Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Continuing Your Spa Day at Home

Ever since my mid teens, I've been going for spa days about once every six months to a quarter with my friends.  It's our way of escaping everyday life, which of course has changed over the years from GCSE's to college to university and now the stresses of work.  I love relaxing in the sauna, going for a swim and indulging in a treatment or two.  My favourite treatments are a full body scrub, back and shoulder massage and an exfoliating facial.

Post Spa Day Products
My friends and I often get each other spa mini breaks for our birthdays.  We bundle our comfortable clothes and cutest swimsuit into a tote along with our Kindle and leave our noisy electronics at home so that we can truly escape from the world and chill out.  The thing that I love the most about going to a spa is the feeling of escape and total relaxation that I get but unfortunately that feeling doesn't last for too long when I get home.  I always try to keep the relaxed feeling of tranquility going for as long as possible so today I thought I'd share with you the products that I use to help that along.

Miaroma Essential Oils
Aromatherapy essential oils can be a powerful addition to your beauty regime and your quest to maintain that spa feeling at home as they are heavily used during spa routines both within the products and in the room fragrances.  Aromatherapy is basically the practice of using essential oils through a variety of methods like massage, inhalation, bath oils and home diffusers to promote physical and psychological well being.

There are so many out there to choose from depending on what area it is that you're looking to target and there are plenty of places to buy them from pretty cheaply too.  Whenever I'm looking for something pure and au naturale, I head to Holland and Barrett as I find that they have a huge selection and a varied range, even in their smaller stores and their staff are particularly knowledgable, not to mention the fact that I can collect points on my Holland and Barrett card- score.

The brand of essential oils that I've tried the most of is Miaroma.  Earlier this year, I wrote a post about sleeping yourself beautiful (see here) and I wrote about how their Lavender soothing essential oil (buy here) was great as an evening addition to a nice hot bath as it helps to aid a restful nights sleep.  This is something that I really think we all need after we've been to a spa.  Theres been so many times that I've nearly fallen asleep on a massage table because I'm that relaxed and I always feel really rejuvenated afterwards and that feeling is, of course, something that I like to be able to maintain.  Lavender also helps if you've had a really stressful day and you just want to unwind and feel sleepy as it makes you feel soothed and comforted.  The great thing about the Miaroma lavender oil is that you can use it on its on by adding a few drops to your pillow or in your bath, or you can combine it with other essential oils to create your own bespoke mix.

Another essential oil that has soothing and comforting effects is Patchouli (buy here) which I can't stand the scent of as it is far too rich and earthy smelling for my nose but I love the soothing effect it has on my body and mind when diluted in my bathtub.  Another essential oil that I really like to use when I'm looking to feel comforted is Rosewood (buy here) which also has an uplifting effect so I like to use this one when I really want to feel revived yet at ease.  This one smells a little sweeter and more fruity floral which I really love.  It brings back memories of going to a spa in Mexico while on holiday with Mr WLL as they used a lot of Rosewood in the products that they used on us.

The Miaroma oils are safe to be applied topically but for that spa effect at home I'd suggest either adding a few drops to your running bath water or by adding a few drops to a base oil like the Grapeseed Massage and Skin Care Oil (buy here).  This can be used on its own as a face or body oil or you can use it with the essential oils as a massage oil over the whole body like they would in a full body massage at the spa or a particular area as a targeted treatment.  If theres a particular area you want to focus on you can always look up massage techniques online too.

Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Monoi Moisture Melt Body Oil
If essential oils aren't your thing then another great product to use on your body is the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Monoi Moisture Melt Body Oil by Dr Organic, which is available at Holland and Barrett (buy here).  This is a really luxurious and pampering treat that you can use all over your body, nails and hair as a moisturiser, nourishing treatment or as a massage oil.  It combines Coconut Oil with Gardenia Flowers, Papaya Seed Oil, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter Lemon Peel Oil and Vitamin E to create a pretty intense formula.  I tend to use this once a week after I've had a pampering bath.  When I first opened the bottle I was like, 'what am I supposed to do with this?!'  as the product is actually solid all the way to the top but then I discovered that if you keep the lid on and put the bottle in your bath tub while you soak then the hot water melts the product into an oil so that when you get out of the bath and dry yourself off, you can then dispense the oil and massage it all over your body.

It doesn't leave your body feeling greasy and it doesn't sit on top of the skin- it sinks in pretty quickly and leaves your body with a gorgeous sheen so if you're going out that night, it is perfect to use before hand.  It smells quite tropical too but very natural and that scent does stay faintly on your skin which I really like.  After using this product, your skin is left feeling so soothed, nourished and hydrated and the coconut oil really seals the moisture into the skin so it is great to use after you've had a fully body scrub at a spa or used your own one at home.  If you'd like so see how I made my very own body scrub then check out this post. Oh and I love how exclusive the glass bottle looks sat on my bathroom counter.

Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask
While I'm in the bath soaking away in my essential oils while my body oil melts in it's glass bottle cocoon, I like to give myself a bit of a facial.  Sometimes I'll use a face scrub first but if I hadn't been to a spa that long ago then I'll just pop on a face mask as I don't want to over exfoliate my skin and do more harm than good.  When I'm looking for a nourishing and restoring effect on my skin, nine times out of ten I'll opt for the Manuka Doctor Apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask (buy here) that I've talked about in great length here and here.  I simply smooth an even layer of the creamy mask over my skin and lie back and relax while I can feel it tightening my skin.  After removing the mask with a muslin cloth, my skin is left looking and feeling bright, tight and revived.
Denman Shower Brush
When I go to a spa for a facial, the therapist often gives me a head massage at while the products sink into my face.  You can get the feeling of an invigorating head massage at home by using the Denman Shower Brush (buy here), also known as the D6 Bright Detangling Brush, on your scalp as you shampoo and condition your hair.

Simply slip the brush over your hand and the soft bristles will help to massage your scalp whilst evenly distributing the product through your hair.  Head massages increase the blood flow to your scalp which can stimulate hair growth and I'm all for growing my locks!

Denman Shower Brush

Of course a lot of these products are things that you would perhaps use once a week but you can create a spa feeling everyday by using a great quality moisturiser as not only will this help to keep your skin looking fantastic but it will also give you that feeling of being pampered and taking good care of yourself.  My moisturiser of choice is the Gatineau Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream (buy from The Hut or Look Fantastic) which is a very luxurious cream intended for dry skin types for using morning and night on the face and neck.  I have very oily skin so I find that this is too intense for daytime use and instead, I use it at night as the last step in my beauty routine.

Gatineau Age Benefit Integral Regenerating Cream
The Gatineau Age Benefit cream is incredibly hydrating and has a gorgeous, light soft scent that makes me feel pampered and looked after when I use it.  After application, it doesn't sit on my skin or leave a greasy film.  It sinks in fairly quickly and leaves my skin feeling instantly hydrated.  Fast forward to eight hours later when my alarm clock sounds and my skin is feeling nourished, smooth and moisturised.  It gives my skin a radiant, lit from within glow and it looks plumped up as though it is firmer and in great condition.  I really love the bright appearance that this gives my skin, even on the skin around my eyes that usually looks a little darker than the rest of the skin on my face.


Gatineau Age Benefit Cream
The Age Benefit line is intended for more mature skin types than my own.  It is a 'cellular communication re-programmer' as it contains two avant-garde active ingredients that compliment each other to delay the visible signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles and to boost the skins regeneration.  The Integral Regenerating Cream intends to regenerate the skin to correct wrinkles, improve the skins firmness and elasticity, strengthen the skin to make it more resistant to ageing and the elements and repair the skin barrier and to illuminate the skin by smoothing the texture, giving a rosy complexion and correcting brown spots.  I would definitely say that the cream lives up to its claims because of the benefits I have seen on my skin after only one month of use and I'm looking forward to seeing how it improves my skin further with continued use.


There are so many other products that I could mention to make you feel pampered after going to a spa but I hope that these give you some food for thought.  Of course it all starts with the spa day itself, so whether you're a seasoned spa goer, or if it is your first trip or if you haven't been in a long while then I'd really suggest having a look out for spas in your local area as they're a great way to chill out.  If you're wanting a little refresh on the do's and don'ts for a spa then check out this funny little video below that I found from spabreaks.com which is all about spa etiquette.
 
 
Many thanks to Spa Breaks for letting me use their video!

Speaking of relaxation, Brighthouse have recently come up with the concept of the Perfect Armchair using design inspiration from the responses of 5000 people to a survey on their Facebook page.  Now you all know how much I love a bit of audience participation so when I heard about this, I had to give it a closer look.

The concept of the Perfect Armchair would be to help you to deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life which I'm sure we have all felt from time to time!

 
This chair sounds like it would be the perfect way to relax and continue that spa calm feeling as it has a built in massage feature as well as a built in aromatherapy feature and the ability to recline!  You can read more about the concept here but just imagine relaxing into that after a hard day at work!  I wish they would actually make one of these as it would be perfect for me.
 
What products do you like to use after you've been to a spa?  What are your recommendations for spa etiquette?  What would your perfect armchair be like?
 
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10 comments

  1. Nyc review! very detailed review loved it <3 <3

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  2. Loved the review, the products look wonderful ;)

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    1. Thank you Josiane, I'm pleased you liked it xxx

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  3. These products all seem great but I'm particularly interested in that mask
    http://lexiluthor.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ooh give it a go Alexa, its awesome. I'll actually be running a giveaway with one soon.

      Laura xxx

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  4. Love spa and it is great that you and your friends goes every 6 months:) I am not good at keeping a rutine with using bodylotion/body oils or masks, but these reviews were very motivating:)

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    1. Aw I'm pleased they're motivating for you. Sometimes its good to have a little inspiration- I get it from reading other blogs.

      Now off to moisturise! xxxxx

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  5. I love essential oils in general & home spa days are just the best. That's when you really get to enjoy the "you time". :) I need to check out those Miaroma Essential Oils.
    I try to do one every sunday, as far as i'm free. :)

    xo,
    Luchessa.org

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