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首先穿上柔軟的浴袍和拖鞋 – 夏天穿竹子或絲綢，冬天穿棉布。然後為自己準備一個溫水浴：加入浴鹽幫助放鬆肌肉；放一個有香味的浴球或加入一些精油，如薰衣草、乳香和雪松等，同時播放一些輕柔的音樂，並點燃一個香薰蠟燭：洋甘菊和迷迭香讓你放鬆；玫瑰和依蘭花增加你的吸引力，而薄荷和柑橘使你感到精力充沛。浸浴時更可為自己預備一杯葡萄酒或花草茶，好令自己完全放鬆讓浴室暫時成為你的小型避難所。（在香港，很多人家裡可能沒有浴缸，小編建議你可以購買那種可擴展及移動的迷你浴缸放在你的浴室裡。當你不使用時，可以把它摺起存放。)
Spa Date Night For 1
The embodiment of self-care is something we seldom do when we are constantly on the go. But every so often, our bodies and minds scream out to us after feeling run down. So, we decide to book a spa day to reset. Unfortunately, due to covid, it’s not possible for everyone to do this. The great news is that you can have your own spa day within the comfort of your own home, and it’s cheaper.
Now how do you accomplish this at home? Well, it’s simple. Start with asking yourself what makes you feel like a queen and what you need, then based off that to plan. Your spa day should be all about you and a great opportunity to connect with yourself and focus on you, just like going on a date with yourself.
Start with slipping into a soft robe and slippers, wear bamboo or silk for summer, and cotton for winter. Then make yourself a nice warm bath. Place some Epsom salt to help relax your muscles, place a scented bath bomb, put some essential oils like lavender, frankincense, and cedarwood. Get creative and make this your mini sanctuary. Put some soft music on in the background, light a candle of your scent of the day: chamomile and rosemary to relax, rose and ylang ylang to feel attractive or mint and citrus to feel energized. Also, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine or a cup of herbal tea. In Hong Kong, many of us may not have a bathtub at home, however you can purchase one of those mini expandable and portable bathtubs that can fit into your shower and keep them in your storage or closet when you don’t use them.
About 30 minutes after the soak, put on a face mask. Grab your most premium sheet mask as this is the best time to pamper yourself. No paper masks? Not a problem. Apply any mask of your liking then you can rinse it off afterward. You may want to apply some under eye masks too! If you put yours in the fridge, it can decrease inflammation and the cooling sensation is enjoyable. As you put your lotion on after you shower, think about consciously massing your arms, legs, and feet. Imagine doing this out of giving love to yourself.
Simple manicure and pedicure are perfectly doable at home. Remove excess nail polish you may have with nail polish remover, then clipping and filing your nails, followed by cuticle care. If you skipped the bath, then you can do a nice foot soak instead, with a foot massage. Then go about painting your toenails if you feel like giving them a bit of color.
During the whole process, you would like to make sure you stay away from your phone but switch to read a book instead. No distractions, no work emails, no text messages, or social media. We cannot be truly reset and recharge with technology in our head and hands. If you don’t live by yourself, tell your family or flat mates in advance that you would need this time not to be disrupted. This home spa ritual should be an uninterrupted, precious time with yourself, just like how you pay for a treatment at the spa.
There are so many different products out there for an at home spa day, and here at MindBeauty we have created a list of suggestions for your consideration.