I don’t know about you, but by the end of my work week, I am drained both mentally and physically. Friday nights just don’t feel the same when you’re in your 30’s as they once did in your teens or 20’s. Sure, there’s still room to go out and celebrate getting through yet another bustling workweek, but I think we can all agree that there’s a different level of peace and tranquility in a weekend full of pampering. Going to your local spa can be on the pricey side, so I’ve put together a list of ways to create the ultimate wellness retreat directly from the comfort of your own home!
The purpose of a spa day is to relax and release tension. Eliminate any noises or distractions that may interfere with your ability to decompress. A day of pampering is about not only the things you do but the mood you set.
Take a warm bath or shower.
There’s nothing that sets the mood for a spa day like taking a hot shower or soaking in a warm bubble bath. For soaking, fill your tub with warm water and add plenty of bubbles. Some people would even prefer to add aromatic flowers, herbs, and essential oils, which create added minerals for skin absorption.
Make a refreshing drink.
Before you settle into the warm bath, don’t forget your drink. Grabbing a glass of wine, making detox water, or hot tea can all be considered spa beverages. Personally, I consider lemon water the most refreshing of them all. Not only does it promote clear skin, but other health benefits include boosting your immune system, help with digestion, and a great source of vitamin C.
Play soft music.
What’s a relaxing evening without soft music? We all know that music is a total mood-setter, so I would highly recommend creating a playlist of your favorite go-to songs when it’s time to unwind. My preference is R&B.
Exfoliate your skin.
From using a gentle cleansing brush on your face to using an exfoliating body scrub on your body, removing dead skin cells will restore the overall natural health and softness of your skin. If you don’t own a facial cleansing brush, using brown or regular sugar will also work. Trust me, I’ve done it!
Apply a honey mask.
For those who don’t know, I’ve been using the honey mask method for many years and I haven’t found anything else that I’d rather use. You can simply pick up pure honey from any local grocery store. You will first wash your face like normal and leave damp so that the honey glides on smoothly. Then, massage the honey into your skin, covering your entire face. Leave on for about 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. I promise within the next 2 days, you’re going to see your skin glow like never before.
Burn candles or incense.
As much as I love candles, I’ve grown to develop a special appreciation for burning incense during periods of relaxation and meditation. I recently visited a spiritual alchemy gift shop in my city and purchased the Muladhara Chakra incense for Grounding & Serenity, also available on Amazon and absolutely loved it. I felt super relaxed, peaceful, and free, which should be the mood you’re going for when creating the ultimate at-home spa day experience.
Give yourself a pedicure.
We all know that going to the nail shop can be expensive, so giving yourself an at-home pedicure can be just as efficient as going to the salon. There are a variety of foot spas you can purchase with bubbles, heat, and vibration. It’s super soothing and affordable.