After a long day or week of work, there is nothing better than a day spent at a spa center, getting pampered from head to toe, surrounded by calming sounds and smells. However, this kind of luxury can take quite a chunk out of your budget.
Fortunately, there is another way to enjoy the same benefits in the comfort of your own home, without having to spend a fortune. All you have to do is plan a little and get all the necessary supplies. Here are some of the most important tips on how to make a complete home spa with just a few basic steps. With the help of this article, you will see just how easy your very own home pampering can actually be.
Gather All the Materials
To organize your own home spa, you need to get all the necessary supplies first to turn your home into a paradise of relaxation and indulgence.
Except for the robe, slippers, and towels, which first come to mind when you think about the spa center, it is very important to prepare enough liquid for your home treatment. To make detox water, take a pitcher, slice your favorite fruit and make a refreshing drink. If you add lemon slices, for example, you will get a magic potion that is proven to boost your immune system, help with ingestion and improve your skin condition.
You may also choose to make famous Sassy water, which contains a ginger root, cucumber, lemon slices and fresh mint leaves. On top of that, it is said to be beneficial for your health by helping to detox your organs and, ultimately, lose some of your excess weight. Green tea is another excellent antioxidant that will help you get rid of harmful substances. If you are feeling especially indulgent, pour yourself a glass of red wine or champagne to help you get in the mood.
Exfoliate and Moisturize
To thoroughly cleanse your pores and get rid of dead skin cells, buy products that will help you exfoliate, such as facial brushes and a body scrub. If you are on a limited budget, simply combine some granulated sugar and olive oil into a fine paste and use it to scrub yourself from head to toe before you rinse it away.
Mixing some oatmeal and honey will serve just fine as well, especially to cleanse and smooth out your hands. To treat your skin with a nice moisturizer, you can use a store-bought solution, or make your own using a few simple ingredients, such as coconut oil mixed with your favorite essential oils.
However, you should make sure you buy organic cold pressed coconut oil, as it contains the highest amount of beneficial substances and will not cause irritation to your skin. On the other hand, when it comes to the essential oils, opt for natural substances that are extracted from plants and, therefore, contain all of the nutrients needed for your skin to recover.
Pay close attention to your hands and feet, as they are often likely to be neglected in your daily beauty routines. A good foot scrub will remove any dry skin around your heels and toes and a moisturizing foot and hand treatment will help you with dry and cracked skin.
Face and Hair Masks
To make sure your face and hair stay hydrated until the next spa session, buy some good quality masks to apply after washing. You can use some of the natural ingredients you probably have lying around your house or go for a store-bought solution.
For example, you can mix turmeric, honey, and milk and apply it to your face while you take a relaxing soak in a warm bath. Do not forget to treat your eyes too. Use slices of cucumber or chamomile tea bags soaked in milk, refrigerated the night before and see the puffiness and dark circles under your eyes fade away.
Take Care of Your Nails
Purchase a good cuticle pusher, along with a cuticle nipper and a toenail clipper to trim your nails, file them smooth and remove any rough spots. Finish off with a nice hand and foot cream and your favorite color of nail polish, or just buff them for a natural look.
Snacks and Books
Last but not least, treat yourself to nice healthy snacks, such as smoothies, soups, juices and bliss balls/truffles, for a complete professional spa-like experience.In addition to that, find yourself a good book you can read while soaking in a nice relaxing bath, or just lounging on the couch at the end of your perfect home spa day.
Set the Mood of Your Home
As we have already said, the most important thing you need to do is to get into relaxation mode. That means you have to disconnect from your work, turn off your phones, computers, and tablets and announce to the rest of the world you are not to be bothered while you enjoy your home spa.
With smell being one of our strongest senses, surround yourself with fragrances you like, as that will help you dive into full relaxation mode. Use an essential oil diffuser, light your favorite candle or simply spread around your favorite perfume – whichever helps you get into the right mood.
When it comes to essential oils, bear in mind that lavender and rose will help you get in a nice relaxing state, while peppermint and citrus will help you feel more energized and focused. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add the essential oils, along with nice scrub salts. Dive in and allow your whole body to become relaxed.
To enjoy your home spa, dim the lights and fill your home with fresh cut flowers that will give it a romantic and relaxing vibe. Create your own sauna by running your shower very hot, closing the drain and bathroom doors as well as turning off all the fans. The steam will start to build up and once the water in the bath is cool enough, simply pop in.
To make your shower and bath much more enjoyable and special, hang eucalyptus in the shower, or go for the classic idea where you put rose petals in the water. Not only will you feel like an actress in a romantic Hollywood movie, the fresh scent of the rose-covered water will linger on your skin for the rest of the day as well.
Create a Playlist
Music is just as important as the smells and light, so you should take the time to carefully choose your playlist to set the mood right. Select your favorite songs that help you clear your mind and take you to the places where you feel safe and free.
However, our advice is that you pick instrumental songs instead of ones with words. The lyrics will most likely trigger some subconscious memories, reminding you of people and places you don’t wish to remember and increase your stress levels as a result. If you don’t have the time to set up your own playlist, that’s all right. Simply go on YouTube or Spotify and select some of the relaxation playlists others have already made.
