A wonderful moment of relaxation with plenty of pampering for the body and mind. Sound tempting? Then read our home spa tips below. Many of us lead busy lives and rarely stop to pamper ourselves. That's why you should treat yourself to a day - or even an hour - out of the schedule to create your very own home spa.
You don't need to have a lot of wellness products. You can easily bring the feeling of luxury and pampering to your home by just using what you already have. It's all about taking the time to enjoy it.
If you need some inspiration on how to treat yourself to a moment of self-care, here are our ideas for a home spa day. Then you can decide for yourself whether you want to go all out or just pick and choose from the list. It all comes down to what you feel like and have time for. Have fun - and enjoy!
1. Set the mood
The surroundings can make all the difference when it comes to creating your own spa experience at home. It's all about kicking things down a gear, and there are a number of things that can help.
You can start by switching off the ceiling light and lighting some candles instead. Perhaps you have some scented candles that provide a nice aroma? If not, you can easily use ordinary candles and get the scent from some scent sticks or just a perfume from the cupboard.
Calming music also helps set the mood. There are plenty of playlists online that will fit in perfectly with a home spa experience.
Pull out some nice towels and flannels, along with a bathrobe and a pair of slippers. They'll be ready for you when you get out of the bath later.
Make a small platter with your favourite snacks. It could be nuts, fruit or maybe some vegetables. Also remember something to drink - whether you prefer cold water, a cup of tea or refreshing juice. It adds just that little something extra to your moment of self-care.
How do you create a home spa?
If you want to follow our guide to creating a home spa, here’s the recipe:
1. Set the mood by preparing the ambience
2. Start with treatments that take the most time
3. Enjoy a warm bath and continue the treatments
4. Take care of your skin with moisturising products
5. Spend the rest of the day in slow tempo
With that said, there’s not one recipe for creating a home spa. It's up to you and your physical surroundings. It also depends on how long you want to spend on it. Is it your body, face, hair, and feet that require pampering? Or perhaps just one of the above?
What do you need for a spa day?
The more you want to do with your home spa, the more you'll need. But there are some things that are always good to have. This could be a nice towel, some good products, and some supplies – then you’re well on your way.
Below you can see our recommendations for what you can use to follow our self-care ideas at home.
You will need
- Fragrance sticks or scented Candles
2. Start the treatment
Once you've made sure your surroundings are suitable for pampering, you're ready to start your home spa experience. If you wish, you can start with some of the treatments that may take longer.
A good start is to dry brush your whole body. If you don't have a dry brush, you can also use a dry terry towel. Dry brushing has several positive effects on the body. It increases blood circulation, removes dead skin cells, and gives you a nice glow. Brush your whole body in circular motions - but not so hard that it hurts and you get red. And remember that both you and the towel or brush should be dry.
You may want to use a hair mask that stays in your hair for a longer period before rinsing out. Some hair conditioners need to work for up to 30 minutes, and if you're using one, you can start by washing your hair with shampoo and spreading the conditioner through. Use the waiting time to do other treatments or just enjoy the peace and quiet with a good book or some quiet music.
Another idea to start with is a nice foot bath. Find a tub and fill it with lukewarm water. Add a few drops of foot bath oil and perhaps some foot bath salt - or just one of the two. Sit for 10-15 minutes - maybe while your hair treatment works - and enjoy the pampering.
You will need
- Toothbrush or terry cloth towel
- Hair mask
- Foot bath oil
- Foot bath salts
3. Enjoy a warm bath
Now it's time for a nice warm bath. If you have a bathtub, you can use another trick for a home spa experience - putting some bath salts in the water. It's relaxing and helps you loosen up.
If you don't have a bathtub to relax in, you can also enjoy a good soak in the shower. If you haven't already conditioned your hair before the bath, start by washing your hair with shampoo and applying the hair mask now. While it's working, you can get on with the pampering.
Once you've got your skin wet, soap up with a good bath soap. Choose the scent you like and take your time massaging it in. You can also choose to use a body scrub instead. Apply it in circular motions and let it exfoliate the skin well. Rinse off the soap or scrub and feel the sensation of nice clean skin.
If you have a hair mask on, it may need to be rinsed out now. Make sure you wash it out well and condition your hair. Let your conditioner sit in your hair while you move on to the next treatment.
Your face will need pampering too. As with the rest of the body, you can either choose to use a good face wash or a face scrub, which both removes dead skin cells and increases blood circulation.
The last thing you need to do is rinse out your conditioner. Remember to rinse your hair well so that no residue remains, which can make your hair greasy.
You will need
- Bath salts
- Hair mask
- Body soap
- Body scrub
- Face wash
- Face scrub
4. Take care of your skin
When you get out of the bath, pat yourself dry with a towel. Then it's time to moisturise your skin.
You can moisturise your body with a body lotion or body oil, depending on what you like best. Take your time now that you’ve set aside this time for your home spa experience. Once you've applied the body lotion, put on the dressing gown you started with. Then you can stay warm too.
Once the body is done, you can move on to the face. Treat your face to a good face mask. It's up to your skin and your needs which face mask you should use. Most face masks need some time to work, so you can apply the mask and use the waiting time to continue moisturising your skin.
While the face mask is working, you can slather your feet in a rich foot cream. If you’re doing your home spa in the evening, you can give your feet a little extra cream, put on a pair of socks and sleep with the foot cream on overnight.
Hands need a little pampering too. Use a nice hand cream and moisturise your hands well. If you like, you can also file your nails and finish off with some nail oil.
The face mask needs to be rinsed off. Use a flannel and lukewarm water, and finish with a face cream that suits your skin type. The eye area can be a little delicate, so you may want to use an eye cream here. Don't forget the lips - they’ll benefit from lip balm or another balm.
You will need
- Body lotion or body oil
- Face mask
- Foot cream
- Hand cream
- Nail file
- Nail oil
- Face cream
- Eye cream
- Lip balm
5. The rest of the day
If you've spent your evening in your home spa, you might be ready to jump into your pyjamas and get under the duvet now. You're probably already well relaxed and in the right mood for a good night's sleep.
It may also be that there’s still some of the day left. If there is, you can just continue the day at the same, leisurely pace. Replace your dressing gown with some soft and comfortable loungewear and keep your plans and chores to a minimum.
A final act of self-care in your own home spa can be to apply a coat of nail varnish to your fingernails and perhaps your toenails too. It will also last longer, so you can prolong that feeling of self-pampering.
You will need
- Nail varnish