Treat yourself… to a home spa
Let’s face it, holiday-ready bodies require pre-holiday admin (well for most of us anyway!) and the best way to do that is a top-to-toe treatment that’ll have you glowing and sun-kissed before you’re even said “Hello Summer!” So run a bath, light a candle, turn off your phone, and settle down for some well-deserved me-time. A word of advice, don’t think ‘snag list’ when you prep yourself for that home spa, think ‘hang in there nature, here comes a helping hand!’
Obviously the beauty houses have a line-up of delectable products with ingredients not available to the lady in the street, so what better reason (if you really need one) to indulge in a few! Here are some proper treats that we’re currently loving:
An all-in-one detoxifying treatment, any beauty routine will be enhanced with this fast-acting, easy-to-remove Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Mask. Active ingredients including charcoal, volcanic ash, sea silt, bamboo extract and AHA adsorb impurities, exfoliate, refine pores and promote cell turnover for a dramatically brighter skin. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colours or parabens, this detoxifying and invigorating mask is suitable for all skin conditions and addresses signs of skin aging, breakouts and sensitivity all at once for a visibly revitalised skin. Yes please! www.dermalogica.co.za
With SPF 8 and a huge number of healing properties, Nimue’s Active Hand Repair improves skin texture, exfoliates dead, damaged skin and has an enhanced moisture retaining capacity. Active ingredients such as Kigelia Africana and AHAs also assist in several skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, solar keratosis, age spots and skin rashes. Besides coating your hands in it during a home-mani, keep it in your handbag, your vanity and all over your house – and apply a thick layer just before bed for a night-time treatment.
Another summer gem is Nimue’s Vitamin C Moisture Mist. This no-mess, no-fuss spritzer adds instant hydration and refreshment, as well as containing UVA protection, antioxidants which assist in reducing signs of ageing, and Vitamin C which stimulates the production of collagen. So for better elasticity and radiant and a hydrated skin, start with a spray under your foundation, and treat yourself to a blast or two whenever you need to freshen up. Nimue products are available at Nimue stockists countrywide.
There’s no need to blow all your year-end budget on lotions and potions from the professionals. While there are many magnificent offerings on the market, there are hundreds of great old fashioned home brews that work a treat too – and make great gifts!
We found this creamy Honey Vanilla Bubble Bath at Helloglow.co
1/2 cup light almond oil
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup mild liquid hand or body soap
1 egg white
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Combine ingredients and pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup under running water. Froth well. Keep excess in the fridge.
Photo by Ana Stanciu
When it comes to scrubs we’re spoilt for choice. Try the Delicious Body Scrub from deliciouslyorganized.blogspot.com or the refreshing Peppermint Foot Scrub by Cybele.
Delicious Body Scrub
1 cup cane sugar
1/3 cup fine sea salt
1/2 cup organic coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons almond oil
1 tablespoon vitamin e oil
1 teaspoon lavender essential oil
Start with a recycled jar. Add sugar, salt and coconut oil – bit by bit to control the consistency. Then add the rest of the ingredients.
TIP: To create a LUSH style scent, add a few drops of mimosa, jasmine and lemon essential oils to your scrub.
Photograph & recipe by deliciouslyorganized
Peppermint Foot Scrub
1-2 cups of sugar, the coarsest available or Epsom salts
½ cup warmed coconut oil (or grapeseed or olive oil)
10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil
1 – 2 drops green food colouring (optional)
Mix them all together and pour into a jar. Use enough sugar or salt until you’re happy with the consistency.
Photo courtesy BlahBlah Magazine/Cybele.
No Druff Beard Oil
While the trend for beards and whiskers still seems to be hanging on, dry beards and dandruff simply aren’t that hot. Try this quick and easy oil from beauty blogger BumbleBree for any dry and ‘druffy’ beards in your life.
30ml pure apricot oil
5 drops tea tree oil
5 drops vitamin E oil
3 drops peppermint oil
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
1 drop lavender oil
Mix together and store in a dropper bottle – a great gift for any man in your life.
Photo and recipe from Bumblebreeblog
Don’t know about you but we love to mix things up when it comes to our beauty routine … so alongside those homemade wonders, why not add a few fab body gels and polishes from The Body Shop? They have a range of sweetly-scented products, perfect for popping into your travel or beach bag this holiday. Have you seen their Spiced Apple or Frosted Berries range? We know what we want for Christmas this year! Details: www.thebodyshop.co.za
Hitting the bottle
We all know about the damage caused by the sun, no need to lose your summer glow though – scroll down for the secrets to an infallible faux tan…
If you’ve got a little cash left over after all that Christmas shopping, and want to get a spray tan done right, the best spot to head to is Goldcoast Tan in Cedar Square. Owned by the stunning Victoria de Lima, this studio will get you summer-ready in no time! It offers a wide selection of professional home tan options (which are paraben free and safe to be applied on the face, we might add), so that you don’t have to use the Sunbed … but, of course, you can if you want to. Sun, sand and sea – here we come! Details: www.goldcoasttan.co.za
Set the scene
You’ve got the product – now get the place looking suitably sensational.
Six quick fixes to get your bathroom fit for a queen.
Five star white towels don’t just happen by chance. Says Kim Tomlinson of Holland House B&B, add a dash of Handy Andy and a dash of Domestos to your normal wash – make that a long hot wash of course. Hang towels out to dry in the sun, but just before they are done, pop them into the tumble-drier for a fluffy finish.
Soak a clean facecloth in piping hot water. Squeeze it out and spray with your favourite relaxing oil (lavender, vanilla and rosemary are all wonderfully de-stressing aromas). Put the cloth to your face and take a deep breath. Wipe your hands with it too. A great way to unwind before a beauty treatment or before bed. It helps clear the sinuses too.
Try this combo of essential oils from Rain in your bathroom. Stir half and half peppermint/eucalyptus oils into a jar of coarse salt, heat in a diffuser or add a drop on the inside cardboard of your toilet rolls. We love it and bet you will too. Details: www.rainafrica.com
Now, it definitely doesn’t hurt to visit a spa once in a while either (can you say girls’ day out?) … so the next time that you feel like treating yourself, why not visit the breathtakingly beautiful spa at The Saxon Hotel. We hear that their signature therapies are simply divine. From the Saxon Himalayan Signature Journey to the Rasul Spa Ritual and the Heaven on Earth Journey … these treatments are guaranteed to leave you feeling relaxed and recharged – bring on the new year! Details: www.saxon.co.za
For a spa experience that’s a short drive away from the city (we love Joburg but sometimes it’s nice to get away), scoot over to The Amani Dullstroom Spa at Walkersons Hotel. You can indulge in a classic Swedish massage, or perhaps their signature Jewel of Africa massage, all while taking in the charming view … sounds amazing, doesn’t it? And with the holidays coming up, it wouldn’t hurt to book a stay there too (just saying). Countryside comfort, here we come! Details: www.walkersons.co.za