at-home-spa day

How To Create Your Own Luxury At Home Spa Day

When visiting a spa is not an option, why not recreate the vibe directly at home?

Create your very own at home spa day with our shopping list:

jo malone candle

Jo Malone Candle, £48

Light a candle and enjoy the scents of pear, amber, patchouli and white freesias as you relax and unwind.

NEOn diffuser

NEOM Happiness Reed Diffuser, £38

We’re spending so much more time at home; may as well make it smell nice! This oil blend contains White Neroli, Mimosa and Lemon and fills the air with natural goodness to help lift your spirits.

ESPA Bath Oil Collection

ESPA Bath Oil Collection, £30

Depending on what you’ve been up to that day, pour some Fitness, Restorative, Soothing, Energising, Detoxifying or Resistance bath oil under hot running water and soak in the waters and scent.

BeautyPro Hand Therapy Collagen Infused Glove

BeautyPro Hand Therapy Collagen Infused Glove, £4.95

Put on these gloves for 20 minutes and let Marine Collagen, Shea Butter and Vitamin E envelope your hands in rich moisture.

Rope one of the kids into giving at home spa hand massage in exchange for some sweets. #needsmust

Elemis Pro-Radiance Hand And Nail Cream

Elemis Pro-Radiance Hand And Nail Cream, £29

You’ve probably never washed your hands as much as you have these past few weeks so a good hand cream is a must.

Blended with milk protein, avelana seed oil, and rare anti-ageing Omega 7, the cream leaves hands soft and nourished.

benefit The Great Brow Basics Brow Gel & Pencils Collection

benefit The Great Brow Basics Brow Gel & Pencils Collection, £33.50

If you still believe in make up or want to look put together for a Zoom work call, start with brows. The kit contains three tools to expertly shape, sculpt and define.

Lancôme Flash Bronzer Body

Lancôme Flash Bronzer Body Gel, £27.50

If the tan from your garden/balcony isn’t quite cutting it, top up with this luxurious, streak-free self-tan gel.

Frank Body Original Introduction Kit

Frank Body Original Introduction Kit, £24.95

Buff away dry, flaky skin (we like to use it on hands and body) then follow up with a luxurious, moisturising body balm.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, £35

Add some shine to lacklustre locks with this light and non-oily oil.

Works on all hair types.

NARS Cosmetics Nail Polish Collection

NARS Cosmetics Nail Polish Collection, £15

The nail salon may be closed but there’s no reason for your nails to look shabby.

Keep it DIY with the colours in this NARS set.

Cowshed Pedicure Kit

Cowshed Pedicure Kit, £22

Everything you need to treat yourself to a DIY pedicure at home. The sweet packaging means it would also make a nice gift.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask, £22

Massage this overnight mask in before bed – it contains Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E, Swiss Glacier Water and Hyaluronic Acid – and wake up to radiant and smooth skin.

Jade Facial Roller

Jade Facial Roller, £38.50

Use a jade roller daily to minimise puffiness and boost smoothness.

Keep in the fridge for a pleasant cold wake-me-up in the morning.

Kent Brushes Shampoo & Scalp Massage Brush,

Kent Brushes Shampoo & Scalp Massage Brush, £3.30

Encourage blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth by using this scalp massager every time you wash your hair.

Garnier Hyaluronic Acid and Coconut Water Hydrating Replumping Eye Sheet Mask

Garnier Hyaluronic Acid and Coconut Water Hydrating Replumping Eye Sheet Mask, £2.99

Take 15 minutes from your day and sit down with this relaxing eye mask. Keep in the fridge and apply in the morning for a quick pick-me-up.

Timeless Ferment Snail Eye Cream

Timeless Ferment Snail Eye Cream, £60

Heard of K Beauty but not sure what the fuss is about? Try this snail eye cream – yes snail – to brighten hyperpigmentation and even out skin tone.

Centred En-Root Scalp Treatment

Centred En-Root Scalp Treatment, £36

A blend of Rosemary, Tea Tree and Peppermint Essential Oils stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles maximising hair growth potential, detoxifies dead skin and product build-up and soothes and nourishes the scalp.

Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner For Flaky & Itchy Scalps

Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner For Flaky & Itchy Scalps, £22

You’re not going anywhere so use the time at home to sort out any hair/scalp woes. Apply this scalp toner to help get rid of itching and dandruff.

The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser

The Jojoba Company Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser, £22.95

You’re not going out as much so you can try a gentler cleanser. We like this 100% natural – and plastic free – cleanser which uses Australian Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera extract to gently buff away dead skin.

Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush

Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush, £25

Dry brushing helps to increase blood flow and stimulate collagen production in the skin. It’s not the most pleasant feeling but it’s worth it for skin that looks and feels more toned.

