You don’t need to fork out the cash to pamper yourself when, with some time set aside, you can do it yourself at home for less.
You don’t need to fork out the cash to pamper yourself when, with some time set aside, you can do it yourself at home for less. Jupiterimages

Create a home spa experience

I DON'T know a woman (or man) that doesn't love a spa experience. Visiting a spa is one of life's great pleasures, but it is not always possible or affordable.

Preparing your space

With a little planning and imagination you can recreate the essence and ambience of the spa experience at home.

Firstly, think about setting some time aside, ideally an evening, when you have privacy. Once you have secured some personal space, set the tone with an ordered and clean space, some relaxing music and a fragrant candle. If you have a bath, now is the time to relish it.

Spa beauty products and gadgets

Next, think about what treatments you would like and purchase your products. I would suggest starting with a quality, pure bristle body brush to dry brush your body. This treatment removes dead skin cells and is especially beneficial in the winter months when skin is driest.

For spa products, Gaia Retreat & Spa have an excellent, certified organic range called retreatment that can be ordered online. There are many other great brands. Appliances now include battery powered cleansing brushes (Remington's is great), as is the new Dr Scholl's battery powered pedi foot file.

Home treatments

While your face and body are being treated, wrap your hair in conditioning mask. You can purchase lush, ready-made hair masks or you can use pure coconut oil, which is especially beneficial for dry, damaged hair. After your face, body and hair have been thoroughly cleansed and rejuvenated; finish by giving yourself a manicure and pedicure.

After this, all that is left is to sit back and relax with an herbal tea and enjoy the music, fragrant candle, all in the comfort of your home.


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