Now more than ever, our tense muscles and broken out faces could use a little TLC. But unfortunately, we can’t exactly book a session with our favorite masseuse or spring for a detoxifying facial with a pro. So, we’ve decided to take matters into our own hands. Here, 10 genius home spa treatment ideas to try right this second.
1. Treat Yourself to a Temple Massage
You know that soothing temple massage that you get at the end of a facial? Yeah, you can recreate that feeling at home. Apply a serum (we’re partial to Lancôme’s Advanced Génefique) and then gently drag Angela Caglia’s Rosebud Eye Treatment tools underneath each eye and up towards the temple. Keep them in the fridge for an even more relaxing de-puffing effect.
2. Do a Paraffin Hand Treatment
We’ve owned one of these machines for years, and it gives our nail salon’s paraffin treatment a run for its money. Simply pop in some wax (which is included in the box), switch on the HoMedics ParaSpa and wait until the light turns green. Dip your hands in three to four times, cover them with plastic hand covers (also included) and relax. After about 15 minutes, peel off the wax to reveal silky, smooth skin.
3. Use a Facial Steamer
The best part of a good facial? Feeling our pores open up and clear out during the steaming process. This Prospera Hot Mist Nano Facial Steamer delivers those same benefits at home. Fill it with water, turn it on and the ultra-fine Nano ionic steam will clean and hydrate, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple. Plus, it will help your products work more effectively, since they’ll be able to penetrate the skin more easily.
4. Take an Aromatherapy Shower
Like a bath bomb, for your shower (and way easier to clean up). We love these Anusha Moodley Awaken and Refresh Shower Steamers because they release a relaxing essential oil-infused aroma. Take out a tablet (choose between eucalyptus, lavender, orange mint and rose), drizzle a bit of water on the tablet to activate it and unleash the heavenly scent. Then, place it on the shower floor close to the water stream—but not directly in it. Shower time is now more relaxing than ever.
5. Apply a Hair Mask
Still dealing with dull, dry post-winter strands? Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector can help with that. The formula’s patented technology and blend of vitamin E, antioxidants and aloe vera work to correct damage and restore your hair’s texture, even if your strands are colored. Apply it to damp hair from roots to ends, comb through, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes (although we recommend closer to an hour, for the best results) then rinse it out. Trust us, you won’t be able to stop running your fingers through your hair afterwards.
6. Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
Scalp massages have been scientifically proven to reduce stress, which is the only excuse we needed to spring for a Briogeo Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager. It can be used in the shower or on dry hair for a soothing scalp massage, just be sure to use all over your scalp in circular motions. “I use mine while shampooing for a soothing wash that reminds me of the wash you get before a haircut,” explains one reviewer.
7. Try Dry Brushing
A dry bush will exfoliate your skin and improve circulation, all at once. We like the Organic Pharmacy Skin Brush because of its long handle which makes full-body brushing a breeze. The brand recommends starting at your feet and working up with circular motions, being careful to always brush towards the heart to increase blood flow.
8. Do a Foot Mask
Pamper your soles (and finally get rid of those calluses) with a Baby Foot Moisturizing Foot Mask treatment. The popular foot mask contains vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and 14 kinds of natural extracts to smooth and hydrate. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then massage in any excess lotion. According to buyers you’ll experience peeling for a week or so, that gives way to baby soft feet (as the name suggests).
9. Invest in a Light Therapy Mask
OK, so this mask certainly isn’t cheap, but that’s because this technology is no joke. The Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite FaceWare Pro is an FDA-approved device that uses red and blue LED lights to fight wrinkles, sun spots and acne. And judging by the five-star reviews on Dermstore’s site, it’s worth every penny.
10. Learn a Gua Sha Technique
Gua sha is an ancient Chinese healing technique that involves using a stone tool, like the Skin Gym Jade Gua Sha to relax stiff muscles and promote lymphatic drainage. It’s super calming and can help reduce inflammation. After applying a moisturizer or serum to help the tool glide across the skin, follow along with our tutorial to learn the proper technique.
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