What was once considered an extravagance has now become a huge part of our wellness routine, and by turning your bathroom into your luxury spa, a little pampering can go a long way. This means there is no excuse for not taking the time to give yourself some spa-worthy self-care.
Read on for the Freedom Cosmetics guide to creating a luxury, soothing spa experience at home.
1. Quiet Your Mind
Begin your spa experience by unwinding with herbal tea – or even a glass of your favourite sparkling wine or fruit juice – in a different room before you start. Sit for half an hour, or however long you feel you need, without your phone and just begin to release and relax.
2. Create The Atmosphere
If you think back to your last experience at a luxury spa, you’ll remember how the tone of relaxation engulfed you from the moment you arrived. Part of the relaxing quality of a spa is the aromatic smell that envelopes you as soon as you step foot through the door and your home should be no different.
The entrance of a spa always smells delicious – not overpowering, just enough scent in the air to trigger a feeling of calm and tranquillity.
At home, lighting a candle, diffuser or spritzing a room spray is the quickest way to help you slip into a more serene state of mind. Pick one from a brand with roots in aromatherapy, lavender, orange or sandalwood would be ideal.
Soothing background music is important and can help set the mood. Silence can invite your brain to fill itself with cluttered thoughts so use tranquil and claiming music to help you meditate and clear your mind of any worries or anxieties you may have. Several spa playlists can be found on Spotify or other favourite streaming apps to accommodate this.
3. Dress The Part
Ditch anything uncomfortable such as denim or clothing with underwire, zips, buttons, or anything restrictive in any way. Treat yourself to a fluffy dressing gown that will keep you cosy and warm. You may also want some new slippers to complete your look, especially if you are going to give yourself an at-home pedicure.
4. Indulge In A Facial
A proper at-home facial will likely form the centrepiece of your spa session, and today’s best skincare treats offer pampering and performance in one. A fragrant balm cleanser will melt away stresses as well as it will oil and grime, while a gentle exfoliator will ensure your skin is squeaky-clean and prepped for the main event, your face mask.
Don’t forget about your lips, they need some TLC as well. We recommend Freedom Cosmetics luscious, vegan, all-natural lip balms to moisturise your lips, particularly during the cold weather.
Keep an eye out for our new launch of face masks launching May 22
5. Float Away In A Relaxing Bath
Whether you’re a fan of fragrant essential oils, bubble baths or a handful of bath salts, the key is in the scent.
Although the aroma is something very personal, and your body will be drawn to what they most need, there are specific essential oils that hold properties that will naturally help your mind and body relax. A great deeply relaxing oil to look for is the naturally sedating vetiver, calming camomile.
Epsom-based bath salts, rich in magnesium, are ideal for treating sore muscles and setting you up for a great night’s sleep, while a fragrant bubble bath offers both pampering appeal and calming benefits. For skin that feels softer and more supple after your soak, choose a luxurious body scrub to finish off your soak. At Freedom Cosmetics we recommend our Miracle Bath Salts which as a blend of Epson salts, Himalayan Salts, Dead Sea Salts and essential oils.
At Freedom Cosmetics we recommend our Oat and Maple Syrup Shampoo bar as a deep-conditioning mask that will make your hair feel in top condition. Slather it on while you’re waiting for your face mask to work or reading your book, for maximum swish the next morning.
Don’t have a bath? No problem. You can apply your body oil right before stepping in the shower, the hot water and steam will create a relaxing sauna effect and allow you to breathe in all the relaxing scent benefits.
6. Drench Yourself In Moisturiser
Finally, all good spa sessions should end with phenomenally soft and hydrated skin. Use a towel to pat your skin dry, then seal in the moisture by applying Freedom Cosmetics Lavender Body Butter to your arms, legs, and torso. After your body is covered in balm, put on your dressing gown to give it time to absorb into your skin before you get dressed.
The scent of our Lavender Fields Body Butter will help you feel calm and grounded as you drift off for what might just be the best night's sleep you've had this year.