Holidays are a great time to pamper yourself. But instead of splurging months' worth of your allowance paying somebody else, follow these easy tips and turn your bathroom into a spa. Ada Chow Kam-wah, sales and education manager of Aveda, recommends a warm bath to relax your muscles and recharge your energy. But as not everyone in Hong Kong has a bath tub, Chow has a solution for people in small flats. 'You can do a foot bath with peppermint and rosemary essential oils to soothe and awaken your muscles. It also helps to improve your circulation.' Chow explains that, as the feet support the weight of the whole body all day, soothing them will help to relax your mind and body. She adds that it is especially beneficial for people who do not play sports or work out often. She also suggests some other easy ways to unwind. 'Yoga, slow walks and a light workout will also help you relax,' she says. Another important element of the home spa is hydration of the innermost layers of your skin. To start, the skin's pores must be unblocked. 'Use a body scrub to remove dead skin before bathing - this helps moisturisers penetrate your skin and be absorbed better,' Chow says. 'This can effectively increase moisture to your skin during dry weather.' She adds drinking more water can also boost your body's hydration levels. For more intensive moisturising, you can use a specially formulated body mask or, Chow says, you can also use body oil made with natural ingredients to massage your body, and leave it on as a mask. 'Warm up the oil in your palms and massage it lightly into your skin using circular motions moving up the body. Focusing on your arms and legs will help to sweep away tiredness and fatigue.' Chow says aloe vera and shea butter are great ingredients to use in home spa products, adding ready-made aloe products are more convenient and easier to use than buying the freshly cut plant from the wet market or supermarket. Yugi Tong Wing-lun, a trainer from Nest Beauty at Harvey Nichols, suggests using products made with organic ingredients, as they are a safer and more natural way to pamper yourself. 'Products with aloe vera, calendula and chamomile are excellent for moisturising and rejuvenating, and very effective in soothing irritation in dehydrated skin.' She adds lemongrass can detoxify, deodorise and decompress skin, while rosemary is excellent for stimulating, revitalising and clarifying. Tong says another ingredient to look out for in products is kakadu plum. It contains a lot of vitamin C, and is known for its high anti-oxidant properties and ability to soothe skin exposed to pollutants. It also boosts collagen formation in the skin and enhances blood circulation. Tong says the final aspect in any home spa experience is to light a scented candle or aromatherapy oil burner to enhance the restful atmosphere. This will help to ensure you get total relaxation and a more effective and enjoyable treatment.