Places to go, people to see, and gifts to buy. It’s a busy season, and all too often our physical and emotional health pay the price. What we all really need right now is some indulgent relaxation, but a day at the spa may not be feasible due to time, not to mention budget.
Our answer? A bit of pampering at home that’s not only blissful to the soul, but also easy on the wallet. Here are just a few ideas to get you started – we’ve chosen rituals that you should be able to perform with supplies found in your home. Pick and choose activities for a customized session that fits your personality, schedule, and supplies:
Light some candles. Because candles make everything more relaxing. Bonus points for spa-inspired scents.
Do a little yoga. Not a seasoned yogi? No problem. Hit YouTube for a wealth of yoga videos and find one perfect for you. Or try this 20-minute routine that’s perfect for your home spa day: Detox Yoga from Yoga With Adriene.
Make a healthy drink. Take a pitcher and fill it with water topped off with fresh fruit and herbs – try sliced strawberry or lemon with mint. Or, fill your blender with fresh or frozen fruit and a few handfuls of leafy greens like spinach or kale – it’s the perfect antidote to holiday overindulgence.
Give yourself a facial treatment. Naturally, we’re partial to the Actifirm Z-Peel or Renovation Mushroom Mask – both will work wonders as Mucor Miehei Mushroom Extract gently lifts away dull, dry winter skin to reveal a fresh complexion. Or, raid the kitchen to whip up this DIY yogurt and honey mask.
Treat your body. Chances are your dry skin could use a refresher all over. Hit the pantry and combine brown sugar and coconut or olive oil to form a paste. Sit in your dry tub and gently rub into skin to exfoliate. Then, fill the tub with warm water and add your favorite essential oil to soak in the aromatherapy and moisture.
Mani/Pedi Time. Do more than slap on a quick coat. Take the time to trim, file, and buff your nails. Apply a base coat, two thin layers of color, and a topcoat for shine and longevity, then sit back and admire your handiwork.
A pampering spa day at home for yourself is the gift that keeps on giving – allowing you to enjoy the holidays with lower stress and increased vitality and confidence.
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