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Looking for a way to unwind but can't (or don't want to) leave the house? No worries, there are plenty of ways to pamper yourself at home and create a DIY spa-worthy day without crossing your doorstep.
Sometimes, treating yourself to a nice warm bath or a face massage is all you need to relax and have a small escape from your regular day-to-day. Other times, you'll need a complete spa treatment from head to toe.
Well, in any case, you've come to the right place. In today's article, we'll share a simple guide and home spa ideas to spoil yourself, even for just a little while, with some much-deserved self-care.
At-Home Spa: Some Basics to Start With
To have a true relaxing spa experience at your home, start by decluttering your space and finding a comfortable and calm nook – it could be your bedroom, bathroom, living room, or even a garden or balcony. Whatever space you choose, try to make it your warm and comfy nest, and have lots of blankets and cushions around.
Another idea would be to make your whole home a spa and designate different spa zones; for example, you can start in your bathroom and have a steam shower followed by a warm bath and a body scrub; then move to your living room for a home facial; and continue with a relaxing time with a book in your bedroom.
And finally, to have an at-home spa day, you'll also need some essential items such as towels, a robe, slippers, and comfortable clothes to relax in. You may also want to have some music or a magazine or a book to read. In terms of actual spa treatments, you'll need products such as body scrubs, face masks, and massage oils and tools, or anything else you find relaxing to do. It's also a good idea to have some candles and essential oils to create a calming atmosphere.
A Guide to Creating a DIY Home Spa
Once you gather all the supplies you might need, you can follow these simple steps to create a DIY at-home spa:
#1: Set the Mood
Create the right atmosphere by dimming the lights and playing music from your favorite playlist. To soothe your senses, we'd suggest lighting a few scented candles or using an essential oils diffuser. Aromatherapy is the best way to ease your body and mind and boost your mood.
Choosing aromatherapy scents will depend on your individual preferences and the kind of mood you want to achieve. Common essential oils often used in aromatherapy that are known for their calming properties include lavender, chamomile, vanilla, sandalwood, and jasmine. Peppermint and eucalyptus oils are often used for their energizing and uplifting effects.
And lastly, jump into your cozy, fluffy bathrobe, put on your comfy slippers, and prepare a huge mug of warm herbal tea (to sip for hours on end) or a pitcher filled with refreshing fruit-infused water.
#2: Prepare Your Skin
It's best to start with a clean slate, as they say. So, start your pampering routine by removing makeup (if you have any), cleansing your face, and exfoliating to remove any dead skin cells and improve circulation.
You can use an exfoliating toner or a face scrub. You can even quickly whip up your own face scrub if you feel like it, using natural ingredients like honey and finely ground sugar.
Always follow up with a nourishing face cream or a moisturizer after exfoliating to maintain your skin's moisture barrier healthy and strong. However, if you'd like to do the next step, at-home steam facial, leave the serums and face creams for after the treatment.
#3: Give Yourself an At-Home Facial
The easiest and the most relaxing facial treatment you can do at home is a steam facial. It can boost the skin's hydration and circulation and open up the pores, helping your skin better absorb the skincare that follows.
Here's a quick and easy recipe for an at-home steam facial:
At-Home Steam Facial Recipe
To do DIY facial steaming, you need to be mindful of the water temperature. Professionals usually use temperatures of about 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which is approximately 43 degrees Celsius. But the perk of doing it at home is setting the most pleasant temperature for yourself.
- 1 bigger bowl
- 1 larger towel
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 5 to 7 drops essential oil (lavender, rosemary, lemongrass, or tea tree essential oil)
- a pinch of herbs (chamomile, peppermint, or sage)
- Fill a bowl with hot water, and add the salt, a few drops of essential oil and some herbs of your choice.
- Place the bowl on a stable surface, and lean over it, making sure your face is at least a few inches away from the water.
- Drape a towel over your head and the bowl, creating a tent-like structure to trap the steam.
- Stay in this position for about 5-10 minutes, or until you start to feel warm and relaxed.
- After the steam facial, rinse your face with cool water, and apply a moisturizer to hydrate your skin.
Once again, it's important to be careful when doing a steam facial at home, as the steam can be hot and may cause burns if you get too close to the water. It's also a good idea to start with a shorter steaming time and gradually increase it as your skin becomes more accustomed to the heat.
#4: Use a Face Mask
After the steam facial, your skin will be soft and ready for a face mask. You can DIY your own face mask with different ingredients you have in your kitchen. On the other hand, if you feel like you've had enough of 'arts-and-crafts' for the day and you just want something quick, with the same skincare benefits, it's always a good idea to use a ready-made sheet mask.
Unpackage and unfold the mask and carefully place it on your face, ensuring it fits snugly and covers your entire face. Leave it on for the amount of time specified on the package, typically about 15-20 minutes. After the time is up, remove the mask and gently pat your face with your fingertips to help the remaining serum absorb into your skin.
