No, self-care is NOT selfish! When you invest time in your own well-being, you also make a positive impact on those around you. You can only make a positive impact when you feel well and function well. Here is our round-up of some self-care ideas for the weekend – and beyond.
Book a Therapeutic Massage
Stress can create knots, stiffness, and discomfort, particularly in the neck and shoulder area, which has an intricate network of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When we feel stressed, our body enters a fight or flight mode, causing our muscles to tense up, resulting in a build-up of lactic acid and other metabolic waste products that can lead to soreness and stiffness.
Massage therapy can ease tension in the neck and shoulder region by increasing blood flow and circulation, flushing out metabolic waste, and supplying oxygen and nutrients to the affected muscles. The manipulation of muscles and soft tissues can also assist in breaking up knots and releasing tension, resulting in reduced pain and stiffness, as well as increased flexibility and range of motion.
At Figaro London, Chom, a proud member of a Thai family of highly skilled massage therapists, will be our resident massage therapist every weekend. Her mother and aunties are respected professionals in the field, and Chom carries on this legacy by providing a unique and holistic approach to massage therapy that not only relaxes muscles but also heals and reduces pain over time.
Enjoy a Facial Treatment
Facial treatments have numerous benefits for the skin:
- Deep cleansing: Professional facials offer comprehensive cleansing of the skin, eliminating dead skin cells, dirt, and oil that can block pores and cause breakouts.
- Improved circulation: Massage is frequently included in facial treatments, which can increase blood flow and oxygen supply to the skin, improving skin health and appearance.
- Hydration and nourishment: Professional facials can increase skin hydration levels, leaving the skin looking and feeling more supple and youthful.
- Anti-aging benefits: Some facial treatments contain anti-aging ingredients and techniques such as exfoliation, serums, and collagen-stimulating treatments that can help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Brightening and reducing uneven skin tone: Advanced skin therapies can stimulate the skin to produce more elastin and collagen, revealing tighter, brighter, and glowing skin.
At Figaro London, Luwam, our Dermalogica-certified skin therapist and facialist, is available for appointments on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends by request.
Don’t underestimate the power of a pampering manicure experience!
Freshly manicured hands and nails can feel incredibly satisfying and luxurious. The sensation of smooth, polished nails and soft, moisturised hands can be very soothing and calming.
Having well-groomed hands and nails can also boost self-confidence and provide a sense of pride in one’s appearance. Whether it’s the feeling of freshly trimmed and shaped nails or the pleasant aroma of scented lotions and oils, the experience of having a manicure can leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised, and ready to take on the day.
How about a hair or scalp treatment (+ head massage) with your hairdresser?
You only ever visit your hairdresser for a cut or a colouring appointment? Think about popping in for a bit of hair and scalp pampering! No drastic changes, just pure indulgence. A professional wash, head massage and a personalised scalp or hair treatment depending on your needs is something your locks will be grateful for.
- Healthy scalp: A professional wash and scalp treatment can help to cleanse and exfoliate the scalp, removing dirt, oil, and product buildup that can cause irritation and inflammation. This can promote healthy hair growth and prevent issues such as dandruff and itchiness. Our Nioxin Derma Renew scalp treatment is a revelation.
- Nourished hair: Hair treatments such as deep conditioning or protein treatments can help to nourish and strengthen hair strands, improving their texture and preventing breakage. This can leave hair feeling softer, smoother, and more manageable. Our hairdressers’ favourites? Osmo mask, Goldwell’s 60-second mask treatment, and the ultimate solutioin for frizzy hair: Goldwell Kerasilk Hair Treatment, a client favourite.
- Enhanced shine: A blow-dry can help to add volume and enhance the natural shine of your hair, making it look healthier and more vibrant.
- Relaxation: Visiting the salon can be a great way to unwind and de-stress, allowing you to take some time for yourself and enjoy some pampering.
Why not make an appointment with your hairdresser this weekend and treat yourself to a little bit of self-care?
DIY Self-care Ideas for your weekend
Leaving the house is not something you want to do this weekend? You can still indulge in some self-care at home. Take a relaxing bubble bath, light some scented candles, and put on some soothing music to create a spa-like atmosphere in your bathroom. Try doing some gentle yoga or stretching exercises to help alleviate any tension or stiffness in your body. Give yourself a DIY facial or hair treatment using natural ingredients such as avocado, honey, or coconut oil to nourish and rejuvenate your skin and hair.
Don’t forget to take some time to disconnect from technology and social media, and read a book, meditate, or practice gratitude to help calm your mind and boost your mood. Whatever it is that works for you, by prioritising self-care at home, you can create a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”
– Parker Palmer
Figaro London 💚