If you’re anything like us, you could go through your week feeling like you never actually switch off (mentally AND literally – those damn devices!). It’s so important to set aside a bit of time for some proper relaxation, regardless of how small a chunk of time you have free. A home spa day, afternoon or evening is the ideal fit for us when we’re badly in need of some dedicated ‘me time’. Let’s do it…
Prep – Turn the lights down, light some candles, run a hot bath, dig out your favourite pan pipes cd (as if?) or select your ‘Relaxation’ playlist. If you don’t have a Relaxation playlist, why not? Enya or a whale song download will suffice.
Scrub – Slough away the dead skin cells with a refreshing scrub. You might want to have a quick rinse off in the shower before you hop in the bath to avoid a scratchy silt.
Bathe – Take a lovely, soothing, blissful hot bath. Add in your favourite bath oil, lie back and enjoy the calm. Tea / wine is optional.
Nourish – Once you’re out of the bath and dried off, apply a face mask and leave to set while you slather your body with your chosen oils, creams or lotions. Now is also a great time to slick your tootsies with foot cream and pop them in to a pair of fetching moisturising socks (see 7). After you’re finished with the mask, treat your face with your very best beauty buys. We’re talking moisture masks, serums, facial oils and all that jazz. Not all at once obviously. Choose your weapon and go with it.
The best thing is, for the price of a full spa day, you can actually buy the most incredible products to luxuriate at home again and again. We’ve picked out our must-haves for a relaxing, restful, pampering home spa session.
1. Elemis Skin Brush – £20.00 (BUY HERE)
Dry skin brushing is a great way to increase circulation, improve your metabolism, eliminate dead skin cells, and help the body’s natural detoxification process. Grab yourself one of these great brushes and make your skin glow!
2. Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm – £46.00 (BUY HERE)
Exclusive to SpaceNK, this luscious, soft blue cleansing balm gives skin a tranquil, pure, and healthy cleanse with complete rinsability. The melting formula easily removes impurities and stubborn makeup, to leave skin thoroughly clean, comfortable, hydrated and glowing. It contains a cocktail of therapeutic essential oils (blue tansy, German chamomile, clementine petitgrain, vanilla and tangerine), along with skin softening cocoa butter, beeswax absolute, squalene and moringa butter. We’re eager to try this one!
3. Aromatherapy Associates Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil – £45.00 (BUY HERE)
We couldn’t do a relaxation based Wish List and NOT have an Aromatherapy Associates Bath & Shower Oil in it. It would probably be illegal. We’re no strangers to these wondrous elixirs (see our reviews of the De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil and Clear Mind Bath and Shower Oil) and approach an AA bathtime with abundant glee. This specific oil has been blended with lavender, ylang ylang and petitgrain for gentle relaxation and to uplift your senses. It also leaves skin feeling beautifully soft.
4. Neom Real Luxury Intensive Skin Treatment Candle – £36.00 (BUY HERE)
This natural, Intensive Skin Treatment Candle from Neom is simply gorgeous from the inside out. Part of the brand’s 100% therapeutic Scent To Instantly De-Stress™ range, it contains a heady blend of 24 pure essential oils including lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. Not only will the candle’s gentle flickering and heavenly scent help with relaxation, the pool of oil it produces can be massaged into skin as a nourishing treatment.
5. GLAMGLOW Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment – £24.99 (BUY HERE)
Youthmud’s blend of French sea clay, volcanic ash and potent botanical extracts and oils work to quickly and gently resurface the skin whilst absorbing impurities, tightening pores and kick-starting collagen synthesis. An ‘instant’ facial, the winning combination of ingredients work to plump, brighten, tone and tighten skin in as little as fifteen minutes.
6. Ying Yu Jade Facial Roller (small) – £20.00 (BUY HERE)
Not only does this little roller look beautiful, it can help in the quest for beautiful skin! This facial roller is made of pure Jade, a cleansing stone used in Chinese medicine for centuries to aid the body’s filtration organs and lymph system to expel toxins. The Ying Yu rollers come in various sizes, but this baby version is perfectly proportioned for use around the eye area to aid lymph drainage and blood flow, eliminating dark circles, puffiness and plumping out wrinkles. Daily use can improve skin tone and it’s something we’re keen to adopt into our skincare regimes.
7. Superdrug Pebbles Moisturising Socks – £2.99 (BUY HERE)
For a super-moisturising foot treatment, apply a layer of your favourite foot cream (or our pick -see 10) , slip on these
sexy little socks and hit the sack. They’re specially designed to maximise the absorption of all that foot cream goodness, leaving feet feeling ultra-soft and smooth.
8. Pixi Overnight Glow Serum – £26.00 (BUY HERE)
A exfoliating miracle serum that works its magic while you sleep, to reveal a more even and radiant skin tone. Part of Pixi’s new Skin Treats range, the gel has been formulated with 10% glycolic acid and arginine, so it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and fade sun spots over time. It also contains soothing cucumber and aloe vera extracts and vitamins A, C & E to nourish the skin.
9. Darphin Eye Sorbet Mask – £29.00 (BUY HERE)
A cooling and soothing treatment which will refresh and hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes. Say hello to more supple, brighter, younger looking skin in just 10 minutes thanks to the power of Japenese green tea extract, calming cucumber and watermelon!
10. Caudalie Vinotherapie Foot Beauty Cream – £12.00 (BUY HERE)
Scaly, dry feet should never ever be a thing (even in winter!), so a great foot cream is essential. We’re sold on this one purely because it’s called Foot BEAUTY Cream and given that the words ‘foot’ and ‘beauty’ are rarely used together, it must be a good sign. It promises to provide a nourishing and relaxing treatment, leaving skin soft and velvety smooth. Pass the credit card Mr Wallet, we’re sold.
11. The Body Shop Spa Of The World Japanese Camellia Cream – £23.00 (BUY HERE)
The Body Shop’s new Spa Of The World range has so many gorgeous products that it was difficult to settle on just one. But when pushed, it had to be this luxurious, beautifully scented Japanese cream. It contains precious camellia oil and promises to hydrate skin leaving it velvety soft to the touch – it’ll also look beautiful in your bathroom.
12. REN Guérande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm – £22.00 (BUY HERE)
A great exfoliator can make all the difference to the tone and texture of your skin. This gentle exfoliating body balm removes dead cells with sea salt, while skin is moisturised by a luxurious combination of olive, basil and peppermint oils. Say hello to smooth, nourished and glowing skin.