Every once in a while, we all wish we could pack our bags and go somewhere where others will pamper and spoil us rotten. We daydream about luxury resorts and secluded spa centers, but we seem to forget that most of the things we would get there we can also have in the comfort of our own homes. If you feel like you could use one such day, here’s what you can do to get a full spa experience at home:
Set the atmosphere
One of the reasons why you feel so good when you go to a spa is because all of your senses become engaged, and this is something you can recreate at home. Don’t forget to incorporate elements that are going to please all five of your senses. Start by lighting scented candles, put on soft and soothing background music, make sure that your robe is cozy and your slippers soft, and have a glass of good wine. If you skip one of the things, the feeling won’t be the same, but if your senses are engaged, even the simplest beauty treatment is going to feel like you’re in a luxurious spa.
Say goodbye to acne
One of the key elements of a great spa visit is good skincare: facials and amazing face masks will make you feel pampered and cared for. Without a doubt, good beauty products are quintessential, and you could try preparing some that are going to make you feel good and look great afterwards. If you have pesky blemishes or pimples that are driving you crazy, get the best acne treatment and don’t forget to use moisturizers. You can even make your own face masks by mixing a tablespoon each of raw honey, turmeric and milk, and try to make the mixture thick instead of too runny. Use products with anti-inflammatory ingredient and properties and you will love the end result.
Dry brushing is easy
Professional body treatments in spa centers include a dry brush technique, but you can easily do it in the comfort of your home. When you get in the shower, get a body brush and thoroughly brush your entire body even before you turn on the water. Make the brushing strokes circular and short, and move upward, towards your heart. This technique not only exfoliates your skin but it will also improve your circulation as well as make your skin look much smoother. After you dry brush your body and have a long and relaxing shower, you should follow up with a deeply hydrating body lotion but try not to rub your skin with a towel.
Hot towels are a thing
You’ve probably noticed that there’s nothing quite like hot towels in a spa. When you’re giving yourself a facial, you don’t have to run back and forth between your mirror and the sink to wash your face between the steps and grab more cotton towels. Instead, before you even start, you should try soaking the towels in hot water and wring them out to get rid of the excess water. They should be warm and slightly damp, and you should use them to clean your face as well as to wipe away any product. This is exactly what professionals do at a spa, and just like them, you could try adding a few drops of essential oil to the water.
Your at-home spa day should involve a lot of self-love as well as plenty of skincare. Make sure your robe is either silky of fluffy, whichever you like best, and prepare a delicious and nutritious meal that will give you energy and not make you feel guilty afterwards. Take some time to breathe deeply, meditate for a few minutes, focus on the soothing sound of music and read a few pages (or chapters) of your favorite book. A spa day at home should be a day when you’re putting yourself first and practicing loving yourself deeply and unconditionally.
There are few things that are more enjoyable than spending a day at a spa, but even if a trip to one isn’t something you can do at the moment, there are alternatives you can try instead. If you’re struggling with your schedule or your budget, you can recreate the atmosphere and the experience at home quite easily.