Taking the time to juggle work, family, and other daily routines can be stressful. In these uncertain times, it’s important to take time for yourself to relax and unwind.
There are many things you can do at home to pamper yourself without breaking the bank. Here, we will uncover many ways you can create a day spa right in the comfort of your own home.
Spa Day Prep
It is easy to get busy and forget to take care of yourself sometimes. That is why it’s important to set aside a specific amount of time that you can commit to spending on yourself.
Try placing the time for your home spa day on your calendar so that you can keep a committed session for pampering yourself. Keep that commitment and make that “you” moment a priority.
Plan ahead by gathering all of the items you will need for your spa day, such as:
- Candles or essential oils
- Loofah or Body buffer
- Exfoliant or body scrub
- Body lotion and creams
- Oil for your cuticles
- Face mask and face cream
- Eye treatment mask
- Warm tea, mineral water, or fresh fruit smoothie
Set the Mood
Lighting your favorite scented candle or turning on that essential oil diffuser should be the first thing you do to create a relaxing environment for your little retreat.
Set your phone ringer on silent and turn on soft, relaxing music, making sure it’s something you enjoy. Dim the lights, and let the self-care session begin.
At-Home Spa Treatment Options
Just like at the spa, you can choose which treatments you want to indulge in. This should be done a day or two beforehand so that you can take full advantage of your “me” time without the stress of gathering supplies and making decisions.
Check out our list of several different things you can do at home to relax and recharge.
Soak in the Tub
Nothing is more relaxing than a warm, soft bubble bath. The scented bubbles enrobe your skin and feel so delicately luxurious. Choose a bubble bath or soak with a lavender scent or a citrus scent to rejuvenate.
Use magnesium-rich Epsom salts to treat sore muscles. Aromatherapy is important, so make sure you match the scent with your mood.
Here is a simple lavender oat bath soak recipe you can make at home with items from your kitchen.
Lavender Oatmeal Bath Soak
Lavender is known for its gentle, soothing effects on the mind and body. Create this relaxing bath soak easily at home.
- ¾ C quick oats
- ½ C baking soda
- ½ C Epsom salt
- ½ C Himalayan pink sea salt
- 30-40 drops of Lavender essential oil or your favorite scent alternative
When ready, follow these steps:
- Grind the oats to a flour-like consistency and set them aside.
- Drop oil and salt into a mixing bowl and mix well.
- Pour oats and baking soda into the salt/oil mixture and combine.
Use about one cup of the bath soak mixture per bath session. Store remaining soak mixture in a container with a tight lid at room temperature.
Apply a Face Mask
Your face deserves pampering, so knowing your skin type is important. If you have normal to dry skin, opt for a rich moisturizing or hydrating cream mask. For oily and acne-prone skin, choose a normalizing, vitamin C, or pore cleansing mask.
Face masks come in many varieties, such as:
- Gel masks- great for oily and acne-prone skin types
- Cream masks- recommended for dry and aging skin types
- Sheet masks- available for all skin types
To minimize large pores and zap oily skin, follow this lemon honey mask recipe.
Pore Minimizing Face Mask
Gather the following ingredients for this at-home face mask.
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 egg white
- Squeeze of lemon
Mix all ingredients and apply to your face. Allow it to work its magic for 10-15 minutes and rinse.
Lemon and egg white has natural astringent properties that tighten and act as an exfoliant to the skin. The tablespoon of honey adds natural hydration. Try a jade roller that increases circulation for a special touch.
Apply a Hair Mask
It’s important to tend to your stands too. Hair can become dry and brittle due to color and highlighting sessions, so an occasional deep conditioning treatment is important.
Follow this DIY recipe for a great deep conditioner:
- ½ avocado
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
Mix all ingredients together with a whisk and apply by massaging the mask into your hair. Allow it to moisturize your tendrils for 20-30 minutes, and rinse in the shower with cool water. Cool water closes the hair shaft and leaves your tresses with a shiny finish. Make sure to include this in all your relaxing scalp massages.
Exfoliate for Soft Skin
Soft, glowing skin not only feels good, but it looks good too. Exfoliants and scrubs are available in many different formulas for the essential skincare routine.
Dry and normal skin types should choose a moisturizing exfoliant, and oily, acne-prone skin types should choose a gel-based polishing exfoliant with salicylic acid.
Salicylic acid exfoliates by polishing the skin and unclogging pores for a deeper clean.
It is easy to make an exfoliant at home. Follow the next recipe for a natural skin-polishing paste.
Hydrating Skin Exfoliant
For this hydrating skin exfoliant recipe, you will need coconut oil, sugar, essential oil, and a container with a lid such as a mason jar for storage.
- 1 C coconut oil
- 2 C granulated sugar
- 40-50 drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix the coconut oil and sugar together until paste forms. Stir in the essential oils until well incorporated. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
To exfoliate your skin to a velvet-smooth finish and remove dead skin cells, apply exfoliant to the skin in the shower and gently massage. Rinse well with warm water.
Polish Your Pearly Whites
Bright pearly whites give your mouth a healthy glow and simply make you want to smile more. There are many teeth whitening products, kits, toothpaste, and rinses available to use at home for gentle teeth whitening.
One simple way to get a little extra whitening at home is to brush with baking soda. Baking soda is a natural teeth whitener. It helps to remove stains and bacteria from your teeth, plus it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals.
Always consult with your dentist before committing to a teeth whitener that you are unsure of. Teeth can become sensitive to whiteners, so it’s important to treat them carefully.
Rid Yourself of Baggage
Eyes become tired and puffy when you are overworked and are experiencing a lack of sleep. A diet high in sodium and genetics can also cause under eye bags.
Many eye creams are formulated to target dark circles and puffy under eye baggage. Treating this delicate eye area is important in the prevention of and management of tired eyes.
For an easy at-home pampering eye treatment, try the following...
You’ve seen the ads, commercials, and movies with people relaxing, cucumber slices perfectly positioned on their eyes. It looks so relaxing, but does it really work?
Cucumber can help soothe tired, puffy eyes with its astringent properties. It also has vitamin C, which is an antioxidant. Cucumber cools the eye area and relaxes the skin.
Cucumber is considered safe for the eye area, so this treatment is effective and worry-free.
- Wash and dry a cucumber and chill it overnight in the refrigerator.
- After the cucumber is chilled, slice two slices about half an inch in thickness.
- Lay down in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and place the cucumber slices on each eye. Relax for 10-15 minutes and allow the cucumber essence to take effect.
Voila! Your eyes will feel refreshed and look bright.
Ultimate Home Spa Experience
An at-home DIY spa day is something that you need to set time aside for, but when you do, it will be well worth it.
There are many inexpensive ways you can pamper yourself. From facial masks to a manicure or pedicure, every little thing you do for yourself makes you feel amazing.
Spongellé body care products are formulated with you in mind. Each product is formulated with patented technology and naturally derived ingredients to nourish your skin. Our products are vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, and sulfate-free.
Treat yourself at home with the wide range of luxurious Spongellé body care products designed to bring peace and pampering to you.
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