We all love a day at the spa, but let’s face it, at the moment it is so hot that no one wants to actually leave their house. The idea of getting into the car, waiting for it to cool down and driving to the spa only to show up a hot, sweaty mess is less than appealing. This is why we love having spa days in the comfort of our own home. We can pamper, primp and preen ourselves without leaving the cooling comfort of the AC. If you’re not sure where to start, follow this guide!
It’s always best to do some prep work beforehand (you don’t want anything distracting you or getting the way of your relaxation!). Slice up some cucumbers, steep some ginger tea, and grab your fluffiest robe and towels. You’re also going to need two big bowls of warm, but not boiling, water.
To get started, fill your bathtub up with warm water and a few drops of a calming, detoxifying bath oil, like Elemis Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir. Once you are in the bath and sufficiently relaxed, soak a face towel in a bowl of warm water. You can also add a few drops of the calming oil for the full spa-experience. Massage a little cleanser onto your face and then use the warm face towel to remove it. Dr. Dennis Gross All-in-one Facial Cleanser and Toner is great because it contains antioxidants and camellia seed oil to cleanse, tone and hydrate your skin at the same time.
Rinse and wring out the second towel and gently lay it your face, allowing the steam to open up all of the pores on your face. Take a few deep breaths and leave the towel on for about 3-5 minutes, then place it back into the bowl. Apply a gentle exfoliator like Jan Marini Instant Refining Exfoliator, which contains special dissolving exfoliating beads and glycolic acid, and gently massage it on your skin in small circular motions. When you’re done, wring out the towel again and use it to remove the exfoliator. If you think your skin feels great now, wait until you’re done!
Now that your skin is cleansed and buffed, it’s time for the main event – the mask. Eve Lom Rescue Mask contains almond and honey-infused kaolin clay and is a celebrity favorite for its ability to completely decongest and re-energize the skin in minutes. If your skin is on the drier side, try Alex Cosmetic High Performance Relaxing Mask. It contains soy bean and Vitamin E to instantly boost the skin’s moisture levels. Apply a generous layer of your preferred mask to your face, pop a couple of cooling cucumber slices on your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax. Like most women in the UAE, you have probably mastered the art of multi-tasking, but this time to relax and focus on nothing but yourself.
When you’re ready, open your eyes, rinse off any traces of the mask and climb out of the tub. Once you’ve dabbed yourself dry with your towel, lock in moisture by applying Aromatherapy Associates Nourishing Enrich Massage & Body Oil, which is filled to the brim with macadamia nut and coconut oils. Dab some intense hydrating cream like Murad Hydro-dynamic Ultimate Moisture on your face and pat an eye treatment like Elemis Absolute Eye Serum around your eyes to maximize your new glow.