What better way to relax after a long and busy week than with a day at the spa? Unfortunately, we don’t all have the time or money to visit a spa on such a consistent basis, but why not bring the spa home to you? There are tons of products on the market that can help you get the spa experience in the comfort of your own home. I set out on a mission to find the best natural products to use for a day of pampering and relaxation and have found that there are a great variety of products to choose from. Below are a few of my favorite suggestions, so grab a glass of wine, light a candle and enjoy!
Step 1 – Cleanse
Whether you’re a bubble bath type of person or prefer a nice hot shower – the first step is to get clean. I opted for a hot shower using Nourish Organic’s new Coconut & Argan Body Wash, a tropical paradise trapped in a bottle. The body wash includes ingredients like coconut milk and Moroccan Argan Oil to hydrate and aloe vera and hibiscus extract to soothe and soften skin. It’s a very nourishing wash that’s ideal for sensitive skin and is 100 percent natural, USDA-certified organic and vegan.
To cleanse my face, I tried Thesis Beauty Facial Wash Daily Harmony ideal for normal, combination and oily skin. This gentle cleanser uses 100 percent natural ingredients such as organic tea tree, geranium, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender oil, cooling mint and aloe vera. All of these ingredients help to clear pores, eliminate excess oil and help reduce blemishes. I loved the minty smell and that it left my face tingly and refreshed.
Step 2 – Exfoliate
I’ve used face scrubs in the past but never any that were natural like Thesis Beauty Poppy Seed Face Scrub. Exfoliating is important but you have to be careful not to be too abrasive which can damage your skin and do more harm than good. This face scrub from Thesis Beauty was perfectly gentle and mild with no plastic beads or scratchy particles – I still felt like I was exfoliating my skin without it being too harsh. Ingredients in this scrub are 100 percent natural and include Kaolin Clay, organic poppy seeds, orange peel, allspice, rosehips, French green and Rhassoul clays, baking soda and cloves. Not only does this face scrub remove dead skin cells, it also helps to stimulate circulation which prevents breakouts and prepares skin to better absorb nutrients from your face moisturizer or mask. Use this face scrub a few times a week but not daily.
I also love to use scrubs on my feet which after a long hectic week in-between pedicures need some TLC. I tried Skinny Skinny Rosemary Mint Organic Foot Scrub and instantly fell in love with the minty smell. This vegan, cruelty-free scrub worked wonders on my heels and I felt instant results as soon as I stepped out of the shower. While the sea salt and pumice are at work removing dead skin, organic oils like extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree oil, penetrate deep into skin to help moisturize.
Step 3 – Treat Skin
I have acne-prone skin so although I try to always use natural and organic skin care and beauty products, I sometimes have to go for the more powerful products that might not be natural. Even still, I gave Indie Lee’s Clearing Mask a try and it did not disappoint. This mask, which is 100 percent all natural, paraben, phalate and sulfate free, was gentle but still very effective and left my face feeling much cleaner and softer. Fruit acids help remove dead skin and decongest clogged pores while plant extracts – like seaweed extract – help to nourish the skin. To enjoy the benefits of this mask, leave on for 20 minutes then rinse, using only 1 or 2 times per week.
Step 4 – Moisturize
To moisturize after my shower, I used Myra Aso’s Marula Argan Body Cream and instantly loved its fruity smell which comes from grapefruit and lemon oils. This rich and hydrating body cream made up of shea butter, marula, argan, rice bran and coconut oils absorbed quickly into my skin without leaving a greasy feel.
These are all affordable options that you can keep on hand for those at home relaxing spa days. You can also choose to make your own skin care products at home – take a look at some past DIY beauty treatments we’ve featured including a Homemade Hair Mask, Face Mask, Hand Moisturizer and Pumpkin Facial Scrub.