8 Steps to Create the Perfect At-Home Spa Experience
While a trip to the spa leaves you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, making it a regular habit could take a serious toll on your wallet. Instead of spending your whole paycheck at these expensive centers, why not create a spa experience right in your house? With these eight simple tricks, you can transform your home into a revitalizing personal spa.
1. Light Candles
Scented candles are a staple of any good spa, so they are a must-have when re-creating the experience at home. According to Spark People, candles help relax both the mind and body. Choose ones crafted with essential oils. Depending on which oils they are made with, they will release different types of scents into the air. The source suggests burning eucalyptus candles if you’re looking for an energy boost, or lavender if you’re looking to truly relax and unwind.
2. Put on Music
Spas tend to have soft, gentle music that helps you relax and clears your mind. Throw on your favorite calming selection, suggests Good Housekeeping magazine. Simply unwind with the sound of trickling water or in complete silence if those sounds are more appealing to you.
3. Brew Some Tea
Herbal tea has long been touted as a delicious and calming way to relax and improve your health. Choose your favorite variety and boil a hot cup before escaping into your home spa.
4. Increase the Moisture
Whole Living explains that when your skin is dehydrated, it loses its healthy glow. Because of this, many spa treatments involve boosting moisture, which helps revitalize skin and open pores. Why not try running a humidifier in the room? Moist heat promotes healthy circulation, increases oxygen and hydrates your skin, so you will look and feel your best.
5. Take a Bath
Soaking in a warm bath is one of the most relaxing things you can do. Spark People explains that soaking in hot water helps your muscles relieve the stress and tension they build up throughout the day, so it should be the main event of your at-home spa experience. Upgrade your bath by adding essential oils, bubbles or bath salts to help clean and moisturize while filling the room with enticing scents.
6. Apply a Face Mask
If you are looking to refresh the pores on your face and improve your overall complexion, try giving yourself a facial with the help of a mask. Whole Living suggests choosing one made with cosmetic clay since this substance helps draw out dead skin cells, toxins, and oil from pores.
7. Use a Body Scrub
According to Whole Living, body scrubs soften your skin and stimulate healthy circulation. Purchase a pre-made scrub, or create your own by mixing together 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup freshly brewed used coffee grounds, 15 drops peppermint essential oil, 1 cup turbinado sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. After thoroughly blending together these ingredients, rub the scrub on your body in circular motions while in the shower. When you are done, use a body cleanser to wash away any excess grounds. Apply lotion after your shower to lock in your healthy skin.
8. Give Yourself a Pedicure
Pedicures are about more than painting your toenails an eye-catching color – they are about keeping your feet healthy and in good shape. If you have a job where you are constantly running around or if you are an athlete, it is especially important to show your feet some love. Spark People suggests soaking them in warm water and essential oils. Once your skin feels soft, give your feet a good scrub with a pumice stone, rub them with lotion and apply your favorite nail polish.
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