Working at a desk in your home can get quite tiring. That’s why we’ve put together some spa treatments from the world’s leading luxury hotel spas for you to enjoy at home. These specially formulated treatments can be done in the comfort of your home to pamper someone who is precious or to give yourself some well-deserved time.
Heckfield Place – Hampshire, England
Here are some great DIY spa treatments to take at home recommended by the Wildsmith skin care specialists at Heckfield Place, the 438-acre Georgian mansion and farm where many of the ingredients in the spa products are naturally sourced:
OATMEAL SUGAR GLOW FACE MASK & SCRUB
1 tablespoon of organic oatmeal
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of essential oil available
– Grind the oatmeal and brown sugar to a fine powder with a coffee grinder or blender.
– Add honey and any essential oils available. You can also add water.
– Wet face with a little warm water.
– Apply a small amount of facial scrub to your skin and massage gently with small, circular movements for a few minutes.
– Leave the facial scrub on your face for 5-10 minutes.
– Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
SUPER GLOW REFINING BODY SCRUB
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1 tablespoon of honey
Add 2 tablespoons of rose water or water.
Use a spoon to combine thoroughly.
What you need:
1 large glass bowl
Massage gently in circular movements; When you are done, please tape dry the skin.
LAVENDER & COCONUT FACIAL SCRUB
2 cups of Epsom salt
1/2 cup coconut oil at room temperature
2 tablespoons of lavender flowers
10-20 drops of lavender oil
Put the Epsom salt, coconut oil and lavender flowers in a large bowl, combine them thoroughly with a spoon. Then add the lavender oil starting with 10 drops and adding more as needed.
Epsom salt – Provides magnesium (magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body)
Coconut oil – Superfood, acts as an anti-aging, contains vitamin E.
Lavender – Treats skin blemishes, soothes skin resources and helps with anxiety.
La Residence – Franschhoek, South Africa
La Residence has two in-house spa therapists who offer treatments either in the quiet, air-conditioned double treatment room or in the privacy of your suite or balcony. Typical treatments include the Swedish massage to relax the muscles and stimulate blood circulation, and the tension-relieving deep tissue massage to relieve stiffness.
When the weather is nice, you can enjoy massages and other wellness treatments outside in the tea house with a view of the dam. There is no better way to round off a day in the winelands than a full body massage.
LA RESIDENCE LAVENDER BODY EXFOLIATION
A simple and affordable scrub that you can easily make at home that will leave your skin soft and rejuvenated.
2 cups of Epsom salt
12 drops of lavender essential oils
12 drops of tea tree essential oils
Using a mortar and pestle, mix all the ingredients together and apply liberally to the body. Rub them gently over the skin. Don’t use it on your face as this mixture will be too rough for the face.
EDWARD MORTON’S IMMUNE BOOSTING MULTI
Muti is a South African word that describes traditional medicines. Our General Manager at La Residence, Edward Morton, is an advocate of 2 or 3 cups of this delicious drink a day. It has its roots in Hippocrates’ time and is a wonderful ally in the fight against colds and flu.
1 cup of boiling water
1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with the mother
Juice of half a lemon
One teaspoon of raw honey
teaspoon of cinnamon
Royal Malewane – Great Kruger National Park, South Africa
Royal Malewane is home to one of the most exclusive spas on the continent, offering first class treatments. Surrounded by the untamed African bush, the Waters of Royal Malewane Bush Spa is a true oasis of calm. With internationally qualified therapists offering therapeutic massages, luxurious body treatments and hydrotherapy, this is the ultimate refuge for those looking to refresh and restore the mind, body and spirit in harmony with nature.
Fast facial cleanser
This simple solution works as both a cleanser and an antibacterial wipe, brightens your complexion and lightly exfoliates your face.
Dilute a little apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in warm water and clean the skin with cotton pads.
OATMEAL & HONEY FACE MASK
Ingredients + direction
This soothing natural antioxidant mask relieves irritation and moisturizes the skin.
Cook a serving of oatmeal
Add 2 tablespoons of honey
Wait until you cool down
Apply generously to face avoiding eyes
OATMEAL & HONEY BODY SCRUB
This body scrub exfoliates, moisturizes, soothes and cleanses the skin.
1/2 cup raw oatmeal
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup jojoba oil or can use coconut oil
You can also add a few drops of essential oils if you have them at home.
