As festive party season gets underway, we’re willing to bet your diary is looking a little full.
But, it’s important to find downtime in-between all the celebrations, and to steal a quiet evening or two for a relaxing pamper session. Read on for ELEMIS’ top tips for a truly indulgent evening. Your skin – and soul – will thank you for it.
1. Perfect your bath.
It may sound trivial, but there’s an art to running the perfect bath. If you’ve made the time for a proper soak, you may as well fine-tune the small details and reap the benefits.
“Bathing is back and our bathrooms are becoming a haven of relaxation.” Says Noella Gabriel, co-founder and creator of ELEMIS therapies. “Baths are one of the best therapies we can perform in every way – a shower simply isn’t a worthy substitute. The vibrations caused by surrounding the body in water induce a deep level of relaxation. It’s only when the body reaches this stage that the body detoxes to its maximum and in turn we experience a wonderful night’s sleep.”
But first, the basics. When it comes to temperature, it’s important not to shock the body with excessive heat. The most beneficial temperature is warm but not scalding – around 37 degrees (in line with the body’s internal thermometer). “All extremes challenge the skin so it’s recommended to keep your bathing water at body temperature, testing it with the back of your hand before getting in. Excessive heat can cause broken veins and dry out the body very quickly, which can result in in-grown hairs and eventually spots around the bikini line and backs of the thighs”warns Noella. “To prep before a bath, use a body brush to warm the limbs and stimulate circulation, meaning the body will not be shocked by the temperature change.”
2. Nourish your skin.
Skin nourishment begins in the bath, and the products you choose will depend largely on your mood. ELEMIS Life Elixirs Bath & Shower Oil is formulated in five different aromatherapy blends, each one working to enhance a specific mood. Choose the aroma that speaks to you most powerfully – whether Calm, Fortitude, Sleep, Embrace or Clarity – and pour a capful under the running water. For an extra dose of hydration, try blending with ELEMIS Skin-Nourishing Bath Milk, as the gentle Milk Whey will support the acid mantle and the NMF (natural moisturising factor) of your skin.
3. Soothe with scent.
We all know the mood-boosting benefits of using aromatherapy oils in our baths, but have you thought about using them after, too? Try lighting the corresponding Life Elixirs candle in your bedroom to extend the relaxing experience into your evening. Additionally, sweep the matching Perfume Oil over your pulse points – neck and wrists – to truly cocoon yourself in scent.
4. Treat with a mask.
An evening beauty ritual wouldn’t be complete without a skin-nourishing mask. ELEMIS Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm can actually be used as a deeply hydrating mask, allowing the protective Moringa Seed Peptide to penetrate deep within the epidermis. For congested skin that’s more in need of exfoliation, opt for Papaya Enzyme Peel, which gently sloughs away layers of dead skin cells to leave the complexion looking radiant and renewed.
5. Deeply detoxify
To complete your evening of total relaxation, settle in with a cup of herbal tea. It’s important to restore hydration levels after taking a hot bath, as the detoxification process can leave you dehydrated.
A cup of chamomile tea will aid digestion and quieten the mind – perfect before a night of deep, restorative sleep. For an extra anti-oxidant boost opt for pure green tea, and to reduce bloating try peppermint.