It’s almost Valentine’s Day! We believe in showing your skin love 365 days of the year by living a healthy lifestyle, but we do think this holiday is the perfect time to give yourself and your skin a little extra love and pampering with an at home spa day. Here are some tips for setting the scene and what to put on the spa menu to make it the perfect day:
Why you need it:
Your skin needs a little down time. Life can be stressful and uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger breakouts and other problems. To blame are hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which can set off an inflammation response in your skin. It’s important for your mind and skin to take time to relax.
Set the scene
Give yourself a few hours of alone time. This may be tough to do, especially if you have kids. Ask your spouse, co-parent, family member or even a friend if they can take the kids for a few hours. If getting alone time during your children’s waking hours is impossible, try this on a weekend night after you put the kids to bed.
Prepare what you need ahead of time so it’s all within reach. Nothing kills a moment of relaxation more than trying to search for a product or ingredient mid-treatment. We’re giving links to some great DIY product ideas, but you can also use products you have at home if that’s easier (remember, we want this to be stress-free!)
Every great spa offers some fragrant and flavored water to sip on while you spa. We LOVE this recipe for Meyer lemon mint spa water. Not only is it delicious, it also helps promote healthy skin from within and looks really pretty too! Make this ahead of time and keep in your refrigerator until it’s relaxation time. Not enough time to make this water? Just add lemon to a glass of water.
Anyone can turn his/ her bathroom into a spa oasis. Clear out the bathroom of anything that might take your mind elsewhere, like kids toys or your smartphone. Turn the lights down and light your favorite candles (taking extra care that they are not near any flammable items!).
On the spa menu:
Valentine’s day is known for chocolate. To incorporate chocolate into your Valentine’s spa day, make this chocolate scrub that has none of the calories and all of the fun! If chocolate isn’t your thing the site has many other flavors to try!
Step 1: Chocolate body scrub
Stand in the shower. Put a bit of the scrub in your hands and rub over a section of your body in a circular motion. Repeat until you have scrubbed all body parts. Do not use on your face. Rinse scrub off completely. Put on a cozy robe and ensure the tub is clear of all bits of scrub before moving on to next step.
Step 2: Begin your at-home facial
* Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. You want to clean the skin without drying it out, so avoid anything too harsh. Opt for a gentle cleansing lotion (for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types) or gel cleanser (for normal, oily, and combination skin types).
* Apply a thin coat of exfoliating peel to eliminate flakiness and rough patches, and leave on for 5-10 minutes to remove dry skin cells. Look for a peel with exfoliating acids like lactic, glycolic, or salicylic. You should feel it tingle. If it burns removed immediately.
Step 3: The bath
While your peel is drying, run a warm bath. Toss dried lavender, chamomile and rosemary into the tub. It will create a relaxing aromatherapy environment.
Step 4: Continue at-home facial
* Rinse exfoliating peel off of your face
* Move to a facial scrub to lift off any excess dead skin cells from your skin. Avoid irritation by using a scrub with round, gentle particles like natural jojoba beads. Massage in tiny circles for 30-60 seconds and rinse well.
* Apply a few drops of a facial serum formulated for your main skin concern- moisture boosting, calming, brightening or firming.
* Put on a thin layer of a mask for your skin type to your face and neck over the serum. Let it dry for 15 minutes. The mask will help the serum absorb into your skin. To find the right mask, try these tips: in general, a gel mask provides hydration, a clay-based mask works to absorb oils and tighten the skin, and cream-based masks contain moisturizing oils that help to deeply hydrate and plump up the skin.
Step 5: Relax in the tub
While your mask is drying for 15 min, take the time to soak in your aromatherapy bath. Roll a towel and place behind your head. Close your eyes and take deep breaths, letting the aromatherapy soothe you. Rinse off your mask after 15 min, but stay soaking and relaxing for up to 30 min.
Step 6: Drying off
Step out of tub and dry off. Rubbing will irritate skin, so gently pat dry.
Step 7: Moisturizing
Moisturize your face with a moisturizer perfect for your skin type and your body with a nourishing body moisturizer.
De-stressing is as important to your skin health as the products you use. Showing your skin and yourself some love this Valentine’s with a pampering and relaxing at-home spa day will do wonders for your skin and mental health. What’s there not to love?