By Zoe Bradbury
Treating yourself to a spa day can often be expensive and time-consuming. But it doesn’t mean that pampering shouldn’t be enjoyed, and there’s always a more affordable option.
Light some candles, put on some relaxing music (the app CALM is one of our favourites) and de-stress with these at-home spa products that won’t break the bank.
The other good news? These products are all animal cruelty free (most are even vegan), and designed to replenish and better skin.
The Alya Skin pink clay mask is perfect for detoxifying and brightening skin.
Kaolin clay, which is the main ingredient in this mask, helps extract pollutants and toxins from skin, while also reducing pigmentation and inflammation.
Smooth to the touch and easy to apply, the mask is also designed for those with sensitive skin, and no harsh fragrances or chemicals have been included.
Apply to the T-zone section of the face and leave for 10 minutes or until mask has hardened. Rinse off, then continue the spa treatments with the Alya Skin Australian Native Berries Moisturizer.
With a texture like sand and the smell of a coconut-cake batter, this body scrub is seriously addictive.
This scrub is a natural exfoliator designed for use in the shower, and it works to buff away dead skin cells. Furthermore, it’s oil-free formula helps to create a perfect base for tan application.
Containing Coconut Husk, Walnut Shells, Australian Sand and Sea Salt, this scrub will leave skin feeling smooth and free of oily residue.
SKIN TYPE – All types, and safe for sensitive skin.
Packed with Macadamia Seed Oil, Shea Butter and Sweet Almond Oil, this facial moisturizer works to deeply nourish and replenish skin.
A subtle sweet berry smell makes this pleasant to apply. The combination of three Australian super berries; pepperberry, which is rich in antioxidants, Riberry, which contains vitamin E, and Muntries, which are rich in anthocyanin, all combine to rehydrate the skin.
This moisturizer is best used after the Alya Pink Clay mask, both of which will leave the skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated.
Additionally, all of the Alya Skin products are vegan and cruelty free, giving more benefits than just healthy skin.
SKIN TYPE AND USE – All skin types, designed to prolong fake tan
As a part of their new Body range, Bondi Sands have launched a series of products designed to complement a tan, while leaving skin feeling soft and radiant. Additionally, all smell deliciously like toasted coconut.
This body moisturizer is enriched with vitamin E and jojoba oil, designed to hydrate the skin.
While it is a little thick to apply, this is likely because it has been designed to be tan-friendly, meaning it will prolong the life of a tan. Press the moisturizer into the skin with sweeping motions straight after a shower.
SKIN TYPE – Best for oily and combination skin
A superfood blend of kale, spinach, green tea, alfalfa and vitamins C, E and K makes this moisture cream perfect for giving skin a hit of natural benefits.
Additionally combined with Hyaluronic Acid, this lightweight moisturizer restores and conditions the skin, while nourishing the cells thanks to the antioxidant-packed formula.
It has an air-whipped, light texture, making it easily absorbable. Furthermore, only a small dollop of the cream is required as the lightweight texture ensures a smooth application.
With a scent that is clean, fresh and slightly herbal, which attests to its natural ingredients, skin is left feeling soft and rejuvenated.
Apply both morning and night to the face as a moisturizer or use as a primer before applying makeup.
Hair shouldn’t be left out of the pampering session. This new hair cleansing scrub from the Sephora Collection is a “detox shampoo” that cleanses, purifies and restores scalp balance.
It has pleasant minty fragrance, due to natural peppermint extract, which leaves hair feeling purified, fresh and clean.
The main ingredient, sea salt, helps to gently exfoliate the scalp while also removing any impurities or dirt in the hair.
With a slight jelly-like texture, it is easy to apply and to massage throughout the hair. Use between normal shampoos once a week, and follow with usual conditioner treatment.
A blend of sea minerals, algae and sea kelp in this body wash truly brings the spa to the home.
This shower gel is hydrating and packed full of antioxidants, leaving skin supple and smooth.
It has a fresh, clean smell that is not sweet or overpowering, and it lathers nicely, making skin feel refreshed.
Most importantly, its sulphate-free formula ensures the skin won’t be irritated or left feeling dried out.
An at-home spa treatment wouldn’t be complete without the right tools.
EcoTools is an environmentally friendly brand that only uses recycled materials, renewable bamboo and ethical, quality manufacturing.
The cleansing mitt is designed to conform to the hand and helps to exfoliate the skin, riding it of dirt, oil and impurities. Use with the Bondi Sands Coconut and Sea Salt Scrub for smooth, clean skin ready to be moisturized or tanned.
The Bristle Bath Brush uses soft, synthetic bristles that allow easy cleansing and lathering of body washes and soaps. The long handle allows for hard-to-reach places such as the back and legs to also receive some loving.
Additionally, these products are perfect for dry-brushing the skin. Dry-brushing, or using a brush without any soap or product, increases circulation to the skin. This can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, while also promoting the release of toxins in the nerves of the skin. Thirdly, it’s also great for exfoliating and removing dead skin cells, leaving the skin feeling smooth and soft.
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