Everything You Need for a Relaxing At-Home Spa Day
An at-home spa day is a great way to relax your body and mind — all without your leaving your home or breaking the bank.
Here’s a look at how to create a spa-like atmosphere at home, as well as a few basic, inexpensive things you’ll need to help melt the stress away.
Set a Relaxing Mood for a Spa Experience At Home
Think about your favorite spa. What’s the atmosphere like? Are your senses immediately soothed with music, comfortable lighting, and lavishly scented candles?
Or, do you immerse yourself in a warm, relaxing bath?
After you get out, do you lounge in a comfortable chair, wearing a plush, soft robe?
There’s no reason why you can’t duplicate that relaxing mood at home.
When it comes to at-home spa music, choose soothing sounds that don’t have any lyrics to distract you from the overall experience. Instrumental music might help increase your level of relaxation.1
And when it comes to DIY-ing relaxing treatments, a little prep goes a long way.
Try an At-Home Facial as Part of Your Spa Day
A DIY spa kit should include the ingredients you need to perform your own facial. What’s really great is that it isn’t expensive or difficult at all.
Here are some step-by-step instructions on how to perform a relaxing and cleansing facial from home.
Cleansing and Exfoliating
First, remove any makeup or sweat using warm water and a cleanser that’s gentle to the skin. Wash your face with a product that will not only cleanse, but also moisturize your skin. Aloe, for example, not only moisturizes, it may also help strengthen and protect the skin.2
After cleansing, give your skin DIY “steam facial” with a warm, essential oil-infused hand towel. This will help open the pores and make your skin more receptive to other skincare products. Here’s how to do the steam facial.
First, fill a bowl with hot (but not too hot) water and add a few drops of an essential oil such as lavender.3 Then, wet a hand towel in the water, making sure to wring it out fully before using it. Once the towel is at a comfortable temperature, put it on your face for 2-3 minutes to enjoy its revitalizing aroma as you relax.
Next, it’s time to exfoliate your skin. A DIY sugar scrub is great for that, and you probably already have all the ingredients. Simply mix one tablespoon of sugar with the same amount of a skin-friendly oil, such as almond or avocado oil.
Put a dime-sized dab on your palms and then apply to your cheeks using a gentle, upward, circular motion. Then, wipe off the scrub with a damp washcloth.4
Once you’re finished, dry your skin completely. This will make it easier for the ingredients you use next to penetrate the skin and give you the best results.5
Use a Face Mask for Smooth, Moisturized Skin
If you’re in the mood for a luxurious facial, this face mask will have your skin feeling refreshed and re-energized. Plus, it’s made of gentle, natural ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
First, mix together these natural ingredients:
- 1 Tablespoon of honey
- 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt
- 1 avocado
This particular type of mask can help moisturize your skin, with the fatty acids in the olive oil and avocado adding soothing moisture. The honey and yogurt in the face mask will also help soften skin. Leave the mask on for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly.6
The Final Steps: Toning And Moisturizing
Toning your skin helps make sure it’s free of dead skin cells as well as any impurities that might be clogging your pores. It will not only make your skin feel refreshed, it will also get it ready for the last step – moisturizing.
To tone your skin, apply some alcohol-free witch hazel on a cotton ball and gently swipe over your skin for a refreshing boost.7
Finally, you’ll want to apply moisturizer. It will help lock in your skin’s natural moisture and protect it from the elements. The result will be a healthier, smoother complexion.
Put a nickel-sized amount of moisturizer on your fingertips and gently massage into your face. You can also try using avocado oil or vitamin E oil, which are particularly beneficial for dry skin.8
Pampering Done Right: Additional “Spa Kit” Essentials to Consider for Your Own Home Spa
While a facial will be a major component of your home spa experience, it’s by no means the only one. If you truly want to spoil yourself – and you should, since you deserve it – there are a couple of other things you could have to make the experience even more rewarding.
One is a handheld body massager. Many spas offer incredibly relaxing body massages. If you don’t have a professional masseuse standing by, this will be the next best thing. A massager not only feels great, it also helps stimulate healthy blood flow. It might also help with any fluid retention.9
Another thing to consider ia a skin therapy wand machine. Most types are made using a glass bulb that circulates a current of electricity. The current contracts the blood vessels. This, in turn, helps to support blood circulation. Your local spa has probably had this type of equipment for years. Now, you can have it in your home.10
An Epsom Salt Bath Soak Can Soothe The Body And Mind
An Epsom salt bath is a great way to pamper yourself, and it makes a perfect addition to your at-home spa day kit.
Epsom salt delivers some incredible potential benefits, such as helping to relax the muscles. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath might help relieve any tension you’re feeling in your shoulders, neck, back, and other areas.11
Using Epsom salt in your bath during your spa day is easy. Fill your tub with hot water and measure out about 300 grams of epsom salt. Pour it in and get in the bath – it’s as simple as that. You could start reaping the benefits in as little as 15 minutes.12
What You Also Need: Creams, Lotions, and Essential Oils
Any good spa kit should include creams and lotions – if you really want to indulge yourself, that is. There are creams for just about every part of the body. If you really want to treat your feet, for example, try a hydrating, soothing foot cream in your spa kit.13
You’ve been learning a lot about how to pamper yourself in your bath during your spa day. But what if you live in a home that doesn’t have a tub? How are you going to give yourself a true home spa treatment if you can’t soak in your bath? No worries. You can get the invigorating benefits of lavender or another essential oil in your shower as well.
All you need to do is apply a few drops of lavender essential oil (or another scent you love) to a sponge that you can put on the floor in front of you while you shower. The oil will combine with the steam of the shower, filling the area with a beautiful, invigorating scent.14
Inexpensive Ways To Give Your Home Some Spa-Like Touches
The sky’s the limit as far as things you can do to enhance your spa day. For example, you can put a bath bomb in your tub. Just as the name implies, a bath bomb is basically a ball that fizzes when it hits the water. It creates a wonderful, bubbly explosion of color and sensation to help make your bathing experience that much more enjoyable.15
Here are some other easy, inexpensive touches you can add to make your spa day even more enjoyable.
- Get a planter and some flowers and put them in your bathroom. They not only smell fantastic, they’re also beautiful.
- Grab a fluffy bathrobe and some comfy slippers to wear once you get out of your bath.
- Put some contact paper over your bathroom window to diffuse the light and make the environment even more soothing.
These ideas just scratch the surface of the different things you can do to make your spa day unforgettable. You can probably come up with many others. Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy your home spa experience. You deserve it.