Everyone deserves to spend an inordinate and borderline narcissistic amount of time pampering themselves once in a while – this is a statement I take as fact. There’s nothing like fully entering selfish mode, shutting out the world and just enjoying the beautification process.
However, on days when one has limited access to funds, such as just before payday, or just after a big weekend, one shouldn’t have to sacrifice a full body pamper. And actually, you don’t need to. There are a ton of great drugstore options that can allow you to feel luxe without spending big. Here are all the best products for a budget friendly pamper routine.
Firstly, you’ll want to run yourself a bath – preferably one filled with bubbles. The Soap & Glory bubble bath range is great for producing the kind of big foamy froth that is required. If you want to get a bit more creative, essential oils are great, too: a drop of lavender to help you sleep, or peppermint if you’re feeling congested.
While body scrubs serve a purpose, if you’re in the bath I much prefer a scrubby sponge. You can add your body cleanser of choice, then scrub away to your hearts content, with no residue or grains disturbing your tub. Find them in local pound shops across the country.
After your bath, bathing ones body in hydration is key. It not only keeps skin soft and smooth, but it can also improve evenness over time. The Palmers Cocoa Butter Moisturising Body Oil is affordable enough to douse yourself with guilt free, and has one of the very best smells around – pure, gourmand goodness.
If your hair wants in on the pampering action, there are actually a surprising amount of good quality hair masks in the aisles of the drugstore. The Aussie Three Minute Miracles are great choices, as is the L’Oréal Extraordinary Oil Masque Pot. Any of the above will leave hair instantly softer, smoother and stronger.
Onto the money maker – your face. Sitting in a hot bath for a while can act as a light facial steam session, which is great for opening pores. To further get in on the steam action, a hot flannel pressed across your mug works wonders. Following the opening of pores, cleaning them out with a clay mask is key. Two of the very best full stop are also two of the cheapest – the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque.
After a steam‘n’mask, a liquid exfoliant is great for sloughing off dead skin cells, unclogging pores and revealing a glowier you. While some of my favourites err on the “oh my god” side of price, one that is a gold standard bargain is from The Ordinary – their Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution to be exact. I think every skin type on earth could benefit from using this once or twice a week – and more if you’re tough as old boots like me. Simply saturate a cotton pad and swipe over face and neck.
To finish a skincare pamper, there’s nothing that feels more out-and-out luxe than a sheet mask. But they don’t have to be expensive – if you scour the K Beauty section of the web, there are a ton of wonderful options at a super low price point. A little known brand called Dermal do a huge variety pack which can be found on Amazon, and work as well as any high-end counterpart. They’re nicely hydrating, stay on well, and leave skin plumped up and glowy.
A final pampering must have is a scented candle. While blowing a silly amount on a candle is something I usually get behind, there are good options on the cheap. Two of my favourites are IKEA’s Sinnlig Candle in Vanilla Pleasure (total cakey goodness) and Muji’s Tin Candle in Log Fire (a solid dupe for Diptyque’s Feu de Bois).
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