You don’t always have to check into a spa to feel refreshed and ready for a long week ahead. Simple weekend rituals at home can give you the same blissful results, at a fraction of the cost. Try these ideas:
Soak a large fluffy towel in warm water that is infused with your favorite essential oil. Then wring it out well and wipe your face and arms gently with it. Lavender, rose, geranium, peppermint—each of these has its unique healing properties. Learn more about them here, and let aroma be your therapy.
Let the dead cells slough off your skin every weekend, when you can enjoy an unhurried shower. Mix together oat flour, plain yogurt and orange juice. Rub all over your face, neck and arms. Scrub off with a loofah under a warm shower. Your skin will young and fresh.
Rub warm olive oil into your scalp. Then wrap a warm, damp towel around your head for thirty minutes. Enjoy this time to read, listen to music or just sit in silence. Take a shower afterward.
In the evening, fill a foot bath with warm water and add two to three drops of mint essential oil. Soak your feet in this bath, and feel the tension drain away. Afterward, gently massage feet with a honey, coarse sea salt and wheat germ oil scrub—all you have to do is mix all of these together and rub all over your feet and ankles in gentle circular movements. Wash feet again, dry them thoroughly, and apply a rich moisturizing cream and slip into comfortable cotton socks. By morning, your feet will feel baby soft.
Pour two teaspoons of olive oil into a small bowl and add two drops of rose, neroli or peppermint essential oil. Massage the soles of your feet with this aromatic blend for a supremely calming experience.