The first twitter chat in July was a tremendous success, so we are pleased to announce that there will be a second #SpaBeauty chat on September 22nd. Join us at 7pm to chat all about at-home spa treatments for Autumn/Winter!
We all know that getting a spa experience is not cheap and it's pretty difficult to find the time to really switch off. The good news is that whilst it's really nice to head to a spa, it's really easy to create your own spa experience at home. It might be pricey to stock up on some of the best products, but once you do, they tend to last for ages, so you making a worthy investment. Here are some of the spa products I've been trying out over the last couple of weeks.
First up we have the Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub*, which I actually think is my favourite of all the products, so we're starting with a bang! As the name suggests, this is an exfoliating body scrub. This scrub is created with Bora Bora sand, sea salt and coconut shell, designed to gently exfoliate the skin. It's enriched with Monoi and jojoba oils, which leave the skin feeling smooth and soft. You simply apply the scrub to your slightly damp skin and exfoliate the skin. Then simply rinse the scrub away from the skin with some lukewarm water. Use the beautiful vanilla-scented scrub once a week for smooth skin, it frankly smells like a cocktail and it just feels exquisite on the skin.
The Temple Spa Glorious Mud* is another beautiful body treatment. It's designed to give your body a real detox! The Glorious Mud is created with a blend of seaweed, mud, kaolin clay and red algae. You simply warm the mud between your hands and then slather where you want to treat. You can use it on your legs, décolletage, arms and back or even just all over the body. You wait for the mud to dry and then jump in a bath or into the shower and rinse it off. Although it's quite messy applying this product, it's actually a really relaxing process. The Temple Spa Glorious Mud leaves your skin feeling hydrated and smooth.
I've been a huge fan of Aromatherapy Associates for quite a while, so I was excited to have the Revive Body Oil* back in my collection again. What's great about the oils from Aromatherapy Associates is that they are multi-purpose. Either apply them in the shower, add them to your bath, or use them as a massage oil, the possibilities are endless! The Revive line is an uplifting and detoxifying formulation, designed to wake you up with it's fruity fragrance. The fruity fragrance comes from Pink Grapefruit, Rosemary and Juniper Berry. Whenever I use an oil from Aromatherapy Associates, it feels like a real treat and always makes my home smell like a spa!
Moving on to skincare we have two products to talk about. The first is the Comfort Zone Hydramemory Cream Gel* which is a rich hydrating cream. It's created with macro hyaluronic acid, Moringa Oil and a blend of other natural extracts (apple, lentil and watermelon rind). It has quite an innovative texture which Comfort Zone describe as a 'sorbet'. When you apply the cream to the skin it gives you a real burst of moisture, which my skin really craves at this time of year. As well as hydration, the cream offers smoothing and brightening properties. You can use this both in the morning and the evening after a serum, but I've really been enjoying slathering it on during my pamper sessions.
My final spa inspired product is the Nimue Skin Technology Exfoliating Enzyme*. It's an exfoliating product which is designed to remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling smooth and radiant. It's formulated with a bunch of fruit enzymes to treat the skin without leaving it feeling irritated or sore. You simply apply a small about to your clean, dry skin and leave for 2 minutes. You then massage your skin with wet fingertips for 3-5 minutes, before rinsing off the product with a wet muslin cloth. This really takes some dedication, but there is something really relaxing about the whole process.
Don't forget to join the Good Spa Guide twitter chat in September between 7pm and 8pm, join us using the #SpaBeauty hashtag and share your thoughts!