Create an indulgent spa with our help, then close the bathroom door and spend a little pamper-you time - you know you deserve it!
Kit out your tub
Make sure your tub is ready for that long soak you have planned. Choose foaming bubbles or relaxing salts and fragrant oils such as lavender. Use a wooden bath bridge to prop up your latest read – try the John Lewis’s Croft Collection bath bridge, £40 (pictured above) – and have a glass of iced water to hand, plus a bath pillow.
Also play music to help create the mood – search “spa playlists” or “spa music” on your device, connecting to a portable splash-proof speaker if you can. Choose songs without lyrics – certain tunes might increase your stress levels by triggering emotions.
Update your towels
Keep a set of best towels, just for you, making your spa-at-home day extra special. Treat yourself to a pair of hand towels, a huge bath sheet and a super-soft bath mat.
There’s no need to keep to all white, either – the latest designs feature geo patterns in lovely muted shades, or choose chic grey, which will hide any make-up or beauty product marks.
Above: Hand towels, £6-£14 each; Kubu rattan baskets, £49.50 for a set of 2; bath mat, £19.50, all marksandspencer.com
Style your home spa
Before your at-home spa session, spend a few minutes making the family bathroom somewhere truly relaxing.
Fill a basket with anything that would disrupt your relaxed mood – like the kids’ bath toys, laundry and other people’s towels – and pop them in another room. Remove any day-to-day toiletries and cleaning products. Then add a few vases with simple flowers, stacks of lovely clean towels, scented candles – anything that makes you feel calm.
Use your own natural products
Run out of your favourite soak or scrub? Nip to the kitchen before you start your spa and make these alternatives:
Natural bath milk
Start by whizzing one cup of powdered milk, half a cup of oatmeal, half a cup of bicarbonate of soda, a sprig of dried lavender and the contents of two camomile tea bags in a food mixer. Decant into a lidded glass jar. Swirl half a cup of this mix into your bath under warm running water.
Natural hand scrub
Melt one quarter of a cup of coconut oil in the microwave. Add two-and-a-half cups of brown sugar and squeeze in the juice of one lemon. Stir until well combined. If it looks too wet, add one teaspoon of sugar at a time, until it looks gritty enough to use as a hand scrub.
Make your shower more spa-like
Before you turn on your shower, use a body brush for some dry body brushing all over in short, circular strokes, moving upwards towards the direction of your heart.
Then, turn your shower into a mini spa treatment in itself, by switching from hot to cold, which is good for the skin and helps get the blood flowing – but always end with a few minutes at your normal temperature though.
Finally, after your shower, smother on lashings of hydrating body lotion onto your skin.
Now turn your phone to silent, pop on a robe and slippers, and start the process of unwinding with a cup of herbal tea…
Words: Jennifer Morgan