10 Tips and Ideas On Creating Your Own Home Spa
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Spa days every once and a while are needed. However, things can get expensive if you like to treat yourself monthly (or weekly). Why spend your hard-earned money on a spa trip when you can create your own at home?
We're sure you got acclimated to at-home spas days and DIY mani-pedis pretty quickly with social distancing measures, and while going out for a spa day can be nice, you can't beat the comforts of your own home!
If you're a homebody and prefer the simpler (but also, the nicer) things in life, let's talk about how you can create your at-home spa retreat.
Get Your Soak On
You can't have an at-home spa day without a hot bath. Baths are amazing for relaxing your mind and body. A nice soak in hot water can even offer relief for joint pain and muscle aches. For the best at-home spa day, we’re going to elevate it beyond the classic rubber duckie.
Here’s how to get your tub to number one:
Water Quality Matters
Plain bathwater is great, but we love a little pizzazz. But it’s time to spice it up. Add in a bit of flair, and this will add a bit more relaxation.
#1: Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great product to add to your bath. However, you must dilute it with a carrier oil first. We suggest coconut for its amazing moisturizing powers. Add your essential oil of choice to a bottle with the carrier and shake vigorously. Next, pour the oils into the running water.
An essential oil bath will add a new level of relaxation to your spa day. Every oil has unique properties, so with a careful selection, you can totally re-shape the course of your day.
For example, lavender can make you sleepy but can also aid in relaxation. Not to mention the amazing aroma it releases. Lemon oil will smell clean and fresh, like a summer day. It may even add a positive effect to your mood. For a boost of concentration, try atlas cedarwood.
#2: Bath Bombs
If essential oils aren't your thing, that doesn't mean you need to soak through a boring bath-time. Bath bombs are here to answer that call. They can be super fun, too; between the colors and scents, you'll always have a new one to pick from.
Before purchasing any bath bombs, you should be careful and ensure they have good ingredients. Some ingredients can affect your PH balance and cause skin irritation.
#3: Get The Perfect Water Temperature
Having the perfect water temperature is the start of an ideal spa day. It can be tricky to get your water temp just right, but we have a few hacks for you to try out.
There is more that goes into bath-water temperature than what feels the best; it's essential to weigh out your options.
You want your water to sit at 90 degrees to 105 degrees Fahrenheit for ideal comfort. If you want to get squeaky clean, the water should be around 112 degrees. But, if you've been struggling to fall asleep, then your water should be between 94 and 98 degrees. Lastly, if you're prone to dry or itchy skin (post-bath), you want it no hotter than 90 degrees.
Keep in mind that this is a pretty flexible list. You don't need to follow it to the letter; instead, consider it a good rule-of-thumb and jumping-off point.
Miracle tip: If you don't want to sit there with a thermometer, we get it. Luckily, there are easier ways to guess the temp. Of course, it's not nearly as accurate as a thermometer, but it can work wonders. Put your entire hand and wrist in the water to measure the temperature. This method is better than just your fingertips.
Clear Your Mind
When you think of the spa, you think of relaxation. Take a few minutes to clear your mind. Leave your work phone in the other room; instead, grab that book you've been meaning to finish.
#4: Use a Meditation App
Before you completely ditch your phone for the night, we suggest downloading and trying a meditation app. You'll be surprised at how much a few breathing exercises can do for you.
Meditating before you bathe will put you in the perfect mindset.
Get The Perfect Ambience
You want the vibes just right, so here is now you can turn your plain old bathroom into a five-star spa. First things first, put those old towels to the side. Now is not the time, old towels.
#5: Light Some Candles
Lighting a few candles is a great way to change the ambiance of a room. We suggest picking one scented one, but any others should be unscented. Mixing scents can be tricky business. The last thing you want is a headache.
Yes, messages are often done by someone else; but if you don't have a s/o or a close enough friend to give you that much-needed back massage, don't worry. We have a few alternative options for you.
Perhaps you’d prefer:
#6: Facial Massage
You can 100 percent give yourself a facial massage!
Yes, facials are meant to extract and clean your skin, but those are better left to the trained professionals. We suggest sticking to the massage end of things — it makes everything more enjoyable.
Do you want to massage your face while still benefiting somewhat? Consider using a Gua Sha.
A Gua Sha is a small plastic tool that you can use to massage your face. You simply take the Gua Sha, apply some moisturizer or carrier oil, and begin bringing the tool up to your chin, around your cheeks, and down your neck. The Gua Sha can promote lymphatic drainage and reduce puffiness.
#7: Foot Massage
Nothing screams spa day more than a foot massage. After your bath, grab your favorite, softest towel or robe and get comfy.
Once you're in a comfortable spot, grab your go-to moisturizer and start with your message. Work your thumbs into any problem areas. After you've gotten all your knots and kinks out, feel free to treat yourself to a fresh coat of nail polish too.
Nourish Your Hair and Skin
If you've ever left the spa with dry skin, you might be one in a million. Spa days are known for giving your skin that much-needed moisture it's been thirsting for.
#8: Moisturize, Then Do It Again
While any moisturizer will do, we suggest investing in a good one with high-quality ingredients. Sometimes the cheaper ones can leave your skin feeling sticky and drier than before.
#9: Hair Mask
Not only do hair leave your hair looking and feeling amazing, but they are also a good way to make your at-home spa day feel ever legitimate.
You can buy hair masks at the store, but they're also pretty easy to make. We bet you have most of the ingredients in your fridge or cabinet right now.
On the hunt for a great hair mask recipe? If you need a go-to hair mask that is simple, then you'll need a few ingredients to start: one tablespoon of organic honey and one tablespoon of coconut oil.
Mix these ingredients and apply for roots and ends. Allow the mask to sit for 40 minutes, then shampoo and condition as normal.
If you have longer hair, feel free to double the recipe, so there is enough to cover your whole head of hair.
When you step out of your tub or shower, the cold blast of air can be… yikes. Make sure to have your Miracle Made Towel on hand so that you step from relaxation to luxury with no gaps in between.
The Perfect Space to Relax
We're sure you've spent most of your spa day in the bathroom, but we're also sure you're going to end the day by cozying up in your bed. That's why it is essential to have the perfect room to sleep in.
#10: Get New a Bed Set
The perfect room starts with your bedding collection. After all, it’s where to wake up to the sun and say goodnight to the room. If you don't have the perfect bed set, those sweet dreams can turn sour.
With the hypoallergenic Miracle Comforter, you can rest easy knowing that it stays cool all night long. When swaddled with 500-thread count Supima cotton and the one-of-a-kind abilities of pure silver, you can say goodbye to bacteria, sweaty nights, and tossing and turning (put them all in a group chat and bid them adieu).
Everyone loves the feeling of being pampered, and it’s easier than ever to relax in your home.
Whether you're someone that likes their personal space, are doing self-care on a budget, or if you just wanted a relaxing night in, we hope you've found our tips and tricks helpful.
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