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Conditioning Lip Scrub with Exfoliating Honey Crystals

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Conditioning Lip Scrub with Exfoliating Honey Crystals, £6.99

Get rid of the dry, flaky skin on your lips with a weekly lip scrub.

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Conditioning Lip treatment

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment, £6.99

Follow up with regular application of an overnight lip treatment.

L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray

L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray, £8.99

Roots coming through? Cover up greys – or whatever your natural hair colour is – with this range of retouch sprays, powders and concealers.

By Terry Tea to Tan Face and Body Bronzer

By Terry Tea to Tan Face and Body Bronzer – Summer Bronze, £55

Fake your summer glow with our favourite gentle fake tan.

Jessica Phenomen Oil Intensive Moisturiser

Jessica Phenomen Oil Intensive Moisturiser, £14.10

If you’ve removed your false nails and your nail bed is looking a little worse for wear, treat yourself to some nail moisturiser.

Westlab Epsom Salts

Westlab Epsom Salts, £7.99

Leaned fully into daily runs/working out at home and now your muscles are crying?

Try a good old fashioned bath in Epsom salts.

Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Moisture Booster, £25

Post workout, use this lightweight and cooling gel to quench thirsty skin with long-lasting moisture.

Leonor Greyl Hair Masks

Leonor Greyl Hair Masks, from £20

They’re not cheap but Leonor Greyl make what we think are best hair masks for pretty much every hair type.

GLAMGLOW Supermud Mask

GLAMGLOW Supermud Mask, £44

GLAMGLOW Supermud Mask is a cult classic and for good reason; it tackles blemishes and breakouts and leaves your skin feeling cleansed yet moisturised. 

Estrid Razor, £7.95

Women’s razors are often double the price of men’s which is why lots us buy from their aisle. Estrid does a starter kit for £7.95 (they make vegan razors and yes that’s a thing) and will send you replacement blades as and when you need them.

Dr Paw Paw Multipurpose Hair + Body Wash

Dr Paw Paw Multipurpose Hair + Body Wash, £9.99

Gentle enough for use on babies, this award-winning dual purpose hair and body wash contains Pawpaw Fruit to nourish skin and hair, Aloe Vera to soothe sore sensitive skin and Coconut Oil to hydrate and add shine to dull hair.

Sugar Coated Waxing Pack, £20

The Sugar Coated vegan sugar wax is 100% natural and made from just sugar and water.

The Full Body Hair Removal Kit can be used anywhere on the body – including bikini line – and the kit contains Pure Fine Talc to dust the area before waxing and a Soothing Mist to spray on newly waxed areas to help smooth and calm.

If you want to have an at-home spa day with the kids, we suggest using natural and organic products as far as is possible due to their sensitive skin.

Find our suggestions in our guide to the best organic skincare and beauty products for young skins.

How To Set Up Your Own Sense-Satisfying Spa At Home

By Isla Hannah Knight, Founder, JustU

We’re all missing things from ‘normal’ life during lockdown, whether that’s after work drinks or meals out, clubs and exercise classes or just getting some pampering.

Despite the memes on social media joking about how we are all going to emerge looking like yetis or similar, for many people, these treatments are their way of relaxing and getting a little me time, which is of course, much harder for those working from home and juggling children’s home-schooling at the same time.

For me, the ultimate way to access luxurious treatments is to go to a spa for a day and I bet many people are looking forward to being able to do that again.

In the meantime, why not set up your own home spa and aside some time and space for yourself to relax and rejuvenate?

Close your laptop, turn off your phone and put the kids in front of something that will occupy them for a while.

Here is my advice for creating your very own home spa, one which will stimulate all of your senses to ensure you emerge feeling wonderful.

1. Sensational smells

It’s no good retiring to the bathroom for your home spa experience if it smells of bleach or homemade slime.

Create the perfect ambience by airing the area well before-hand and adding some scented candles or essential oils.

Decide what you want from your home spa and select your scents accordingly. If you want to emerge calm and relaxed, try lavender; if you’re feeling anxious or stressed and need something to uplift you, bergamot is the scent for you.

cowshed diffuser

If you have, or can get hold of, an aromatherapy diffuser, you can combine scents for specific outcomes.

For example, for a sense of happiness, you might want to combine equal measures of frankincense, bergamot and orange.

You only need a few drops to create the right ambience, so be careful not to overdo it. You’re looking for a serene environment, not to leave with your nose begging for mercy!

2. Sounds right

The right background noise is also essential to set the mood. Ensure you can block out intrusive noise such as next door’s TV, dogs barking and the competing devices of your own household.

Again, decide on your mood and pick your home spa backing track accordingly. For example, if you have the lavender scent for relaxation, choose something gentle in the background.

