If you miss visiting your favorite spa because of recent events, there's no reason why you can't enjoy some luxurious, pampering me-time with a spa day at home. Not sure how to plan a DIY spa day? We've got you covered with these 10 relaxing suggestions that will transport you to your happy place in no time.
1. Choose Music for the Right Vibe
Start by selecting soothing music to create a mellow atmosphere. Nothing inspires serenity and relaxation like the whisper of raindrops gently falling on leaves or the gentle, slow strumming of an acoustic guitar. Use your music choice to help create a serene space at home dedicated to your relaxation and wellbeing.
2. Scent Your Space With a Candle or Diffuser
One of the most memorable aspects of any spa visit is the soothing aromas that gently waft through the air. Try finding candles infused with aromatic lavender, jasmine, rosemary, or ylang-ylang to help set the mood. If you’re worried about an open flame, opt for a diffuser with calming essential oils.
“Try finding candles infused with aromatic lavender, jasmine, rosemary, or ylang-ylang to help set the mood.”
3. Concoct A Delicious Spa Water
Drinking water throughout your spa experience is a great way to hydrate and pamper your body. It’s easy to create spa water at home by slicing some lemons, limes, or cucumbers and adding them to a glass of cold water. For added sweetness, add some strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
4. Take a Soothing Shower or Bath
Cleanse your skin with a hydrating body wash that leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and subtly fragrant. For extended pampering, prepare a homemade bath soak to sprinkle in a tub of warm water. Have fun mixing dried rose petals or lavender mixed with Epsom salts and sea salt, or any combination of your favorite herbs and flowers, to relieve achy muscles and joints.
5. Deeply Nourish Your Hair
While your skin is enjoying a good soak in your spa-inspired tub, give your hair some love as well. Apply a deep conditioning mask, infused with Vitamin E, to transform damaged, breakage-prone hair into a stronger, restored hair.
6. Moisturize All Over
Immediately after stepping out of the tub, apply an after shower moisturizer to wet skin. Long, hot showers and baths can cause dry skin after showering, so it’s important to moisturize to prevent moisture loss. Massage these in before patting yourself dry for a silky softness that lasts throughout the day.
“Long, hot showers and baths can cause dry skin after showering, so it’s important to moisturize to prevent moisture loss.”
7. Give Your Face Special Attention
Your spa day at home is not complete without a facial! After a soothing shower or bath, a brightening clay mask is perfect for lifting away dead skin cells and removing buildup. Leave it on your face for three to five minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water, gently dab your face with a clean towel, and marvel at the soft, silky skin it leaves behind.
8. Write Down Your Thoughts or Meditate
Journaling is a healthy habit that can improve your health by:
If writing things down isn't your style, close your eyes and breathe in the room's fragrant air while you listen to the soothing sounds of the music you selected. Remember to breathe deeply and exhale fully and slowly while any stress leaves your body. Plan not to judge yourself for a wandering mind, but if the thought of random thoughts makes you tense, get some encouragement with a guided meditation app.
Regardless of which practice you prefer, whether it be journaling or meditating, the inclusion of either of these rituals in your DIY spa day will promote relaxation and a calm feeling that will stay with you for the remainder of the day.
9. Pamper Your Feet
There's something so relaxing and decadent about a foot massage, so remember to include your feet when you plan at-home spa day treatments. Rubbing and caressing your feet can help improve circulation and relax tense muscles, especially if you’re on your feet all day. Make sure to exfoliate the skin on your feet with a delicate scrub or pumice stone to give it a smooth texture. If the skin on your feet is extra dry, use a soothing foot cream to improve the look and feel of your feet.
10. Give Yourself a Mani/Pedi
No spa day at home is complete without a manicure and pedicure to keep your nails healthy and strong. Replicate the experience you have at your favorite salon by soaking your hands and feet in warm, soapy water. After you prepare your hands and feet, you are ready to apply a smooth base coat layer onto each nail. Follow this with two layers of your favorite color polish and finish off each nail with a protective topcoat.
Remember that the point of having a spa day at home is to relax and be kind to yourself, even as the world seems like a confusing place. Your home spa experience doesn't require elaborate planning or a perfect setting to benefit your mind and body. It just needs to remind you that you deserve to experience a healthy dose of TLC regularly. Try our tips for creating a spa day in your home until your favorite spa opens again or anytime you need an extra dose of self-love.