There’s nothing quite like a day spent relaxing at the spa. From the dim lights to the scented oil diffusers and calming music, a spa day is the ultimate way to pamper yourself. But sometimes a spa day doesn’t fit the budget, so you might be looking for a few ways to create a spa-like experience at home.
We’ve put together the ultimate self-care guide so you can easily replicate your favorite spa treatments without leaving the comfort of your home.
5 Ways to Create a Spa-Like Experience
Set the Desired Ambiance
One of the reasons why a spa environment is so calming is because of the ambiance that ties in all of your five senses — sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. Find ways to incorporate elements that stimulate your senses to truly create a spa-like aesthetic. Clean the space so there isn’t any mess to stress you out. Lay out all of the products you plan for you so you don’t have to go digging for them later on. Choose music that is instrumental so you don’t get distracted by focusing on the words. Set the mood of your room with dim lights and candles to create a relaxing environment. By creating a calming ambiance, you’ll be able to enjoy your spa day even more.
Prepare a Calming Bath
To get yourself in a relaxed headspace, start your spa day by preparing yourself a hot bath. Before getting in, light some candles, dim the lights, and add bath salts or essential oils to the steaming bathwater for some aromatherapy. For some added relaxation, pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine for you to enjoy while soaking. Grab some chilled cucumber slices that you can lay over your eyes to promote relaxation and reduce puffiness. Make sure you lay out your robe so you can remain comfortable once you get out of the tub.
Warm Up a Few Hot Towels
One of the main differentiators between a traditional spa experience and an at-home one is that hot towels are part of the experience. Elevate your at-home spa day by preparing hot towels to accompany your facial. Hot towels will make it easier for you to wash your face between steps so you don’t have to stay nearby the sink the entire time. Try soaking your cotton towels in hot water and ring them out until they’re damp. You can also microwave damp towels to get them to your desired temperature.
Apply a Hydrating Face Mask
At-home masks are quite popular nowadays, but to elevate your spa day you should take your face masking to the next level. Instead of your usual store-bought face mask, try making your own from scratch by mixing turmeric, raw honey, and milk — a combination that is great for hydration and blemishes. Make sure to leave your face mask on for 10 minutes or so and remove it from your skin with your freshly prepared hot towels. Your complexion will be glowing afterward!
Give Yourself a Manicure and Pedicure
Before applying the nail polish that you’ve selected, you should prep your nails for optimal application. Grab a nail file and clippers to shape your nails. Use a manicure kit to clean up and push back your cuticles and remove dead skin cells. Then apply a base coat, the nail polish, and a final top coat to ensure your nail polish lasts. Make sure you wait an adequate amount of time between coats to prevent smudging — this will ensure your manicure looks professionally done. Follow the same process for your feet, but spend some extra time exfoliating any calluses from your heels so you’re left with baby soft feet.