We’d all love to have a regular spa day where we sit back with a fresh coat of nail polish on, letting a face mask dry, while our hair is soaking up a moisturising treatment. Unfortunately, our lives are far too busy and these little treats happen less often than they should. Here are five ways that you can still get your fab beauty treatments while you go about your everyday life:
1) Give your face a steam while you make your cuppa
Steaming is a great way to clean impurities from your pores and can work like a mini facial. First thing in the morning, (when you’re boiling water for coffee anyway), add a little boiling water to a bowl.
Stand with your face over the bowl for a minute or two and let the steam do its work on your skin while your cuppa brews. If you add a drop of eucalyptus oil it will also give you a quick anti-bacterial treatment. For the best results, follow with step 2 below!
2) Apply a face mask while making lunch
You don’t need to set aside time specifically for sitting still with a face mask on. Simply apply it first thing in the morning and by the time you’ve made your breakfast or lunch, it will be dry and ready to wash off in the shower.
3) Buff your skin while showering
Exfoliation is often one of the most overlooked beauty treatments. Once a week, instead of reaching for the soap or body wash, use a scrub in the shower to remove dead skin cells, increase circulation and clense your skin. Simply apply it with your hands or a loofah and feel silky smooth for days.
For an easy salt scrub you can make at home, moisten a cup of sea salt with water until it forms a sticky paste, then massage into your skin. Rinse, towel dry and apply body lotion.
4) Treat your hair while cleaning the shower
Hair masks are really low on most people’s lists of ‘time appropriate’ beauty treatments – but here’s one that won’t take any of your extra time, and will also encourage you to keep your shower clean! Just before giving you get to scrubbing, wash your hair with just shampoo, towel dry and massage a rich hair and scalp treatment mask into your locks. Wrap your hair in cling wrap while you scrub the tub. The heat from your scalp will release the best beauty benefits for your hair and lock in moisture. Rinse it off just before bed, or even better, sleep with your hair in the cling wrap for a deeper treatment and rinse out in the morning.
TIP: The longer you can leave this treatment on your hair – the better. But even 5 minutes will do wonders for your mane.
5) Sleep and get smooth touchable tootsies
Possibly one of the easiest beauty treatments in the beauty book is to slather your feet in a rich cream before bed, pop on some socks and let the deep penetrating moisturiser sink into your dry heels. Then wake up to soft, supple feet!