How to Create the Perfect At-Home Spa

Before you even start thinking about which indulgent beauty products you’re going to use in your at-home spa routine, it pays to think about your at-home spa space first. Think about the last time you stepped foot in the spa – what was the environment like? How could you recreate that in your own home? 

Declutter and set the scene

Spas tend to be warm, welcoming and nurturing environments that are free of clutter. One of the best ways to start setting the scene for your perfect at-home spa is by eliminating any clutter. If your bathroom is to become your pampering zone, give it a quick clean and tidy up. Once that’s done you can get started on setting the mood. There’s no right or wrong way to go about this as every individual switches off in different ways. For some, it might be a lit candle, others might light 10, then draw a bath, read a book, listen to soothing music or make a herbal tea. 

Ritual not Routine

If your beauty routine is causing you stress, it might be time for you to rethink your approach to skincare. Rather than being a source of stress, the beauty products that you choose to use each day can actually offer a moment of escapism. Instead of treating the steps in your skincare regimen as a routine, try thinking of them as 
a ritual and respite from 
the day that’s ahead of, or behind, you.

Make a Date

Creating the perfect at-home spa can give you something to look forward to so why not schedule it in your diary? Set aside time to focus on yourself 
and stick to it – no excuses.

Get offline

At-home spa time means 
it’s time to put all your devices down and get offline as disconnecting allows us to reconnect with ourselves. When you do use your devices, think of them as 
your servant not your master. Stop scrolling through Instagram mindlessly and instead use your device to help you unwind – put on a meditation app, take a pause and allow your thoughts to settle and your stress levels to reduce. 

Little Things Count

Incorporating small rituals into every day can help maximise “me” time and transport your senses to the relaxing and rejuvenating 
spa environment. Try placing an essential oil on the floor of your shower. Each morning when you step into the shower you’ll get that beautiful aroma that will take you back to your last spa appointment.

Our At-Home Spa Essentials 

1. Set the mood with a Boys Smells candle (shop them here). Our pick is Petal which features notes 2earthy and floral notes of rose, sage and patchouli.

2. Don’t forget to pamper your body too! Dr.Hauschka’s Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil ($47) refreshes the body and maintains moisture levels, leaving skin soft and supple. Shop it right here

3. There’s a reason that Sisley‘s Black Rose Cream Mask ($200 – shop it here)  a cult following – the soothing mask really does what it promises. It quickly refreshes, rejuvenates, plumps and smoothes complexions that are in need of a pick-me-up. 

4. If you’re looking to see some serious results from your at-home spa, don’t go past Dermalogica‘s Rapid Reveal Peel ($159 for 10). The powerful, fast-acting formula speeds up cell renewal and sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal radiant skin. Get your hands on it here

5. Snowberry Soothing Facial Massage Oil ($36) rejuvenates skin with a revitalising blend of precious plant oils that are packed with healing and anti-ageing plant properties. Shop the oil here


Six Beauty Innovations We Can’t Get Enough Of

Looking to up the ante on your beauty routine this autumn? We’ve rounded up the six new beauty innovations that we can’t live without. 


Dermalogica’s radiance-enhancing Biolumin-C Serum quickly garnered a cult-like following after its launch in 2018. Now Dermalogica has harnessed the same potent and ultra-stable vitamin C to rewind the clock in the area that often needs it the most – the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. As well as the brightening, collagen-boosting properties of vitamin C, new BioLumin-C Eye Serum ($136) also features a firming peptide to help restore youthfulness to the eye area. “These advanced ingredients will help brighten and firm the eye area, and help fight the signs of premature skin ageing caused by daily eye movements and environmental stress,” says Caroline Parker, Dermalogica New Zealand’s head of education.


Post-summer skin often needs help. Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment Ferment2 + Vitamin C ($158) takes a holistic, multi-targeted approach to skin health with its brightening complex. The clever formulation is powered by two potent ferments and vitamin C which target numerous pathways within the skin to create a more luminous and even complexion. Molasses ferment speeds up natural cell turnover and exfoliation and yeast ferment reduces the appearance of dark spots on the skin’s surface. Meanwhile, vitamin C’s powerful antioxidant properties work on the deepest layer of the skin to improve radiance and tone. The end result is well-hydrated, glowing, clear skin.


If you dream about putting down the heated styling tools without having to worry about unwanted frizz and unruliness that tends to come with skimping on the heat styling, Joico Zero Heat ($36) makes sleek, fuss-free tresses easy. Designed to be used when you want to air-dry your hair without sacrificing style, the clever formula – available for fine/medium hair and thick hair – defines and enhances your hair’s natural texture without you needing to reach for the hair dryer. Not only does it minimise frizz, it reduces drying time, protects hair from humidity and boosts shine.

beauty innovations


Dark spots that contribute to uneven skin tone are difficult to treat. Thanks to various factors, when one spot vanishes, another appears. Clinique Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter (50ml, $189) works to disrupt this cycle by not only minimisimg the appearance of stubborn dark spots but by preventing future dark spots from forming. By using advanced skincare technology – including exfoliating salicylic acid, and gyokuro extract – the clever formulation interrupts the cycle by calming skin, making it less susceptible to irritation and resilient to further darkening.


As far as beauty innovations go – this is one we’ve been waiting to get our hands on for quite some time, as more than 20 years of research has gone into the creation of the new youth-restoring Dior Capture Totale C.E.L.L. Energy line. As we age, the energy within our stem cells declines, but the new collection can reactivate the energy that helps fight the signs of ageing. Dior Capture Totale C.E.L.L. Energy Super Potent Serum (50ml $345) is at the heart of the collection. It features Dior’s remarkable Bio-Cellular Technology made from four game-changing floral extracts, resulting in smoother, more age-proof skin.


A salon-standard hair dryer that ensures every day is a great hair day is essential for any haircare routine. The latest addition to the ghd family, helios ($320) helps you get smooth and silky blow-dried tresses in a jiffy. Created in conjunction with top physicists, engineers and styling professionals, helios uses a clever aerodynamic design and concentrated airflow travelling at 120km/h to dry hair quicker than ever. “The ghd helios hairdryer gives you the perfect flow of air when drying to create a natural fullness, stunning shine and smoothness like no other,” says Grant Norton, national education manager for ghd Australia and NZ.