How to home spa

Make the most of cosy time indoors by creating a spa-like vibe at home. Not only is it a great way to destress after a long day but doing a bit of self-care will give your skin and body a boost. Here’s how to have a nice spa day or even a few hours at home.

Set the scene and light a candle

Start by setting the scene for your home spa. It may seem obvious but taking a few minutes to light a candle before hopping in the bath will instantly relax the mood for your pampering session. Any candle that brings you joy will do the trick. Just take a few moments to breathe in the scent to set the mood. Make sure you have everything you need nearby, beauty products, towels, a robe, and slippers, as this will make your pampering experience the best. You don’t want to have to run out of the bathroom soaking wet during your experience to grab them.

Boost circulation with a Korean half bath

When you’re feeling tired, the Korean half bath – bin-shin-yok - is a great home-spa experience that requires very little effort. Simply fill your bath with very warm water to the same height as your belly button (when you’re sitting). Everything above that should remain outside the water for 15 to 20 minutes, or however long you like to sit. The contrast temperature between the lower and upper half of your body is what helps boost circulation and this relaxing break will get your system energised. While this technique doesn’t require any add-ons to be effective, it gets better if you add a scoop of your favourite bath soak, salts, or bath oils. 

Do a dry-brushing session

Dry body brushing is a well-known technique and ritual for full body exfoliation and for boosting the circulation. It increases blood flow and stimulates collagen production, which will help strengthen your skin as it dramatically increases elasticity which is great for lifting and toning. Start at the tops of your feet and brushing upward towards the heart and don’t forget the backs of your arms and your back. Do if before you step in the shower or bath. It’s a great way to add a little bit of spa into your daily routine.

Combine your bath with body exfoliating and masking

A bath is the ultimate in creating that spa feeling at home, so if you’ve at least managed that, why not combine it with exfoliating your body and putting a face mask on. Two of the easiest things to do with great results. Grab your cleanser and facial scrub and do that in the bath too to make sure your face is clean and smooth before you apply your mask. Pat the skin dry and go for a mask suited to your skin’s needs, leaving it on for at least 15 minutes for maximum benefit. While that is working, grab a body scrub and working in a circular motion, exfoliate your whole body. Scrubs containing oil will hydrate at the same time, plus it will make it easier to go over the skin.

A one-minute hand massage

It’s a simple thing to do, but it’s amazing how good a mini massage makes your hands feel. Plus, your hands get an extra moisture boost, just make sure if you painted your nails beforehand, they are totally dry. Too soothe them, apply a shea butter-based cream, and do this ritual before bed to allow all the nourishing and repairing ingredients from the cream to soak into the skin while you sleep. Sit in a comfortable position and use your palm to stroke your forearm from the wrist to the elbow and back again on both sides. Do this at least three times on both sides of your forearm. Then, use your palm to stroke from your wrist to your fingertips on both sides of your hand. Do this three times. Use your thumb and forefinger, or your thumb and all your fingers to press in a circular or back and forth motion, slowly moving up your hand and forearm. Do this on both sides of your arm and hand at least three times. To get the most benefits do it for at least 15 minutes and use moderate pressure.

DIY manicure & pedicure

Step 1 Clean your nails.

To get a great manicure at home, do as the pros do by spending as much time prepping your nails as you do polishing them. That means starting with a good nail polish remover. Even if you don’t have polish on, run a cotton pad of remover over each nail to get rid of any oils or dirt that could affect your manicure. Don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water.

Step 2. Clip, file, and buff

Clip nails first, then file gently, moving in one direction to get your tips square or somewhere in between. Then buff the tops and sides of your nails lightly with a nail buffer, not your emery board, to create a smooth surface. If you don’t buff, the natural oils in your nails can build up and affect the result. It brightens and gets rid of ridges.

Step 3. Push back your cuticles.

Prep cuticles with a cuticle remover, make sure it’s not an oil or balm. This will help dissolve dead skin and soften the area. Oils help moisturise, while removers act like an exfoliating treatment for the nail bed. Then push back gently with a cuticle stick.

Step 4. Exfoliate your hands

Exfoliate hands, wrists, and forearms with a scrub that eliminates skin cells and replenishes moisture. Grab your orange stick again to clean any grime from under the nails. Wash hands and dry thoroughly.

Step 5. Moisturise your hands and cuticles

Moisturise now to avoid smudging your nail polish later. Now is the time to do the hand massage above. To finish, swipe each nail with nail polish remover to get rid of residue.

Step 6. Apply base coat & first coat of colour

Apply a base coat to hydrate and protect nails and prevent chipping. Wait for at least two minutes to dry. Then, apply a coat of your colour making sure to get the brush all the way down to the cuticle and into the corners of the nail. Keep the layers thin, the key is to load just enough polish on the brush to cover the nail in one coat. Stripe your nails three times, once down the middle, once on each side. Wait two minutes then apply the second coat wait until its completely dry then apply a topcoat to prevent chipping and to add shine to the nails. Allow to dry for at least ten minutes and tidy any mistakes.

You basically do this same step-by-step for your feet, but when you apply the polish use toe separators to prevent the smudging of the polish.

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