Anyone up for a spa day at home? If you're anything like me, there's nothing better than a day at the spa. Unfortunately, a true spa day isn't always practical. Whether it's due to time, money, or a lack of a good place to go, it's tough to find a way to pamper yourself. So why not do it at home? Setting up a spa day at home is easier than you think. And with a few quality natural beauty products, it's easy and remarkably affordable. Here's everything you need for the perfect home spa experience.
Step One: Find Yourself Some Time for Your Spa Day at Home
Honestly, this is the hardest step for a lot of people, so I'm going to tackle it first. Give yourself permission for a little "me time". Clear a few hours in your calendar and promise yourself you'll keep them just for you. Send the kids to grandma's for the afternoon. Turn off the phone. It's not always easy to create time for yourself, but I promise you it's worth it.
Step Two: Gather Your Supplies
As you get ready for your spa day, gather all the supplies you'll need. This includes beauty products as well as things like towels (extra fluffy, please!), slippers, robes, candles, and anything else you'll need for a relaxing atmosphere. I'll go into more detail on each of these later, but here's a cheat sheet of products I like to keep on hand for my home spa days: Facial Cleanser Body Sponge Face Sponge Facial Toner Bath Bombs Pumice Stone Facial Mask Moisturizer Another fun trick: make your own spa water. There's something so decadent about drinking water infused with fruit and herbs, and there's nothing healthier than indulging in a big glass of H2O. Check out this post from Modern Honey for tons of spa water inspiration and recipes.
Step Three: Create Your SpaceOne of the things that make conventional spas so relaxing is their ambiance. Creating a soothing, relaxing atmosphere in your home will bring your spa day to the next level. Try these tips to transform your bathroom into a high end spa:
- Dim The Lights: This will put you in a more relaxed mood.
- Light Candles: Candles will provide soft, soothing light.
- Indulge in Aroma: Use scented candles or an essential oil diffuser to create a relaxing aroma. Eucalyptus and lavender are particularly relaxing scents.
- Create a Playlist: Look on Spotify or Youtube for a playlist of relaxing spa music, or make one of your own.
Step Four: Treat Your Face
So you've got your time, you've got your space, and you've got your materials. Sounds like you're ready for your spa day at home! Start by giving your face a little love. The skin on your face tends to be particularly delicate. Add in the fact that it's constantly exposed to the elements, and you can bet it's ready for a little extra care. Here's my favorite spa facial routine that gives back what your face is missing. Cleanse Start by cleansing your face with Beauty By Earth's natural facial cleanser. This cleanser is light, effective, and great for all skin types. I particularly like using this cleanser in tandem with my facial konjac sponge. Konjac sponges help exfoliate your skin as you cleanse, so you get two treatments in one. Start by pulling your hair back and wetting your face with warm water. Apply a dime sized amount of cleanser to a damp, soft konjac sponge. Use your sponge to gently massage the cleanser into your face, making sure to cover your forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, and neck. Rinse your face with water or a damp towel, then pat your face dry. Tone Follow up your facial cleanse with a natural facial toner with witch hazel and rose water. The witch hazel will help soothe and moisturize your skin, which is particularly useful if you tend to suffer from inflammation or redness. Spritz the toner directly onto your face, or apply using a cotton pad or round. Mask What's a spa day without a face mask? Use Beauty By Earth's hydrating face mask to restore moisture to your complexion. Because it's clay based it's easy to apply where you need it. Since this is a special spa day at home, I recommend skipping the spot treatment and doing a full face mask instead. Apply a generous layer over your face and neck and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. What you do with that time is up to you, but I highly recommending putting your feet up, sipping your infused water, and enjoying a chapter from your favorite book. Once your mask has dried, rinse with warm water or a damp towel. Pat your face dry. Moisturize No facial treatment could be complete without moisturizing. Use Beauty by Earth's Oil Control Moisturizer to replenish your skin with hydration and nutrients. This moisturizer is perfect for all skin types, even those that tend towards being oily. Apply a small amount of moisturizer to your fingertips, then gently massage into your skin. Make sure to apply all over, including your forehead, cheeks, chin, nose, and neck. Bonus points: This is a great time to give yourself a little facial massage. Not only will it feel great, it will help encourage blood flow to your facial skin. This will give you a smoother, younger looking complexion. I like to go on YouTube and find videos that give step by step facial massage instructions, like this one. There are lots of great resources out there, so there's no excuse not to pamper yourself a little more.
Step Five: Treat Your Feet
Your feet do a lot of work, but it's rare they get much credit. Say thanks by taking time out of your spa day to give them the treatment they deserve. Soak Fill a bowl or basin big enough for both of your feet with warm water. Add a few drops of argan oil or essential oils to the water. Rest your feet in the water, get comfy, and soak for 10-15 minutes. Pumice Use a pumice stone to remove calluses and tough, dead skin. After your feet have soaked for 10-15 minutes, wet your pumice stone. Remove one foot from the water and gently rub the stone over any areas that need exfoliation (your heels, the balls of your feet, and the sides of your big toes are common problem areas). Avoid any areas that have broken skin. Use a clean towel to wipe your foot when you're done, then repeat with the other foot. Here's a great video demonstration on how to use a pumice stone. Pedicure If you have the time and inclination, now's the perfect opportunity to give yourself a pedicure. Trim and file your nails and apply your favorite nail polish. While you're at it, give yourself a little foot massage (just avoid touching your nails if they're wet). Follow up with a foot moisturizer, such as argan oil, for some seriously happy feet.
Step Six: Treat Your Body
You've treated your face and your feet, now it's time for the rest of you. Grab a book or magazine and a drink and get ready for a truly relaxing experience. Soak What's a spa day at home without a good soak? Fill the tub with comfortably warm (not scorching) water. As the tub fills, drop in one of Beauty by Earth's bath bombs. It's up to you which flavor you choose, but I like to go with one from their Relaxing Collection. Once your tub is ready, sit back and let the salts, oils, and butters nourish your skin. Scrub After you've enjoyed your time in the tub, grab your konjac body sponge. Like the facial sponge, this tool naturally helps exfoliate your skin. Let your sponge soak for a minute or two, then gently massage over your body. You can even apply a bit of your favorite body wash or scrub to the sponge before you use it for extra cleansing. When you're done, rinse off, dry off, and get ready for your final step. Moisturize Finish up your spa day with a full body moisturizer. What you choose is up to you, but I'm a big fan of natural body butters. It's a great idea to moisturize after you soak as it helps lock hydration into your skin. Don't be afraid to spend a little extra time on this step before heading back to "real life." It's your spa day at home - take all the time you need.