It’s very important to take some time out of each week for yourself. If you’re ever feeling down or overwhelmed a spa day at home is the perfect remedy. It costs less, you don’t have the stress of going out in public, and it’s a way to show yourself care and love. I’m going to walk you through my perfect home spa day routine from head to toe. Put on some soothing music, grab a delicious drink, and enjoy!
Many people don’t know about dry brushing (I found my dry brush at Ulta). This is something you are going to want to do before your bath, the skin must be dry. Start from the bottom of your legs and work your way up using upward strides multiple times. This is going to help exfoliant dead skin cells, relieve stress, unclog pores, and even fight against cellulite.
Run a warm bath with beneficial additives
There is nothing like soaking in a nice warm bath, accompanied by a ice cold drink and some relaxing music. Adding about two cups of epsom salt to your bath water is going to help ease your tensed up muscles; it is also known to draw toxins out of the body. Mix in around a half cup of baking soda, this is going to to provide skin softening, anti-fungal properties to your water. Lastly I like to add in a generous amount of essential oils to the water for aromatherapy. If you are looking for a stress relieving experience I recommend lavender oil. If you have headaches or aches in general I use peppermint oil, but go easy because too much of this oil can be irritating. If you’ve been fighting a cold add eucalyptus oil to your bath, it will help ease a sniffy nose.
Make sure you drink plenty of water during and after your detoxifying bath routine, the combination of salts and baking soda can make you sweat a lot.
Start by cleansing your hair with a good moisturizing shampoo, massaging your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails), and rinse with warm water to keep the hair cuticle open. Follow by lathering your hair generously with a nice hair mask or deep conditioner, I like to let mine sit while I continue the rest of my bathing routine. This time rinse your hair in cool water to close up the cuticle and lock in all the moisture from the hair mask.
Gently cleanse your face with your favorite cleanser by using soft circular upward motions with your fingertips. Once you rinse your skin apply a light facial scrub using the same soft motions (do not use exfoliants that have a very abrasive grit, this could cause micro tears in the skin). Rinse your face and gently pat it dry, then generously apply your favorite face mask that complies with your skin type. If you have oily, breakout prone skin try using a charcoal mask; for dry skin use something moisturizing like an avocado mask.
Start off by cleansing your body with your favorite soap or body wash, I like to use wash clothes because over time loofahs can build up bacteria. After bathing, exfoliate your body with a gentle exfoliant to get rid of build up and dead skin cells, I recommend doing this once or twice a week. On the days I exfoliate I like that to be the day I shave, I feel that you get a cleaner shave and the blades can also work as an extra exfoliant getting rid of any dead skin cells left behind. Many people choose to use shaving cream which is absolutely fine but I prefer using conditioner to rehydrate the skin. If you are a fan of Lush they offer many scents of “in shower” body conditioner which is also a nice treat to top everything off at the end.
It’s very important to take care of your feet, especially if you’re on them all day at work. Give yourself a luxury foot massage with a hydrating exfoliant. About two to three times a month I feel that it is a good idea to go over your heals and anywhere on your feet that you develop calluses with a pumas stone (I buy the purple one they sell at Sally’s). Just be careful not to pumas your feet too much because it will leave them extremely sore.
After Bath Routine
After you get out of the bath and pat off dry there are a few little extras you can add on to make this experience extra special. The skin on your face is so fragile so it’s very important to use a toner, eye cream, and moisturizer. Don’t forget to moisturize your neck, the skin is fragile in that area and is very wrinkle prone. Spritz a leave-in conditioner in your hair to keep it protected from heat and nicely hydrated (Pravana Nevo Intense leave-in conditioner is my all time favorite). If you choose to polish you toenails let them completely dry, then lather your feet up with a rich body butter and put on some cozy socks to lock it in.
Caring for your nails
Finger and toe nails because they can be one of the dirtiest parts of your body. I like to keep my nails clipped short and filed smooth to avoid capturing bacteria and grime. If you love a pop of color push back those cuticles and glaze a beautiful shade overtop, followed by a top coat to prolong the wear. I prefer a gel polish because it lasts a lot longer than regular nail polish. After drying, hydrate your cuticle line with a nourishing cuticle oil to avoid pesky hangnails (I recommend polishing your nails after your bath to prevent chipping)
I hope you enjoyed my version of a perfect spa day at home. Self care is very important when it comes to your mental state, it’s a way to show yourself that you love yourself. I would love to hear in the comment section how you enjoy a home spa day! What’s some of your favorite tips and tricks?