Creating an at home Spa ritual


The word spa, refers to a health or beauty resort that offers water-based treatments; it is also used loosely to describe any establishment offering beauty or wellness therapies.

 

Even if you've never had a spa experience, it's not too late to find out how refreshing it feels to step away from life's cares and into a world of self-care: when you don't make time for yourself, your mood suffers, as does your well-being, your looks, and even your health. Fortunately, you don't need to travel to a smart spa to unwind. An easier, more feasible option is to bring the spa home by turning your bathroom into a pampering centre.

The spa routine

Choose a time when you have a few uninterrupted hours. Evening is ideal; after your spa time, you can simply crawl into bed with a book or slip into your favourite party dress for a night out. Follow these simple steps:

 

  1. Select soft music: New Age, classical, or jazz are ideal. If your stereo is in another room, turn the volume up so that you can hear it in the bathroom, or place a portable CD player in a dry corner of the bathroom. Do not bring homework, office work, newspapers, a radio, or any other potential irritants into your  self-made sanctuary. In order to recharge your spirit, you must truly “get away from it all”.

  1. Place a glass of drinking water next to the bath; it's easy to feel dehydrated in a steamy bathroom.

  2. Get a bottle of massage oil, almond oil, or sesame oil; or try an essential oil. Essential oils are concentrated extracts, derived from the roots, bark, stalks, flowers, leaves and/or fruit of plants. Because each essential oil boasts specific pharmaceutical properties- such as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, or antiviral – these oils are popular herbal remedies. In the beauty realm, however, it is the oils seductive scents that are most prized. Popular scents include lavender, orange, and bergamot.

  3. Place facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer within easy reach. You may choose to have a large bowl to hand, ready for facial steaming.

  4. Get out a comfortable dressing gown and find two or three plush towels, if there are plush towels. If there isn't a clock in your bathroom, place a watch in an easily visible position.

  5. Put one or more scented candles in spots where they cannot be knocked over; dim or switch off the lights.

  6. Fill the bath with warm water. Add your favourite bath oil, Epsom salts, bubble bath, or four drops of an essential oil. Avoid hot water when you take a bath. Not only does it dry your skin, but overtly hot water can make you feel lethargic.

  7. Lower yourself into the water, lie back, and relax. Don't let yourself think about your day, your hips, your in-laws, or anything else that makes you stressed. Keep your mind clear and breathe deeply. Continue thinking of nothing and breathing deeply for up to 20 minutes; any longer than this and you risk dry skin.


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