RELAXATION: Get ready for spring with a pampering session

PURE BLISS: So why not celebrate its departure with a well-deserved, at-home pampering session?

BETWEEN festive events, visiting family, and cold temperatures, winter can feel like one of the longest seasons.

So why not celebrate its departure with a well-deserved, at-home pampering session?

Best attempted towards the end of the evening when relaxation benefits should result an uninterrupted night’s sleep, a DIY pampering session can help lower stress and restore dehydrated, stressed out hair and skin.

Begin by running a warm bath- shown to help lower stress hormone levels- containing a favourite oil or scent. Or why not try a specially-designed bath soak such as Herbivore’s Soaking Salts (€15.86 for 227 grams from One hundred per cent natural, this relaxation-inducing product contains salts to hydrate and soothe skin.

As you soak away your stress, why not take advantage of half an hour to yourself to pay some attention to one of the more neglected areas of the body; the scalp? Dampen hair before taking time to gently massage IGK’s Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub (£31/€35.51 for 147 ml) onto the head until the product dissolves, before adding more water for a rich lather.  This mini-massage will both help to unwind as well as detoxing the scalp of any product build up, and can be used once a week in place of shampoo.

Next, apply a hydrating hair mask, such as the Instant Coconut Hair Mask (€5.95 for 100ml from As it takes effect, treat your body to the same glow-inducing exfoliation as your scalp and slough off the day with a gentle exfoliator such as the Haeckels Exfoliating Vegan Seaweed Block (from £4/€4.59 from Doubling up as a hydrating seaweed soap, and specially-made at a lab in Margate, England, this block uses pepper corns and crushed coriander seeds to provide a natural scrub.

After rinsing off, snuggle up in something comfortable and treat your skin to a mask. To pamper and protect skin, why not try out a Patchology Flashmasque (from €7.05 from Available in four varieties; Hydrate, Illuminate, Soothe, and Milk Peel, the masks promise to get to work in just five minutes and can be left on longer for a full zen-like experience.

Finally, the eyes are one of the first areas to show signs of stress and age, so why not pay them some extra attention with Rejuvenating Eye Gels, also from Patchology (€13.22 for five from

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