Granted that a daily bath is taken, the ritual however, varies from a bar of soap to multi-steps of cleansing oil, scrub, cleansing lotion, toner, skincare activator, serum and moisturising creams – everyone with a different bunch of products for every part of the body. As such, the type of treatments that make it here would address a specific body care concern, yet not of a daily consequence. Believe it or not, 99% of products are good to have, after all, men and women have lived forever on just a bar of soap. The most therapeutic part of receiving treatments is actually the relaxing act of massaging over the skin, relieving tensions and melting away high-strung stress. For most, this effect alone is a good enough excuse to indulge in regular treatment sessions.
Here are some of the treatments that you can indulge in from head to toe:
1) Scalp Treatments
Scalp treatments unclog the hair follicles and releases natural conditioning oils in our skin pores. The constant massage on the scalp stimulates blood flow under the skin and awakens the absorption of nourishing nutrients in products. Hair masks that are rich in clay absorbs grime and essential oils like tea tree or rosemary to soothe are great DIY alternatives. Products that contain ingredients such as coal tar, zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide or salicylic acid are suited for oily scalps. Those with coal tar and selenium sulfide treat hyperactive dandruff and may also combat itching. Salicylic acid helps to cut down and control the oiliness on scalps, especially for acne prone skin. Conversely, replenish the nourishment for dry scalps with deep conditioning hair masks or hot oil treatments. These are great for dry brittle hair as well; just remember to rinse it out thoroughly.
2) Hair Treatments
Natural oils such as olive, coconut, jojoba and avocado have been known to heal dry hair almost instantly, restoring the shine and gloss to dry hair. Look for treatments that contain these natural ingredients or feel free to snitch from the kitchen cabinets! Hair masks work because of the extended time duration for the hair to be immersed in the conditioning ingredients, hence, patience to sit it out is key. A time saving tip is to do a face and hair mask simultaneously during the bath soak so treatments are working together from head to toe, just don’t forget to turn on your stereo or TV before you step into the tub! For fuss free daily maintenance, pick a good light non-sticky leave in hair serum or conditioner.
3) Face Treatments
From a quick survey among girlfriends, the preference is spilt between mask sheets soaked in fluids or creamy mask packs. The debate is if there’s a need for a rinse with water post mask and the effectiveness of nutrients permeating the skin through synthetic sheets or cream packs. For time conscious folks, the most efficient treatment is simply a “rip, slap, sleep and go” individually wrapped pre-soaked mask sheet. In fact, this is so easy to use and popular that some people are including a mask in their daily bedtime skincare routine.
4) Skin and Body Treatments
For the de rigueur spa routine of salt scrub, steam bath, natural yoghurt mask and full hands on deep rub, feel free to indulge in the most fancy spas. Even the exotic Turkish public bath set under a starry dome ceiling, has a unique sequence of slap, splash and whack – with just a towel, a bar of soap and water, counts for that once in a lifetime body treatment experience. The more scary of treatments are those propagated by beauticians but could go horribly wrong in inflicting permanent skin damage. Skip the high risk and consult reputable aesthetic doctors instead. Just for you, here’s a list of treatment procedures sanctioned by the medical council for general practitioners and plastic specialists:
• Non-invasive procedures include: Chemical peels, Microdermabrasion,
Intense pulsed light, Radiofrequency, Infrared and other devices e.g.
for skin tightening procedures, Photodynamic / Photopneumatic therapy,
External Lipolysis (heat/ultrasound)
• Minimally invasive procedures include: Botulinum toxin injection
(BOTOX), Filler injection, Phlebectomy, Sclerotherapy, Thread lifts,
Lasers (vascular lesions, skin pigmentation and skin rejuvenation)
• Invasive procedures by plastic surgeons only: Abdominoplasty,
Blepharoplasty (including double eyelid), Breast enhancement or
reduction, Brow lift, Free fat grafting, Hair transplantation,
Implants (excluding breast implants), Lasers (skin resurfacing),
Liposuction, Rhinoplasty, Rhytidectomy (facelift), Dermabrasion
5) Nail Treatments
Other than the usual suspects of cuticle oils, nail varnishes and conditioners, there isn’t much out there to reverse aged battered nails to resemble that of little girls. The most important advice is surprisingly internal, a good reminder of “you are what you eat” so remember to take your vitamins, minerals, stay hydrated and avoid harsh chemicals!
- Rowene Law