As human beings, we are easily affected by our surroundings. Because of this, creating a tranquil and peaceful environment allows for ultimate relaxation and calm nerves amidst all the madness. Sometimes, after a particularly tiring day, the spa is your one-stop destination to unwind, but since we don’t exactly have that option readily available at the moment, here’s an alternative. Why not bring the spa experience into your home? Once considered a luxury, proper self-care has now become an essential part of our wellness routines, now more than ever.
A well curated “pamper sesh” can go a very long way. With the right tools – think essential oils, scented candles, lotions, diffusers and an array of meditation apps, there’s nothing stopping you from creating the tranquil spa experience in the comfort of your own home.
Don’t think, just breathe
We know, easier said than done, however, this is a crucial step to achieving complete Zen and all you must do is breathe. As we live in the age of technology, you have access to a vast selection of meditation apps right at your fingertips. These can set the mood and help you unwind. If you’re not one for meditation apps and you’d like to inhabit your inner “technophobe” for the duration of your in-house spa experience, then try some breathing exercises, such as box breathing, to help calm your mind and put you in the right frame to take-in all the self-care goodness.
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A quick shower won’t cut it, you need to channel the power of a good soak. Studies show that baths help to lower your body’s cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and encourage the release of endorphins. Take your bath to the next level by incorporating candles (Wallace & Co have a gorgeous Ramadan collection out now) and lovely essential oils with light aromas such as jasmine, eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree and peppermint oils from homegrown aromatherapy brand, Wallace & Co.
No worries if you do not have a bath, you can still include essential oils to your routine. All you need to do is turn on your shower to hot, and whilst steam fills into the room, apply the essential oils to your body. The steam from the hot water combined with the oils will give you the sauna effect, bringing everything from your muscles to your mood into a state of total relaxation.
Scents, scents and more scents &
Replenish the canvas
We don’t advocate giving yourself a sensory overload but adding the right scents will take your routine up a whole notch and have you feeling relaxed, refreshed and re-energized. As we all know, one of the qualities we look for in a spa is the calming aroma that envelopes you, as soon as you step one-foot in. Be it a scented candle or perfume, we recommend you go for fragrances with fruity blends and hints of wood and vetiver, as these have a sedative effect. Delina, from French perfume brand, Parfums de Marly, is a sensual bouquet of Turkish rose, lychee and rhubarb with hints of bergamot and cashmere wood, perfect for a subtle, yet mysterious ambience.
Supple skin equals vibrant skin, so don’t skip this step. After all the steam and water treatments, your skin may be looking a bit shriveled, so you will need to restore it to its original shine. The best part about this step is your pores are ready and primed to soak in all the nourishment. Opt for lightweight formulas that won’t clog up the skin. The smooth texture from the Delina lotion by Parfums de Marly, penetrates delicately and envelops the skin in a soft fragrance veil.
Lock it all in
You know how makeup artists set their creations with setting spray right after the last stroke is placed, so should you. Body mists are a great way to rehydrate the skin, while making sure all that “TLC” is locked in. Lately, we are all about crystal infused mists, as these have double the benefits. You get the healing power of crystals combined with the restorative nature of the mist. The Gypsy Immunity spray from fine jewelry designer and wellness enthusiast, Jacquie Aiche, is a perfect blend of essential oils including sage, clove, lemon, and lavender, to name a few, mixed with crystals that have been charged under the full moon. The fine mist seeps into your open pores and begins the process of revitalization. Helping to strengthen your immune system, cleansing your mind and imbuing your spirit with a renewed sense of vigor.
With all that’s going on, it’s important to bring a shot of escapism to your wellness routine. Take some time out, power down, shut off your mind and pamper yourself – we all need it.