Sometimes you need to get away from it all and pamper yourself, but spa treatments can be expensive. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dream of a relaxing spa day. Follow these steps to create a relaxing spa experience right at home.
Clean Up Your Space
It’s hard to relax when your bathroom is full of discarded shampoo bottles, dirty towels and half-used bars of soap. Before beginning your spa day, get rid of the clutter and give the bathroom a good cleaning. A clear space that’s free of grime promotes a sense of comfort and fosters the peaceful feeling that you’re looking for.
Create the Right Atmosphere
To ensure that you can truly unwind, fill the bathroom with the sights and sounds of a real spa. Replace harsh lighting with scented candles, and get a soothing white noise machine or some calming music to add to the ambiance. If you have the budget, consider investing in a large, deep bathtub or a jet system for your existing fixture. The more luxurious you can make the experience, the better you’ll feel.
Enhance Your Bath
To begin your spa day, fill the bathtub with enough warm water to allow yourself to soak comfortably. Add a few drops of essential oil to help you relax when you climb in. Lavender, jasmine, bergamot and rose are all known for their calming effects. Alternatively, look for a natural bubble bath with one of these scents and wash your stress away amidst mounds of fragrant bubbles. Bath bombs are another way to infuse the water with a pleasant perfume and nourishing treatments for your skin. Some even contain “surprises” such as flower petals or ingredients that make them fizz when they hit the water.
Treat Your Skin
While you’re in the bath, go over your skin gently with a loofah to remove dead cells and create a healthy glow. Use a pumice stone to scrub away tough callouses on the bottoms of your feet. If you’re a fan of sugar scrubs, you can make your own by combining ordinary sugar with olive oil or coconut oil and using this to exfoliate instead. Mix in some essential oil or citrus zest for a pleasant scent that lingers. After getting out of the bath, apply a thick moisturizing cream or body butter to ensure that your skin stays soft.
Freshen Up Your Face
An at-home facial treatment clears out pores and leaves your facial skin glowing. To start, boil some water and pour it into a bowl. Add a drop or two of essential oil if desired. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the steam, being careful not to get too close. Stay there for three to five minutes to get the most benefit. When you’re done, follow up with a facial mask and your favorite moisturizer.
Pamper Your Hands and Feet
A simple manicure kit with nail clippers, a cuticle trimmer and a nail file gives you all the tools you need to treat your hands and feet at home. If you didn’t exfoliate in the bath, give your skin a gentle body scrub before trimming and shaping your nails. Finish with a moisturizing treatment for soft, supple skin.
When you’re through with your at-home spa day, put your hair up in a warm towel, wrap yourself in a fluffy robe and slip your feet into some cozy slippers. Sit back and enjoy the feeling of relaxation that comes from treating yourself to a break from the crazy pace of everyday life, and start planning your next personal spa treatment “getaway.”