During lockdown we all got used to a less complicated beauty routine.
Our hair grew out, our highlights grew out, our nails went unmanicured… But now that hairdressers are open again and beauty salons are back we’re ready to jump right back in.
But one thing we are missing is the spa.
Spas are wonderful places of peace and calm where all our troubles seem to melt away. The music is soothing, the rooms are fragranced beautifully and our aching muscles can finally relax.
So in the absence of a pricey spa trip we’ll be recreating the vibe and the treatments at home. It’s easier than you might think.
From facials to massages, it’s all doable from the comfort of your bedroom or bathroom.
For massage heaven
There’s nothing quite like a massage.
This spa treatment is one of our favourites and also one of the trickiest to do for yourself…
COWSHED Baby Rich Massage Oil (£12) at Very
If you’re lucky enough to have a willing loved one, ask them to give your shoulders or feet a rub using this massage oil by Cowshed. It might have been created for babies but will be lovely for you too and infused with a blend of lavender, jojoba, chamomile and meadowfoam oil, you’ll drift into a restful sleep in no time.
L-R: Bodi-Tek Neck & Shoulder Massager (£50) and Homedics Deluxe Foot Massager FMS255 (wa £70, now £55) at Very
If you don’t have a willing loved one to provide an at-home massage then the next best thing is this neck and shoulder massager by Bodi-Tek.
Gently heated, it will relieve muscle tension and with six programmes and 16 intensity levels you can tailor the massage to your exact needs.
And do the same for your feet with this deluxe foot massager by Homedics. Providing a deep kneading Shiatsu massage, tired feet will be a thing of the past.
For an at-home facial
All of us want clear, dewy, plump skin with as few lines and wrinkles as possible.
And that’s why we’re big fans of a spa facial. There are so many styles to choose from that target specific problems or just to brighten our complexions so we’re definitely missing being able to book an appointment.
But all is not lost. We can get great results for our skin at home with brilliant products and some clever technology.
These Triple Acid Peel pads by Philosophy will recreate the effects of a facial peel delivering advanced anti-aging and skin-brightening benefits, dissolving and sweeping away dull, dead skin cells and impurities. Skin tone and clarity will appear improved and fine lines will be diminished. We’re in.
Philosophy Microdelivery Triple Acid Peel Pads (£60) and L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Mask (£7.99) at Very
And L’Oreal’s Pure Clay Purity Mask combines three clays with eucalyptus extract which work deep into the pores, leaving skin purified and matte-looking.
For a bit of hi-tech action try the Rio Pore Perfection. This salon-quality, at-home-use kit vacuums out congested pores to deeply cleanse and leave your skin looking fresh, clear and blemish free.
L-R: Rio Pore Perfection (£130) and Homedics Radiance Microdermabrasion (was £150, now £100) at Very
And you can achieve salon grade exfoliation at home to diminish wrinkles, oily and enlarged pores, blackheads and acne scarring using the Homedics Radiance Microdermabrasion device.
It’s currently reduced in the sale too so beautiful skin is even more affordable.
For our favourite body procedures
It’s been a while since we enjoyed a spa ritual. You know the kind of thing.
You’re scrubbed, wrapped, moisturised and leave the treatment room floating on a cloud.
Imagine being able to feel like that at home… These tools of the trade are just the thing to make it happen.
L-R: Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow Body Scrub (£42) and Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush (£25) at Very
First, exfoliate your skin using Elemis’ Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow Body Scrub. With a heavenly scent, it’ll help to buff away those dull dead skin cells.
And using the Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush will ensure any bumps are smoothed out.
Homedics Smoothee Cellulite Vacuum Massager CELL500 (£120) at Very
Next, why not give the Homedics Smoothee a try. This clever device will help you get visibly smoother and brighter skin while also providing a circulation-enhancing massage, which may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite, ‘orange peel’ skin and loose connective tissues.
It also reduces the fluid retention under your skin and activates fat cell metabolism. Erm… yes please!
Then give dry skin a heavy duty dose of firming moisture with Philosophy’s rose body lotion or this target toning body moisturiser by Elemis.
L-R: Philosophy Amazing Grace Ballet Rose Firming Body Lotion (£29.99) and Elemis Targeted Toning Body Moisturiser (£75) at Very
Massage them into problem areas to help reduce the appearance of dimpling and leave your skin looking smooth and even.
For a touch of zen
The main thing we gain from a day at the spa is a sense of peace and wellbeing, so trying to get that at home is a definite priority.
That’s why we’ll be investing in this Zen Meditation Pillow. It delivers a smooth rolling neck massage in a 30-minute programme along with two accompanying meditation tracks. Genius!
L-R: Homedics Zen Meditation Pillow (£130) and Sanctuary Spa Wellness Calming CBD Oil (£11.99) at Very
And use this multi-tasking Calming CBD Oil on your pulse points before bed to improve the quality of your sleep, so you can be sure of a good night’s rest.
L-R: Aromatherapy Associates Relax Candle (£42) and Aromatherapy Associates Relax Roller Ball (£18) at Very
Then let the power of aromatherapy ease your mind. Light this Relax candle in any room to create a calm atmosphere and take that tranquility with you with the portable Relax Roller Ball, both from Aromatherapy Associates.