Self-Soothe with the Ultimate Home Spa Day
Sometimes the best way to self-soothe is by pampering your body, but if going to a spa isn’t in the cards why not make your own spa day at home? With just a little preparation and research it’s possible to turn your personal space into the personalised spa of your dreams. These tips below should help give you some ideas on how to take the first step.
One of the first things you need to get a spa experience at home is to dress up your bathroom and bedroom (or wherever you’ll be doing your treatments) as a relaxing spa getaway. First, you’ll want a clean and stress free environment without any distractions. To achieve this, make sure that you have cleaned up and removed all clutter from the area. Next, dress up the area with decorations that evoke calmness, such as candles or crystals. Don’t forget the importance of lighting: simply dimming the overhead lights or using salt lamps and fairy lights can change the entire mood for the better. Lastly, put on a calming music playlist and make sure you have all of your spa ingredients and treatments laid out for easy access.
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Exfoliating is an important step in any skin care routine, but it can often be overlooked. The dead cells on your skin’s surface can clog your pores and cause other skin issues, but exfoliating them away can reveal the fresh new cells waiting underneath. During your at home spa day make head to toe exfoliating a priority, focusing on your knees, elbows, and any other dry areas. This easy DIY lemongrass body scrub from TheKindestWay can be used all over the body, including on your lips, to gently remove dead skin. The result is skin that is hydrated, nourished, and soft - and not to mention smells fresh and delicious. If you don’t have many ingredients at home, don’t overthink it. A simple coconut oil and sugar combination will do the trick.
A core component of a spa day is to reduce stress and anxiety. Acupressure is a method, similar to acupuncture, where pressure is applied to various points on the body's meridians. There are several acupressure techniques that you can try out at home, but to specifically target anxiety and worry try starting with the Grandfather Grandson pressure point. This point is located on the inner foot, where the big toe meets the foot. Apply continuous gentle pressure to slowly clear your head and balance the “circulation of your energy.” Here are four more acupressure techniques from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine that also help target stress and anxiety.
During a home spa day make sure to treat all five senses, including your nose. Did you know that your nostrils have over 400 scent receptors? Give them a scent bath with essential oils and aromatherapy. Different oil types have various use cases: Lavender oil is used to help promote calmness and overall wellness, while the relaxing scent of camomile oil is said to reduce anxiety. The simplest way to enjoy aromatherapy is with a diffuser, but don’t stress if one is not available. You can add a few drops of oil to your bath (as long as they’re safe for the skin), sprinkle a few drops on a towel and inhale as required, or even add a few drops to a bowl of steaming water and lean over the bowl while covering your head with a towel. You could even use aromatherapy steamers that release essential oils into your shower. Whatever method you try, research which scent has the right qualities for your individual spa day.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after a day of being pampered, but why not pamper yourself? Taking the time to create your very own ultimate spa day is a great way to soothe both your body and mind in the comfort of your own home. Let us know how you plan to create your own at home spa and tag us on Instagram @toat.co with pictures of your setup.