2009 left you feeling burnt out? Get your body and skin back on track in time for the party season with and de-stress while you’re at it with this at-home day spa schedule.
A home spa doesn’t need to cost the earth either. Most of the products are in the kitchen. Grab olive oil, coarse sea-salt, Glad-Wrap, Vinegar, avocado, Lemon and peppermint tea-bags and you’re ready to go!
A little bit of exercise
Start your home spa with an hour of exercise. Go for a run or walk, whatever you like doing. Take big deep breaths and get rid of all that tension. Make sure you work up a sweat. Not only does it mean you are getting rid of toxins, but you feel like you’ve done something.
Water and fresh juice
Once back from your exercise, grab a glass of lukewarm water with a slice of lemon. This little morning starter is a great way to detoxify. Get a bowl of fresh fruit or a raw vegetable juice ready as well. Consuming fruits and veggies early in the day will help the liver’s elimination process, which is at its most active between midnight and midday.
Next is the shower. Shampoo your hair and then treat it with a deep conditioning hair pack. If you don’t have one at home, just use extra conditioner and wrap your hair in Glad Wrap for at least 20 minutes so as to step up the activity of the conditioner. If your hair doesn’t need a deep condition then just boost your hair shine by using vinegar as a rinse after shampooing. Dilute one tablespoon of vinegar in 600ml tepid water and pour it over your hair. Comb it through and then rinse it out with warm water.
Get rid of toxins
While your hair is wrapped up get some coarse sea salt from the kitchen and moisten it with water to form a paste. Massage this all over your body, starting at your feet and working up your body. Use an up and down motion to try to create a good amount of fiction. Wash off with warm water. Don’t panic if you sweat profusely – your body is just getting rid of any un-wanted toxins.
Now to the face – grab an avocado and scoop out the goodness and rub it all over your face. Avocados are rich in Vitamin D and are full of good oils that will leave your face soft and moisturised. Soak two peppermint tea-bags and place over your eyes. Peppermint helps soothe any puffiness around the eyelids. Slip into a warm bath with two cups of sea salt. Put on a soothing CD and relax for about 20 minutes.
Don’t forget your feet. Smooth olive oil onto the soles of your feet and knead them firmly with your thumbs, working from the outer edges to the centre of the soles in small, circular motions. Then massage the rest of your feet. Put some socks on and leave them like this until the morning. The result? Feet as soft as a newborn babies skin. Remember, you can judge a woman by how well she cares for her feet!