When do the home spa days start during the second lockdown? There really is no time like the present. Once a highlight on our calendars, spa days now feel like a lost fragment of our once pampered past, but they can and will be recreated. Simply treat yourself to your favorite treatments from the comfort of your own home – whale music optional.
Set in scene
There is nothing more fearful than harsh lighting. Scrap the electric lights for the flicker of some cleverly placed candles. For fragrances that put you in chill mode, check out Boy Smells – the Broken Rosary candle is to die for – and for graphics alone, Fairholme’s new collaboration with Kitri should be high on your list. In four different colors, the tapered candles look just as good in daylight as in darkness. Yeah, you’re going to look like a total cliché. And yes, it will be worth it.
Boy smells broken rosary candle.
Fairholme x Kitri candles.
Time for the tub
It’s not a spa day if it’s not spent in close proximity to the water. While you may not have a hot tub or pool, you probably have a bath, or at least a shower. Anyone who owns a bathtub will love the new Kloris CBD bath bombs. Like their colorful counterparts from our teenage years, they gush on contact with water, but instead of flower petals, they release 25 mg of CBD oil – your quick way to chill-out time. Pair it with some luxury bath salts like Costa Brazil’s Sal de Banho salts, which contain a blend of magnesium and high potassium Epsom salad, Brazilian white clay and camu camu to help loosen up tight muscles and brighten and detoxify the skin.
Frank Body Fizzy body peeling.
When you shower, look for invigorating body scrubs and aromatic oils (like the unbeatable shower oils from Aromatherapy Associates) for a ritualistic experience. The Frank Fizzy Body Scrub is a joy to see. It’s a pink, sugar-based body scrub with all the good things – think of a citric acid and moisturizing grapeseed oil scrub – and it also creates a popping candy effect on your (now ultra-smooth) skin.
Prep your hair
Those in need of immediate stress relief should try scalp massage using a product like Fable & Manes Holiroots Hair Oil. Move your hands and fingers around your head in circular motions, step behind the ears, and make sure that the base of the neck is well-groomed. Leave it on for as long as possible, then wash your hair with a scalp soothing shampoo, such as Oribes Serene Scalp Shampoo, which uses salicylic acid and watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower extracts to soothe irritation and repel flakes. Next up is a deep moisturizing treatment like Shu Uemura’s Essence Absolue Nourishing Illuminating Treatment, which can be applied to wet hair and absorbed – it leaves locks moist, shiny and extremely healthy. After applying, leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it off.
Fable & Mane Holiroots hair oil.
Oribe Serene Scalp Balancing Shampoo.
Shu Uemura Absolute Essence.
You wouldn’t leave a spa without the glowing facial skin that you chose. Fortunately, there are a number of different formulas and tools that can provide the same luminosity at home. The key is to start with a facial massage to oxygenate, detoxify, and loosen up tight muscles. Apply a cleansing balm like Augustinus Bader’s luscious cleansing balm to the skin to add a slip, then get to work with the new FaceGym Multi-Sculpt Gua Sha tool in light, outward motions to keep the tension up the scraping side to solve.
Augustinus Bader The cleansing balm.
Sarah Chapman Skinesis Meso-Melt Infusion System.
Then it’s time for some microneedling at home, which is a hell of a relaxing sight than the one you get in the facialist’s chair. Roll Sarah Chapman’s new Skinesis Meso-Melt Infusion System facial roller over the skin and then apply the supplied Pep stem cell serum. Designed to be used once a week for three weeks, it helps plump, moisturize, and tone the skin. And finally? All skin types will love the new HEO face mask from Medik8 thanks to its all-based approach to moisturizing. The two-step mask contains humectants, emollients, and occlusive agents, which are all you need for permanent hydration. It is designed to be worn (and not removed) overnight. So think of it as your final step on the spa day. And voila, a seriously indulgent pampering session, done.
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