I adore a bath, the ritual of lighting candles, dimming the lights, filling my tub with gorgeous smelling products, donning a face and hair mask and then having a really long soak - maybe even popping my current box set on the iPad..... When I was pregnant I did this multiple times a week, but now I just don't seem to have the time (who really does?) and having a bath is a rare treat. So I've teamed up with Dove to coincide with the launch of their new nourishing care & oil range to see if we can get a little express spa-style ritual into our everyday routine.
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Although I love my pampering and beauty, in the mornings I do just rush through the shower on auto-pilot so that I can get on with my day. The Hammams of Morocco however, would say I am missing a trick and taking a few minutes in your morning shower is one of the best routines you can have for your wellness to purify and calm your body and soul, giving you the best start to your day.
I've taken Dove and the Hammams advice on board and I've been trying to recreate a little daily spa time every morning that doesn't eat into my precious time - as most of us would swap a few minutes extra in bed for anything!
Obviously there is no time for candles in the morning, but I have popped a diffuser in my shower room to give a zero-effort spa vibe. I love Neom home fragrances, they contain essential oils to help work on your mood as well as smelling beautiful. Their Scent To Destress might not be particularly Moroccan, but containing essential oils including lavender, jasmine & Brazilian rosewood, blended to help you feel calm and banish stress sounded spot on.
In the shower I've fallen in love with the Dove Nourishing Shower Oil enriched with non-greys Moroccan Argan oil. Feeling so luxurious to glide onto your skin and then transforms into a beautifully fragranced lather to cleanse and nourish the skin whilst leaving your skin protected with more than 55% natural oils.
If your not into shower oils (you must try even if you're skeptical....) included in this launch is the Dove nourishing care and oil body wash, again containing Moroccan oil with leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.
Getting into the oil based spa-cleansing zone I've also been using Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing gel (£21) on my face, which again goes on to the skin with an oil-based texture and transforms into a silky milk in contact with water to wash away impurities. Popping on a towelling headband keeps your hair dry and helps get you in the spa-mood too, mine is made of bamboo (Hydrea Bamboo Head Band-Wrap £5.18) which makes it really soft too.
Dove also gave me some tips from Marie Reynold, a spa, skin and wellness expert and some of them are easy to incorporate into your morning shower. Try using your shower time to wash away your metal and emotional stress, so taking a few deep breaths whilst under the water to help clear your mind - it does feel really good. The temperature of your shower is important too, go warm as if you go too hot this can strip away the skins essential oils and dehydrate your hair too. If you can bear it, Marie recommends a 1 minute blast of cold water to help tone the skin and stimulate your brain and body too. During the summer this is all well and good, but I don't think this is for me any time post-septmeber!
We were lucky enough to renovate our house when you bought it and putting in heated towel rails was a must for me, having a warm dry town to wrap up is always a welcome treat. I've then been popping on the beautiful Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense Body Crème from the Jo Malone (£60) to add to the luxury and hydration from the Dove nourishing care & oil shower oil and wrapping myself up in my dressing gown from The White Company (£55).
I just need the husband to bring me some green tea when I'm done....
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