DIY Spa: all the essentials you’ll need for a pandemic pamper
When better to show yourself a little love than during the longest month in history?
By Bethany Holland
Stressed out from home working? Bored by the seemingly never-ending restrictions? Never been in more need of a spa trip in your life? We feel you. It’s fair to say that lockdown has all got us craving a little bit of time to indulge, so why not treat yourself to a couple hours of blissful sanctuary from the comfort of your home?
Gone (temporarily) are the days of having luxury spa dates with our friends, and creating an at-home pamper experience in our bathrooms is the reality of 2021. But whack on a face mask, light a couple of bouji candles and ask Alexa to play some relaxing music and you’re halfway to transforming your home into a makeshift spa already.
Looking to bring that extra je ne sais quoi to your bathroom boutique? We’ve got you covered…
The uplifting body oil
ESPA Positivity Bath and Body Oil is a bath-time must. With uplifting scents of jasmine, bergamot, gardenia and sweet orange, the oil relaxes your body while transforming skin into that of a smooth and silky goddess. Add a small amount to your bubble bath or apply straight to your skin to feel instantly regenerated.
Pamper those tresses
With hairdressers still currently closed, keeping your hair strong and hydrated has never been more important. OGX Argon Oil of Morocco Hair Mask is a super creamy blend that helps to detangle, hydrate and adds inner strength to your hair. Because who says hair doesn’t deserve a pamper too?
Get the roller glow
Soothe your mind and body with The Vintage Cosmetic Company Rose Quartz Facial Roller. There’s no doubt about it, this will change your skin regime forever. Calming skin irritation by being uber-moisturising, the way the quartz roller glides across your skin will leave you glowing.
Nourishing everyday face cream
Face feeling tired and dry? Nourish your skin daily with the No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream. This light and easily-absorbed cream will leave your skin feeling dreamy-soft and smooth to the touch.
Get the spa vibe at home
Lighting a couple of candles can create a sense of tranquillity in your home. Infuse your home with scents of lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood with NEOM Organics Real Luxury candle and you’ll be able to feel yourself unwind. With a mixture of 21 essential oils, the candle burns for 50 hours – which means you can boost those relaxing vibes in your home day after day.
Keep those cuticles hydrated
Burt’s Bees’ is a handbag must. A 100% natural product, the Lemon Buttercream nourishes your nails and cuticles while leaving hands feeling zesty-clean and refreshed.
Smooth it out
Natural body scrubs are a great way to show your whole body a little love, and Sanctuary Spa salt scrub is one of our favourites – with a blend of dead sea salts and nourishing oils. Fragranced with sensuous, fl-oriental notes of patchouli, sandalwood and jasmine, this is a scrub that will whisk you away to relaxing climes you can only dream about.
Detox those pores
Deep cleansing your face is a great way to draw out facial impurities. L’Oreal Paris Pure-Clay Detox mask is enriched with black charcoal and detoxifies the skin’s surface, working deep into your skin’s pores to leave the surface smooth, nourished and refined. Works especially well on acne-prone skin.
No sleep? No problem
If (like us) you’ve been struggling to get up in the morning, revitalising your eyes is a pamper must. Oh! K’s ginseng and eucalyptus eye mask will have you bright-eyed in no time, enriched with 12 skin hydrating extracts to help bolster radiance and gently soothe skin. So now you can rise and shine.
Because lips need loving too
Is the cold weather making you suffer with dry lips? Not for much longer. This Works Stress Check Lip Mask is a natural lip mask that works to soothe and protect chapped lips. With calming formulations from its 1% pure CBD, sweet almond oil and mood-enhancing chocolate, peppermint and cardamom oils, the mask won’t just moisturise your lips – it’ll transform them.