Luxury lockdown: Anantara shares at-home spa treatments

Siobháin Spear
Apr 21, 2020

Beauty and pampering tips so that you can cocoon with rejuvenating home spa experiences.

While you may not be able to whisk yourself away to an exotic retreat right now, you can still enjoy the benefits of some quick-fix treatments from home. Spa experts from top Anantara resorts around the world have shared DIY home-spa hacks to bring a smile to your face and a shine to your skin.

If there was ever a time that you would have all these ingredients in your kitchen cupboards, it would be right now. Most of us have been experimenting with our culinary skills and creativity during quarantine, but now those ingredients can go even further by assisting with your skincare regime. What are you waiting for? Get glowing…

1. An anti-aging face scrub

Did you know that coffee is rich in anti-aging properties? Not only is it a wake-me-up for you mind, but it is also a wake-me-up for you skin. Instead of throwing away your freshly-ground coffee after that morning brew, you can mix it with honey to create a moisturizing face scrub.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

Take a spoonful of ground coffee and mix it with the honey. Take a spoonful of ground coffee and mix with honey. The sticky, cream-like texture makes for natural face wash and a good scrub; keep on for 15 minutes before washing off. For those with dry skin, you can add a few drops of coconut oil for further moisturizing benefits.

2. A cooling face mask

Flatlay photo of cucumbers and yoghurt in arty bowls

Featuring in spa experiences around the world, the cucumber is already known for its cooling effect, but when you combine it with yoghurt, you can double the benefits. The combination of cucumber and yoghurt has a soothing effect on skin; the natural ingredients of cucumber moisturize, soften, smooth and reduce puffiness, while yoghurt refreshes tired skin.

 Ingredients you will need:

  • Half a cucumber (grated)
  • Three tablespoons of plain natural yoghurt

Whip up a quick mask by mixing the yoghurt and grated cucumber. Apply the mixture to your face and neck, then leave it on for 20 minutes while you sip on your homemade detox water at your home spa. Once the time is up, wash it off with cool water.

3. Lip exfoliation

Quite often, we think that lips only need looking after in the cold, dry weather when they become chapped or cracked. However, a lip scrub is a great way exfoliate and buff away dry skin before hydrating with your home-remedy moisturiser to keep those lips looking luscious.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (one for the scrub, one for the moisturiser)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

To blend your ingredients into a scrub, mix the brown sugar, lime and honey together with a spoon until the mixture is consistent. As an optional bonus ingredient, you could add a drop of flavoured extract (vanilla or mint are great) to the mix. Once blended together, apply the scrub using a toothbrush with light movements. After ten minutes, wash off the mixture with warm water. Finish by mixing the remaining honey with the olive oil and applying it as a lip balm.

4. An eye de-puffing remedy

Social distancing and self-isolation can certainly take its toll on the stress levels, and stress brings itself to the surface in many different ways. If you’re in need of a quick fix to soothe the skin under your eyes, parsley is your go-to ingredient. The herb has active properties that can diminish dark circles and reduce puffiness under the eyes. Couple that with frozen ice cubes and you have yourself a cooling combo for your home spa.

Ingredients you will need:

  • Distilled Water
  • Chopped parsley

All you need to do is fill an ice-cube tray with distilled water and add a pinch of parsley to each cube before placing it in the freezer. You can then rub the frozen cubes gently under the eyes to get rid of under-eye bags and fine lines.

6. A body-brushing booster

Anantara Spa expert sitting on a mat in an all-glass overwater spa

Craving a full-body spa exfoliation at a dreamy retreat? Okay, so that might not be possible right now, but you can recreate the ambience at home with a candlelit body-brushing treatment to bring back a glow to your skin.

Ingredients you will need:

  • A grated coconut
  • Coconut oil
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • A sprinkle of nutmeg
  • A sprinkle of salt makes

Nutmeg has long been used in herbal medicine as a treatment to sustain and promote skin appearance. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is used for its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties decreasing the likelihood of infections and helping control sebum production. By mixing it with cinnamon, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, you’ll get a bold scent with all the moisturizing benefits from the coconut too. Lather your body, rinse with warm water and bask in the healthy glow. Need help with it? Let the Anantara experts guide you through with a video tutorial.

5. A frizz-reducing hair mask

From viral trends of people shaving off their hair to celebrities showing their roots, we are all eagerly awaiting the reopening of salons. But while we stay indoors, air-conditioning can play havoc with our hair. If your locks are in need of some extra attention, then whipping up a home spa hair mask can tame even the frizziest of heads.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 avocado
  • Olive oil (1/4 Cup)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)

Avocado is a great source of vitamin E and excellent treating dry hair, and olive oil is good for strengthening hair and taming that frizz. Grab the eggbeater and blend all the ingredients together before combing the mixture into damp hair. Let it set for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

7. Vanilla bath bomb secrets

For those feeling extremely adventurous, why not get creative and make your very own bath bomb? Bath bombs pack together mixtures of dry ingredients which effervesce when wet, so that you can add essential oils, scents, bubbles or colours to your bath water.

Ingredients you will need:

  • Baking Soda (8 ounces)
  • Citric Acid (4 ounces)
  • Cornstarch (4 ounces)
  • Epsom Salt (4 ounces)
  • Coconut Oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Water (3/4 tablespoon)
  • Vanilla Extract (2 tablespoons)
  • Purple colour bar of soap (for colour) or white soap shavings

These ingredients may not be as readily available as the rest, but it is a great option for those looking to experiment with their free time. Start by mixing the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and Epsom salt with an eggbeater. In a separate bowl, mix the coconut oil with the water, vanilla extract and purple soap shavings. When the two mixes are ready, slowly add the second one to the first mix while stirring with a spoon. Then place the mix into cupcake molds and chill in the fridge for 24 hours. The next day, you can drop your bath bomb into the water and enjoy a soothing soak.

For even more home spa tips from top Anantara experts, visit blissful self-pampering retreat on the website. Alternatively, tap into wellbeing advice to help you navigate the stresses of social distancing and self-isolation.