We all have busy lives. It’s all part of growing up; we have something we need to do or somewhere we need to be every minute of the day. And this can leave us with very little time to relax and pamper ourselves. I have talked before about how to fit masking into a busy routine; but a full head to toe pamper in an hour? Here’s the rundown.
You read that right, I said an hour. Once get into the routine you could probably run through this in under an hour. But it’s nice to take your time, if you can, and enjoy each step.
Firstly, I remove any makeup and pick out one of my favourite clay masks. I usually go for the L’oreal Detox Mask or the Keihl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. Once the mask is on I grab my hair oil and coat (saturate) the lengths of my hair. I don’t really have a favourite hair oil, but for this process I prefer a silicone-free oil like the Aussie Reconstructor 3 Miracle Oil. I have hair down to my belly button, but even if you have much shorter hair a deep condition wouldn’t go amiss once in while. If you have time let this sit for 5-10 minutes before getting in the shower.
In The Shower
I always start with my hair when I get in the shower. I get my hair wet and go in with the L’oreal Phytoclear Scalp Exfoliator; it uses perlite and tea tree oil to exfoliate and purify the scalp (and it does wonders for the volume in your hair). With my shampoo I make sure I get all the oil and exfoliator out of my hair before applying a deep conditioning mask; I tend to the L’oreal Extraordinary oil. Again, if you have shorter hair than me you might want to just use your regular conditioner; I don’t have a choice as regular conditioner just doesn’t cut it with my hair.
Next, I continue exfoliating. I remove the mask and use the Botanics Refining Micro Dermabrasion Polish. This uses fine grains of pumice and shea butter to exfoliate the face without being too harsh, I also like to bring this down on to my neck and decolletage. For my body, I like an invigorating scrub like Clarins Exfoliating body scrub or Sanctuary Spa’s Ultimate Salt Scrub. I focus mostly on the skin around the joints but I make sure I get a good scrub all over to help circulation in the skin (and don’t forget the feet and ankles).
After all that I want my skin to stay soft and hydrated, and I find the best way to do that is to use a shower oil. If you want to splash out on the extra luxurious L’Occitane Almond shower oil, be my guest; I used the more purse friendly shower oil from Sanctuary’s Spa. When you step out of the shower it’ll feel like you’re wearing brand new skin.
I know it might be tempting after the shower to just get dried and straight into your pyjamas, but it is worth taking the extra step of applying body lotion. After exfoliating, I like to use something intensely hydrating like the Palmer’s Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks or the Lipikar Baume from La Roch Posay. It’s the perfect way to seal in the smoothness.
This is also the best time to pay some attention to a commonly neglected area; your feet. I’m sure there’s a bunch of you clicking out right now, just the thought of feet grossing you out. But it is important to take care of your feet and these days things are a bit more advanced than a foot file or pumice stone. A couple of years ago my Mum bought me the Scholl Velvet Electric Foot File and I haven’t looked back. It speedily removes hard skin to reveal smooth soles and heels (I would recommend putting a towel down to collect the shavings). Then I finish off with a foot cream. To be honest, you could just us your body lotion, but I use Champney’s Restoring Foot Butter because it is more heavy duty and suited to my needs.
Follow up these steps with some clean sheets and a good nights sleep; you will wake up so refreshed and ready to take on the world. Making time for yourself and having a good old pamper shouldn’t be seen as frivolous vanity. It’s important to take that time to destress, even if it’s only once or twice a month.