How to Treat Yourself to an at-Home Spa Day
To us busybodies, stress is a common enemy. The longer it lingers, the closer you get to a bad case of burnout-- and we all know how tough it is to recover from that. A spa day would be the best remedy to get rid of this unwanted guest, but then you glance at your fully-booked calendar and dreadfully long to-do lists and think, “Do I really have the time for that?”
Regardless, you know you need that spa appointment. But how can you sneak in such an indulgence in your schedule?
Look no further-- and we mean that quite literally. Your home is the only place you need to be in to turn your stress-ridden day into a soulful spa journey. So grab your bathrobe and fuzzy slippers, because we’ve listed five quick and easy ways to make any day a spa day.
Set the perfect spa ambience.
Okay, that means you have to really grab your bathrobe and slippers.
The first and most important step of every home spa experience involves setting the proper mood. So how exactly do you do that?
- Secure the serenity of your spa day.
Setting the mood certainly requires a bit of extra work, and the bulk of that has a lot to do with making sure your spa ritual will remain serene throughout its duration. Leave “Do Not Disturb” notes on the door to your room, turn off your phone (or switch it to silent mode), put all distractions away-- do everything you need to do to guarantee yourself some peace of mind. It will be worth it in the end.
- Light up some scented candles.
There is a reason why therapists use candles in their massage rooms: their soft glow in a dim room allows the mind to focus on its warm flicker, soothing it in the process. The aromatherapy that accompanies it also does wonders for the exhausted soul-- and right now, you are the exhausted soul. Make sure to get some of your favorite scents, as these will get you into a relaxed state much easier. Before you ease into relaxation mode, though, make sure these candles aren’t near anything flammable!
- Set some tunes.
Soothe yourself with some calming spa music. There are a lot of readily available spa playlists on the internet for you to stream or download, so just pop one on and immediately experience the shift in mood.
Manicure your dry and tired hands.
Your hands take care of a huge portion of the work you do within the day, so now is the time to reward their efforts-- and what better way to reward them than with a manicure session!
Along with your added ambience, painting your own nails can lead you to beautiful nails... and a zen state of mind. Here are a few steps to follow for that meditative and spa-like hand treatment:
- Get rid of your old mani with some nail polish remover (or gel polish remover for gels). Wipe them down until you see no trace. This will make the nail painting process go smoothly.
- Massage your hands with some lotion or hand cream. Your hands have surely dried up from all the antibacterial gel you’ve been applying lately, so smoothening them out like this from time to time is a must.
- Finally: paint your nails. Remember the recipe for perfectly coated nails: one base coat, two layers of color, one top coat. It’ll take practice (you might want to start with your feet), but the results will be so rewarding!
Exfoliate your skin.
Stress can bring in a ton of ugly nightmares, like dull skin and pimple breakouts. Normally people try to remedy this by adding multiple skin care products to their routine. The truth is, none of them will work properly if your skin is riddled with dead skin cells and other hard-to-remove dirt that hinders maximum product absorption. Exfoliating your skin regularly addresses this problem, taking away the layers of debris crowding your skin, revealing a newer, fresher look.
Thankfully, there is a way of doing this yourself, the best and most effective way to do Dermaplaning at-home is using the Hollywood Browzer. Dermaplaning is a risk-free and painless process that involves simply tilting at a 45 degree angle and gliding it across your skin, all with extreme ease. This process will quickly prepare your skin for the next item on our list.
Treat your skin with a sheet mask.
Now that your skin is exfoliated, it is so ready to absorb all the vitamins and minerals it needs to bring back that stress-free glow-- and a sheet mask is jam-packed with all of that.
Sheet masks can be purchased in most beauty shops, and one mask is usually very different from the other, so you have to look carefully at each one before proceeding to checkout. Each sheet mask targets a specific problem on your face, be it oiliness, acne, dullness… there is a lot to choose from. This also means that the vitamins and essences in each mask varies as well, so a fun suggestion would be to collect different types and try them all!
Each mask is very easy to apply. You just have to carefully take out the mask from its pouch, then massage it onto your face. Leave it on for ten to twenty minutes, making sure to massage in some of the excess essence left in the pouch. We suggest closing your eyes or watching the candlelight as you sit and wait for the essence to set.
Relax your roots with a hair mask.
Your skin isn’t the only one stressed out-- your hair’s health needs to be maintained, too. Processes such as dying, ironing, and curling thoroughly damage your hair’s health, especially when done every day.
Luckily, quite like with sheet masks for the face, hair masks contain a lot of vitamins that help revitalize the hair’s root and strand health, making for stronger, thicker, and more vibrant hair.
A lot of hair masks in the market, however, are not chemical-free, and may do more damage than good, especially to those with sensitive roots. Thankfully, there are a lot of hair mask recipes that you can do at home.
Our favorite recipe is the Honey Hair Mask, since it…
- Has some of the most accessible ingredients: it only needs honey and olive oil in a 2:1 ratio! Time to rush to the kitchen!
- It is the easiest to make: just mix the ingredients in a bowl, microwave for twenty seconds, wait for it to cool.
- It’s easy to use, too: massage it onto the scalp and leave it on for around thirty minutes. Rinse off with shampoo and water thoroughly when done.
- It has noticeably amazing results: no frizz, soft, shiny, and strong hair and a well-moisturized scalp? You’ll be hoarding honey and olive oil in no time.
If you incorporate all of these tips into your daily routine, chances are, those pesky pimples will stop wanting to show up. Habits aren’t formed overnight, though, so just keep at it and you will definitely notice the difference!
“This won’t be my last spa day.” -- say it with me!
Now that you know that hosting your own spa day isn’t so hard after all, remember: the secret to a successful spa day is the promise of a next one. Say yes to a little stress level management every once in a while, and it will do you so much good in the long run.
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