Winter Pampering at Home
Pampering yourself might not seem like a winter essential, but your skin can really take a hit during the winter. Cold air and low humidity levels can dry out your skin causing it to become cracked, itchy, red, and inflamed.
Now is perhaps the best time to pamper yourself and your skin.
Try getting in the habit of taking one afternoon each week to focus on renewing and refreshing your skin with an at-home pampering.
Here are a few of my favorite things you can do to help relax your body and revitalize your skin.
1. Hair Detox
A hair detox is the process of removing dirt, oil, and product buildup to help revive and refresh your hair. Products like hairspray, mousse, and styling gel can leave behind residue that builds up in your hair over time. This buildup can cause flakiness, itchiness, dryness, and irritation.
That's why it's important to do a hair detox about once a week, especially if you use styling products regularly. A hair detox can add more volume and shine to your hair, clear dead skin cells and flakes from your scalp, and provide much-needed nourishment to your hair and scalp.
You can find hair detox shampoos at stores, or you can make your own simple detox hair mask at home:
All you need is 1/2 cup of baking soda and 3 cups of hot water.
1. Mix the baking soda and hot water together. Set the mixture aside.
2. Wet your hair completely.
3. Pour the mixture onto your hair, and work it in by massaging your scalp.
4. Rinse out completely.
5. Use conditioner as normal.
2. Sheet Mask
Sheet masks act as mini facials that are a lot more budget-friendly than going to a spa every week. They're easy to use too. All you have to do is put them on.
The main goal of most sheet masks is hydration, but sheet masks can help your skin in many other ways too. They can help reduce acne, control oil production, and even help soothe redness and irritation.
Depending on your skincare needs, your preferred sheet mask may vary. You can check out 10 easy DIY sheet masks here.
3. Bubble Bath
A warm bubble bath isn't necessarily the same as a full body massage, but it's relaxing nonetheless (and not to mention a whole lot cheaper). Warm water can help relieve body tension and soothe tired muscles. It can also help relieve cold or flu symptoms, as those are pretty common this time of year.
Throw in your favorite bath bomb and some essential oils, light a few candles, and get comfortable. Take as much time as you need to calm down and destress from a long week.
Don't forget to moisturize afterwards to keep your skin from drying out.
4. Foot Soak
Working long hours can leave your feet feeling sore and stiff. Help soothe your aching feet with a relaxing foot soak. Foot soaks can help to decrease roughness, remove dead skin, and ease pain or discomfort.
You can create a relaxing foot soak with just some bath salts and water. You can even add in a few essential oils for a more relaxing soak.
Again, don't forget to moisturize afterwards!
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