Follow up with a moisturizer to hydrate your skin. You can even top it of with a nourishing face oil, especially if you plan to do a face massage next.
#5: Treat Your Face to a Gentle Massage
Now that your face is cleansed, steamed, nourished and all oiled up, it's the perfect time for a gentle facial massage. You can do it simply by using your fingertips or with a face roller or gua sha tool.
If you opt for the former, gently massage the oil into your skin using circular motions. Start at your forehead and move down to your cheeks, nose, and chin. Then, gently tap all over your face with your fingertips. If you prefer to use a tool, make sure to always move from the center of your face outwards. This will help improve circulation and give your skin a healthy glow. Finish the massage by using your fingertips to gently press along your jawline and under your chin.
Whatever tool you choose, it's essential to be gentle when doing a facial massage, as applying too much pressure can cause irritation and more wrinkles down the road. It's also a good idea to avoid massaging any areas of your face that are inflamed or sensitive, like the area around your eyes.
#6: Make a DIY Hair Mask
If you're still in a DIY-ing mood and want to give your hair as much love as you do to your skin, go ahead and make a homemade hair mask. If not, and if washing your hair after is too much work, then skip this step.
If you opt to do it, you can create a hydrating and nourishing hair mask with just a few ingredients you probably have at hand. One of the simplest DIY hair masks you can make at home is a coconut oil and honey mask. To make this hair mask, you will need one tablespoon of coconut oil and one tablespoon of honey.
Simply, mix honey and the coconut oil together in a smaller bowl until they are well combined. Then, apply the mixture to your hair, starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes, and then wash your hair.
The coconut oil in this mask will help nourish and moisturize your hair, while the honey will help add shine and improve the overall health of your hair.
#7: Relax in a Warm Bath
Nothing says Self-care like a long soak in a warm bath. If you have a bathtub at your disposal, this isn't a step to skip in your at-home spa day. You can do an oatmeal bath, using colloidal oats, or a soothing milk bath – whatever floats your boat. In any case, you'll feel much more relaxed after the bath, and your skin will feel softer.
So, fill your bathtub with warm water and add milk (or ground oats), Epsom salt, essential oils, or herbs like lavender or rosemary to help soothe and relax your muscles. Soak for at least 20 minutes, allowing the warmth and the scents to help you unwind.
If you don't have a bathtub, you can make your shower as relaxing as your bath by using a shower melt. These are, essentially, shower equivalents to bath bombs and are also called shower steamers, shower tablets, or shower fizzies. You simply place one on the shower floor to fizz while showering and release a pleasant scent and steam.
#8: Pamper Your Skin (a Bit More)
After your bath, pat your skin dry with a soft towel, and apply a moisturizing lotion or oil to hydrate and nourish your skin. After the lotion, or the oil, is fully absorbed, put your cozy robe back on, and sit back and relax in your comfy nest.
#9: Give Your Feet Some Love
While all tucked up and snuggled in your cushioned corner, you can use the time to pamper your feet. You can give them a quick massage by applying a tiny bit of massaging oil and pressing the soles gently with your fingertips. Then, apply a nourishing foot cream, and put on soft cotton socks.
#10: Unwind and De-Stress
Once your skin is pampered and moisturized from head to toe, take some time to finally relax and de-stress. You can read a book or a magazine, listen to music, meditate, or do some gentle stretching to help you unwind.
Oh, yes, and have a snack of your well-deserved guilty pleasure food.
By following these steps, you can create your own DIY home spa day and enjoy the benefits of relaxation and self-care. Of course, you don't have to follow our guide strictly step by step, but rather choose only those you feel like doing and that you find most relaxing.
Even if it's just a warm bath with a book, try to take some time once in a while to take care of yourself – and recharge your batteries right at home.
How do I give myself a spa day at home?
To give yourself a spa day at home, start by setting the right mood by dimming the lights and lighting scented candles. Then, treat yourself to a nice warm bath, pamper your skin, and relax with a book.
What can I use for a DIY spa day?
For a DIY spa day, you'll need some basics, like a comfy robe and slippers. You can do a milk or an oatmeal bath and use hair and face masks. Also, you can use face massagers, like a face roller or gua sha tool, and body scrubs.
How do you do a spa day at home on a budget?
If you want to do a spa day at home and stay on a budget, you can make DIY skincare and hair care treatments by using just a couple of ingredients you already have in your kitchen. You can make a DIY body scrub, face pack, and hair mask.
How do I build a spa vibe at home?
All you need to build a spa vibe at home is to declutter your space and create a calming and relaxing atmosphere by using aromatherapy candles or an essential oil diffuser.
How can I relax without a bathtub?
You make your shower relaxing by using a shower melt instead of a bath bomb, which you put on the shower floor. Those are also known as shower steamers or shower fuzzies, and they release a pleasant smell and steam while showering.