a proper pampering routine

As a lover of all things beauty, it should come as no surprise that one of my most favorite ways to relax is with an at-home spa night. It’s important to take time to unwind after a stressful day or reset after a busy week, lest the stress begin to show up on your skin. These are all the elements I find go into the best at-home spa routine.

1. Create the atmosphere

First things first, turn off electronics. We can all benefit from less screen time and it’s essential to step away to truly unwind. Light a few candles with your favorite relaxing scents like eucalyptus and lavender. Make hot tea or water infused with lemon and cucumbers.

2. Body

If you have a bathtub, make it the most relaxing part of the night with bath salts to detox, soothing soaks to soften skin and essential oils. Not so lucky? (Raises hand.) In the shower, apply a coffee scrub to buff and hydrate all over. Moisturize everywhere afterwards with a rich body butter – the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps sinks in quickly and smells divine. Then put on a relaxing playlist and slip on a hand mask or foot mask.

3. Cleanse

Start a mini facial by swiping with micellar water on a cotton pad to be sure your face is cleansed. Use a steaming device to open up pores or soak a muslin in hot water a few times and hold it to your face to steam. Follow with an exfoliator like Kate Somerville ExfoliKate or do a peel, I love Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial and BeautyPie Fruitizyme Facial. This step ensures all the dead skin is removed so the face masks can really do their job.

4. Mask

First apply a clay or charcoal mask to deep clean. The Caudalie Instant Detox mask, Origins Active Charcoal mask, GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment and May Lindstrom The Problem Solver are each wonderful. I apply any face masks that come in jars with a face mask brush and remove masks that dry with a facial sponge like these or these wet with warm water. Once you have removed all the impurities, follow with a hydrating mask or sheet mask to bring back all the moisture.

5. Treat + Moisturize

After the skin is detoxed and hydrated is the perfect time to apply a serum or face oil. My favorites are vitamin C serums like the ones from BeautyRx or Ole Henriksen. Apply it then use a micro-roller to help the serum absorb better and more deeply in the skin. Seal in all your treatments with a moisturizer or face oil and eye cream.

6. Lips

Scrub away dead skin on lips with the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish or whip up your own with brown sugar mixed with honey or olive oil. Follow with a waxy lip balm or my favorite Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask.

7. Sleep

Give all your skincare a bit of time, an hour is best, to soak in before hitting the pillow – with a silk pillowcase of course. Finishing off the calming evening with a spritz of soothing essential oils in this deep sleep pillow spray.

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