Find and Buy a Soft Bathrobe
To turn your bathroom into a magic spa escape where everything is nice, cozy and soft, invest some money in your bathrobe, as the old one you have lying around will most probably not do the job.Bear in mind you don't have to spend a lot of money, but be prepared to invest in good quality, natural materials that will wash and dry easily and remain nice and fluffy to embrace your body in a soft and relaxing hug.
Have Many Towels
The whole spa-like atmosphere you create in your home means you will stay warm, surrounded by relaxing sounds and smells. As a result, you will use many different products for your face, hands, feet, hair, and skin.
To avoid running back and forth just to rinse the products off of your body, load up your bathroom with nice, warm, soft and damp cotton towels to wrap yourself around as well as clean the excess scrubs, moisturizers, and ointments off your skin. Another clever trick is to soak your towels in water that you have added a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
When you wrap your face in it, not only will the warmth help unclog your pores, but you will also be giving yourself a small aromatherapy session just by breathing in the beneficial natural vapors.
Buy a High-Quality Shower Head
Any spa worth its salt is sure to feature the sound of gently lapping water or a water feature of some sort. The sound of pattering raindrops is a comforting sound for most people and it should come as no surprise that many relaxing ambient tracks feature the sound of running water too.
Perhaps this could be explained by how water is seen as the universal source of life for all creatures, which allows one to relax on some subconscious level. Instead of a poor-quality shower head that works by blasting you with water, we recommend that you invest in a high-quality shower head that has different settings. This can be beneficial for you, especially if you’re the type to always use it. Not only will it provide you with multiple settings that match your needs, a high-quality shower head won't break easily.
In other words, it will save you money in the long run, as you won't have to constantly buy new shower heads. If you’re feeling sore after a long day at the office, no problem. Turn your shower into a massage with a high-pressure shower head that massages your aching body with hot water. If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience or looking to replicate the cleansing waters of a waterfall, invest in a rain shower head.
This can mimic the pattern of rainfall or the gushing waters of the Niagara Falls. While a showerhead may not exactly be a major priority when you first move in, investing in a premium-quality one can go a long way in helping you get the best out of your showers, especially if you're making a home spa. From burning hot summer days to cold autumn evenings, a good shower head is without a doubt an excellent investment.
From deep tissue massages to pampering your skin with all kinds of ointments, tinctures and bath salts, going to the spa can be an extremely relaxing experience for anyone, especially if you’ve been through a meat grinder of a week. However, spas often charge exorbitant prices that can reach quite a lot of money per hour.
This, without a doubt, can put a significant damper on your chi and mood for relaxation once you realize how much of your hard-earned cash you are handing over for just a bit of R&R. Instead, spoil yourself by curating your own spa treatments at home. Instead of spending all your money at a spa for over-the-counter treatments, you can splurge on exotic bath salts, skin treatments and all-natural oils that are sure to nourish your body.
When you curate your own spa treatments, you don’t need to worry about chemicals or additives as well, as you are free to choose what products are used and how. Along with this, you can also make it a romantic treat for your significant other, as you can both take turns giving each other the complete spa treatment. This is especially great for Valentine’s Day or anniversary celebrations.
Get Yourself a Massage Cushion
No spa experience is complete without a fulfilling massage. From loosening up knots of muscle to rejuvenating your aching body, massages are truly a godsend for anyone who has well and truly been through the daily stresses that life can bring. Unfortunately, good massage therapists can be extremely expensive, which can once again put a serious hurt on your wallet.
For all of us who can’t afford to get massaged on a weekly basis, hope is at hand due to the miracle of human innovation. Instead of visiting that dingy Thai massage parlor in a sketchy part of town, invest in a full-on massage chair instead. Massage chairs can give you a good rubdown from the tip of your toes to the top of your head and are becoming increasingly affordable. Or You can invest in a handheld massager available at any reputable online retailers, they can be delivered right to your doorstep and most of them is cordless battery operated devices and very easy to work.
If space is an issue, there’s no need to worry, as massage chairs are the size of a typical armchair. On top of that, newer, stylish designs ensure that they fit right in with your decor. This is definitely an important and necessary tool if you want a complete home spa.
We’ll be the first to admit that while massage chairs are effective at loosening up your body, nothing beats the touch of another human. Massage chairs are machines, they are not exactly familiar with the nuances of the human body. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that any massage chair will usually be too hard or too soft on the body.
Fortunately, hope is at hand, as there are dozens of reputable massage therapists with the knowledge and expertise to teach you how to give yourself a great massage. After all, sometimes, you just need a human’s touch to loosen up that knot, or to deal with that ache in your shoulder. Massages can also be a chance for couples to bond with each other, as you can both learn the finer art of massages to add some spice to your romance or even the bedroom.
After all, what could be better than to receive a tender, loving massage from a loved one after a long day at work? However, if you don't have a partner, learning to massage yourself during a spa day can definitely still do wonders for you.
Putting together a home spa may seem like a daunting affair initially, but with time, patience and a little effort, you will be wondering why you didn’t start earlier. Forget huge, often nearly unattainable goals that will only demoralize and overwhelm you.
Instead, take small, easily measurable steps and you’ll be surprised with how much progress you’ve made. If you follow these simple steps, you will have a complete home spa before you know it. With it, you will no longer have to go out and spend just to relax, as you can now do it anytime when you get home after work.