How to Create an At-Home Spa
After a long and busy week filled with priorities like work and kids, a relaxing day at the spa is a great way to nourish the body and soul. What isn’t as enjoyable is the hefty price tag that comes with letting someone else do the pampering for you. Instead, skip the scheduling and turn your bathroom into an affordable sanctuary that’s available anytime you need to destress.
Set the Mood
From the tranquil, trickling nature sounds and dim lighting to the crisp and fluffy white towels, the spa scene is a luxurious retreat. To recreate this state of Zen right inside your bathroom, cater to all of your senses: sight, sound, touch, scent and taste.
- Turn off (or dim) the lights and light assorted candles for a relaxing glow. Let the shower run until it gets steamy.
- Turn on your favorite soothing-sounds station.
- Load up the tub with bath products that feature minerals from sea salts to help detoxify skin and relax achy muscles, and have soft, fluffy towels within reach. Use a small towel to create a warm compress for your face and roll up another compress to place behind your neck before lying back to take a few deep, relaxing breaths.
- Once nestled into a warm bath, indulge your senses with aromatherapy by adding a few drops of essentials oils like lavender or rosemary into a bowl of warm water.
- Keep an ice-cold glass of lemon water nearby to stay hydrated and refreshed.
Pamper Your Skin
The best part about having your spa experience at home is avoiding the luxury spa price tag for luxurious skin treatments. You can use your own favorite cleansers and moisturizers in your at-home spa. Take it up a notch by moisturizing from head to toe.
Want an extra soft-skin boost? Whip up a natural and nourishing treatment with ingredients found right in your kitchen. Body scrubs and masks typically require just a few everyday ingredients, and they can be instantly beneficial for achieving that after-spa glow on a budget. Here are some simple recipes:
- Natural body scrub: Mix one cup of brown sugar or Himalayan sea salt, one cup of oatmeal, and one cup of olive or coconut oil in a bowl, and apply to skin in small circular motions.
- Soothing face mask: Apply generous amounts of cold, plain Greek yogurt to freshly cleansed skin and leave on for up to 10 minutes while soaking in the tub to revitalize a tired complexion.
Create a Pre-Bedtime Refresh
End the night with a simple and relaxing facial routine that will leave your skin feeling hydrated and your whole body feeling indulged with an exotic treatment. This aromatic delight can be used all over to refresh and balance the skin after a hot bath.
- Pack one cup full of rose petals and then pour two cups of boiling water over the petals, letting it steep until it’s completely cooled down.
- As soon as it has cooled, strain the rest of the liquid from the petals and store the rose water in plastic travel-sized spray bottles in the refrigerator, so it’s ready and easy to apply whenever you need it.
- Spray it on your face and body.
- Apply a moisturizer before bed to set skin up for the next day and help you relax for a full night of beauty rest.
Creating a convenient at-home spa allows you to take your relaxation and pampering to the next level, at a fraction of the cost. When products are easily found in your bathroom cabinet, the fridge or the garden, there’s always a way to incorporate a little rest and relaxation into your day. Whether it’s after work or after the kids are down, get the instant gratification you need to unwind by discovering the resources you have available right at home.
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