Once or twice a week, it’s important to detox from the effects of modern lifestyle.
Mimicking a professional spa experience at home is a comfortable and affordable option that will leave you feeling pampered and revitalised.
Here are some tips on how to do it:
You should aim to have a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.
Shut off all distractions, both the physical e.g. phone, internet, TV and the mental e.g. family, work, problems, etc. – for at least an hour!
Diffuse your favourite essential oils – Lavender and Chamomile have a calming effect – but use whatever makes you feel good.
Keep a jug of plain or fruit/herb infused water on hand for hydration.
If you’re lucky to have a spa bath at home that’s fantastic, however a normal bath or even a shower will do.
Fill the bath with warm water. Add in some bath salts or bath fizzes and soak for up to 30 minutes.
Try this immune boosting bath salts recipe
If using a shower you can place some shower tablets on the floor.
Exfoliating with a good body scrub gives you soft, smooth skin that glows with health.
You could simply mix some Coconut oil with a bit of sugar or sea salt for an amazing body scrub that will slough off dead skin cells and moisturise at the same time.
Or here’s a Honey and Yoghurt Body Scrub recipe, This homemade scrub uses Sea Buckthorn Oil which is a superior anti-ageing treatment because it enhances microcirculation and epidermal regeneration. However, if you don’t have it, you can substitute another oil (good quality, cold pressed of course).
Dry body brushing stimulates lymph, circulation and cell renewal. It brightens skin and improves cellulite.
Pamper your Hands and Feet
This rejuvenating hand balm will leave your hands (and feet) feeling silky smooth and smelling delightful!
You could do a Ginger Foot Soak treatment to increase the circulation and relieve sore muscles.
Treat your hair
Try some of these:
Avocado and jojoba hair mask recipe for dry, damaged or brittle hair.
SOS mask for distressed hair to soften and invigorate
Slip into an old robe or shirt for this because some of the ingredients might stain.
Clean your face and neck before applying a mask.
You can use a gentle face scrub to exfoliate the skin and remove dead cells.
It’s a good idea to expose your face to steam before applying any mask, this will open up clogged pores and rid the skin of impurities. The steam technique is particularly effective in people with oily skin.
After cleaning let dry completely, as face masks are more effective on a clean, dry face.
Here are 7 fabulous face mask recipes to try. Follow the recipe instructions for preparing the mask and applying it.
To be on the safe side: Test the mask before use especially if you have sensitive skin. Don’t apply the mask to the delicate area around the eyes as it may cause irritation
Once you have applied the mask, try not to make any facial expressions, lie down somewhere comfortable, close your eyes and relax.
You can place a cucumber slice or freshly used chamomile teabag on each closed eye to cool and soothe irritated or puffed eyes.
Generally, the mask should stay on for 10 to 20 minutes depending on the type of mask and your skin type. If you have sensitive skin you shouldn’t leave the mask on for longer than 15 minutes, but if your skin is oily you can keep it on from 15 to 25 mins.
Wash your face and neck gently with warm water. Don’t rub the skin, but make sure you remove all of your mask.
Apply a moisturising cream or a toner.
Have you tried OCM?
Cleaning your face with oil might sound a bit weird but trust us – it works!