More than ever, it is important to take some time for yourself and carve out a few minutes each day to relax, rejuvenate and recharge. Like most, we used to treat ourselves to a facial, or a massage, but times have changed and we are now coming up with ways to do some at home treatments for some much needed pampering. The best part, it's a fraction of the cost! Here is our step-by-step guide for the best spahhhhh-like experience at home!
Set the Scene
Light some candles, drop the lights and start prepping a warm bath. Dare we say set the mood further with some Ed Sheeran or Taylor Swift? Do whatever you need to do to start turning your brain off and switching to relaxation mode. Below are some of our favorite self-care treatments, but feel free to spice it up and add in a body scrub while in the bath, or a soak to relax even further. Bottom line, you deserve it!
Treatment 1: Dry Brushing
Dry-brushing is one of our favorite things to relax. Most experts recommend dry-brushing in the morning, rather than before bed, because they believe it has energizing qualities, but there are also studies that Dry-brushing prior to bed helps you sleep better.
Dry-brushing is one of those rare things that feels just as good when you do it yourself as when someone else does it to you, and it’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your routine and the benefits are immediate and lengthy. Some people use the brush on its own; others put a bit of body oil on the brush before they use it. We prefer to do it dry and then follow-up with oil after.
Start at your feet and brush upward toward the heart. Similarly, when you start on your arms, begin at the hands and work upward. Use firm, small strokes upward, or work in a circular motion. For the stomach, work in a clockwise direction. Remember that harsh exfoliation is never the point; be sure not to press too hard or use a brush that’s too stiff.
Treatment 2: Hair Mask
Although it's been all pj's all the time, if you are like us you still have zoom calls and have to get your hair camera ready every day, so that mane needs some TLC from the havoc of your hairdryer, curler, etc. We love applying a hair mask prior to stepping into the tub and letting each strand soak for 30-40 minutes for pure goodness! Here are some of our favorites to try:
Product pick: Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Why it rocks: This Deep Conditioning Mask is packed with massive amounts of nutrients and hydration to return hair to its natural vibrancy. Dry, brittle, over-processed hair will be rejuvenated with Briogeo's unique NOVA complex and a potent formulation of B-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, algae, and biotin. The mask quickly works to reverse damage, adding shine and strength to each hair.
Price: $36.00 (8 oz)
Product pick: Feed Your Moisture Mask
Why it rocks: Excellent for wavy, curly or color-treated hair. This formula is packed with rich moisturizing botanicals such as Organic Coco Creme, Aloe Vera Gel, Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract and essential oils of Rose and Sandalwood. Watch your curly, color-treated hair bounce back and shine.
Price: $65.00 (4 oz)
Treatment 3: Face Mask
Our next self-care step for the ultimate spa experience is applying a face mask. In addition to the hair mask, this will be on and active during your bath. Choose your favorite dry or wet mask, see below for some of our faves. Extra step: we like to bring our favorite toner/mist with us to the tub and apply a couple of sprays when the mask begins to harden and dry and then the mask reactivates and you get some extra time with the key ingredients working extra.
Company: Josh Rosebrook
Product pick: Cacao Antioxidant Mask
Why it rocks: This facial treatment works to rejuvenate and purify skin through powerful antioxidant and phytonutrient plant synergies. Rich cacao antioxidants help slow skin cell decline and assist in collagen production to increase elasticity and luminosity. Cacao effectively stimulates and triggers circulation which assists in nutrient delivery, and supports the skin’s natural healing ability. Potent plant oils support skin to calm, nourish and maintain hydration in the skin.
Price: $65.00 (1.5 oz)
Company: Honua Hawaiian Skincare
Product pick: 'Aina Invigorating Face Mask
Why it rocks: This mask is a weekly treatment for a revitalized glow. It's created with the Hawaiian super plant, Kalo, which feeds the skin with phytonutrients, and vitamins and minerals such as beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and skin-rejuvenating manganese. This mask also contains bamboo charcoal to draw out impurities from the skin, ni’oi (Hawaiian chili pepper) for mild stimulation and restoring tamanu oil for balance and hydration.
Price: $38.00 (1.7 oz)