We are sequestered at home and honestly how much Netflix can you really watch? For the past several weeks, I have shared with you some ideas for skincare, footcare, and overall well-being that features massage, exercise and meditation, as well was healthy whole foods. This week I am suggesting that we have a treat and give ourselves a spa treatment at home. Are you in?
When you go to a spa the first thing you notice is the surroundings. Everything is so calm, so serene, so subdued. And the smell…aaaaaah! You feel relaxed already and you haven’t even done anything yet.
Set the scene for your spa. If you have your own ensuite bathroom set the mood with candles, aromatherapy via either the candles or an essential oils diffuser. If you are using essential oils, try eucalyptus for that super-spa feeling.
Make sure you have fluffy towels at the ready, a pair of flip flops, and a nice cozy robe.
Now for the treatments, in this order.
I usually like to give my hair an oil treatment once a week to keep it shiny and moisturized. The best way I know how to do this is with coconut oil. But first I like to massage my head to loosen up the scalp muscles (relaxing), exfoliate the dander and stimulate the follicles. I then brush my hair and shake it out. I will show you this week in a short video (stay tuned). After about five minutes of this, I scoop the coconut oil out of the jar and put it in my palm, where it immediately starts to melt into an oil. From there, I start to work it into my hair and scalp. Once I have thoroughly coated everything from my roots to the tips (thank god my hair is short) I put a warm, damp towel around my head while I go to work on my …
Look at these feet. I need a pedicure bad! Since everything is closed now, I will have to make do on my own. So here we go.
Lay a towel down on the floor you will be working on, just to contain the mess (nail polish remover pads, pieces of toenails, etc.) Now remove the chipped nail polish as best as you can.
Next, fill a small tub, bucket or cooler (sometimes you have to get creative) with hot water. Add ½ cup of Epsom salts and an essential oil of your choice. You can stick with the eucalyptus or try lavender. Either one will soothe you.
While the hot water is cooling a bit, exfoliate your feet an Epsom salt paste (mix some salt with some coconut oil) and scrub away the rough spots before your soak.
Now that the water has cooled, put your exfoliated feet into the water and let them sit there for a good twenty minutes. The Epsom salt has magnesium in it which is wonderful for tired, achy or inflamed feet.