A home spa is like the field of dreams – if you build it… you’ll enjoy almost as much as going to a fancy spa retreat.
With life having a way of becoming so hectic, we don’t always have the luxury of time to actually go to a run-of-the-mill spa. But that doesn’t mean that with some effort, a few essentials and a little imagination, you can’t create your own.
You deserve to pamper yourself every so often, and sometimes the pampering is best done in the comfort of your own home.
So, before you dive into your gorgeous tub, let’s dive into the essentials that you absolutely need to create the right ‘treat yourself’ atmosphere.
Scrub it good
Proper exfoliation isn’t only beneficial for the skin, but it’s essential for the entire body as well.
So, before you do anything else, either snag a great body scrub – Lush has amazing scented ones, or get a big body scrubbing brush and indulge in the ancient ritual of dry brushing that will not only shed those dead cells off but actually help improve circulation and even minimize your cellulite.
Don’t skip anything
We tend to neglect our poor tired feet, and they probably deserve the most attention.
The best thing you can do is to either purchase a foot mask or make your own (if you’re feeling DIY-ish).
Apply it to the feet, massage for a couple of minutes and then leave on while you read a book or have a cup of coffee – then simply rinse off.
Let things get steamy
Steaming your skin is great for opening up those pores, so before you pamper your body with a soothing bath, take a bowl of boiled water, cool it just a smidge, add a few drops of your favorite oil – lavender is a great option, but so are rose and tea-tree – especially if you have oily skin.
The rest you probably know – cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl for a few minutes. Once your pores are open, it’s time for a great clay or hydrating sheet mask – again depending on your skin type.
Set the mood
Now it’s time to create that perfect bath.
The key to a great bath is mixing in oils, salts and bubble baths with scents that mesh well together.
The soothing lavender, for instance, goes great with unscented bath salts. They’re great for sore muscles, but you don’t need anything overpowering the lavender.
Set the mood with a few heavenly scented candles – blood orange is amazing for creating that decadent feel – and put some soothing music on.
Then just dive in, feel the tension leave your body and simply be in the moment.
Make sure a super fluffy robe is waiting for you when you’re ready to leave the tub.
Of course, if having a superb spa experience from the comfort of your own home is a priority for you, and you want to ‘steal away’ as much home spa time as you possibly can, investing in a state-of-the-art swim spa is one of the smartest self-pampering things you can do.
Instead of spending a great deal of your disposable income on spas, create your own, since this will be a far more frugal long-term solution.
While you’re in there
Keep your sheet mask on – the longer the better, and while in the tub, make sure you give your hair the treatment it deserves.
After a simple wash, rejuvenate and repair those strands with a powerful hair mask. There are amazing drugstore options, but you can also make your own using a simple avocado paste. If you’re looking for something high-end for a full luxurious feel, then snag the raved-about Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment.
Time to get out
We know that at this point you’ll be reluctant to leave your tub, but there is more pampering to be done.
The feet and hair are all good, the body is relaxed and scrubbed, and now it’s time to finish off with a wonderful deeply nourishing body butter that will soften and ‘feed’ your skin.
You can also use body oil if that’s more your taste, but our definite recommendation is LAVANILA The Healthy Body Butter in the fresh vanilla and lemon scent that will awaken your senses and invigorate the body.
Finish off strong
Once the body is nice and snug, it’s time to finish your facial treatment.
Start by applying a few drops of facial serum that you gently massage into the skin using circular motions – like a professional would.
Once the skin has absorbed that serum goodness, lock things down with a nourishing, yet light moisturizer and then just sit back and relax in your robe for a little while longer. Read a book, catch up on your TV shows.
This is your day.
Isabel is Consultant by day and a Blogger by night. Mom to twins 24/7 and a recent editor on Ripped.me area of interests include well being, mental health, self-improvement, and beauty.