Body scrubs, massages and relaxation rooms – the staples of any spa-going beauty lover. For most people these are an occasional treat (or a mere dream for those who can never find time). Some may never feel the touch of a masseuse’s professional hand or hear the tranquil rainforest sounds drifting from the spa’s decadently expensive sound systems. However, help is at hand with at-home spa treatments, which are becoming more and more popular and widely available from a host of professional companies. These delightful little treats allow you to kick back and relax in the comfort of your own home, and handily come in at a variety of price points giving you the chance to experience a little bit of heaven. So So Gay disrobed and tried out some of the divine at home treatments to give you an idea of how to buff, scrub and polish your way to brighter skin and relaxation.
No spa day would be complete without a skin balancing mud mask – such as Dead Sea Spa Magik Mud Mask (Holland & Barrett – £7.29). This thick mud looks, smells and feels amazing, instantly cooling and providing brilliant coverage. Apply liberally and leave on your skin for 5 minutes whilst you put your feet up and stick cucumber slices over your eyes. It is perfect for normal and oily skin, and once washed off your skin feels smoother and more even looking. The deep cleansing mask removes impurities and gives you a healthy glow.
For something a little more vigorous, there’s Seasource Detox Spa Foaming Sea Salt Scrub (Arbonne International- £24). If you have ever been on holiday and swam in the ocean you will know how amazing your skin looks and feels after a dip in the deep blue. Sea salt is perfect for getting rid of dead skin cells as it provides a rough invigorating scrub, proving better for the skin than it is as part of your diet. Lather up in the shower with the Sea Salt Scrub to reinvigorate tired skin and leave your body soft and refreshed. It feels quite rough to begin with but once foaming the scrub gets to work and feels great; skin instantly feels softer and noticeably more even.
To achieve that perfect finish, you can end your spa routine with Evolve Heavenly Body Polish – (Feelunique.com – £12.99). Claiming to be natural and organic, this is the product for the eco-conscious beauty fan; it contains no nasties so is definitely good for your skin. The thick creamy scrub contains pieces of coconut shell which gently buff away dead skin cells, while calming you with a distinct Pina Colada fragrance. Scrub on to dry skin before rinsing off in the shower. If you close your eyes tight and imagine really hard, you’ll be whisked away to the beach spas of the Caribbean. It also contains coconut oil and shea butter which are great for leaving your skin moisturised and silky to the touch.
Here at So So Gay we believe everyone deserves a little loveliness in their lives. So, fill your bathroom with steam, light some candles, burn some incense and pump some whale song through your speakers. Pamper yourself without the spa price tag at the spa – chez toi.