6 Tips For the Ultimate At-Home Spa Day
Now would be a good time to indulge in a little self-care moment and plan an at-home spa day for yourself. After all, what else can you do come Friday night with low social commitments and emotions running high? There are real stress-relieving benefits in soaking in a bath or lighting a candle—and that’s certainly something we could all use.
This isn’t to say you need to turn your home into an elaborate wellness retreat, though. A spa day at home can be as simple as popping on a face mask or soaking in a bubble bath to ease any cricks in your neck from sitting at your makeshift desk all day.
Here, our guide to creating the ultimate at-home spa experience to pamper your face, body and hair—nature music optional.
Set the scene
It’s important to create your spa experience in a space that is comfortable, relaxing and calm. It’s very personal and of course, only you’re aware of what makes you calm and relaxed. Dim the lights and set your devices to ‘Do Not Disturb’; this is your time to relax and switch off from electronics.
Light a few candles—scent is a key to spa environment—or break out your favourite body oil and dab some on your pressure points. You can also toss in a bath bomb; whether you want something made for Instagram or a scent that’ll mentally transport you to your happy place, there’s a bath bomb for that.
Music is important too. Head to Spotify for a meditation playlist or some nature music if you’re looking to recreate your favourite spa, or just blast Beyoncé’s Single Ladies if you’re feeling it.
Do it your way
The best thing about an at-home spa session? You get to personalise it. If you’re a bath lover, combine it with your face-masking time. Toss in herbs like chamomile and rosemary to hydrate the skin, or some luxurious bath salts to brighten and detoxify the skin.
Prefer showers? Start with a dry-brushing session before jumping into the shower. Alternatively, incorporate a body scrub to get the most of your bathroom time. You’ll come out of the shower with ultra-smooth and glowing skin, ready for the next step.
Give your hair some love
If your strands are neglected on a daily basis, this is the time to show them some love. Go in with an exfoliating hair scrub to get rid of any product buildup on the scalp. In need of immediate stress relief? Try a scalp massage. Move your hands and fingers in circular motions around your head, getting in behind the ears and ensuring the base of the neck is well-tended. Rinse and follow up with a deep hydration treatment for locks that are moisturised, shiny and ultra-healthy. Once you’ve applied it, leave it for 15 to 20 minutes to absorb, and then wash out.
Don’t let your hard work go to waste. Apply a moisturiser while your skin is still damp to lock in hydration. You can also opt for a body oil; we love The Daily Glow from SeaSun Society; it’s ultra-hydrating, sinks into the skin quickly and smells absolutely heavenly.
Skincare is self-care
There’s a time and place for elaborate skincare routines…and this is exactly it. Of course, start with the basics: cleanse, tone, serum and moisturiser. IF your skin needs a little TLC, here’s where you can incorporate a chemical peel or uber-hydrating mask. Want to give your new skincare device a try? Go for it. Whether it’s a pore extraction device or an LED light mask, remember to take your time with it and reap its benefits.
Get ready for a good night’s sleep
Read a book, write in your journal or practise some meditation before you turn in—and be sure to blow out all those candles!
Want more self-care ideas? Hit that ‘Sign Up’ button at the bottom to receive the latest round-up.