#SocialDistancing spa day? How to give yourself a proper pampering without leaving the house
Bet you're regretting cancelling that last nail appointment now, aren't you?
Look lads, there are far worse things in this world than not being able to go get your hair done because of the coronavirus.
But self care is important - and each and every one of us needs to set aside a little time to calm down, take a breath, and make ourselves feel significantly less shit about the current situation.
That could be achieved by doing some yoga, cooking a nice meal or - as this article suggests - giving yourself a little spa day from the comfort of your home.
Enjoy it, yeah?
First things first - set the mood
Light yourself a candle, girl. You deserve it.
Dim the lights, get into something comfortable, and throw on a bit of incense. Trick yourself into believing that you are, indeed, in the spa.
Even though you're not. You're at home. We all are.
Make yourself a face mask
No, not that kind of face mask, unfortunately.
Until then though, the guys over at Spa Seekers have provided us with a nifty little how-to to create the perfect beauty face mask with bits and pieces that you probably already have in your home.
The face mask is equal parts cleansing and tightening. The dream.
You will need:
- 1 teaspoon of plain natural yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon of aloe
- the juice from ¼ slice of orange and orange zest
1. Combine the ingredients and apply all over the face (avoiding the eyes).
2. Let the mixture sit for at least five and up to 20 minutes, before rinsing off.
3. That's it!
"Aloe is a beauty staple, with many health benefits including reducing inflammation and leaving skin feeling soft, whilst the oranges citric properties add radiance and revitalise the skin," they say.
"The orange zest acts as a natural exfoliant."
Give yourself a massage
Alright, it may not be a full body massage, but desperate times and all, alright?
That doesn't mean that we can't give ourselves a little TLC via a delicious head massage until the spa opens up again.
Spa Seekers have got a few tutorials on their website over here, but for some quick brain relief, look no further than the below.
1. Placing the heels of your palms underneath the hair on either side of your head, apply gentle pressure and push the scalp upwards toward the ceiling.
2. Hold for a few seconds, and then release. Work in sections across the scalp to relieve tension.
3. Finally, give those hands a pamper after all the washing! Relax one arm, on top of your thigh, with your palm facing upwards. Using the opposite arm, apply pressure and push the heel of your palm slowly along the forearm towards the wrist. Continue across the open palm, all the way down to the fingers. Repeat this motion a few times and then switch hands.
Sort your nails
Because no one else gon' sort them for you until the foreseeable future.
Part of the appeal of getting a manicure is not having to do it yourself, but these days we've got to do everything ourselves, so listen up and get ready to push your cuticles back.
- Cut, file and shape - trim nails down to desired length, then gently file away any rough edges
- Cleanse and soak - soak your hands in warm water and rub an exfoliant into the hands to buff away any dead skin
- Cuticle care - carefully push each cuticle back to make everything nice and neat
- Moisturise and massage - grab a moisturiser follow the hand massage tips on our at home spa guide page to release any tension
- Polish application - time to get creative, choose a colour or five and get painting! Seal in with a top coat and you're all set.
You can check out some more DIY spa day ideas here.