5 expensive beauty treatments you can recreate at home
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There’s no doubting the power of a little bit of pampering. So if you’re in need of a pick-me-up facial or you’re horrified by hair removal, it’s time to get creative and discover the DIY solutions hidden in your own home.
Remember, half the pleasure of a spa is the restful atmosphere, so take the time to dim the lights, light some candles and wrap yourself in your fluffiest robe before taking a look at our home beauty treatments.
1. Smooth your skin
As a mum, you’re used to multi-tasking, and with everyone home all the time right now, it can be hard to squeeze in some time for yourself. But there’s no need to let your grooming go - epilation is one of the best ways to tackle hair removal at home.
If you want long-lasting results, Braun epilators give you smooth skin that lasts up to four weeks – and you can do it from the comfort of your sofa while you’re catching up with telly!
The Braun Silk-épil 9 Flex has a flexible head designed to adjust to your body’s curves and stay close to your skin. The revolutionary new design ensures easy handling, and SensoSmart technology lets you know if you’re pressing too hard to ensure best results without discomfort. It’s 100% waterproof too, so you can use it in the bath or shower for a more comfortable experience. It even catches the shortest hairs in tricky areas, like your bikini line, leaving you with gorgeously smooth skin.
2. Make your own facial mask
Give yourself a rejuvenating facial treatment by mixing up some of your favourite natural skincare ingredients and creating a mask.
Need some inspiration? Facialists love strawberries for their vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, which exfoliate the skin. Blend them with bee pollen, raw honey, olive oil mayonnaise and a few drops of lavender oil.
Then just apply to the face, leaving the eyes alone. Relax and listen to some favourite soothing music for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water and watch your skin glow.
3. Give your feet (and hands) a treat
For perfect nails, start with a clean canvas. Wipe them with an acetone cleaner before you start to clear away any dirt, oils or leftover polish. Then soak hands for three minutes or feet for five, before using your favourite scrub to exfoliate.
Give your cuticles some TLC by gently rubbing them with nail oil and pushing them back into shape with an orangewood stick. Then massage a moisturiser into your hands or feet.
Now it's time to polish. Carefully apply a base coat, two thin layers and a clear top coat to keep everything shiny and protected. Then sit back with a magazine and enjoy some well-deserved time to yourself.
4. Try a DIY body polish
At the spa they'll use expensive exfoliators to scrub away dead and dull skin cells from your body, to reveal the smooth, glowing skin beneath. But you can achieve the same effect with all-natural ingredients at home.
Just mix equal parts of brown sugar and oil, such as coconut oil. To give your skin a boost, try adding a drop of vitamin E oil for its anti-ageing properties, or an essential oil such lavender or orange.
Then scrub the mixture all over your body and rinse off in the shower for skin that feels like silk.
5. Relax with aromatherapy
A spa isn't just about rejuvenating your body, it's also about giving your mind a break. And nothing is quite as soothing as the right fragrance at the right time.
Pick an essential oil with a scent you love, or with an effect that you'd like: try bergamot to reduce anxiety or lavender for a good night's sleep. Then add a few drops to your bath or massage into your skin with a base oil such as almond. For extra relaxation, why not cash in a favour with your other half and get a massage from them?
What's your favourite way to pamper yourself at home?
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