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Self-care Tips Bring the spa into your home

 

I think we can all agree that life during a pandemic is anxiety-driving. Tomorrow we see the start of mental health awareness week so we wanted to share some self-care tips and spa hacks to help you bring peace, wellness and a little bit of indulgence into your own home. If you’re feeling out of sorts or stressed, why not devote a day (or a half-day, or even an hour!) to your self-care with an at-home spa day?

We hope the Alchemist Spa - our world of wellness - will be back soon. In the mean time, our lovely therapists have shared their self-care secrets to help you have a spa day at home...

 

Set the scene...

REHYDRATE & RELAX


Boost the body from outside in. Filling the room with your favourite spa aroma will bring ultimate calm and relaxation while you unwind. Lighting a candle will instantly change the ambiance of your setting by adding light, without the harshness of an electric bulb. The soft flickering of candlelight will create a relaxing atmosphere and a sense of warmth. Candles symbolise celebration, signify romance, soothe the senses and will add a sense of ceremony and routine to your self-care rituals. 

Ambiance and lighting are two essential building blocks of hygge, and there’s no quicker way to infuse hygge than to light a bunch of candles. Check out our favourite range of spa candles from Natural Spa Factory.

Another one of our favorite spa elements you can recreate at home are infused “spa waters.” Flavoring a pitcher of water with strawberries and mint, citrus and cucumbers, or berries will make your experience more luxurious and help keep you hydrated!

Nourish your locks...

Deep Hair Therapy


Who isn’t missing their hairdresser? We know we are! The good thing is that there’s a simple beauty hack that can help keep your locks nourished and healthy. It’s an all-rounder that you may have in your kitchen already: coconut oil. It’s the darling of the DIY beauty world, and you can use it to boost your conditioner.

After saturating your hair with conditioner, add a layer of coconut oil on top. The oil is occlusive, so it will trap the conditioner’s hydrating ingredients within your hair, allowing them to penetrate the shaft longer and more effectively. Wait 15 minutes or up to an hour before rinsing — the longer you wait, the softer your hair will be. 

Why not combine this with a facial or make yourself a healthy Turmeric Latte to enjoy while you relax?

Get steamy

Rejuvenate & BREATHE


A facial can be performed in your own home, and you can start with ingredients you have in your kitchen. Check out our blog for three great facials you can perform with store cupboard essentials

Equally...steam is a great option for opening your pores and getting your skin prepped for the rest of your routine. Simply boil some water, pour it into a large bowl and leave it for 5 minutes to cool. Lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Follow with your normal facial routine.

This is also a great time to practice meditative breathing - close your eyes and focus your attention on your breath. You can practice techniques like the popular 4-7-8 technique (breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, and breathe out for 8 seconds) Otherwise, simply observe each breath without trying to adjust it; it may help to focus on the rise and fall of your chest or the sensation through your nostrils. As you do so, you may find that your mind wanders, distracted by thoughts or bodily sensations. That’s okay. Just notice that this is happening and gently bring your attention back to your breath.

Essential pampering

DIY Manicure & Pedicure


Manicures and pedicures are incredibly relaxing. They are a great way to set aside time that is just for you, and they also force you to relax while the polish dries! Whether you need time to think, want to read or just sit with a healthy Turmeric Latte while your nails dry, performing a home manicure or pedicure will ensure your nails stay in good condition - removing dead skin cells, which is an essential part of encouraging new skin cell growth.

Our lovely therapists have shared step-by-step guides for at home manicures and DIY pedicures. Why not FaceTime a friend and perform a treatment together?

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Home Scrubs


If you exfoliate your face regularly, you'll get rid of buildup and have a fresh, glowing appearance. The same goes for your body when you exfoliate the rest of your skin. Body scrubs are a great way to exfoliate away tired skin cells, paving the way for fresh new cells to regenerate, leaving you looking and feeling fabulous.

There are some claims that certain types of body scrubs can actually improve the look of ageing and dimpled skin from cellulite. If this appeals, you’ll love our DIY coffee scrub. Cellulite's enemy #1 is caffeine - it can tighten and provide antioxidants to the skin when applied topically. 

MIX TOGETHER:

200g coffee grounds
3 tbsp sea salt or sugar

Then add 6 tbsp coconut oil (melt in the microwave if solid). Mix well, and store in an airtight jar. In the shower, apply your scrub to areas with cellulite. Massage the scrub onto skin in a circular motion before rinsing. Repeat every time you shower for best results.

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