What's the largest organ in your body? If you answered your brain, ironically you would be wrong. It's your skin — that covers around 3.6 kilograms and 2.2 square metres in an average adult — that is your largest organ. And yes, while many of us take care of the skin on our faces, our bodies are often neglected.
How to remedy it? Grab some great products and tools, book some shower time (essential if you're sharing the space) and create your own 'sparty' at home. Here's the Relaxing Spa Ritual recommended by The Body Shop and their body care expert Vanda Serrador, who is also a renowned facialist based in London. Says Serrador, "Daily pampering is my number one rule of life, as I believe it's important to reconnect with your body and mind. This is something I recommend to all my clients to help with their daily stresses. The Spa of the World range is perfect for everyday indulgence."
Set aside thirty minutes of your time, put on some cool tunes to keep you entertained and travel around the world with these globally-inspired rituals.
1. Set the mood
Scented candles (both for mood lighting and the relaxing aromas) and your iPhone on speaker are the first steps in creating a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom.
2. Start with a scrub
The African Ximenia Scrub has skin-softening properties in its oil. It gently exfoliates while leaving the skin super smooth. Concentrate on areas of the body that need extra help like the elbows, knees and even the décolletage.
3. Draw out those toxins
A godsend in this terrible pollution, a body clay is the next step in your spa treat. After cleansing the skin, use a body brush to apply the Himalayan Charcoal Body Clay. It draws out impurities from the skin and removes up to a thousand times its own mass in toxins. After brushing it on, let it dry for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water (now's also a good time for a hair mask while you're at it... and shower karaoke).
4. Make like Nefertiti with an Egyptian bath
If you have the luxury of a bathtub or you're holed up in a five-star hotel room, transform your standard soak into a ritual fit for a queen. In a convenient powder to milk form, The Egyptian Milk & Honey Bath will soften skin and relax with its soothing scent. Pour five scoops under warm running water to literally see it transform into a luxurious, milky soak.
5. Oil it up
Perfect after your shower and before you sleep in an air-conditioned room, the soothing scent of the French Lavender Massage Oil will help both the body and mind relax. Hard to reach certain achy spots like the shoulders? Use a Thai-style massager to rub in the oil and knead away tension and knots.
6. Cream of the crop
If oils are not for you, or if you simply prefer a cream texture, finish off your pampering ritual with a velvety body cream like the Japanese Camellia Cream. Apply it on the entire body — don't forget the ankles and the backs of calves — and drift off feeling utterly blissed out.