Whether you don’t have the time to spend the day at the Spa or funds simply will not allow it, setting up a DIY treatment centre in your own home is not only a great way to ensure you keep up with your beauty regime but it is also a fantastic time to kick back and socialise with your friends in a fun and entertaining way.
Setting Up Your Treatment Room
The size your treatment centre is going to heavily depend on the amount of space you have in your home and the number of people you are going to invite to join you.
Whether you use the corner of your bedroom, take over the bathroom or set up a designated room that will give Champneys a run for their money, whatever you decide, your space should be relaxing, have access to electrical points and running water wherever possible and is free from valuable stainable objects that could be ruined by one splash of your new avocado facial.
But above all, this room must be free of interruptions and noise. This is a time of tranquillity and relaxation, interruptions are simply not acceptable!
Sourcing Your Products
Though the cost of spa products can be extortionate when you buy them from your local spa, sourcing your treatments online can give you access to a much greater range of products but can also offer you discounts and special offers that are not available in high street stores.
But if you want to save even further why not make your own products so that you can impress your friends with your creativity and ingenuity.
Pouring two cups of boiling water over one cup of rose petals creates a simple toner with wonderful astringent properties. Leave to diffuse until cool, strain out the petals and store in the fridge in a sterilised bottle for instant results.
For a restorative facial, combine honey, yoghurt and avocado with a little aloe gel and cold cream for a delicious yet effective face mask. Leave for 20 minutes and wash off for fantastic results.
And don’t forget to exfoliate. Mix together equal quantities of brown sugar, oatmeal and olive oil for a wonderful treatment that will remove hard and dead skin all over your body and leave you feeling beautifully fresh.
Create the Ambience
For many, the most beneficial part of the spa is not the treatments themselves, but the feeling of getting away from it all. The warm, sweet scented air creates a feeling of relaxation that really feels like a step away from real life. But all these sensations can easily be recreated in your own home.
Firstly make sure you are warm. Nothing causes tension in your muscles like the cold, so turn up the heating and get your spa area feeling like it should. If you are in the bathroom run a hot shower for 15 minutes for a sensuous sauna or use a humidifier or bowls of hot water on radiators to increase the moisture levels in the atmosphere. Add a little of your favourite essential oil to create your own personal spa sensation in a matter of minutes.
And though it may be a bit of a cliché, candles have a massive part to play in the relaxation process. The natural light and warm glow provides a wonderfully calming atmosphere that will really get you in the mood.
Call In the Professionals
While the Spa may be in your own home, it doesn’t mean you have to do all the hard work yourself. There are many agencies that will come to you to provide a range of treatments that are more cost effective and convenient than going to a spa.
Search the internet or yellow pages and you will find services from spray tan, massaging and waxing all prepared to give you a home visit and enable you to fully appreciate your new Spa.
So the next time you are yearning for a little bit of pampering without the funds or time for a professional visit, create your own personal treatment centre at home and give yourself a little taste of luxury. Of course if you are looking for ultimate luxury then why not stay at one of London’s best luxury spa hotels.
This article was created on behalf of the Connaught – a luxury 5 Star hotel in Mayfair, London who currently run one of London’s most exquisite luxury spas – the Aman spa.