Every now and then life gets a little manic and stressful, so why not give yourself an indulgent (and low-cost) evening of pampering?
It’s something I love doing once every few weeks, so I thought it would be fun to share my favourite ways to unwind and pamper myself.
1 – Change your sheets
Obviously not if they’ve been changed a few days before, but nothing beats getting into fresh, soft bedsheets after an evening (or day) of spoiling yourself. Make sure your room’s nice and tidy too, so you can completely relax.
2 – Run a bath
And not just any old bath. Stock up on Lush bath bombs or bubble bars (I’ve written about my favourite here), and make sure it’s extra-bubbly. Light some candles around the the bath, I love Bath & Bodyworks and Diptique, but scented tea lights work really well too. Lay back, relax and forget all your problems and worries for as long as possible!
3 – Scrub
This is one of the most satisfying parts of a pamper routine – in my opinion – because of just how smooth and silky your skin feels after. Exfoliating your skin is a great way of removing dead, dull skin, preventing ingrown hairs (sexy!) and it supposedly helps circulation. I love the Soap & Glory’s Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub (available here and at Boots stores in the UAE) because it smells delicious and makes a noticeable difference, leave suggestions for any other great ones in the comments!
4 – Get fresh-faced
My skin goes through periods of looking pretty spot-free and normal to being an oily spotty mess sometimes, which is far from fun. However, I’ve found that doing a face mask once every few weeks has massively helped clear a lot of the spots up and my skin feels super-soft and fresh afterwards. My current favourite face masks are the Irish Moor Mud Mask by Peter Thomas Roth, which is available from Sephora in the Middle East and online and the Out of Trouble 10 minute mask by Origins (both pictured below).
I use the Peter Thomas Roth mask quite often and do notice a big difference just days after using it, it’s not too strong-scented and feels nice and cool after application, I keep it on for 10 minutes, walk around my house and try to scare every family member (vital step, obvs), then remove it gently with a flannel and hot water. I managed to pick up the Origins mask when I was in the UK this summer after hearing rave reviews about the brand’s products and though it hasn’t been miraculous, I think it has made a difference after I’ve used it. Sadly, Origins products aren’t available in Dubai – as far as I know – but you can get them online here. The Lush face masks are always lovely and fresh too, but when I’m in the stores I get too distracted by bath bombs and bubble bars…oops! Alternatively, and I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, why not make your own? There are also hundreds of DIY blog posts, vlogs and Pinterest posts with instructions and ideas! Again, if you have any other recommendations please let me know :).
5 – Ditch your phone
It’s scientifically proven that looking at our computer and phone screens make it harder for our minds to switch off before bed. So, why not ignore your iPhone and lose yourself in an interesting book for a few hours. You’ll be surprised at just how refreshed you feel after. I’ve recently started reading books again after far too long – I’m currently reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, which you can buy here – and would love to see your favourite book suggestions below. My all-time favourite is Where Rainbows End by Cecilia Ahern (available here), because I’m a sucker for a cute, cheesy storyline and it’s just such an easy read!
6 – Can’t let go of your laptop?
If you don’t fancy the step above, another thing I love doing when I’ve got a little free time is watching vlogs or reading blog posts and discovering new bloggers/vloggers. My favourite vloggers are are Zoella, Niomi Smart, Tanya Burr, Amelia Liana, Fashion Foie Gras and Lydia Elise Millen – if you haven’t checked their blogs and vlogs out, I suggest you do! Let me know your favourites :).
7 – Listen to music
I’m talking mellow Kygo-like material not your favourite club anthems. I usually stick on Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding or some tropical house when I’m looking to wind down and relax. You’ll probably find yourself belting your heart out to ‘I’m Not The Only One’, but that’s totally fine. Listening to music often calms me down when I’m having a manic day and listening to your favourite artists is often a simple way to improve your mood.
8 – Sip on a smoothie
These are great for pamper evenings/days. I’ve become rather addicted to using my NutriBullet. It’s great for whizzing up delicious smoothies and you can be pretty adventurous with it. My favourite concoctions are: coconut water, spinach, pineapple, apple and strawberry (I told you, you could be adventurous with it!), and almond milk, strawberry, banana, apple, flaxseed and oats – it’s almost like having dessert!
9 – Get polished
It can be quite relaxing doing your own nails – obviously after you’ve spent about 20 minutes racking your brains about whether to go for a coral-y or vampy red and not-so-much when you smudge one nail about 0.37 seconds after you finish! Be creative, this is the perfect time to try and recreate some of those Pinterest ideas (I have a whole board dedicated to them here).
10 – Sleep
You should hopefully be feeling quite pampered and relaxed by now, so falling asleep shouldn’t be a struggle. It’s vital to get plenty of sleep both for your mind and body, so get cosy in some comfy PJs, turn your phone on silent and get some shut-eye.
I hope you enjoyed reading this :).