The Silo Hotel – Cape Town, South Africa
The Silo Spa is located on the fourth floor of the Silo Hotel and has five treatment rooms, two of which can be converted into a couple’s room. The Silo Spa is a quiet place where guests can relax and be pampered with the latest therapies and spa techniques. There is also a gym, sauna and a special manicure and pedicure area. Enjoy unique treatments with top international products such as Ling and Black Pearl. The Silo Spa is the only spa in Africa that uses exclusive Ling products.
Experienced therapists use an interactive consultation process to ensure that you receive the perfect treatment for your skin type and requirements.
Moisturizing face mask
This easy DIY face mask / moisturizer combines sour cream (which is derived from lactic acid and helps with hydration and provides a light exfoliating effect), honey (which acts as a humectant to add moisture without making the skin greasy), and egg white ( that has protein that tones and firms the skin):
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of sour cream
1 tablespoon of honey
1 egg white (no egg yolk)
Mix everything together until you get an even consistency. The more you mix the batter, the more consistent.
Apply to the face. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
Simple body and face peeling
This scrub uses olive oil, which is both antioxidant and antibacterial and has a moisturizing effect. The skin does not stay dry during the peeling. The sugar contains glycolic acid, which promotes cell renewal for a brighter, more youthful appearance.
3 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cups of sugar
Mix the olive oil and sugar and apply to the body.
For a less harsh facial scrub, add some water to the mixture in your hand before applying it to the face.
“It is very important to exfoliate at least once or twice a week. This promotes the renewal of the skin cells. Applying beauty products without exfoliating means the product will sit on the skin without penetration due to the formation of dead skin cells. After peeling, the active ingredients have a better chance of penetrating the deeper layers of the skin for longer-lasting results. “Nicole Abrahams, Expert Therapist at Silo Spa.
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa – Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania
According to the Falling Rock Butlers, the perfect bath starts with your favorite bath salts. Her favorite is the lavender bath salt from Aromaland. If you want to add bubbles, add a few drops of your favorite shower gel to your running bath water. Keep the water at a comfortable temperature (between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit).
Be sure to use your wrist, rather than your hand, to test the water as your wrist is a better measure of how the water feels when your whole body is submerged. Play relaxing music to calm your mood and aid the relaxation process. Roll a bath towel lengthways and place it on the back of your tub to create a neck pillow. Arrange your favorite bath products (shampoo, conditioner, and bar of soap) for easy access.
Gather your favorite candles (regular or battery operated) and place them around the edge of your tub. Dim the lights to create a relaxing environment. If you have rose petals, sprinkle them around the bathtub to add a little color and romance. Slip into the fluffy bubbles with a nice glass of champagne. Sit back and relax and let the stressors of the day go away!
from England – Copenhagen, Denmark
Home spa care tips from Laura Bonne, director of the award-winning Amazing Space Spa at Hotel d’Angleterre in Copenhagen, the Grande Dame Hotel in Scandinavia.
SLOW BEAUTY RITUALS
Spa & body treatments
Here you will find recipes with which you can create your very own personal spa at home.
Peeling stimulates the microcirculation in the skin, supplies the cells with oxygen and supports the body in removing waste. You can make a scrub yourself by mixing a handful of fine sea salt (not coarse), the juice of half a lemon, and crushed herbs like thyme, rosemary, sage, and lavender.
Spa & Health Baths – beautiful hot baths
Treat yourself to delicious spa experiences as often as possible. You don’t have to stay in a spa hotel. You can easily create them yourself. Hot baths relax body and mind, increase your well-being and give you additional energy. Traditions for special baths go back thousands of years.
Here are some recipes for creating your own exotic spa experience in a beautiful yet easy way. If you don’t have a bathtub and can’t be fit for others, you can use a large bathtub for your feet and lower legs, as well as a large soft bath sponge for the rest of your body.
An anti-aging care bath with added milk and honey that supplies the skin with moisture, softens and beautifies it and removes dead skin cells with natural lactic acid (AHA). Mix three liters of whole milk and 6-8 tablespoons. Vitamin B acacia honey (softens the skin) and adding the mixture to the bath water.
Medieval antiseptic herbal bath with healing and cleansing properties using sea salt, lemon and herbs. Relieves sore muscles, helps keep colds at bay, and strengthens the immune system. Dissolve 2-3 handfuls of sea salt, then add the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon and herbs (fresh or dried) such as rosemary, thyme or sage. Soak the salt, lemon, and herbs in the bath water for 5-7 minutes before settling in the tub.