The perfect Sunday? During Lockdown? You don’t think it exists?
Well i’m here to tell you different. You don’t need public spas, expensive treatments or professional beauticians to get that spa feeling at home. Relax, unwind and take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally all in the comfort of your own home.
After a long day of workouts, organising and prepping for the week I decided to make sure I had everything I was going to need for tonight. From skincare, to entertainment and even fresh bedding and pyjamas. The ultimate relaxing night. I set the tone with candles and salt lamps throughout I also sprayed Energising room mist throughout from my ‘Time to take 15’ kit and picked an ambient chilled cow playlist on Spotify.
I’m really not a bath person. I don’t think anything can replace a Jacuzzi and sauna at home, but I thought i’d give it a go as I had a Lush Butterbear bathbomb so filled my bathroom with candles, music and bubbles.
I had two treatments scheduled first – hair and face.
HASK Hair Mask – Used after a normal wash, this hair mask stays on for 10 minutes. It’s a charcoal base but doesn’t seem drying, it’s incredibly thick, too heavy for ends so I tried to keep my ends up on my scalp as that’s the area I need to concentrate on most. I expected a normal conditioned feeling but it leaves hair surprisingly super soft and for something that doesn’t boast an overpowering fragrances it smells so fresh and clean, there’s definitely more than 1 use in packet which is a nice surprise as it recommends 1-2 times per week use.
#6 Gold Facemask – Now when the poundshop released their anti-ageing #6 range for just £1 per item everybody scoffed! Frankly I have no idea about the long term benefits of this range and won’t be replacing my everyday products with it but overall their products aren’t bad at all! I have used their eye-cream a lot and decided to branch out to a few other products and this mask has not disappointed at all! I have never had such a thick mask, in fact it starts setting as soon as its on, to the point where it’s tough to even spread as it is so thick. Vegan, cruelty free and just £1 it leaves your skin feeling super soft and you do get that luxurious ‘golden’ glow and a feel of using a high end product. ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover has NEVER been more correct’
Time to exfoliate! There’s nothing worse than getting out of a bath and feeling the residue on you! I opted to shower off after and use a set of exfoliating gloves and body polish. It’s a really good cleanse to get everything off and it’s the perfect precursor to optimal fake tan application!
Afterwards, I sprayed more room mist (I either got used to it or it dispersed too quickly) and used my aroma diffuser with tea-tree to subtly keep adding to the room. There’s something really relaxing about the soft glow of colour and mist.
After my deep exfoliation my skin felt clean and fresh. But I could tell it needed to replenish its nourishment. So I used the energise body moisturiser and focused on massaging it into my skin rather than just rubbing some in quickly. Massaging promotes blood circulation and pushes the cream deeper into the skin to get it to work better and have lasting effects. Admittedly something far more relaxing when someone else is giving you this treatment but works just as well yourself.
Foot masks have been gaining popularity recently. I have to admit I was a foot mask virgin before this and had no idea what to expect. This vegan and cruelty free mask by DermaV10 was a mere £1, perfect if I didn’t enjoy it or was on a budget. At first I will admit it was not easy to understand, they had some illustrations rather than text on directions and it was confusing but I got there eventually. I’m not a fan of them being single use but oh my god its a treat – I would love to see a more eco-friendly version of these and if you know any please let me know! I purposely didn’t pick a peeling one as my feet are soft and I am on them a lot so opted for a moisturising Aloe vera one. It was cold and felt like sticking your feet in jelly at first but I loved it once I got used to it! I didn’t want to take it off!
My friend bobby managed to snag me a few beauty goodies from a shoot recently, we have a tradition of buying bubble tea everytime we have a night shift and I always pick his flavours and he says I know him so well, he picked this colour for me and said ‘I wonder how well I know you’ It’s a deep coral in the shade Birthday Babe Diamonds from Nails inc and he clearly knows me so well! This is totally my colour and I love that one layer is enough and lasts a long time. I would love to use this on long false nails with a glitter gradient of gold!
Eyes are one of the first places to show signs of ageing and in my opinion it’s never too early to start paying attention to that area! In fact there are times i’m too tired, drunk or lazy to fully do my skincare regime but no matter what circumstance I always make time to at least cleanse and put on an eye serum and moisturiser. I started out with Nip and Fab Dragon’s fix eye serum, You want to work serums in first before eye creams as creams are heavier and create a barrier so serums won’t absorb as well. Next I grabbed my current eye moisturiser and used Opatra’s dermi-eye to rub it in, the gentle vibrations make blood flow to the area, it works the moisturiser deeper into the skin and overall makes your product go further, a great handy device for only £24.99
I used The Ordinary Niacinamide which evens skin texture and helps with clogged pores followed by The Ordinary Retinol. I just found out that as The Ordinary Retinol uses a pipette and pipettes oxygenate Retinol giving it a lesser shelf-life and far less efficiency so if you have any recommendations for a Retinol I can move to let me know! Finally I used Revolutions ‘stressed’ night time moisturiser. My skin isn’t stressed at the moment but I wanted a lightweight moisturiser as I’d used a lot of products tonight and this one is perfect.
I didn’t want anything heavy to eat or drink, I was tempted for a nice glass of rosé but opted for water over wine and a pineapple and blueberry snackpack for a thorough detox. All accompanied by Holidate on Netflix and then His Dark Materials on BBC. Holidate is a feel-good comedy that’s a Christmas movie without being a Christmas movie, I thoroughly recommend! His Dark Materials kept me at bay for the entire first season as I remember wanting to walk out of the film version at the cinema, hands down one of the worst films I’ve ever seen but I finally decided to give the series a go and it’s amazing!
Time to drift off
Turn off all electronics. Read a book and get a well rested night. You may struggle if you’re used to falling asleep staring at your phone, fall asleep with instrumentals or podcasts instead and no blue lights, your body will thank you in the morning! I have started reading ‘girl wash your face’ by Rachel Hollis. I find that in Summer I read fiction and in Winter I read motivational books, like last years staple was ‘The subtle art of not giving a f**k’.
I used my Happy Place sleep balm and pillow mist and was recommended sleepy moisturiser from Lush, with subtle Lavender scents all of the reviews say it’s genuinely tough to stay awake after it and is thoroughly relaxing. I grabbed my eye mask and dozed off listening to Potterless – A comical first reaction to Harry Potter from the view of a 25 year old podcaster.
And there you have it! My perfect way to have a lockdown spa night! I will definitely be making more time for this type of night in my life, don’t get me wrong I cannot wait for a relaxing spa day with my mum once this all blows over, but taking time for you, paying attention to your body and minds needs should be far more regular.
Do you have spa nights at home?
What is your favourite part of your routine?
Let me know in the comments below.