, it’s worth it because when you have your cold shower, your skin will tingle all over. Actually, you might want to start with a tepid shower. Remember, you have to suffer to be beautiful and this is helping with the cellulite so get on
with it! Choose a natural bristle brush with a long handle, start at the feet and brush upwards towards the heart in long sweeping figure-of-eight movements. For your arm and chest you are brushing down towards the heart – don’t brush any really sensitive bits!
The smell is very important and aromatherapy oils can either be added to another bathing experience or added to a little water in a special oil burner and heated gently by a nightlight candle. Be careful though as essential oils are highly flammable.
Treat yourself to a detox clay wrap. Shape Changers are a favorite and contain 100% clay with a range of aromatherapy oils. They’re designed to cleanse and tone the skin and draw out toxins – check out the inch-loss potential on this one!
In the afternoon go to your local gym for a sauna or steam and, if you’re not sick of the whole detox experience before you go to bed strap on two detox plasters to the soles of your feet. When you wake the next morning, you’ll be horrified to find brown gunky stuff on the plaster, which is your own personal toxin dump.
Beauty products tend to be expensive. Is there something I can use for my home spa that won’t cost a fortune?
Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) when added to the bath draws toxins from the body, relaxes muscles, and is a natural sedative for the body. You need to add about a kilo of salts to your bathwater and soak for half an hour. The best time to have an Epsom Salts bath is just before bed to promote relaxation and deep sleep.
I’ve heard about the benefits of exfoliating. How can I do this effectively?
Salt scrubs are great for this, but choose one that doesn’t include mineral oil but has an alternative base such as jojoba or sunflower oil. Don’t go for the ones with a very heavy fragrance either.
How can I make the skin on my face soft?
Add water from flower petals to the water you wash your face with choose rose, camomile, or elderflower. The loose varieties that are sold as tea are a good choice. Cucumber and rose facial sprays are great for reviving the face first thing in the morning just before or after moisturizer, and after a face mask or steam. They’re also fine enough to use on the plane to hydrate your skin and the air around you. They’re especially nice when kept in the fridge and used on a hot summer’s day
Here’s an idea for you
Hang a muslin bag or old sock (a clean one please) filled with porridge oats under the hot tap whilst running your bath. Oats contain properties that are very soothing and moisturizing to the skin, especially for those who suffer from dry skin conditions such as eczema. Don’t let the porridge fall into the water, as this would be very messy.
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