Getting pampered doesn't have to be expensive; there are many ways you can re-create a spa atmosphere and experience in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Treat yourself to moisturising, exfoliating and relaxing therapies for your face, hands, feet, toes and nails while breathing in the calming aromas typically found only at posh spa resorts or luxury salons.
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Hands and Feet
Your skin takes a beating from harsh cold in the winter and can suffer from cracks and splits at the edges of your nails, tops of your knuckles and all over your hands and feet. Treat your cracked skin with scented paraffin wax, which acts like a thermal glove by coating your fingers and toes in wax.
Melt paraffin wax in a slow cooker or paraffin tub and dip your hands and feet, one by one into the wax. Remove after one or two seconds, as the wax will instantly form around your hand and create a seal. Pain.com suggests paraffin heat therapy also soothes arthritis, muscle spasms, inflammation and join stiffness.
When you finish with the wax, moisturise your hands and feet with spa moisturiser injected with Dead Sea minerals or shea butter.
Fingernails and Toenails
Improve the look of your nails during your home spa experience. Popular nail treatment essentials include a cuticle tool, used for pushing back the cuticles on your nails and exfoliating cuticle treatment. Choose a scented cuticle treatment made with alpha hydroxy acid that will help moisturise dry cuticles. Use a nail buffer to add shine to your nails after treating the cuticles.
Finish off with a polish colour of your choice. To make the colour last as long as it does from a spa treatment, begin with a lacquer base, apply two coats of coloured polish and finish off with a clear lacquer top coat.
Facial and Body Treatments
Your home spa experience wouldn't be complete without a skin exfoliator. You can opt for a pre-made exfoliator or make your own face and body treatment at home.
Popular ingredients for a facial include avocado, egg, honey, oatmeal, rosewater, chocolate and cucumber. Use plain yoghurt, double cream or cottage cheese as the base for the facial and apply additives like coconut oil or peppermint for extra pizazz.
Body treatments can be more abrasive, so consider using sugar, almond or coffee scrubs mixed with liquid glycerine, cocoa butter or essential oils. Seaweed flakes also add an exotic touch to any body treatment.
Create a Spa Environment
Make your spa experience feel less like home and more like a health resort by changing the ambience. Select soft, instrumental background music with an Oriental theme, or choose a piano solo CD with arrangements of your favourite relaxing songs. Heat a scented candle on a candle warmer to broadcast a soft scent throughout the room. You'll also have peace of mind that there's no flame in the candle if you use a candle warmer.
Don't forget to pamper your tongue as well. Spa resorts often serve fancy coffee drinks, like espresso and cappuccino, or calming teas, such as green tea, chamomile and blends made with wild yam root or marshmallow leaves.
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