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How To Create The Ultimate Home Spa

We are all excited that we can get a little bit of normal back by visiting our favourite spas for a selection of luxurious beauty treatments. But perhaps you’re still a little wary of going to an actual beauty spa for those little moments and feel more comfortable recreating that in the sanctuary of your own living space. To help you achieve that we've done our beauty homework. We've pulled together some top tips on how to do your own massages as well as rounded up some of our top wellness products to help you create the ultimate home spa. Here’s our guide to a little at-home me-time pampering (or some lovely gift ideas to give someone you love a pep-them-up boost).

Enjoy a Blissful Bathtime*

Make the most of your time alone in the bath! Light a gorgeous candle, add some delightful soak to the bathwater and lie back and relax with the door locked. Maximise this me-time with a face mask to reinvigorate your skin while you’re at it.

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Our Blissful Bathtime Edit

Take Five with a Five Minute Hand Massage

Self Hand Massage Top Tips

A little five minute daily hand massage can help reduce stress and anxiety as well as ease muscle pain. Obviously it is lovely to have a professional hand massage but a self-massage can also reap the benefits. Simply grab your favourite hand-cream (see some of our favourites below), sit down comfortably and start. Here are our top tips:

  • Use your palm to stroke your forearm from the wrist to the elbow and back again on both sides. If you want to, you can extend the stroking to your shoulder. Do this at least three times on both sides of your forearm. The idea here is to warm up your muscles.
  • Use your palm to stroke from your wrist to your fingertips on both sides of your hand. Do this at least three times. Use moderate pressure.
  • Cup your hand around your forearm with your thumb underneath. Pinch your skin starting at the wrist, and work slowly up to the elbow and back down again. Do this on both sides of the forearm at least three times using moderate pressure.
  • Use your thumb and forefinger — or your thumb and all your fingers — to press in a circular or back-and-forth motion, slowly moving up your hand and forearm. Do this on both sides of your arm and hand at least three times using moderate pressure.
  • Press your thumb in a circular motion with moderate pressure all around the back of your hand and then your palm. Continue pressure with your thumb along both sides of each finger. Use your thumb to massage the area between your thumb and forefinger.

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Relax with a Sleep Promoting Night Time Routine

Sleep. It’s so good for us yet we don’t always allow ourselves a proper transition from our busy lives before heading to bed. The result can mean that sleep evades us. So try to create a nightly ritual that comforts and relaxes so that you can really switch off from the day. This will promote a completely restful slumber. Give bedtime your best. Our top tip would be take a moment before you even head towards bed, switch off all screens and devices and sip a lovely tea infusion of chamomile while reading your favourite book in a comfy chair. Again a lovely scented candle would add a luxurious element to your mini time-out. Then if you have time have that Blissful Bathtime*. If not, then give your skincare routine your all. Massage in your favourite cream or oils following our quick facial massage guide.

The Perfect Self Face Massage Tips

At-home Facial Massage Guide

  • With firm pressure, slide your hands up from your eyebrows, hand over hand, up to the middle of the forehead, and up toward the hairline with medium to firm pressure. Repeat several times.
  • Massage your forehead in circular swoops, sliding both hands from the middle of the forehead out toward the temples, then coming back to the middle of the forehead. Do this a few times—the motion is calming. Soothing the forehead helps relax the stress of the body.
  • Starting at the bridge of your nose, begin pinching and inching up toward the outer corners of the eyebrows, then place your fingers on top of the brows (thumbs underneath) to grip the full edges of the brow line. Repeat several times.
  • Place your middle finger between the brows, place your other middle finger directly on top of it, and trace three small spirals with the two fingers, increasing the pressure as you go. Repeat in the opposite direction. Repeat three times in each direction, then press and hold for three to five slow counts.
  • Place your fingers over each closed eye. Gently press with the pads of the fingers onto the lid, feeling the eye slowly move inward. Repeat several times.
  • Massage just under the eyes to dispel tension tension in the eye muscles.
  • Place the middle fingers bilaterally on either side of the nostrils, and repeat pressure-point spiral movements from above to release sinus pressure, which can disrupt sleep.
  • Slowly slide hands to grip the jaw muscle; with medium to firm pressure, move in an upward circular motion, releasing tension. Finish by pressing down on the jaw’s pressure points that are in line with the lower part of the earlobe.
  • Slide hands on either side of your face so that your fingers scissor the ears, working from the jaw and both sides of the ears upward toward the temples. Repeat several times. This movement is believed to help release endorphins. If repeated enough times, it is said to put you into a state of bliss.

The Perfect Night Time Edit

For more ideas on how to create the ultimate home spa shop all these products and more from our online store or pop in to see us. The Store team will happily help point you in the direction of all our beauty and wellness products!