Recently I had my first spa day at home. It was so relaxing and I felt so good afterwards that I’m wondering why hadn’t I done this before. As it turns out, you don’t need many or expensive things in order to have a relaxing day at home. Just make sure there’s plenty of hot water available!
So, in order for your at-home-spa to be as relaxing and beautifying as one at a regular and, let’s face it, a bit more expensive spa centre, you’d have to do a couple of -easy- things. For starters, make sure you have a day (or at least half a day) to yourself. No interruptions, no phone calls. Get some help from your mum or a professional to babysit your kids for a while. Order dinner for hubby. Even if you can manage to get just a couple of hours to yourself, it will be the greatest gift you can give yourself these holiday season, trust me.
The following are some ideas to have a relaxing spa day at home, from the most simple to the most elaborate, depending on your available time and resources.
The bare essentials spa treatment: Enjoy a hot bath
Draw yourself a nice, hot bath. Add some bath salts or bubble bath. Whatever smells good to you and that you enjoy using. For example, I love “Lush” bath bombs! (For my Greek readers, the only store in Greece so far is in Thessaloniki. Us Athenians have to settle for ordering online from the UK SITE.)
You’ll also need the following:
- a scented candle or incense sticks
- a glass or mug with wine/juice/herbal tea
- your mobile (make sure notifications are turned off!) to play some soothing music
- a fluffy, soft bathrobe or big towel
I often listen to this list on Spotify:
Soak in this nice, hot bath to relax. Sip some wine or herbal tea. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. When you’re ready, get out of the tub and wrap yourself with a big fluffy towel. Finish off your mini-spa by applying a beautifully scented body lotion to your skin. And that’s it!
Have a little more time? Do these extras while you soak:
Another thing that I enjoy while I soak in a bubble bath is exfoliating my face and then applying a face mask. I often do this after I’ve soaked for a while, so that the steam from the bath has helped opening my skin’s pores a little.
Another option is, after you finish your soak, step out of the tub, wrap yourself in a bathrobe/towel and exfoliate your face with a gentle scrub. Then, fill a large bowl with warm water. Don’t let it be too hot for it will scald your face. Drape a towel over your head and the bowl of water for about 5 minutes. This is also a very good cure for sore throats and stuffy noses!
Afterwards apply a face mask on your face and wash it off after the time it requires to work (usually 10-15 minutes). Apply a nice hydrating lotion (my favourite is Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Essence) and a soothing face cream (try Caudalie Vine [Activ] 3-in-1 Moisturizer)
Pamper yourself with the full package
If you have lots of time available, this is a good opportunity to either wax your legs or shave them, as well as having a mani & pedi. In case you’d like to shave your legs, do so after you exfoliate them, not before – ouch!
Your nails have probably soften enough from the bubble bath, so you can do your manicure afterwards.
- First off, trim and file your nails with a nail clipper and a paper nail file (paper ones are kinder to the nail).
- Afterwards, push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher or a special wooden stick for manicures. Be gentle about it!
- Apply some strengthening nail polish base. Let dry.
- Apply two coats of nail polish in your favourite colour. Allow for plenty of time for the nail polish to dry between coats.
- Finally, apply a top coat to help seal and protect your new nail colour. Finish off your manicure by rubbing your nails with a bit of cuticle oil.
In the case of a pedicure, make sure you also exfoliate your feet and afterwards apply some moisturizing body lotion. You can also try and smoothing any rougher patches with a pumice stone.