Hygge is sweep­ing the globe – and a can­dlelit bath­room near you. Em­brace the fo­cus on cosi­ness and ‘me’ time and give your beauty regime a Nordic over­haul, says Anita Quade

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At home or the spa, it’s time to add hygge to your pam­per­ing rou­tine.

If hygge — as we’ve learned — means ditch­ing dis­trac­tions and slow­ing down, there’s no rea­son we can’t ap­ply that to our beauty and pam­per­ing rou­tines, too. Ac­cord­ing to Meik Wik­ing, CEO of the Hap­pi­ness Re­search In­sti­tute in Copen­hagen and au­thor of The Lit­tle Book of Hygge, the ob­ses­sion with get­ting cosy and mak­ing time for your­self is one of the rea­sons why Den­mark ranks at the top of the list of the world’s hap­pi­est coun­tries. That sounds like a recipe for an at-home spa night if ever there was one. So this week­end, un­plug from your dig­i­tal de­vices and try these sim­ple rit­u­als.


This trend is all about cre­at­ing a cosy space and sur­round­ing your­self with things you love, in­clud­ing fam­ily and friends. Start by cre­at­ing your own DIY beauty regime, which is per­fect for a solo Satur­day night in, or use it as a chance to gather your friends for a pam­per ses­sion.


Den­mark burns more can­dles than any other coun­try (re­ally!) and noth­ing ig­nites a cosy mood more than flick­er­ing can­dles. Go for an in­vig­o­rat­ing scent such as Jo Malone’s Lime Basil and Man­darin, or one of our win­ter favourites, the clas­sic Dip­tyque Figu­ier – it em­braces the warmth of fig wood. With the mood set, it’s now time to pam­per your­self and win­ter means you need to amp up your skin­care regime – so go from head to toe. Run a warm bath filled with Ep­som salts; these are ab­sorbed through the skin and treat any­thing from bloat­ing to ten­sion, thanks to their abil­ity to boost mag­ne­sium lev­els. It’s no won­der it’s a favourite with stars such as Victoria Beck­ham and Gwyneth Paltrow; Dr Teal’s laven­der or eu­ca­lyp­tus-oil-scented bag­fuls can be found at Safest­way in Dubai. If you have an un­scented salt, add a few drops of Neom Tran­quil­lity Bath & Shower Oil or some laven­der oil for the ul­ti­mate calm­ing ef­fect.

A DIY night in means it’s time to mul­ti­task – so start with a dry body brush to banish dead skin cells. This quick and easy tech­nique will get your skin ready to soak in mois­turiser.

Look after your locks while you lie back and get zen. No need for ex­pen­sive treat­ments – try a pantry sta­ple such as or­ganic co­conut oil. Sim­ply mas­sage into the scalp and ends and wrap in a shower cap or small towel for 30 min­utes. For a sa­lon­wor­thy mask at home, try Maria Dowl­ing Hair and Scalp Clay (avail­able at the sa­lon on Al Mina Road in Dubai). ‘When both the scalp and hair fol­li­cles are prop­erly cleansed, nour­ished and cared for, they give way to healthy growth and hair that re­cov­ers its vi­tal­ity and beauty,’ Maria says. ‘It’s made up of a zen-like mix of clay and pure oils and re­bal­ances with a heady mix of pep­per­mint, jo­joba and lemon­grass.’

Take ad­van­tage of soft sup­ple skin, and lock in the mois­ture with a slather­ing of your favourite mois­turiser – we love the de­li­cious

hol­i­day scent of Palmer’s Co­coa But­ter For­mula, or use the su­per­model favourite Kiehl’s Creme de Corps mois­turiser for a shiny sheen. It’s lit­tle won­der 1.5 bot­tles of this ul­tra-rich for­mula are sold around the globe per minute.

While soak­ing, lit­er­ary favourites such as Break­fast at Tif­fany’s or The Great Gatsby are op­tional… or just dim the lights and zone out (don’t for­get those can­dles!).

Home stores are in­vest­ing heav­ily in this trend, so it’s easy to find a cosy blan­ket to snug­gle up. Check out Zara Home for lux­u­ri­ous mo­hair throws. Our tip is slather rich mois­turiser on your feet – try The Body Shop Pep­per­mint Cool­ing Foot Lo­tion – and lock in the mois­ture with cot­ton socks overnight to wake up with pe­tal-soft feet.

Girly flicks are de rigueur – The Note­book any­one? And let’s face it, ev­ery­one looks great with a healthy glow, so if you are en­joy­ing a night in, fake it and in­dulge in a lit­tle in­stant bronzer to cheat your way to a Hawai­ian glow. We love Shi­seido’s Bril­liant Bronze Quick Self-Tan­ning Gel.

When it comes to bedtime, in­vest in a Spasilk satin pil­low (avail­able on Ama­zon), which can do won­ders for your hair and skin. It pre­vents hair frizzing and helps keep sleep lines and wrin­kles at bay. Plus, you will feel like roy­alty while you nap.


An­other way to em­brace the hygge trend is by spend­ing an af­ter­noon at home, con­coct­ing your own face masks. Win­ter can play havoc with skin, so cre­at­ing your own per­son­alised face mask is the per­fect way to pam­per your­self and best of all, most of the in­gre­di­ents should be in your pantry. Here are some fresh face masks to try:

Av­o­ca­dos are known for be­ing rich in fatty acids plus vi­ta­mins A and E, which soothe skin. Get an in­stant glow with this sim­ple recipe: Mash one ripe av­o­cado into a pulp, add a ta­ble­spoon of honey and make a paste. Ap­ply to skin and leave on for 15 min­utes, then rinse with luke­warm water and pat dry.

If you have oily skin, then try a ba­nana face mask. Ba­nanas are rich in pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dants and have even been called Mother Na­ture’s Bo­tox. Mash a ripe ba­nana to

Run a bath filled with EP­SOM SALTS; these are AB­SORBED through the skin and treat any­thing from bloat­ing to ten­sion, thanks to their abil­ity to boost MAG­NE­SIUM lev­els

a pulp and mix with the juice of half a le­mon, smooth on face and leave on 15 min­utes.

Egg whites have been used on skin since an­cient times and can be the ideal skin­bright­en­ing treat­ment. This recipe uses turmeric, which of­fers ad­di­tional bright­en­ing dark-spot-fad­ing. Whisk up one egg white and a tea­spoon of or­ange juice un­til light and frothy, sprin­kle in a tea­spoon of turmeric pow­der, ap­ply for 15 min­utes, then ap­ply mois­turiser, such as a few drops of rose­hip oil.


Robe Dh199, River Is­land Night­dress Dh269, H&M Ear­rings model’s own

Dip­tyque Figu­ier scent Dh275, Bloom­ing­dale’s Dubai

Lime Basil and Man­darin can­dle Dh300, Jo Malone

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