Indulge in an inexpensive mind and body spa treat
We all need to unwind and take care of ourselves. Here’s how to achieve the same result as having a spa break without the cost or time restrictions.
Everyone likes the idea of a Spa break, time to relax, restore and recharge the batteries. Sounds just fabulous, sure we’ve seen all the ads and we know what it feels like to deserve the break. But tell me, when did we get the idea it had to cost so much to look after ourselves? And when did we get the idea we had to abuse our selves in between the spa or salon visits? Oh yes, I remember the Celtic tiger, sure that was the time when we all had plenty of money and it was cool to be overworked, stressed and so busy that we needed to go for our spa break to chill and revive our bodies and minds, often attending with some equally stressed girl friends in need of a well deserving break.
I think it’s somewhat of a good thing that us women now need to learn how to look after ourselves at home. I do agree it’s nice to experience a spa break but I also think it can be a delightfully relaxing experience as well as extremely beneficial to do some home pampering.
Firstly, I don’t believe that your beautiful faces should be left unattended for a month or six weeks as regards a simple exfoliation and mask in the hopes that a talented beauty therapist will magic wand away all the abuse of pollution, late nights, stress, bad nutrition and shocking skincare regimen. Lets face it a little care on a regular basis would be far more beneficial. The skin replaces itself every 28 to 30 days and during this time as new skin cells are being replaced the skin depends on hydration; yes H2o, nutrients from your diet, protection from the elements and a good skincare routine of cleansing, toning and moisturising daily.
Once a week, the skin on the face should be exfoliated to encourage the normal skin shedding process and promote the new healthy skin to the surface. After rinsing off the scrub with warm water, apply a face mask suitable to your skin type to moisturise, firm, tone or enhance whatever your particular concern is for your skin.
Secondly, I don’t believe that your beautiful or not so beautiful bodies should be neglected for weeks or sometimes even months or years in the hopes that a similarly talented beauty therapist or masseuse will scrub away the time-honoured dry skin, wrap up all those unsightly wobbly bits in the aim of shrinking them down to size, detoxify all that cellulite that took ten years to put there, and in 20 minutes rub away those knots of stress on your shoulders that took months of toiling away on the computer to form.
Once a week, yes the same time as your facial routine, I recommend that you give your body a total once over. Strip off when you have your facial mask on and fill your sink with water. Scrub your entire body, firstly with a dry body brush if you have one to hand, and then scrub with a nice grainy body scrub, I recommend Nía Intensive Body Scrub, applying a little at a time, rubbing for at least 20 or 30 seconds on each area, adding a little water from your filled sink to moisten as you move along. Mitts can be used but I would recommend only using them with a product to lubricate and soften the skin as they can be quite harsh on their own. Scrub the entire body spending a little extra time on your feet, elbows and knees. Scrubbing is a fantastic way to increase the circulation on the hips, bum and thigh area and can reduce cellulite in these areas if done regularly.
Only after giving each area of the body the attention it deserves will you be ready to wash off the scrub in the shower or bath. Ideally, I would suggest a relaxing bath if time permits with a nice matching scented candle and a nice herbal tea so that you can relax and allow some extra time for your facial mask to work.
This is a good time to light your hot oil massage candle, so it’s ready for when you submerge and don’t forget to have your towels, robe and slippers ready for after too.
While in the bath, concentrate on some deep breathing, filling your tummy with air first and then allowing your chest to fill, hold for two or three seconds and breathe out in a long slow breath. If you find it hard to relax and calm your mind it often helps to look at the candle flame flickering away, it can be almost hypnotic and a great way of calming the mind. Breathe in fresh cool clear air and breathe out the dark, grey, heavy air and with it all the stresses and strains of the week.
After your bath, wash off the remainder of your face mask, tone your skin and apply your moisturiser. Moisturise the skin on your body, taking time to give each area a good rub. If you have a hot oil candle, massage a little melted oil all over and wrap up in a nice fluffy robe and slippers.
Our bodies aren’t machines, they are meant to be rejuvenated, not just once in a wonder or not just when you have the price of it, our bodies are meant to be recharged regularly so that they can work efficiently and be effective in sustaining us for the many years ahead. Also when you do get the opportunity to get that lovely spa break you promised yourself, it really will feel like your therapist has got magic healing hands, the same as a well minded engine, the service is only for the fine tuning.
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