Indulging in a spa treatment can seem a little superficial. But for many people, it’s a great way to start practicing self care. The more you take time for yourself (and indulge in occasional treats), the more natural it will feel to take your own needs into account in everyday life. Here are some easy at-home spa treatments to try:
Manuka Honey Mask
This golden goop is deceptively good. As well as being excellent for your health, manuka honey makes an amazing facemask. It draws moisture to the outer layers of the skin, reducing dryness and creating a silky softness that will last for days. Its anti-inflammatory properties help with redness and its natural antibacterial ingredients can assist in treating acne and infections.
Step 1: Cleanse your face
Step 2: Spread 1tbsp of manuka honey all over your face and leave for up to 30 minutes
Step 3: Rinse off with lukewarm water
Oat Milk & Epsom Salts Bath
This makes the perfect mini-retreat or a great weekly ritual. When soaked, oats release a silky, cloudy milk that softens and soothes dry, red or itchy skin. It’s an amazing home remedy for eczema and even chickenpox! Add in some muscle-relaxing Epsom salts and a few drops of your favourite essential oil and get ready for the best bath you’ve ever taken.
Step 1: Place 2 cups rolled oats on a muslin cloth or in an old pair of tights or stockings and tie to close.
Step 2: Tie this around the tap so the water will flow through the oats as the bath fills.
Step 3: Add 2 cups Epsom salts to the bath as it fills, mixing with your hands to dissolve.
Step 4: Once in the bath, remove the oat pouch and rub it over your skin to get the full benefits of the soothing oats.
Step 5: Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the water for a blissful finishing touch. Our favourites are Lavender, Chamomile, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang.
Coconut Coffee Body Scrub
If your skin is feeling dry and dull, try whipping up a DIY body scrub to revive it! Exfoliating your skin not only helps it feel softer but also means your moisturiser will be able to penetrate more deeply instead of sitting on the surface. It can also stimulate the production of collagen, which may help your skin stay firm and radiant. Coconut oil is a great anti-inflammatory and the caffeine in coffee may help diminish the appearance of cellulite – not to mention it smells heavenly!
Step 1: Mix ½ cup coffee grounds and 2 tbsp hot water to a mixing bowl and combine.
Step 2: Add in 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil and combine, adding more coffee or oil to get the consistency right.
Step 3: Rub gently all over your body in circular motions, then rinse off.