My job consists of traveling constantly, and eventually dealing with the effects of dehydration, jet lag, and exhaustion, to name a few. These effects take a toll on my body, especially my skin. While SPA’s reverse some of these issues, they tend to be costly and require you to be flexible. Instead, why not do your SPA in the comfort of your home?
Here are the steps I followed to create a unique SPA experience at home:
1- Set the mood
Being in a relaxing environment will help you unwind and begin to relax. I highly suggest turning off the TV, log out of social media, close your computer, set your phone on Do Not Disturb mode and step away from it. Turn on some relaxing music and light your favorite candle. Natural scents such as lavender or eucalyptus help you to relax and unwind.
2- Prep your bath and dim light
This is a great opportunity to use your favorite bath bombs, or bath salts. I usually use a combination of bubble bath gel and a bath bomb, infused with lavender oil, coconut oil, lavender, and bath salts.
This step is extremely important to me, as it helps get rid of all the dead skin that causes pores to clog and dirt to collect. I love exfoliating my face and body in the shower while the bath is filling up, and generally do so once a week. I use a variety of products to achieve skin that’s soft, smooth, and glowing. It also makes me feel rejuvenated and clean. This step is completely optional. However, I prefer it when I exfoliate before jumping in the bathtub, so that my skin absorbs the oils better.
Take your time to soak and relax your body and let it absorb all the oils that help you unwind and recharge. Listen to some soft music, clear your head, and let yourself be enchanted with all the different scents around you.
5- Prep your skin
This is a great time to start focusing on reversing the signs of dullness in your skin. I usually start with a micellar water to remove any dirt or residue, and to prepare the surface for a clay mask. At the moment, I’m using the Clarins micellar water, which smells great and leaves my skin clean and hydrated. It doesn’t leave any residue and is very gentle on the skin.
Next, I use the Caudalie rose clay mask, which dries quickly and immediately tightens your skin. I leave it on till it dries; then, using a washcloth soaked in warm water, I gently rub the mud off my face. This mask contains natural ingredients, which leave the skin looking fresh and glowing and tightens pores. I also notice that it helps getting rid of any dry skin spots.
At this stage, I generally spray on some organic rose water and massage my day cream on my skin; however, I changed my routine for this at-home SPA.
Using your favorite face serum or face oil, gently massage the product on your skin. I used my Peter Thomas Roth serum samples, which contain so much product in them. The serum’s very rich and moisturizing, and leave your skin looking dewy and glowing. Plus, I don’t feel the need to put any other product on top since it does a great job on its own. I like to massage the product on the skin for about 5 minutes to improve circulation and help the skin better absorb the product.
I usually let my skin slowly absorb the product till it dries. Then, I apply some hydrating face mask from Caudalie on the driest areas of my face, such as my cheeks and chin, and apply the under eye gel patches from Tarte (which I have cooled in the fridge beforehand). I leave them on for about 15 minutes, while I moisturize the rest of my body, then, gently remove the excess with cotton pads.
Since this is a pampering routine, it’s also a great time to indulge in a manicure, pedicure, haircare (which I will talk about in a different post). I also like to sit down a bit more in my robe and drink more Chamomile tea and lots of water.
By the end, I feel so relaxed and refreshed, and my skin feels extremely rejuvenated that I’m about ready to go to bed (if it’s nighttime). I like to have on my favorite sheets and pillows and let myself snooze, so that my body has the energy it needs for the next day.