Back to beauty basics: Products and tips to help mums relax

It's time to pamper yourself

By Alison Lynch, 28 December 2016
Back to beauty basics: Products and tips to help mums relax

The Christmas leftovers have been polished off, the last guest has gone home and all the presents have been exchanged.

Now it's time to recharge those batteries and have a little 'me time'.

So, shut the door, put on your cosiest lounging outfit and prepare for some pampering. You've earnt it. 

If you have 15 minutes

Tackle those puffy, tired eyes by popping five or six metal spoons in the fridge for 10 minutes. Then take them out, lie on the sofa and hold the rounded portion against your eye for a few minutes until warm. Repeat on each eye until you've used all the spoons.

Then pop in some tired eye drops and finish by lightly massaging some soothing eye balm around the eyes. 

You can find more advice on choosing the best eye cream for your skin here

If you have 30 minutes

After giving your skin a quick cleanse, make it glow with the help of a clay face mask. Made from pure clay and red algae extract, it will both exfoliate and brighten the skin, without drying it out.

Massage it into the skin and then relax for 10 minutes, letting it work its magic, before removing with warm water. 

You could also try making your own at-home avocado face mask, using our recipe here

If you have an hour


Grab your favourite bubble bath and spend an hour luxuriating in the tub. Light some candles or incense and put on your favourite chill out music to really help you unwind. 

If you have an afternoon free

It's time to Netflix and actually chill. Put your favourite film or boxset on the TV and give yourself a mani/pedi while you watch. 

Steps to the perfect mani/pedi:

  1. After removing any old varnish, start shaping the nails with clippers or a nail file. Then use a buffer across the nails to create a smooth base. 
  2. Next, soak the nails (hands for a couple of minutes/feet for at least five) in warm water, before patting dry.
  3. Soften the cuticles by massaging in some oil, then push them back gently using an orangewood stick
  4. Now it's time to paint - and don't forget your base and top coats as well as your colour, as these protect the nail. 
  5. As you've got a whole afternoon free, why not try out some nail art, like these cable knit nails
  6. Once your nails are dry, moisturise your hands and feet. 

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If you have a whole day to yourself

Treat yourself to a spa day at home (after a leisurely brunch of course). Start by washing your hair and popping in a leave-in conditioner to nourish and restore. 

Then, run yourself a nice warm bath and use a loofah and scrub to exfoliate your whole body. That will remove dead skin cells - if you shave your legs after exfoliating, they'll be lovely and smooth! 

After your bath, wash out the conditioner, slather yourself in body moisturiser and then pop on a cosy dressing gown and make yourself a nice cup of peppermint tea, which is great for relaxation. 

Now, it's time for a DIY facial - in four easy steps: 

  1. Cleanse - take a cleansing oil and work it into the skin on your face and neck. Gently massage the pressure points on your temples and between your eyes as you go. Then, rinse with warm water. 
  2. Exfoliate - use a facial scrub and a tiny bit of warm water to gently exfoliate your face and neck, getting into all the nooks and crannies. Then rinse clean and pat dry. 
  3. Mask - now it's time to apply your facial mask - if you don't fancy an avocado one, you could also try a DIY pumpkin mask.
  4. Moisturise - a facial oil or serum will really restore the moisture to your skin and getting it glowing again. Massage lightly onto the face and neck. 

As before, now it's time to indulge yourself with a manicure and pedicure and have fun with bright nail colours

Then, at the end of the day, stretch out on the sofa with a nice glass of wine and a good book or favourite box-set.

Serenity restored! 

For more beauty and wellbeing products to help revitalise you for the year ahead, visit or your local Asda store