Relax and Reward Yourself: Create a Home Spa Kit

In the spirit of going 'Beyond The Bathroom Scale', why not reward yourself for all of your healthy eating and tough workouts? As I've said previously, rewards don't have to revolve around food or be expensive. How about filling a little basket with some products you can use for a home spa.
image source: Microsoft Clip art
Image source: Microsoft Clipart

A spa session has a number of benefits:
1. Relaxes your body and mind, helping you sleep better and get through the rest of a busy week.
2. Helps to resolve common skin complains that are often caused by active lifestyles, such as dry skin, brittle hair, spots, dark circles around the eyes or dull completion. As a swimmer I often suffer from dry skin and hair.
3. Leaves you feeling pampered and rewarded for looking after your body. 
4. A home spa is cheaper than booking into a spa and it's also far easier to find a spare two hours than an entire day or weekend.
5. Pampering yourself is likely to make you feel beautiful, and therefore more confident!

Below are some suggestions for a spa session and some handy products.   

1. Firstly, dress the part! Tie a fluffy towel around you, (I recommend the 'body wrap' kind that fasten with Velcro to stop them slipping down when you answer the door to someone!) pop on some fluffy slippers and a robe over the top to keep you snug and warm.

2. To solve dry, dull or damaged hair, apply a thick creamy hair mask to damp hair and wrap in a towel. Leave on for as long as you like (the longer, the better). A good hair mask is Andrew Barton's SOS Help Me. I also recommend buying a 'Terbie Towel' to make wrapping your hair easier than having a heavy towel fall off your head every time you move. 

3. To help clear spots, unclog pores and relax yourself, try a face mask.  I like to pick fruity flavours as the smell encourages me munch on a piece of fruit. My favourite is Superdrug's raspberry, blueberry and cranberry mask. Apply the face mask with your fingers and leave on until it dries out. To brighten and refresh your eyes, use two slices of fresh cucumber and pop these on for about 10 minutes.

4. Have a 'relaxation pile' at your side whilst you lay back for a few minutes and let your hair mask and face mask get to work. My 'relaxation pile' consists of the latest magazines, my kindle, and for when I have cucumbers covering my eyes: my iPod for relaxing music. If you can get away with it, turn off your phone too so you're not tempted to check emails/ social networks and all the rest of it. Remember: This is your time to relax and pamper yourself.

5. When you're ready to wash off your face mask and hair mask, head to the shower and take some sugar scrub, a pair of exfoliating gloves (Like the ones pictured right, from Superdrug) and some lovely smelling body wash into the shower with you. Apply the sugar scrub all over, gently massaging your skin as you go. Wash off and then use the gloves to lather on the body wash for extra exfoliation, to get rid of any dry dull skin. I recommend Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter Sugar scrub and Boots Extracts Cocoa Butter body wash. 

6. Once you've washed off the face mask, your hair mask and the body wash, step out the shower, wrap your wet hair in the Terbie Towel again and, pat yourself dry before applying moisturiser. For an added glow, try a moisturiser that gradually tans, it doesn't streak or turn you orange like many fake tans do and it locks in the moisture, keeping your skin soft and smooth. I recommend Garnier Summer Body (pictured left)

7.  To cleanse and moisturise your face, use a creamy cleanser applied to a cotton pad to remove any residue from the face mask, follow up with a liquid toner and then apply a light moisturiser. 

I like Simple's cleanser and toner and Olay Complete Care moisturiser. 

8. Want perfect feet for the summer? Apply a thick creamy moisturiser to your feet and then use a foot file such as a Ped Egg (pictured right) to remove any hard, dry skin. Apply another layer of moisturiser and if you like, use a nail file to neaten your toe nails before applying nail paint to brighten up your feet. 

I love painting my toe nails, it makes me smile when I look down and see them during Yoga or swimming. Plus, it lasts a lot longer than painting your finger nails, though you could do this too whilst the nail paint is out if you wish. 

By now you will have pampered yourself from head to toe! Try to set time aside 2-4 times a month. If this means cutting down on time spent watching rubbish TV shows or spending a little less time on Facebook, then do so. Having a home spa session can be a great way to relax after a tough day at work or as preparation for a big night out with the girls! 

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