This may sound a little strange and high maintenance! But I find it very important to take sometime (like a hour or so) to really take care of yourself and regroup! The way I like to regroup and unwind in the process is by having a little at home spa session!
If you've been reading my blog for a while now you'll know that in my 'Birthday Wish List' post I featured the Aromatherapy Associates Pure Indulgent Collection bath set! I was lucky enough to get a gift card from my lovely mother-in-law for my past birthday and I decided to get this gift set to treat myself with the gift card! I know that they sell some of these items individually but I don't know if they still have this exact set anymore but I highly recommend anything from Aromatherapy Associate!
Now before we get started, lets...
...set the scene!
The first thing I like to do before I do my at-home spa session. I like to set the mood and vibe! By doing so, I light a candle! When it come to relaxing and unwinding, candles are the best way to just shut everything off and enjoy the smell and dim light!
If you have a bath tube that you would like to use, I would start filling up the bath at this point! Maybe put some nice bath oils or bubbles! I don't really use my bath, so I generally just take a shower during my spa sessions! So before I start that shower I like to start my...
Before I start my shower, I like to do the first half of my skin care by cleansing my face and putting on a face mask!
To cleanse my face I use the Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Gel Cleanser! I did mention this cleanser recently in my 'What's in my traveling toiletry bags'. I wrote that I like the consistency of this cleanser! I really enjoy the gel texture and it does brighten up my complication!
I love using face masks during my at-home spa sessions! It just feels so amazing and really cleansing! There are so many masks out there that you can use! So, please use whatever facial mask you desire! During my at-home spa sessions I like to use a a good charcoal detoxifying mask!
I finished my Derma -E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal mask! So, I had this mini sample of the GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment mask that I used during this seesion! To tell you the truth I like the Derma-E mask better! This GLAMGLOW one does pretty much the same thing but I don't find it as effective and it's more money.
I do like to put my face mask on right before I get into the shower and I leave it on for how long it says to leave it on for. With the steam from the shower and the face mask on my face, it's just AAAAHHHHHH!!!! Just do your best to not get you face wet until you have to take it off!
After I put on my face mask I start the shower and...
...apply shower oil!
I highly, highly recommend getting bath & shower oils for an at-home spa session!!! They are just the cherry on top of a bath or a shower!
For instants, I wouldn't use these during an everyday shower or bath but for special occasions its a must for me! Since I had the Aromatherapy Associates set I used the Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Shower Oil!
This smells SO good with the calming lavender and peppermint! Now with these oils, you massage a cupful torso and stressed areas. Then cup your hands and bring them to your face and inhale 3 times. Step into the warm water and enjoy the aromatherapy while I am in the...
In the shower I start off with cleaning my hair! I am currently using the Tresemme Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner! I really do like this line! It is very smoothing! It also leaves my hair very soft!
While my conditioner is sitting in my hair for a bit I like to shave my legs! I use this Schick Intuition shaver, which I love! It's so convent and quick in the shower! It has a moisturizing "shaving cream" bar around the blades! Just a geniuses invention!
After I wash the face mask off and get all of the conditioner out of my hair. I wash my body with the Aromatherapy Revive Body Wash! This is a nice body wash. It's a lighter scent, which I like because it doesn't interfere or disturbs the scent of the shower oil and the...
I know I just mentioned that shower oils are the cherry on the top of a bath or a shower! But, body oils are like the golden ticket of showers!
Let me explain! You don't need a shower oil for an everyday shower, but I would recommend you use a body oil after every shower! That is what truly helps keep the body moisturized!
This Aromatherapy Associate Relax Body Oil one is truly relaxing! The way to use a body oil is right after you towel dry you pure a capful into your hand a rub this all over! Your arms, tors, chest and I especially like to focus this on my shoulders! Such a nice mini massage!
By the way guys, I'm not being sponsored by Aromatherapy Associates! I just LOVE their products! I have a really small bath room and these just really do turn your everyday bathroom into a luxury spa! If you ever want to treat yourself I highly recommend check out Aromatheropy Associates! They are just amazing!
Ok now on to...
...the second half of my skin care!
Once I get my bathrobe on I finish up my skin care. starting off by toning! I recently got this Kani Botanical Sea Tone and I've been really liking it so far. It does leave you with a matte finish, so it is drying and can make your skin feel a little bit tight. You do feel a little bit of the sea salt exfoliate your skin. Which is kind of cool because it's toning and exfoliating your face at the same time!
After I tone I'll put on my eye cream! I'm still using my Pur-lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer for my eye cream! I know you're supposed to use this all over the face as a full moisturizer! But, since it's more of a fine line prevention product I really just focus it around my eyes because that is where I am noticing fine lines the most.
Before I moisturize the rest of my face! I like to apply a facial oil! I have this tiny sample bottle of Tarte's Maracuja OIl that I'm using. This is an OK product. It does help with keeping in the moisture, but I'm really just using it because I have it and I want to use it up!
To moisturize my face I used this Ohle Henriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer! I freaking love this moisturizer!! Its so hydrating and keeps the moisture in all day! It's also so light on the face! Great for the summer weather!
If you've read my last post then you'll know that I can't got to bed without putting on my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask! I won't go on too much about this lip mask, because I just posted a blog post about it! But man this stuff is awesome! Saves my lips for the day overnight! I highly recommend!
Lastly, before I get into my pajamas and cozy up in bed! I like to apply a body cream! I have been using this Formulary 55 Milk & Honey Shea Butter Creme! As you can tell from the picture that I'm almost out of this! I use it every time I take a shower! Its so hydrating and keeps my body moisturized throughout the whole day! Awesome stuff!
Well that Is how I like to take some time to myself and relax! We all need some time to ourselves to regroup and clear our minds! I would highly recommend doing an at home spa a lest once a month! It'll do wonders for your mental health too!!
I hope you enjoyed!
Have a wonderful day!
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