by Nina Wells
A trip to the spa can make you feel like a million bucks, but how often do you have the time to get there? Sure, we make appointments for nail maintenance, and maybe your pedi trips increase as the nice weather hits, but life is busy and little treats fall to the wayside.
Did you know that there are products on the market that can turn those occasional spa treatments into part of your weekly or even daily routine?
I’ve researched the 5 best ones out there to keep you looking your best without having to even leave the comfort of your living room. For even more fun, invite friends, open a bottle of wine, and host a girl’s spa day in! Alternatively, let the family know you’re tapping out for the next hour, find a quiet room, and put on some blissful music to set the mood.
Facial treatments at home can be just as luxurious as at the spa. There are a variety of steamers on the market today, and they do a bang up job of reducing stress, opening your pores, cleaning away debris and leaving you with a gorgeous glow. At the top of my list is the Oak Leaf Nano Facial Steamer, for a variety of reasons. First of all, I like simple, and this one is easy to set up and get going; it’s also compact so won’t take up a lot of space. The nano-ionic steam is said to be 4000 times finer than the steam created by other steamers, which means it’s very efficient at opening pores and great for those with acne or other skin blemishes. It’s little but powerful and gives you the option of 2 different settings (3 minute and 6 minute) so it’s easy to fit into a busy schedule and become part of your daily beauty regiment. Follow up your steam with a cleansing, cool rinse and moisturizer for a perfect glow! Retails for $21.99.
Probably my favorite spa treatment and the one I’m most likely to do regularly at home, a pedicure spa can take your feet from callused and tired to beach babe ready. Look for one that is sturdy in build, and then check out the features that work best for you. I love the Helen of Troy HotSpa, which has a solid heating system, and jets that will massage the areas of your feet in just the right spots. It comes with a variety of different attachments depending on what you need; pumice stone, exfoliating brush, or massager. If you like to add your own salts or essential oils the HotSpa accommodates with a special little compartment for those. Finish up your soak by patting legs and feet dry, applying moisturizer and then painting your toenails with your favorite polish! Retails for $127.
Facial/ Body Brush
If you’re looking for efficiency and luxury, you can’t go wrong with the Clarisonic Mia 1 cleansing devices. There are a few to choose from, depending on how much you want to spend, but even the modestly priced Mia range options are a better way to deep clean while improving circulation and getting a facial massage all at the same time. You can opt for the softer or stiffer brushes depending on your ultimate goal. They’re all, of course, waterproof and do a wonderful job of lathering up your preferred soaps. For glowing skin and a “just come from the spa” feel, keep one of these close at hand to your shower! Retails for $129 and comes in pink, purple & white. There’s an engraving option too!
Tired of making repeated trips to the spa for your hair removal treatments? Ever skipped a couple of sessions? Yikes! You might want to check into the Tri Hair Removal Laser an at home spa treatment that means there’s less risk you’ll be competing with your hubby for “best moustache”. This dermatologist recommended laser is safe to use on legs, underarms, face, and your bikini line; the light and heat damage the hair follicle at the root without any negative impact on your skin at all. You may feel a small prickly sensation, but it’s otherwise painless to use. Never miss a session again with the Tri Hair Removal Laser at your disposal! This one’s a little pricey, coming in at $449, but at Sephora, Beauty Insiders get double points.
Gel Nail Kit
The Gelish Complete Starter Kit is your home manicure set with salon quality. It comes with everything you’ll need; cuticle oil, ph bond, an LED light and more! It even comes with 2 polish colours so you can get the gorgeous nails you’re used to without having to wait for an appointment. You’ll get nails that won’t chip or peel for up to three weeks; it’ll take 15 minutes to soak them off before you’re ready to start the process again. Retails for $109.99.
With a variety of these products at your fingertips you’ll save money, time and still pamper yourself with spa treatments at home. Enjoy!
Article by Nina Wells, a guest writer from Clearwells. Nina is a specialist writer and has extensive knowledge in everything related to steam showers, saunas and hydrotherapy benefits.
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