With social obligations low and concerns high, now would be an ideal moment to visit a luxury spa and indulge in some self-care. But with the pandemic still ongoing, visiting a spa may not be the best choice due to a range of safety and financial reasons. However, no one says we can’t duplicate an amazing spa experience at home. It will never be the same without certain facilities and therapists, but creativity can help you achieve a more sophisticated experience than just lying in the bathtub with a facemask on.
A little pampering goes a long way in the best of times, and it’s more vital than ever right now. Nothing can stop you from recreating a calm spa day ambience with relaxing fragrances and luxurious beauty experiences in your own home.
With the development of DIY pampering techniques, essential oil collections, and a fancy candle or two, incorporating escapism into your beauty regimen has never been easier. That means there’s no reason not to treat yourself to a spa-worthy evening of self-care.
Keep reading to find out how you can create a Zen home spa experience and give yourself the well-deserved gift of relaxation.
Start with the basics
What’s important form the start is to design your home spa in an area of the house that is comfortable, peaceful, and tranquil. This is highly personal, and for one person it may be their bedroom, while for another it could be beneath a tree in the garden. Comfort and warmth are top requirements for real relaxation, so make sure you have plenty of nice cushions and blankets on hand to make yourself a ‘nook’ wherever you want to rest.
Scent is important in the spa atmosphere since it may assist elicit memories of calm for many of us. Maybe you have a bottle of your favorite massage oil or a candle from your most recent spa visit.
Lighting is very important as well, and it is unique to each person. For some, there is nothing more calming and renewing than the feel of sunlight on the skin, while for others, complete darkness promotes a sense of tranquility.
Music is also significant. You can find a lot of relaxation-themed music on music streaming platforms by searching massage music or meditation music, but nature sound can also be helpful.
Create different spa areas
Even if you don’t have an at-home pool or sauna, nothing’s stopping you from creating several spa areas within your house and yard.
A mud room experience in the bathroom is a wonderful way to start. To begin, turn on your shower’s steam function, or, if you don’t have one, turn your shower on high heat to create a mini steam room, then scrub your body to remove all dead skin and let the steam open your pores and prepare them for the mud.
Find a good mud mask, then apply it to the skin and allow the detox process to kick off, waiting for the mud to start drying as this is when it will pull out impurities. Finally, rinse off the mud before using a body cream to get super-hydrated and soft skin.
Make your bedroom your treatment area for relaxing treatments such as massages and facials. Light some candles and combine them with your favorite music and lighting, to improve the ambiance. Prepare your most comfortable and luxurious sleepwear and make sure it’s waiting for you clean and fresh. If you are looking for the perfect opportunity to order sleepwear and pajamas online, this is the one! Choose natural fabrics that allow the skin to breathe and won’t hug you too tight, to maximize comfort.
Finally, for a relaxing zone, you can retreat to the couch or a warm area in the garden. This is when you can listen to guided meditation, read a book, and end the evening with deep relaxation. A glass (or two) of your favorite dink will also go down well with this moment.
The Zen is in the details
Now that you got the basics down, it’s time to start focusing on the details – the elements that will truly transform your home into a veritable spa center. Here are some tips:
Give your bath an Instagram-worthy upgrade
The trick to turning your bathroom into a spa lies in the aroma, whether you choose scented essential oils, bubble bath, or a sprinkling of bath salts.
Aromatherapy is highly personal, and your body will gravitate toward what it needs the most. However, there are particular essential oils that have qualities that can naturally assist your mind and body relax. Look for oils that are deeply calming, such as vetiver, chamomile, and sandalwood.
There’s also a lot of research behind how calming a bath can be. Bathing has been shown to reduce the stress hormone – cortisol – while also stimulating the production of endorphins. Bathing has also been shown in studies to reduce blood pressure and enhance heart health.
Clear your thoughts
Technology has greatly aided us in turning our thoughts off so we can finally rest. Meditation apps are all the rage these days to help you turn off any work thoughts or anxieties.
If you prefer an offline technique, try a simple breathing exercise that guarantees you don’t have to think too hard about what you’re doing and can instead focus on doing it properly. Box breathing is an excellent option. Breathe in, hold your breath in, then breathe out and hold the breath out. Do each of these steps for four second and repeat the exercise four times.
Light up some candles
There’s no disputing the tranquility that comes with lighting a new candle. The aroma that wraps you as soon as you step foot in a spa contributes to its calming effect, and your home should be no exception.
If you want a peaceful aroma, use candles with lavender, chamomile, or sandalwood scents to help you go off to sleep immediately before bed. If you don’t like the smell of candles, consider a relaxing pillow spray or room spray instead. You can also invest in an aroma diffuser and use light-scented oils with it.