which I highly recommend doing to recharge and rejuvenate – but also realise it’s not completely do-able unless all your planets are aligning, and you’ve got time off work!

So, as a back-up, I recommend creating your own little mini-break from the world, where you treat yourself to a DIY day-spa-escape – you’ll look and feel amazing afterwards – serious!

Here’s what you should do:

1. get glowing While the bath is running, gently exfoliate away dead skin cells. Stand in the bath, dampen your skin and rub in a body scrub using circular movements. The steam from the bath will help the scrub’s effectiveness. Concentrate on elbows, knees, hands and feet – then massage it gently onto your stomach, thighs, buttocks, back and shoulders. Immerse yourself in the bath and let the scrub dissolve.

2. keep your cool Keep the temperature of your bath at around 35 degrees Celsius. If it’s too hot it will dry out skin, leave you feeling weak and drained, and can raise blood pressure and over-dilate blood capillaries. A refreshing, cool bath can also relax you and boost circulation. Use water around 28-30 degrees Celsius and add six drops of uplifting essential oil, like melissa, neroli or lemon. Relax in the bath for 10 minutes, then shower with warm water afterwards.


3. get hair bare  This is a good trick to know: Before shaving {which is what you’re going to do now} allow your hair toabsorb the water for at least three minutes – this causes the hair to swell, making it easier to remove. My fave razor {hand on my heart} is Schick Intuition – it’s SO easy to use in the bath or shower. You don’t need for shaving gel, soap or body wash… you just add water!

+ the new Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment contains Coconut Milk and Almond Oil {smells delish too}, so you can say bah-bye to scaly, snake-skin legs – because it exfoliates {the shaving part} and moisturises {the new skin moisturising bit}, so, hello, it’s perfect for this time of the year!

For more deets about the ‘razor amazer’ – CLICK HERE


4. moisturise and masage Apply moisturiser to damp skin after a bath to rehydrate the skin. Use massaging movements towards the heart to boost circulation. Start with light, gentle strokes to warm the muscles and distribute the lotion. Focus on problem areas, like bottom and thighs, using deep, kneading movements. Finish by gently slapping areas with cupped hands to improve muscle tone.

5. finish with a face mask  Apply your face mask after a bath while your pores are still open, this makes the mask more effective. Wash your face with cleanser and use a gentle cream exfoliant to remove dead skin cells, then apply the mask in upward strokes. Leave for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water and moisturise.

6. take an hour or so to yourself  You deserve it! Just chill out, get your head together, don’t think about what needs to be done, you’ll get to it – and maybe click through bellaMUMMA {ha}!


{This is a Contagious Agency sponsored post for Schick  – NB: Nikki uses and loves this razor!}