Inside Scoop: Here’s exactly how to pamper yourself with a DIY spa day.
This post was submitted by Sophia Smith, beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. .
Our daily lives are so filled with stress that it’s become necessary for us to unwind and forget about everything that’s bothering us at work. If you’re stressed, busy, exhausted (who isn’t?) then you taking a regular break from the routine can be useful for your well-being. There are many ways to relax — reading, napping or watching TV, but nothing comes close to a day at the spa where you can just get pampered with the best treatments there are.
While weekly trips to the spa would be awesome, unfortunately they can be quite costly. So, why not develop a DIY spa day and add it to your routine? It’s the perfect solution to unwind on the regular. And, here are some ideas on how to make it happen:
5 MUST-HAVES FOR A DIY SPA DAY
Turn showers into a spa experience
People shower when getting ready for work or after a hard day of being busy. If you decide to give yourself a long, relaxing shower, then why don’t you make a mini spa experience out of it? Try changing the water temperature as you shower, since that’s beneficial for the circulation. Just remember to end the shower with a lukewarm temperature so your body can go back to normal.
Aside from this, you can also use shower bombs, this coffee body scrub or other spa products. Soon you’ll see that taking showers can be a pleasurable experience, instead of something you do for a couple of minutes and leave. If you plan to wash your hair, give yourself a scalp treatment. Massage your scalp gently to improve circulation and stimulate hair growth. Scalp treatments are also great if you have a dry scalp, so next time you’re in the shower, try one of these healthy home remedies or get yourself a scalp massager.
Make it a ritual
Going to a spa is different from going to a nail artist since the spa is supposed to be a full experience that can make your entire body feel refreshed and energized. Start with a face mask. There are numerous recipes that you can use to rejuvenate your skin, and the best thing is, you probably have most of the ingredients in your kitchen! If you want to treat yourself to the max, it’s recommended to start with a bubble bath first and then proceed with a hot/cold spa treatment. As we mentioned before, moisturize your skin afterwards so your spa treatment will be complete! If you want the whole spa treatment, try using a cozy fluffy robe and comfortable slippers!
Clean, protect and nourish your skin
Skin is our largest organ and also the one that’s most exposed to wind, dirt and irritation. That’s why it’s essential to keep it in good condition through constant care. Even if you wear cruelty free makeup, it’s still required to remove it before hopping into the shower. Massage your face with gentle circular moves and carefully avoid the eye area. The gentler you are, the more it’ll feel like a spa! Using gentle cleansers and toners will remove impurities and keep your skin healthy. Using a moisturizer is a must, especially if you live in a dry climate. After cleansing, it’s important to moisturize to keep your skin nourished.
Also, instead of slapping it on your face, try gently massaging it into your skin so it can be absorbed properly. Many brands offer natural skincare products nowadays. If you’re not a fan of face creams, use natural oils instead. Coconut, jojoba and argan oils are a great replacement for creams. There are many options to keep your skin nourished without using products with toxic chemicals.
Add soothing music
Even if you prefer heavy metal, when you’re in the spa, listening to calming music will make you feel relaxed. There are many types of music that you can enjoy, just be sure it doesn’t make you feel jittery and restless. Soothing music (or any other sounds) will make you feel like you’re in the spa. If you truly want to relax you should avoid music that’s too loud, too acoustic or has any lyrics. Instrumental music will make you feel relaxed and fulfilled. You can even create a special playlist for your DIY spa day experience. Listen to anything you like, as long as it doesn’t make you agitated.
Don’t let others disturb you
Usually, when going to a spa, most people leave their belongings in the safety locker, which means that they don’t let others interrupt them with phone calls and texts. That shouldn’t be any different when you’re at home. Switch off your phone or, even better, disconnect your Wi-Fi so you won’t be disturbed by notifications and phone calls. You deserve time for yourself so no need to apologize to others for being unavailable. Remember that you don’t owe anything to anyone, especially not when you’re trying to relax at the comfort of your home.
Make it a habit
Leading a hectic lifestyle should never be an excuse for anything. Even when you’re the busiest, make sure you have some time to treat yourself to a DIY spa day experience. It’s understandable that you might be buried in work, but no matter how busy we are, using one day a week to relax should be a part of everyone’s schedule. It might seem overwhelming at first, but once you start including regular DIY spa treatments, you’ll start feeling better, your sleep will improve and you’ll definitely have more energy.
To conclude, these tips will surely help you start regular spa sessions at home. Aside from these, you can add your personal beauty routines, like doing your nails or hair, or even invite your friends for a girls-night-in.
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.