It’s been a long time coming, but spring is just around the corner! So, the days are longer and lighter and the temperatures are higher. Now, the birds are starting to sing, flowers are beginning to bloom, and all seems well with the world. In fact, spring symbolises hope, regeneration and a much-needed fresh start after the rigours of winter.
In short, spring is a time to celebrate and consider how to really pamper yourself. And what better way is there to welcome the new season? Now is the time to emerge from hibernation and restore and rejuvenate body and soul with some indulgent self-care.
Perhaps, the easiest – and most enjoyable way – to participate in some spring pampering is a luxury spa escape. After all, professional spas offer the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In addition, tranquil environments and relaxing treatments are always a wonderful combination. But all is not lost if you don’t have the time or budget to pack your bags and abscond! There are lots of ways to treat yourself without even leaving home.
The beauty of bathing
Enjoying a soak in the bath can make you feel better. After all, warm water dilates blood vessels, relaxes muscles and soothes the mind, too. So, if you’re looking for ideas on how to pamper yourself this spring, start with your tub.
Before you begin, why not treat yourself to some indulgent lotions and potions? Then you can experiment with some scented bath oils or bubbles. Or simply soak in some cheap and cheerful Epsom salts for an intense detox experience. In fact, they’re an excellent way to boost blood circulation and alleviate muscle tension.
In addition, you can elevate your soak with a thorough scrub to aid exfoliation. Or why not try some pre-bath dry body brushing? It’s a fabulous way to combat dry skin, stimulate lymph flow and improve the appearance of cellulite. After bathing, massage in some hydrating oils to lock in all that lovely moisture.
Setting the scene
Your bathroom environment is just as important as the pampering products you use. After all, it’s hard to relax and emulate a spa setting if your room is cold and brightly lit!
So, create a soothing atmosphere with some soft lighting, or scented candles. Then make sure your radiator in on high and set up a playlist of relaxing music; anything you find calming or comforting will do. Some freshly-laundered towels and a fluffy bathrobe are the perfect finishing touches, too.
Put your best face forward
If you’re looking for ways to pamper yourself, you can’t go far wrong with a facial. And it’s much easier than you think to replicate a spa-style treatment at home. All that lovely scented bath steam will have opened your pores and loosened any dead skin. So, the next step is a thorough but gentle cleanse, to remove all traces of makeup and any other impurities.
Don’t forget to double cleanse
This is where double cleansing really comes into its own. In fact, it’s very common for months of central heating and little fresh air to leave skin feeling dull and dehydrated. So treat it to a double cleanse with a rich balm, cream or milk. Simply massage your chosen product gently into your skin and remove every trace with a warm, wet flannel.
Afterwards, follow your double cleanse with some exfoliation to restore your skin’s natural glow. A gentle scrub with fine grains is perfect. Or if you prefer, try a chemical exfoliant, such as an acid toner, instead.
After you’ve cleansed and exfoliated, it’s time to introduce a nourishing product. In fact, sheet masks have taken the beauty world by storm in recent years. It’s all thanks to their hydrating and radiance-boosting properties. Then, for the finishing touch, massage in a few drops of facial oil for complexion perfection!
Don’t forget to hydrate your skin
After you’ve cleansed and exfoliated your skin, it’s time to introduce a nourishing product. Did you know sheet masks have taken the beauty world by storm in recent years. It’s all thanks to their hydrating and radiance-boosting properties. Then for the finishing touch, simply massage in a few drops of facial oil for complexion perfection!
Cosmetic enhancements can make you feel really pampered, once you discover the results they can achieve. Follow in the footsteps of more and more celebrities and consider dermal fillers to enhance your natural beauty and help to reduce wrinkles. Although the treatment won’t take place at home, this will be where you’ll really see some fantastic benefits.
Be more hands-on
Another great way to indulge in some springtime pampering is to give yourself a manicure. So, if your hands have been hidden away in gloves for months, they’ll be in need of some TLC.
Start by cleaning your nails thoroughly and getting rid of any old polish. Then trim and shape your nails into your desired shape. ‘Squoval’ remains one of the most popular choices, as it’s both practical and flattering.
Next, you should condition your cuticles. So, soak your fingers in a bowl of warm water to soften, and then apply cuticle remover. Gently push back your cuticles, or trim (never tear!) any excess skin. In fact, cuticles are delicate and very easy to damage so, in this case, less is always more. Then prep for polish with a protective base coat, before applying your colour of choice. Afterward, finish with a quick-dry top coat – and don’t forget to apply hand/nail cream regularly.
Consider your diet
When you’re thinking of ideas about how to pamper yourself this spring, don’t forget about diet. In fact, yet another advantage of a spa stay is the nutritious but delicious food on offer. But this is another thing you can enjoy at home too, with a little thought and forward planning.
So think about meals you enjoy, but don’t indulge in every day. Then set a pretty table, with fresh linens and candles. Treat yourself to a glass of champagne, or a fancy mocktail, if you’re avoiding alcohol.
More food for thought
If the thought of slaving over a hot stove for hours is the antithesis of pampering, there are other options however. And none of them need involve a greasy, calorific takeaway! You could stock up on gourmet goodies at your local deli counter or why not treat yourself to a weekly recipe box? There are plenty to choose from, such as Hello Fresh and Mindful Chef.
These companies deliver everything you need to put together a healthy evening meal. And there’s no tiresome food shopping or time-consuming prep to deal with. You can personalise your meals and tailor them to accommodate vegetarian and vegan diets. So, they’re an easy, simple way to nourish your body – and you’ll look and feel great this spring.
WIN! A Bannatyne spa day for mother & daughter
As this month marks Mother’s Day (March 31st), we just couldn’t resist offering you the chance to enter our new competition. If you win, you can enjoy an indulgent Bannatyne spa day for mother & daughter. It’s the perfect way to relax your mind, soothe your soul and lift your spirits for spring! You can simply unwind and recharge in a Bannatyne spa, which aims to provide the perfect antidote to modern day life.
This spa day prize includes two treatments: a relaxing Swedish Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage and a rejuvenating Bannatyne Energising Facial. You’ll also be able to use the swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa pool, and participate in a gym class. Complimentary spa bag hire (which includes a spa robe, towel and flip flops) is also included.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply FOLLOW the Lighthouse Dental Practice Twitter account (@LighthouseDent2) and RETWEET our competition post. The winner will be chosen at random, after the closing date [31.03.19] and will be notified accordingly. Good luck!
Terms & conditions
* You are providing your information to Lighthouse Dental Practice and not Twitter or Bannatyne
* Entrants must live in the UK.
* You must be aged 18 or over to enter this competition.
* Closing date for all entries is midnight Sunday 31st March 2019.
* We will select a winner at random by Tuesday 2nd April. We will then notify the winner with a direct message.
* This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Twitter or Facebook.
* The prize is for mothers and daughter only, it’s non-transferable and no cash alternative will be given.
* Winner has 48 hours to respond to the notification that you have won. If we do not hear back from you, we reserve the right to choose another winner.