A day at the spa doesn’t actually have to be an actual day at the spa for you to get all the R&R you need. In fact, you likely have everything you need for a mini spa day getaway right in your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. At-home spa days are becoming more popular thanks to busy lifestyles and tight budgets. With a little bit of planning, you will be well on your way to feeling relaxed and pampered. Invite a few girlfriends over and make a day of it, or treat yourself to a little bit of alone time.
Scrubs are a surprisingly healthy choice for your at-home spa day. They help slough away dead skin cells, boost circulation and improve lymph flow for better overall health. Post-scrub, your skin will be softer, smoother and ready to hydrate with the moisturizer of your choice. You can get scrubbing with your favorite commercial scrub or mix a little something up at home using salt, sugar or coffee grounds as the exfoliating base. Mix your scrub base with equal parts of olive or liquid coconut oil and oatmeal, and stir in a few drops of your favorite essential oil, if desired. Scrub in small circles all over your body before stepping into a warm shower and rinsing thoroughly.
Masks can deeply moisturize and nourish your skin. Use a commercial mask designed for your skin type, or mix yogurt, honey and avocado for a richly hydrating mask. Mix a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of milk and a pinch of cinnamon for an anti-acne mask that smells good enough to eat. The lactic acid of the milk will speed cell turnover, the honey has antibacterial properties and the cinnamon calms redness and inflammation.
Lush moisturizers can leave your skin feeling as smooth as silk after a good scrub and relaxing bath. Try body butter or a rich cream in your favorite fragrances, or mix a handful of coconut oil with a touch of glycerine and a few drops of rosewater or rosemary oil for a luxurious lotion that lasts and lasts.
If you have specific products that you just must have, ask your spa specialist at your next appointment if you can have a take-home treatment of your favorite mask or hair treatment. For a small price, many spas are happy to treat their patrons to their best products for DIY use.
To really get the most out of your at-home spa experience, don’t forget to light a few scented candles and prepare your favorite herbal tea along with some cheese, crackers, fresh fruit and fine chocolate. To take your girls’ night out to the next level, add wine to the mix, and kick your feet back with a chick flick.