During these stressful times, you likely need a spa day more than ever. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus (aka the very reason for all your stress), most professional spas are closed. Instead of forgoing self-care, it’s time to take matters into your own hands and create a professional spa day at home.
Not only is taking a spa day one of the best ways to manage stress but creating your own at home is easier than you think. Even once professional spas reopen, these tips and tricks will come in handy. When you don’t have the time or money for a spa day out, you can pamper yourself at home.
From affordable amenities that will set the mood to DIY treatments with ingredients from your pantry, learn how to upgrade your at-home spa day. Whether you have an entire day, half-day or, even, just an hour to devote to some well-deserved self-care, here’s how you can treat yourself to a relaxing spa day at home.
How To Set The Spa Mood
When it comes to unwinding, ambience is everything. In order to have a DIY spa day that feels like the true thing, you must start with setting the right (read: relaxing) mood before you can get your Zen on.
Spa professionals know how important it is to cater to all the senses. It all begins with the music. Check out your favourite streaming service for curated relaxation playlists. Steer clear of songs with lyrics and stick to instrumentals or pick nature sounds.
With the right tunes playing, you can turn your attention to lighting. Dim is best. Consider using a candle. Not only will it provide enough light for your DIY treatments, but a nice-smelling candle also has aromatherapeutic benefits.
Essential Amenities For Pampering Yourself
Want to take aromatherapy to the next level? Invest in a diffuser. Lavender essential oils are a relaxation favourite, but nothing says a spa day like eucalyptus.
With all this pampering, you could very well work up a thirst. Have some cucumber water on hand to sip while you’re relaxing. Not into cucumber? Mix up a pitcher of water with strawberries and mint, lemon and lime or blueberries and orange.
Other essential amenities for your at-home spa day include comfy slippers, a cosy robe, and fluffy towels. Kick your DIY facials up a notch with hot towels. Instead of splashing in the sink, soak a few towels in hot water and wring them out until they’re just slightly damp before wiping off your mask treatment.
If you decide you love pampering yourself at home, you might want to think about adding an infrared sauna to your at-home spa wishlist. Infrared saunas are believed to help combat anxiety, depression, and addiction. Other benefits of infrared saunas include decreased inflammation, increased endurance, and easier excretion of toxins.
DIY Treatments You Will Love
From hair masks to at-home nail care, you can find step-by-step instructions for tons of DIY treatments on the internet. Decide on your treatments the day before you’re planning your spa experience so you can make sure you have the supplies you need.
There’s a good chance you already have the ingredients on hand for some rejuvenating DIY treatments. If the stress of COVID-19 has you breaking out, mix equal parts turmeric, raw honey, and milk. Apply the thick-not-runny mixture all over your face and let it sit for 15 minutes before wiping it off with a hot towel.
Between scrolling through Instagram and binging on Netflix, you’ve likely spent a lot of time staring at screens during the pandemic. To treat your tired eyes, boil two chamomile tea bags in milk and refrigerate them until cool. Place one over each eye for a DIY treatment even better than those sliced cucumbers you get at the professional spa.
Eye treatments and facials are certainly relaxing, but don’t forget about the rest of your body. Combine equal parts granulated sugar with liquified coconut oil to whip up an easy at-home scrub. After using it to exfoliate, you will feel like a new person.
The Perfect Way To End Your Spa Day
After exfoliating, hop in the shower for easy cleanup. Rather than sticking to just one temperature like normal, try switching the water from hot to cold. This at-home spa treatment recreates a plunge pool and boosts circulation.
While the shower is nice for rinsing off DIY treatments, there’s no better way to end your spa day than in the bathtub. With the lights turned down, add a bath bomb, bath oil, or detox mix to the water for the relaxing soak of your dreams.
Just make sure and check the ingredients to see if your bath bomb will clog the drain. Immediately after using a bath bomb, you should pour a vinegar and baking soda mix down the drain to remove any residue.
With plumbing concerns out of the way, your mind will be clear and calm as you unwind in the tub. But, if any thought pops into your head, let it be how easy it was to create a professional spa day at home.