With spring here and summer around the corner, now’s the time to pamper yourself with some much-needed self-care in the comfort of your home.
Everyone loves a relaxing day at the spa, being pampered and taking time out to de-stress from our busy lives. And according to the 2021 Pinterest predicts report on trending topics, bath rituals are the new spa days – but not your typical tub. The Pinterest report claims that bath time will get an upgrade with influences from ancient rituals … with more people carving out time for an extra-special soaking experience.
Before setting up your home spa, be sure to clear your schedule, and no checking emails or answering calls – just like you would if you were visiting an actual spa.
Next, create the right atmosphere, making sure you incorporate elements that are pleasing to all your five senses – smell, sound, sight, touch and taste.
Lastly, dim the bathroom lights, light a beautifully fragranced candle, play some soothing music – preferably instrumentals rather than words – and slip into a plush comfy bath robe before pouring yourself a glass of refreshing cucumber and mint water. Now relax and enjoy our spa menu.
Cécile & Boyd Scented Candles
Cécile & Boyd candles, available in four scents – Frangipani & Tuberose, Hyacinth & Wild Fig, Orange & Ginger, Oudh & Myrrh. Large candle R480, medium candle R340. www.cecileandboyds.com/shop/
Spiritual Cleansing Bath
A spiritual cleansing bath is similar to a normal bath, but instead of bathing in bubbles you use ingredients that “charge” the water with healing vibrations. Spiritual cleansing baths are used to reject the negative, open the paths, eliminate negative situations, attract positivity, and, above all … relax! It is the perfect self-care ritual to help you detox and rebalance.
Spiritual Cleansing & Relaxation recipe:
1 cup Himalayan salt; 1 cup Epsom salts; 1 cup fresh or dried lavender; 2-3 drops DoTerra Lavender Oil
To order: Lauren Uys from Flowoils; 083 300 9824
Double up the luxury with a nourishing hair treatment while giving your face and neck a gym workout. Olaplex No 3 Hair Protector restores the healthy appearance and texture of your hair by repairing damage and protecting the hair structure. Massage into your wet hair and leave to soak for 20 minutes before rinsing off. R585 for 100ml. www.hairnetwork.co.za
Indulge in a relaxing facial massage designed to drain toxins, improve facial blood circulation, clear sinuses, improve lymphatic drainage and smooth out fine lines. Using a Jade or Quartz Facial roller and Gua Sha tool, you can sculpt and contour your complexion while giving your skin a beautiful glow. Apply a facial oil like Oola before starting your massage, to boost absorption and increase radiance. R132. www.takealot.com/
Oola Marula Oil
An easily absorbed, fragrance-free oil made from 100% organic cold-pressed Marula oil, suitable for all skin types. Super rich in antioxidants and Omega 6 and 9, it can help heal and reduce acne, boost cellular activity and hydrate your skin. Perfect for daily use. Absolute Heaven, uMhlanga Centre; 031 561 2182.
Post Bath Luxurious Body Massage
Following your relaxing bath ritual, towel dry and lather yourself in the most luxurious body butter ever. Umu Ora Wonder Rub Body Balm – made from the seeds of the sausage tree – is unscented and naturally loaded with African oils and butter. This super moisturising balm might require a little rubbing to absorb and penetrate deep into your skin, but it leaves your skin soft from sunrise to sunset. Trust me, you will have to feel it to believe it. Absolute Heaven, uMhlanga Centre; 031 561 2182.