An indulgent pampering session with these beauty products will have you looking good as new!
This boosts circulation, improves lymphatic drainage to counteract cellulite and smooths skin texture.
How to do it properly:
Spend about five to ten minutes to do it right.
Sit down and start on the sole of your right foot, then brush over the top of your foot, up the lower leg, sweeping around, brushing upwards only.
Stand up and brush from your knee to thigh, using longer strokes. Brush from your buttocks up to your waist. Repeat for the left side to the waist.
Next, start on the palm of your right hand, then the back of the hand and work towards your shoulder. Repeat, starting from your left hand.
Finally, gently brush your tummy in a clockwise circle. Then take a dry flannel and gently massage the sensitive neck and chest area, in a clockwise direction, finishing on your face.
Without doubt one of the best beauty treatments ever, a mask always makes you pause, rest and take a break. Careful – you might get used to it!
Givenchy Le Soin Noir Lace Mask is not exactly a steal at £225. But for the same investment as one pricey facial you get four luxurious sheet masks in black lace, drenched in firming, plumping algae extract that works down to cellular level.Keep them and you’ll have Givenchy couture fancy dress too!
Boost tired, dull skin with Ole Henriksen Power Bright, £40. Vitamin C is an unbeatable skin brightener, and this clever kit contains a polishing sugar scrub, tingly 25 per cent Vitamin C concentrate and balmy rosehip oil cleanser. The whole routine takes 20 minutes, skin looks instantly lit and pigmentation fades overtime – happy days!
Never underestimate the benefit of even the fastest facial treatments. Nügg WinterGlow Kit, £18.99 contains six pots of oil-based mask with a faff-free five-minute waiting time. This kit has revitalising, exfoliating and hydrating varieties to multimask if you wish. The cooling gel formulas are great for sensitive skin and the individual pots keep those natural formulas in good nick for whenever you need them.
Want a DIY version? Use 2tbsp ground oatmeal and ground almonds with 3tbsp coarse sea salt or brown sugar. Spread on a damp loofah or sisal mitt (try The Body Shop Hemp Body Mitt, £7) and massage over your body.
Let the steam boost your beauty regime! Prep yourself while your bath is filling up, deep cleanse your face twice – once with a cream or oil cleanser, then wash off the residue, along with every trace of dirt that may clog pores.
Deep cleanse your hair with a detoxifying range, such as the fab range, John Frieda Full Repair, from £5.69.
Try the aromatic lavender This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak, £22. Or, blend your own! Two drops each of lavender and peppermint, for a calming pick-me-up when you’re tired, or two drops each of geranium and frankincense, for when you need to feel strong.
Give your hands an intensive skin treatment to refine the skin around the nails, as smooth, soft, neat cuticles are the hallmark of any decent manicure.
Sit down at a table and get an old towel and spread it over a table in front of you. You might want to turn on some music throughout – nothing too energetic – and this is also the perfect time to let a face mask absorb.
Take a body scrub and massage gently, but firmly, into your hands, paying particular attention to your cuticles.
If your nails appear stained, rub a fresh lemon into the nail to help lighten any yellowness.
Take a moisturising face mask – or the residue from a homemade mask, and coat each hand in the cream. Place your hands inside plastic sandwich bags and leave to absorb for ten minutes.
Rinse off and massage in a favourite shea butter hand cream or almond oil (paying particular attention to dry cuticles).
Our feet hold so much tension and if you tend to ignore or neglect them, today’s the day to start giving them more care.
Remove any old polish from your toes, then clip toenails straight across. Cutting or shaping toenails at the sides may encourage ingrown toenails.
File nails to smooth them down, and if you have yellowness or ridges, buff the surface of the nails so they look fresher.
Apply any moisturising cream to your cuticles – a heavy moisturiser will do – and then soak your feet for ten to 15 minutes in a basin of warm water with three drops of peppermint essential oil.
Remove your feet from the bowl and dry them off briskly with a clean towel. Now take an orange stick or cotton bud and gently push the cuticles back, to create a cleaner, neater nail bed.
Now warm some oil between your hands and massage into your feet and work up the legs towards the knees. Really work the cream into the soles of your feet – there are so many nerve endings here and it can only benefit the rest of your body – happy feet = happy soul.
Over the top, massage in a creamy body moisturiser to seal in moisture. Pop on slippers or invest in a pair of Bliss Softening Socks, £39 – great for dry heels.
Gorgeous to massage in – and a little goes a long way, unlike most creams – Try the divine, vetiver-scented Decléor Aromessence Relax Intense Relaxing Dry Oil, £43, which absorbs super fast; or This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil, £39.50, with rose, sandalwood and evening primrose oil – amazing on dry shins.
Do this sitting in front of a mirror to ease knots of stress and tension. Use firm but gentle movements that feel good.
Cross your right arm over your chest, placing your hand on your left shoulder. Using your fingertips as ‘tools’, press gently, using circular movements. You may feel tension as ‘crystals’ or ‘lumps’. Repeat on the other shoulder.
Place both hands on the back of your neck and gently press upwards with your fingertips in spaces of a centimetre until you meet the base of your skull. Work your way up and down four times.
With your forefingers, make circular motions gently at the base of your skull.
Curl your fingers into a ball, place one on either side of the chest and knuckle the whole area, working up and down the neck as well.
Wrap up in a robe, rest and restore your senses; give yourself 40 winks – enjoy.