Sadly I'm lacking in time and budget for such indulgement, so the next best thing is to bring the spa home instead.
M&S are doing a fabulous range in beauty and wellbeing right now and as part of my ongoing mission to make more time for taking care of myself, I picked up a few things to try out.
I spent rather a long time perusing the shelves, trying to decide what I most wanted to for - I could happily have filled a whole basket with goodies!
In the end I opted for these Ragdale Hall Spa products - enticed in by the soothing blue/green colouring mainly...
Time to Revive Soothing Himalayan Salts
After a long day, I often find soaking in a hot bath is one of the best ways to relax. I don't necessarily want my bath to send me to sleep though, so these reviving salts have been just what I needed. They smell divine - I really feel like I've walked out of a spa after bathing in this. And on a practical level, they leave almost no residue on my bath - perfect, because there's no point undoing all that relaxing by scrubbing the bathtub!
Scatter a handful of these crystals into a tub of steaming water, and sink into utter bliss...
Time to Revive Hot Salt Scrub
I'm a huge fan of any self-warming treatments, and this is no exception. Once my inner science-geek has gotten over the whole exothermic-reaction excitement, I love the feeling of the product warming up soothing deep into my muscles. The scrub isn't harsh, so it's ideal for massaging in - gently exfoliating the skin, while the heat helps relax tired muscles.
Time to Be Active Muscle Reboost Warming Gel
Another warming product! This has been wonderful for using after a gym workout. The product is delivered over small rollers, meaning you get the double effect of heat and massage. I was cautious with this at first (I've had reactions to Deep Heat in the past), but I've had no trouble with it at all and have found the warming gel perfect for recovering tired muscles.
I find all of these products work well individually, but for the ultimate pampering session, I've enjoyed combining them.
Hot bath, flickering candles, peaceful music, a magazine and warm towels - bringing the spa home is just the next best thing to visiting one.
What are your must-have home spa products?