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It’s Spa Week across North America from October 20-26. If you just can’t squeeze in a trip to the spa or it just isn’t in the budget, you can bring that spa treatment to the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the price.
Here are some tips to bring the spa to you, allowing you to rejuvenate after a long work week. It’s also a great way to keep yourself relaxed and your skin healthy when you might not be able to get to your Windsor spa.
Imagine walking into the spa. The room is dim, lit by candles, and soothing music plays in the background. There is a hint of lavender in the air, and the combination of all of these elements has you relaxing the moment the door closes behind you.
This part of the spa experience is just as important as the treatments themselves, so it is important to make your home spa space as close as possible to the spa experience. In other words, while you can treat yourself at home on the living room couch while watching television, your toddlers arguing over toys and bouncing off the walls, why would you want to?
Lock yourself in the bathroom after finding someone to keep an eye on the kids, put on your own soothing music, light some candles, and put the science of scent to work to relax you throughout the experience. The experience maximizes the rejuvenating effects!
Before you treat your skin, you need to open up your pores to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. You can do this in one of two ways. Cover your face in a hot facecloth for a bit, changing it out with a fresh hot one when it feels like the first one is getting cool. Or you can use the power of the hot shower, neglecting to turn on the exhaust fan. Let the steam just fill up that room and breathe it in.
Once your pores are opened up wide, it’s time to grab the mask you’ve made up ahead of time. You can browse Pinterest for many face mask recipes, but here’s one as an example. This one is very simple, and I’m betting you have the ingredients on hand. It will make your skin feel amazingly rejuvenated, just like you had been to the Windsor spa!
Combine 1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground, and 1 tbsp organic plain yogurt (don’t use vanilla or other flavored yogurt, just the plain stuff!) in a small bowl. Add a few drops of honey onto a warm spoon (just place in hot water for a minute and add drops to spoon immediately afterwards) and stir into mixture. Apply to face, leave on for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Wipe your face gently with a warm washcloth, and finish with a moisturizer.
While you wait to rinse off your face mask, why don’t you pay some attention to your damaged hair? Get it ready for winter with a coconut oil hair mask. Just melt 2 tbsp of coconut oil (more if your hair is really long) and apply to your hair liberally. Wrap up your hair in a shower cap, or tie it up in an old t-shirt and let it sit for at least an hour. If you want a real deep conditioning treatment, do it before you go to bed. The t-shirt will keep your pillow from getting oily, and you can just wash it out in the morning.
When you wash it out, you’ll want to shampoo your hair at least twice, if not three or four, times. This treatment needs to be rinsed off well, otherwise your hair will look oily. If you find this has happened to you, don’t worry – it will wash out next time. Thank goodness for ball caps! This treatment will leave your hair oh-so-soft and amazingly shiny for at least a couple of weeks. People will think you went to the Fort Collins salon!
You can do it yourself at home! However, you should still pamper yourself with a trip as often as you can to the Windsor spa. Your skin needs it, and so do you!