It may be a cliché, but whale songs really are relaxing, or you might choose meditation or healing gong music.

If you’re trying to lift your mood and energy, try something a bit more vibey and upbeat. If you don’t want to spend ages planning a playlist, there are some great Apps on both iOS and Android, such as Musicovery and 8Tracks.

3. Looking good

Making sure your sense of vision is appropriately stimulated is also key to putting you in the appropriate state of mind.

Clear away any clutter and products that you are not using before-hand. Staring at a messy room or bath toys is going to detract from the authenticity of the home spa experience.

Ideally the area you’re using should be calm and muted in colour but, either way, low lighting is relaxing.

Again, candles are a winner here, although if you’re not a candle fan you could try LED or fairy lights in a clear jar (battery powered only in the bathroom, of course) or go retro with a lava lamp.

4. Touchy-feely

Once you have the ambience right, you can get to the most important part which is the sense of touch.

Start with a gentle, dry body brushing session, followed by a shower, alternating between warm and cold water to stimulate and invigorate your skin and then relax in a deep, warm bath.

ecotools body brush

If you’re using exfoliators or face masks, use ones that cleanse gently and without leaving you feeling red-raw.

When you leave the bath, make sure you’ve chosen your softest towels and bathrobes to relax in afterwards, plus fluffy socks or soft slippers.

Make sure you apply top-quality moisturisers or oils that feel silky and luxurious against your skin.

5. Taste sensation

Whether you associate a spa day with health or decadence and luxury, you can pick food and drink to accompany you in your home spa experience.

Make your favourite fruit smoothie or green / chamomile tea or have a bottle of bubbles on ice. You could snack on sweet grapes, dark chocolate and mixed seeds or have an afternoon tea delivered.

John Lewis & Partners Afternoon Tea Treats Gift Basket

While you’re stocking up on essentials, why not pick up a fruit you’ve never tried before, such as lychees, star fruit or papaya.

If the purpose of your home spa is to pick you up and invigorate you, what could be better than a party on your taste buds to send you back into lockdown life stimulated and revived?

As someone with a passion for wellbeing, I hope you find these tips helpful to get you through lockdown and I’m sure we are all looking forward to the end of this time, when we can emerge safe and well and look forward to a healthier future – even if still in need of a bit of a trim!

These were some of the most googled terms in March and April 2020 when it comes to at-home beauty:

How to cut your own hair

Celebrity Stylist Jen Atkin (her clients include Jessica Alba, Katy Perry and Sofia Vergara) has two great videos on her Instagram on how to safely trim your ends at home.

Celebrity Stylist Jen Atkin  instagram

She also suggests the OUAI Treatment Masque for a 5-minute hair makeover to keep hair in tip-top condition until salons reopen.

OUAI Treatment Masque

How to dye your hair at home

If you don’t want your roots showing, you can either use box dye or a root touch up kit. We like this from Colour Wow.

Colour Wow. root cover up

It’s a mineral powder that comes in eight colour correcting shades and it covers greys and dark roots.

How to thread or wax your own eyebrows

It’s very easy to get this wrong so we suggest embracing your natural shape and colour and sticking to the odd tweeze to prevent unibrow.

tweezerman tweezers

The founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, Anastasia Soare, has some fab tips on how to define your arches to best enhance their natural shape.

How to make a homemade hair mask

Our favourite DIY hair mask is simply olive oil, egg and avocado applied to wet hair.

It’s important to treat your scalp too to keep dandruff and dry, itchy skin at bay.

How to do a lash lift at home

We don’t recommend you try this at home. Invest in an eyelash curler and a good mascara instead.

too faced mascara
eyelash curler shu uemura

How to make a DIY face mask

No odd ingredients needed to make our favourite oatmeal mask; simply mix 32 grams of warm water with 64 grams of oatmeal and one tablespoon melted coconut oil and leave on your face for 15 minutes.

Lots of other ideas on DIY face masks can be found on Hello Glow.

How to do an at home facial

Start by cleansing the skin so you’ve got a clean base, then exfoliate to remove dead and dull skin cells for an even base that will increase product absorption.

Next apply your favourite mask, serum or moisturiser.

Use high-tech skin care tools; from blood-stimulating and face-sculpting rollers and gua shas to intelligent LED or sonic-powered devices to mimic your favourite treatments from the comfort of home.

How to remove lash extensions with coconut oil

Using a natural oil like coconut can help extensions slide off without damaging your natural lashes or irritating the delicate skin around your eyes.

Dip a cosmetic pad or make up sponge into the oil of your choice and gently swipe your upper and lower lash lines, making sure not to get any of the oil in your eyes.

Treat your lashes with a good lash serum to help them hydrated and nourished from extensions.

lash serum

What are your favourite products to create a spa experience at home?


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