How to DIY an At-Home Spa Day
Who doesn’t love a relaxing day at the spa? All of your nerves and stresses just wash away while you’re there. We don’t always have the time or the money to go to the spa often, but there are ways to replicate the same ambiance at home to get your mind in a relaxed state. Here’s how:
- Set the Mood
Before you begin, it’s important to set the mood. We love having scented candles around my bathroom and soothing music playing softly in the background. We recommend ‘Cozy Night’ scent from Signature Soy. It has notes of bergamot, vetiver and vanilla as well. It’s a very warm scent, with hints of sweet and fresh. When we smell this scent, it reminds us of sitting on the couch wrapped in a blanket with a glass of wine and a good book. As for music, we sometimes put on classical music, like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Spring), but there are times where we prefer listening to beach sounds (waves crashing, birds chirping, etc). It’s really up to you what kind of music you want to play, as long as you choose something that relaxes you.
2. Take a Warm Bath or Shower
A warm bath can really relax your muscles and mind. Close your eyes and enjoy the scent from the candle and the soft music in the background. Clear your head of anything else. If you don’t have time for a bath, opt for a warm shower instead, but don’t skip this step. A bath or shower can be truly relaxing and it’s one of the few private moments we have to just focus on us and nothing else. Savor that!
3. Moisturize Your Skin
After you’re out of your warm shower or bath, pat yourself dry. Take time to moisturize your skin. We don’t always give the attention we need to our skin (maybe to our face, but not our neck, body or legs as much). We recommend using Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer with Coconut Oil. Start from your neck and work your way down to your legs. Make sure to put some extra love in the dry areas like knees and elbows. They deserve as much attention as other parts of your body.
4. Wrap Yourself in a Cozy Bathrobe
Don’t rush to throw on your clothes just yet. Relax, get comfortable. Wear a soft, cozy bathrobe, like this Linum Home Textiles Terry Cloth Bathrobe. Another product to use is a hair towel. We recently discovered these and they’re great for drying hair faster and reducing frizzy hair. Try this Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel – this set comes with a classic white hair towel and a fun purple flower printed hair towel.
5. Mask & Exfoliate
Now that you’re comfortable, let’s focus on a few parts we missed earlier: your face and your feet. Masking is huge for me because it’s a great way to replenish what your skin might have lost. During summer, your face can get dry from prolonged exposure to the sun, which can be treated with a nourishing, hydrating mask. Our favorite has to be the L’Oreal Paris Pure Sugar Nourish & Soften Scrub.
For your feet, there are two options: foot mask or a full on foot file + foot mask. A foot mask is exactly what it sounds like – a mask for your feet that is meant to smooth and soften your toes. This is less intensive and only requires 10-15 minutes, during which you could read a nice book or catch up on your favorite TV shows. PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask is our go-to foot mask. It is very effective and only costs $10 for one set. If you have extra time, we recommend using Amope Electronic Pedicure Foot File to get rid of dry, dead skin and soften calloused feet. This will take approximately 10 minutes to do, but the results are well worth it. Sometimes, your feet need that exfoliation!
To finish off the spa day, we are going to go out with a colorful bang! We all love beautiful nails, especially ones that express our love and feelings. Pick a bright color that pops and makes peoples’ heads turn, like Ring in the Bling by Essie. It is a bold red with a hint of gold sparkles. It looks great as a manicure or pedicure. Once you apply the nail polish to your fingers and toes, lie down and focus on the soothing sounds. Your spa session is complete once the nail polish is dry.