How To Create An Affordable Spa Getaway From Home
Because of Covid, many of us haven’t been able to enjoy exotic spa getaways or relaxing shiatsu massages. But that doesn't mean you can't create a DIY spa experience from the comfort of your own home. Taking a bath and caring for your skin is a fantastic way to relax and de-stress from all the difficulties that 2020 has hurled at you. And hey, we're all about self-care.
Your muscles are probably tight from sitting in your makeshift home office all day, so why not relieve them with some aromatherapy? If you want, you can purchase these products from local spas that lost business during Coronavirus—but we have also included some recipes for your own, all-natural products.
Add plants and herbs to your bathroom
It's important to transform your space before you prepare the treatments. Hit up your local Farmers Market (another amazing date idea) to grab some aromatic herbs or plants such as eucalyptus, lavender, or rosemary. Hang the plants directly on your shower head to make your showers feel more decadent. You can also add rose petals, dried flower, and lemon or cucumber slices in your bath.
Dry brush and utilize beauty tools
Exfoliation is the foundation for so many skincare routines, and it's not just important for your face. Removing the dead cells off your body is essential, and dry brushing is the best way to do that. Always exfoliate before the bath portion of your spa date. After you’re done dry brushing, use a gua sha scraping stone or jade roller. These popular beauty tools promote circulation and anti-aging effects for your skin.
Bath + Mask combo
Adding some water and honey to matcha creates a mask that will increase your skin’s circulation and make your capillary walls stronger. In other words, your skin will be softer than a baby’s bum.
We suggest pairing your mask with a bath, as the steam will help open up your pores. Fill the bath up only to your belly button for an invigorating Korean half bath, which promotes circulation due to the temperature difference of immersed and exposed skin. It might not be in the fanciest setting, but a bath is a true comfort that offers privacy and an escape within your own home—especially if you use the right ingredients.
Light a candle
A scented candle is a perfect addition to a relaxing bath. Not only does it set the mood, but it’s pretty much a meditative act in itself. We prefer aromatherapy—eucalyptus to reenergize, and lavender to relax. This combination will relax your mind and mellow your mood. You can also use a bath bomb, which contains a range of moisturizing ingredients. You can make your own with this recipe.
Enjoy a foot soak
If you don’t have a bathtub, consider filling up a large basin with hot water and bath salts. We all suffer from cracked, dry heels at times, especially as the weather gets chillier. After you Netflix and Soak, use a pumice stone to exfoliate away dead cells.
A fresh, healthy lunch
Many spas offer delicious farm-to-table lunches, and there’s no reason you can’t recreate that at home. You can even serve yourself mini sandwiches, snacks, and fresh juices for a tea party presentation.