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You might think that there are more important things than skincare and wellness now that we have more time, less chances to be outside, and a lot of changes many of us are finding difficult to adjust to. But now that your lifestyle is more indoors and sedentary than ever now that you are probably spending more and more time in front of the computer, less time outside, have no access to the seaside of your favourite salons, and likely only have access to certain, limited types of food – taking care of your skin is vital to ensure it is healthy, young-looking and bright despite the situation. Even a lockdown does not mean that we have to give up on skincare. Luckily, skincare and a home spa can be easily done at home with just a few ingredients. Here are some awesome ideas for your home spa tonight!
Steaming your face helps you cleanse your pores and makes it easier to apply other treatments. It can be done both before another treatment, or as a treatment on its own! And there is nothing simpler than a steam facial, even when you have absolutely no other ingredients for a fruit, mud or sugar mask.
All you need is water. Boil it in a bowl and let it cool a little bit not to burn your face. Be careful – steam can be hotter than it looks like, so try the temperature first before bringing your face closer. You can leave it at this, or add a bit of essential oils for an enhanced benefit. Tea tree oil helps to fight acne, lavender helps reduce oil on skin.
Keep your face over the bowl for some time until the steam is no longer hot, and gently pat it with a clean towel when done. Follow with another facial mask from the list below for enhanced performance, or simply add moisturiser at the end.
You are probably spending more time at your computer than ever. Not only are many of us now working from home and spending all of our time at the desk, but not all of us have access to comfortable chairs that are good for a full day of sitting and a good office light. For tired, dry, irritated and puffy eyes, cool chamomile tea bags are good at soothing and relaxing the eye area. Lay down for 15-15 minutes or longer, play some relaxing music in the background, light some candles and relax while the treatment does its job. Here is a good spa music playlist to make your home spa experience even more authentic!
This one is as old as wellness itself – and is not losing its popularity because of the great results it delivers. Don't have any chamomile bags nearby or want a new treatment? The good old cucumber mask does the job just as well. For the same effect, simply cut a large cucumber and place the cucumber on your eyes.
Cleanse and exfoliate your skin with a home made scrub your face will thank you for! Steam it, if you have time. Exfoliate skin using oatmeal and water by simply mixing the ingredients together until you get the consistency that's similar to a normal facial mask. You can wash it off immediately, or leave it on for 10 minutes for better results.
Before doing this mask, place a shower cap over your hair, or put it into a ponytail – this mask is good, but can make a bit of a mess if you are not careful enough. Lemons have toning properties, and honey has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. All in, two ingredients to magic in giving you a clean, fresh and tight skin immediately. Cut half a lemon, and mix it with 1-2 tablespoons of real honey. Mix with a spoon until well mixed, and of liquid consistency. Apply all over your face, avoiding the eye area, and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Wash your face and apply moisturiser.
Tip: when done with all of the above facial treatments, wash your face with cold water to close the pores quickly!
Not sure how to spend your time on lockdown? Check out our list of things you can do to keep yourself busy.