How To: At Home Spa Day
Going to the spa can be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable experiences. There is something so nice about spending a day pampering yourself and having some 'me time'. Going to the spa can get pricey, especially if you go often, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the same benefits and relaxation at home. All you need are a few simple ingredients and you can treat yourself to a spa day right now!
What you'll need:
- Coconut oil
- Shower cap
- 6 cups boiling water
- Large bowl
- Bath towel
- Lavender essential oil
- Face scrub - I like St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask
- Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- Dry brush
- Epsom salt
- Body Oil
- Favorite serum or treatment
- Eye cream
- Bath robe
- Candles and/or incense
- Relaxing music
You'll want to make sure you have some time set aside to pamper yourself. If you don't have a few hours to spare, you can always customize the treatments to fit the time that you do have, just make sure you aren't rushing so you can fully enjoy the experience. You'll want to light some candles or incense and play some soft music wherever you plan on doing your treatments. This will help to set the mood, and make it feel like you're actually at the spa.
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
To start out, take about 4-5 tablespoons of raw coconut oil and place it in a small microwave proof bowl. Heat in the microwave on high in 10 second intervals, just until the oil is fully liquid. Make sure your hair is free of any tangles, and begin to work in small amounts of oil into the tips. Fully saturate the hair, all the way up towards the roots. If you have very oily hair, you might want to skip the roots, but if you have dry/damaged hair, make sure to fully saturate them as well. Twist hair up into a bun and secure with a hair tie or clip, followed by the shower cap to lock in heat.
After you've finished applying the hair treatment, bring 6 cups of water to a boil, and transfer to a large bowl. Find a comfortable spot in your home where you can place the bowl and lean over it comfortably. Add 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil and any other essential oils that you'd like, and lean over the bowl, keeping your face about 12 inches away from the surface of the water, or wherever is comfortable. Take your bath towel and make a tent over your head to lock in the steam from the water. Relax for about 10 minutes, allowing the steam to open up your pores and prepare them for the next treatment.
Now that your pores are steamed and open, it's a great time to apply your favorite facial scrub. I prefer to use a gentle scrub like St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask. Gently wet your face and massage the scrub into your skin, using small circular motions for a few minutes. Rinse of the scrub with warm water and pat face dry.
Now that your skin is freshly scrubbed, it's time to use a clay mask to get the most benefits from this routine. The mask will work even better if you do it in the order I am suggesting, since the skin is perfectly prepped to receive all of the benefits from the mask. Take a small glass dish and mix equal parts Aztec Clay with apple cider vinegar (about 1 tablespoon each), to make a paste. Smooth the mixture onto the facial skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Allow the mask to sit for 15-20 minutes (5-10 for sensitive skin) before washing off with warm water.
Dry Skin Brushing
While your clay mask is drying, begin the dry skin brushing process. Starting at your feet, start brushing your skin in an upward motion working the brush towards your heart. Move up from the feet to the legs, stomach, arms and back. When brushing the parts of the chest that are above your heart, brush downwards. Make sure to apply firm pressure, but not enough to hurt or to leave the skin irritated.
Epsom Salt Bath
Now that your skin is prepped and exfoliated, it's time to relax and soak in an Epsom salt bath. Pour about 2 cups of Epsom Salt under hot running water and soak for at least 20 minutes to absorb all of the benefits of the salt.
After getting out of the bath, gently pat skin dry and put on a comfy robe. Using small handfuls of body oil, massage into the skin, starting from the feet and working your way up. If you are currently using any facial serums or treatments, now is the time to apply them, followed by your moisturizer and eye cream.
Now that all of your treatments are done, it's time to enjoy yourself and relax in your robe. Try sipping on some calming tea, such as Chamomile and reading a good book, or even just close your eyes to relax and meditate.
I love having at home spa days for myself. They are so relaxing and way more affordable than going to the spa every week. Spending this extra time on myself helps me to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on all of the stress and hectic scheduling that I have to handle on a daily basis. I hope you are able to incorporate this into your weekly routine. It is so important to take time out of our busy schedules to take care of ourselves, which helps us to be the best we can be during the rest of our week.
What do you like to do to pamper yourself at home? Share with me in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!