I love spa days. Coming out of the spa feels like I’ve been on holiday for a few weeks, and trust me, I can do with some of that now. With the holidays coming up and work being super busy I can feel the stress in my bones! But getting me to the spa is another story, it entails such an organisation with the kids that I give up before I even try! And that’s not mentioning the expense of a spa.
Well, whoever said that a spa experience can only be in an actual spa? That’s why I decided to create a home spa experience that will be as relaxing as a real spa. With the added bonuses that you won’t need to leave the comfort of your home and it will be a lot cheaper. Now that is enticing!
Create the right ambience
The most important factor in a home spa experience is to create the right mood for the room. When you create a calm environment you will have a much deeper relaxation.
To create the right mood you need to use dim lights. If you don’t have dim lights in your bathroom then you can use candles. You just need to light enough so that you can see where you’re going!
Candles are also essential for a home spa because of their scent. Don’t use a very overbearing candle, but more like a subtle one with a luxurious scent. I recently discovered DW Home candles in my local HomeSense and oh my, they are so affordable and smell absolutely amazing.
Put on your favourite calming playlist and close your eyes, you won’t believe you’re in your own bathroom.
Detox, detox and detox
For me, the definition of a successful spa day is to come out with my body cleansed from top to toe. It gives me a new sense of purpose and optimism to life. Totally physiological but it works nevertheless.
The first step for this is to steam your face because the face is often the most problematic area and it needs the most attention. To do this you will need to fill a bowl with boiling hot water and add some essential oils to it. Put your face over the bowl and let the steam soak into your face. This opens the pores and allows for a good clean.
Now that you’ve opened all your pores, its time to give your face that full and thorough clean. Apply your favourite face mask and let it sit.
If you want to detox properly, you can’t skip a full-body exfoliation. By exfoliating your skin you are removing all the dead skin cells. This will make your skin feel softer and also look smoother.
Treat your hair to a deep conditioning hair mask. Read my post on the best hair masks for damaged hair. These hair masks will give your hair a new lease of life.
Don’t forget to relax
Spa days aren’t all about detoxing your skin. One of the most important factors is to relax so that you can de-stress and unwind properly. And one of my all-time favourite ways to do that is to take a warm bath with a delightful smelling bubble bath or bath bomb. Make sure your candles are lit and the music is playing softly in the background.
As you soak you can massage your shoulders and any other stiff areas. Even though a massage is better from a masseuse, its not so hard to give one to yourself. And for the difference in price, it’s well worth it!
Read a book or to enjoy yourself to the maximum prepare a little feast before. With a cup of wine and some strawberries, anyone will relax:)
The best home tip that one of my friends shared with me was to always heat my towel before so that when I come out of the bath I have a snuggly, warm towel to cosy up in. Just like in a spa you will always get a warm towel, well so too at home you should. It is such an easy step which makes such a huge difference.
Water tends to dry out our skin, especially warm water. After you have patted your skin dry, it is essential to hydrate and moisturise it properly. Using your favourite oil or moisturiser, massage your skin as you rub it in.
The perfect end to a spa day…
A real pamper session is never complete without a mani and a pedi. If you find nail polish too hard to work with you can always use fake nails, the results are often better!
As you can see a home spa experience can be as luxurious and relaxing as a real spa. It doesn’t need to break the bank, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Although it’s always nice to go to the real deal, I find with these tips and techniques, I barely crave a real spa. I find a home spa way more convenient and I love the fact that I get to save money at the same time! (With 4 kids and a mortgage it’s a necessity!)
Let me know how you make your home spa experience special for you. Do you have any additional tips and tricks for the ultimate relaxation? Leave a comment below!