Treat Yourself: Give Yourself a Spa Day at Home This Winter
A spa day is the ultimate treat for the stressed out, over-active, high-achieving adult. Especially during these winter months, filled with holidays, travel, over-scheduling and year-end deadlines at the office, a full afternoon of having your face and body pampered while you listen to soothing sounds, breathe in relaxing, scented candles and gently let go of all your worries and obligations seems like heaven, doesn’t it? Sure it does. The only problem is you’ll need a free day and quite the lump of cash to accommodate it.
So, let’s face it: your much-needed dream day at the spa…is probably not happening any time soon, but no need to fret. We’ve got you covered with our step by step spa day at home ideas. Simple and easy to do, these low-cost, at-home spa day treats are just what the doctor ordered!
Step 1. Set the Mood
Don’t fall into the trap of having a do-it-yourself at-home spa day while simultaneously multitasking. No point in slapping on a soothing face mask (more on those below) if you will also be conducting business on the phone, answering emails, putting a roast in the oven and chasing the kids around the house. So step one is set the mood and commit yourself to doing this right.
Set aside some time for your at-home spa day. At least one hour of uninterrupted you-time should do the trick. Now light some scented candles. Create a simple, relaxing environment. Here’s a great spa day at home idea: why not invite some friends over? You can all agree to power off your cell phones and iPads while you laugh and pamper yourselves together.
Step 2. Start with a Good Facial Steam
Winter cold and holiday food and drinks take a toll on our skin, don’t they? So let’s start our spa day with a good, pore-opening facial steam that will prep your skin for all the great treatments to come.
Heat up a pot of water to almost boiling. (Remember: a good steaming requires heat, but not dangerously boiling water.) Add a few droplets of essential oil. When it’s hot and steaming, set the pot on a counter or table. Place a towel over your head to trap the steam. Now breathe in and let the essential-oil-infused steam do its work of opening your pores and relaxing your face muscles.
Our at-home spa day has only just begun, but we bet you feel better already.
Step 3. Time for an Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Your face is now prepped for an invigorating facial scrub to rejuvenate your skin and bring about a more radiant complexion. How about anage-fighting vitamin C facial scrub? With exfoliating properties that brighten your skin, improve clarity and restore a youthful glow, this scrub contains powerful antioxidants to protect your skin from environmental damage and slough away dead skin cells that cause uneven and rough skin texture.
If acne and blackheads are a problem for you, you may want to tryan exfoliating scrub with salicylic acid. As the microderm crystals in the scrub gently exfoliate, they smooth away rough patches of uneven skin cells and deep clean pores. The anti-inflammatory properties in the specialty formula instantly soothe breakouts, calm discolored and irritated pores and go a long way to reducing future breakouts.
Step 4. Pamper Your Body in the Tub
Time for a bath. But not just any bath. A truly, soothing soak to revitalize your skin. First, run the water warm to hot. You want your body to experience a good steaming. Next, add a can of coconut milk, a few drops of almond oil and a dozen or more drops of lavender essential oil to the water. The scent will be magical and your winter-hardened body will absorb the nutrients like mother’s milk.
Step 5. A Body Scrub Like No Other
If you can keep your body scrub clean and simple, just take a few freshly cut lemons and rub on your body’s rough patches, such as your elbows and knees. The lemon will soften the skin and also help lighten dark and discolored patches.
There are also some great all-over body scrubs you can make right at home and apply when you’re in the tub. How about a coffee scrub? Yup, you read that correctly! Mix two cups of coarsely ground coffee with a half-cup of sea salt and a few tablespoons of massage oil, like jojoba or sunflower. When you’re in the tub, grab a washcloth and rub your homemade coffee scrub all over your body using a firm, circular motion. Step out of the tub and apply your favorite moisturizer for the body. You’ll feel like a new person.
Step 6. Finish with a Face Mask
Your beautiful visage has now been steamed and exfoliated. Finish off with a cleansing, hydrating and rejuvenating face mask. Here’s a great one you can make yourself, right at home. Grab your blender. Mix a half-cup of cold cream with several tablespoons of yogurt, honey, avocado and aloe vera gel. Gently paint onto your face (but don’t massage it on). Let the mask dry and harden for about 15 minutes or so. Rinse it off then apply your favorite moisturizer.
Here’s another great do it yourself at-home face mask: Mix a quarter cup of powdered milk with just enough warm water to create a thick paste. Apply the mixture to your face as a thick coat. Let dry completely (at least 10 minutes) and then rinse with warm water. Apply moisturizer.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these terrific spa day at home ideas! Simple and easy to do, why not commit to doing this routine once a month? Your body will thank you for it!