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Schedule Your Own In-Home Spa Day

Jan 10, 2018 02:00PM ● By Caley Breese
Now that the colder months have arrived, it tends to be a bit harder to get out of the house—or want to get out of the house. While you may be itching for a relaxing spa treatment, the weather might tell you otherwise. But who says you can’t enjoy a spa-like experience without actually being there? Spoil yourself and bring the spa to you (and save some money while you do it!)

According to research published by the International Spa Association, the average price per spa service was around $90 in 2015, which is a 2.6 percent increase from the year prior. 

What to do

If you’re not quite sure where to start with your home spa day, here are a few suggestions.

Draw a warm bath (or shower) and light some scented candles.
Getting the mood just right will really help you unwind and allow your stress to melt away. To enhance your pampering, feel free to add a bath bomb, bath salts, or some Epsom salt. Epsom salt will also help if you’re experiencing any joint pain and will help loosen stiff muscles.

Tip: Lavender, chamomile, and ylang ylang are all great aromatherapy scents.

Give yourself a facial.
You can’t go wrong with a facial, whether you decide to make your own face mask, use a sheet mask, or slather on a ready-to-go mask. From illuminating to detoxifying, there are plenty of different facial-mask treatments to choose from.

Tip: Masks that contain cucumber will help calm redness and irritation, as well as reduce the appearance of puffiness under your eyes.

Focus on your body.
Find a body wash that will not only cleanse your skin, but get rid of dead skin cells by exfoliating for luminous skin. Treat your feet to some lovin’ too with a gentle foot exfoliator and massage.

Tip: Who says you need a masseuse? Loofahs and body sponges can make a big difference when cleansing. You can also use a pumice stone for your feet to get rid of rough skin and calluses.

Hair care.
Don’t forget to treat your hair! A good hair mask—something containing coconut or avocado oil—will soften and strengthen hair, and even promote growth if you make a routine out of it.

Tip: While coconut oil makes a great hair mask, it can also be used on skin as an excellent moisturizer or a natural makeup remover.

Moisturizing is essential.
Because the winter season is cold and dry, the skin also becomes dried out, often feeling itchy and irritated. It’s important to apply a healthy amount of lotion all over your body to moisturize and keep your skin hydrated after you’ve finished a hot bath/shower.

Tip: Using a product that contains shea butter will help your skin absorb moisture and stay hydrated longer.

Benefits of a Spa Day

Pampering yourself is not only a great treat, but a very beneficial way for your body and mind to relax and de-stress. No matter what time of day you decide to indulge in a home spa experience, be sure to set a calming mood. Light a few candles and turn off or dim the lights. The harsh overhead light can trigger a not-so-relaxing mood.  

Additionally, as you’re soaking in a hot bath or shower, the heat and steam will help soothe sore muscles or joint pain, and help open your sinuses for relief. With hot water, however, it’s important to keep hydrated throughout, so make some lemon water to sip throughout your spa time. Drinking lemon water will not only keep you hydrated, but will help aid digestion and rejuvenate skin for a healthy complexion in the long run. 

Whether you have a hectic work schedule, a few kids running around, or simply need a break, there are always benefits to indulging in a home spa treatment—even if it’s just for a few minutes. Taking some time for yourself can help manage stress levels and potentially help with blood pressure levels. Splurging in a tempting home spa day can make for a happier and healthier you!

Products We Love

Intense Moisture Cream for Hands and Body by Jenetiqa $24, Cucumber Breeze Soothing Sheet Mask by BioRepublic SkinCare price varies, Smiling Beads Body Wash by Emmaus $60, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil by Dr. Bronner $11.99, French Cade Lavender Candle by Voluspa $28, Candles Off Main, Annapolis Smoothing Exfoliant for Feet by PARODI $18,