If, like many of us, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with all that’s going on right now, you could probably use a day at the spa. After forgoing many of our normal luxuries for months, let’s face it – we’re all ready for a little pampering.
But, if a trip to the spa isn’t in the cards right now, don’t let that stop you from getting the self-care you deserve. With a bit of planning and preparation, you can have a lovely and luxurious spa day at home. Get ready for a little quality “me time” with these six tips for a perfect day of relaxation while staying in.
Comfort is Key
The number one goal at the spa is to make guests feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. So don’t neglect this critical step when planning your at-home spa day. Start by wrapping yourself in a super soft or silky robe and don some plush slippers. Then get your fluffiest towels ready for after your treatments. And don’t forget to turn up the thermostat a little, so you’re warm and cozy all day long. You should never have a chill at the spa!
Almost any spa you visit has a strict no cellphone rule. Make your day as relaxing as possible by turning off your phone or, at the very least silencing notifications. This day is all about you, so you won’t need to know what’s going on in the outside world.
Set the Mood
What does the spa have that you probably don’t get very often at home? The perfect relaxing ambiance. To recreate the mood, indulge your senses with a collection of spa staples.
Scent has the power to calm us and trigger positive memories. Try lighting a candle or using a diffuser with your favorite calming scent to help you unwind. You can also use a few drops of your favorite massage oil on pressure points to carry the soothing scent with you.
Lighting and music also play an essential role in creating a relaxing environment. Dim the lights or light candles to get a soft, warm light that will help you relax. Then drown out exterior sounds such as traffic or lawn equipment with white noise or peaceful music. Choose calming nature sounds such as soft rain or ocean waves for a soothing, distraction-free atmosphere.
Get in the Zone
To get the full spa day experience, you need to think a little bigger than just a facial and warm bath. Make the most of your “me day” by setting up zones in different areas of your house for different treatments.
For example, you could create a mud zone in the bathroom and a massage area in the bedroom. If you have a bit of outdoor space, create a spot outside for breaks. Set out a blanket and pillows and a few of your favorite snacks for sustenance over the course of the day.
Customize Your Day
Take the time to customize your perfect day – after all, you’re the one making the schedule. If you’re an early bird, start with a sunrise meditation session. But if you’re a night owl, go ahead and sleep in and plan for a candlelit soak at the end of the day. Or maybe you’re not a bath fan. Then skip the long soak in favor of a facial while you read in your favorite spot.
Start at the Bottom
To give yourself the full-body treatment, start at the bottom and work your way up. Your feet carry a lot of weight every day and they deserve a little pampering too. Try soaking them in warm water and Epsom salts to relieve those aches and pains. Then use your favorite oil or skin care treatment to help replenish dry skin.
Next, be sure to pamper your entire outer layer with scented scrubs and moisturizers. Once that’s done, treat your face with a mask, depending on your skin type and seasonal needs. Lastly, top it all off with some love for your locks. Choose a hair mask, oil or cream and slather your strands for some quick hair repair.
After all that’s happened this year, we could all benefit from a calm, soothing environment and a little self-care that makes us feel good from head to toe. Use these tips to treat yourself to the perfect spa day at home.