Editor's note: this blog post was originally written in August 2016 and has been updated for clarity and with the latest information. Enjoy!
Tired of feeling burnt out?
Struggling to fit in a bit of 'me time'?
I'm not sure about you, but I often have daydreams revolving around having the time and money to afford the ultimate pampering experience. With robes, essential oils, spa bath, the whole deal!
While this might out of reach for the moment, being on a budget doesn't mean you have to neglect your self-care completely.
Here, I'm going to share with you my favourite ways to pamper yourself for free.
Let's get started!
Declutter your house
Pampering isn't supposed to involve any work!
But how are you supposed to relax when your haven is crying out for a decluttering?
Clear space = clear mind!
Once you have sifted through your house throwing away unwanted items, you can start to think about your wardrobe and beauty products:
- Are you really going to use that last ounce of shower gel sitting in your bathroom cupboard?
- Is that dress any more flattering now than a year ago when you felt uncomfortable wearing it?
- Is it likely that you'll ever wear those 'slightly too tight' shoes again?
Didn't think so.
Purge everything that doesn't sit right with you or have a happy place in your home anymore.
Plus, if you're super savvy you can even make some cash on your decluttering session.
Clean your bathroom
Again, the same principles apply.
You want to set the right mood for your relaxing pampering session and a dirty bathroom certainly doesn't help you unwind.
- Throw out any tubes of toothpaste or shampoo bottles that are practically empty
- Wipe everything down
- Light a few candles, grab the bubble bath and you're good to go!
Take a bubble bath
Once the candles have been lit and you've hit play on your relaxing playlist, sit back and completely unwind.
You could even treat yourself to a glass of wine... you deserve it!
Don't forget to lock the door to make sure you're not disturbed and breathe.
Make a DIY face mask
You don't have to blow a fortune on a posh face mask.
You don't even have to spend a few pounds on a high street cheap alternative.
Discover how to make your own natural face masks bursting with natural goodness, with ingredients like avocado, honey and oats.
Get inspired by these Homemade Face Mask Recipes.
Brush your hair
Sounds strange, but brushing your hair carefully and slowly is a great way to relax.
Thoroughly seek out all the little tangles and banish them with your best brush. It will make it easier to blow dry and feel so much lighter.
Give your scalp a massage
You can invest in a scalp massager tool, but it's not a necessity.
Just use your hands to rub your head slowly and your temples with your fingers.
Put aside five minutes to do this and you'll feel super relaxed.
Massage your hands
Got some posh hand cream lying around as a forgotten gift from a distant relative? Time to bring it out!
Massage the cream into your hands and nails to help them feel soft and full of moisture.
Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
Put aside a couple of hours to treat yourself to a proper manicure:
- First things first, pick your nail colour. Choose a colour that relaxes you and will compliment your outfits for the next week
- File your nails into the shape you like best. Prefer squared nails to oval? The choice is yours!
- Soften your cuticles by running your fingers under warm water, then gently push them back with a cuticle stick.
- Start painting! With the colour, paint in three's (one stroke in the middle, then one on either side)
- Don't forget the base coat. This is more important than a top coat as it gives something for the colour to stick to.
Never underestimate the power of a well-painted hand or foot!
Cook something fancy
I tend to buy expensive meat when it's on offer and freeze it for when we have guests, but why should they have all the fun?
Cook yourself your favourite meal while listening to your favourite music or podcast.
Don't forget that cheeky glass of wine!
Add fruit to your beverage
An instant and refreshing pick-me-up, adding fruit to your drinks can also help flush out any unhealthy toxins.
Add lemon or cucumber for an extra boost to your drink.
Light scented candles everywhere in your home
Don't let the scented goodness end once you've finished your relaxing bath. Light scented candles everywhere in your home to lift your spirits and help your house smell magical.
Drink a cup of tea in your favourite cup
IMHO, one of life's greatest pleasures is drinking a cup of tea out of your favourite mug.
Pop the kettle on, grab a good book and settle down for a good ol' fashioned brew.
Sleep on fresh sheets
Tucking into bed with fresh bedsheets is something quite unparallel to anything else.
You're almost guaranteed a better nights sleep and it feels so good on your skin.
Make sure you change your sheets before you start to get tired, so you don't wind up shaking a duvet cover when you just want to collapse onto clean sheets.
Treat yourself to an early night
This is the cheapest and best pampering tip I can possibly give.
I know this is a tough one when you have a family with kids or if your partner works on a different schedule to you, but treating yourself to an early night when you get the chance is the best way to pamper yourself.
Especially after completing all of the above, you must be exhausted...
Do you have any top pampering at home tips that I've missed off? As always, please!