We all need to be pampered every now and then. Pregnant or not, its nice being spoiled. 🙂
Taken from: https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a562991/create-your-own-mini-pregnancy-spa
If you fancy a pregnancy pick-me-up, what could be better than your own home spa? All you need is a few pampering products, a bit of imagination, and an evening to yourself.
1. Create a spa atmosphere
Make your bathroom and bedroom as tranquil as possible by tidying away clutter. Dim the lights, light some scented candles and put on some relaxing music.
Have some fluffy bath towels to hand as you start your various treatments. Keep them on a warm radiator or heated rail for added comfort.
2. Clean your face
Gently sweep away any make-up or daily grime with a mild cleansing lotion and cotton wool. Look for products that are free from alcohol, as it can tend to dry out your skin.
3. Give your skin a rosy glow
Use an exfoliating facial wash to get your blood rushing to your cheeks. Wet your face with warm water, massage in the scrub in a circular motion, and then rinse thoroughly. Pat dry with a soft towel.
4. Apply a face pack
There’s nothing like seeing yourself in a green and gloopy face pack to make you appreciate your own skin underneath! Deep-cleansing, peel-off, self-heating – the choice is yours. Face packs come in a range of smells and textures, and there’s something to suit all budgets and skin types.
Follow the instructions on the packet, and rinse off thoroughly when you’re done to leave your face feeling fresh and vibrant.
5. Run a bath
Prepare yourself a deep, luxurious warm bath to ease those pregnancy aches and pains. Pour gentle, skin-friendly bubble bath under running water, or add a couple of drops of a pregnancy-safe essential oil.
Test the temperature with your elbow or forearm to make sure it’s not too hot. You don’t want you or your baby to overheat.
6. Exfoliate the rest of your body
Before you relax into your bath, buff your body with an exfoliating brush or use a salt scrub to banish dead skin cells and reveal glowing skin. Pay special attention to your elbows and knees, which are usually rougher than the rest of your body.
Now it’s time to really enjoy your soak. Roll up a towel to place behind your head or use an inflatable bath pillow that sticks to your bath, if you prefer.
8. Enjoy a soothing eye mask
While you’re in the bath, you may want to treat your eyes. Good old-fashioned cucumber slices are cooling and refreshing. Or you could try cotton wool pads soaked in camomile tea and left to cool. You may even like to buy a gel-filled eye mask, which you can pop in the fridge to cool before you have your bath.
9. Have a shower
It’s a good idea to have a shower after your soak. A shower will wash away any debris from your salt scrub, and it’s an ideal time to shave your legs, too.
Wash your hair with nourishing, sweet-smelling shampoo. To give your hair a beauty boost, use an intensive moisturising conditioner.
10. Step into a warm towel
Grab that warm towel you placed on the radiator earlier. Wrap another one around your hair and retreat to your bedroom for further pampering!
Sit on a towel on the bed or carpet and spend a few minutes moisturising your body with a rich cream. Cocoa butter feels indulgent and gorgeous, or you could try an unscented lotion if your skin is feeling sensitive. If you can still reach your feet comfortably, use this opportunity to give yourself a quick foot massage too. Or better still, get a willing partner to lend a hand.
12. Do a manicure and pedicure
Your nails will be soft after your bath and shower. Now is a good time to shape or file them, and to paint them with your choice of nail varnish. Lie back and unwind while you leave them to dry.
13. Drift into a deep sleep
By now, you should be feeling so relaxed and soothed that you’re ready to blow out those candles and go to sleep.
If your mini spa experience leaves you longing for a professional pampering, learn all about visiting a spa in pregnancy.