It’s HOT. We’re getting into what they call the “Dog Days of Summer”. When the temperature soars like this, if you’re anything like me, you get to feeling kind of… sticky and just not fresh. So what is the best way to feel refreshed? A home spa day of course! Home spa days are perfect to hit the reset button and feel your best. If you know someone who deserves a pick-me-up, spa days also make the PERFECT gift! So invite over a friend who needs a little pampering and indulge! Here is my step-by-step process to a home spa day.
🧖♀️ Home Spa Day 🧖♀️
Step One: Set the Mood
What helps you feel relaxed? Maybe it’s some relaxing music! Spotify has lots of chill playlists, from acoustic folk to chilled-out lounge beats. I also like to use essential oils in my diffuser for some calming aromatherapy. My personal favorite is lavender, but eucalyptus is also a popular calming oil.
Step Two: Hydrate
Since you’ll be heating your skin up, stay hydrated and cool down with infused water and lots of ice. Slices of citrus, strawberries, cucumbers, blueberries, basil and mint are good additions to ice water. Some people like to use Infuser Pitchers, but really, dropping the produce into any large glass or mason jar will do, too. And if you feel inclined, a little glass of Champagne never hurt anyone, either! 😉
Step Three: Get Steamy
It’s time to open up those pores. Draw a hot bath with plenty of bathing salts, oils and maybe even a bath bomb or bubbles! Have a nice long soak (at least 15 – 20 minutes) and allow the steam to relax your muscles and open your pores.
If you’re with a friend for your home spa day, facial steams might be better. If you have a facial steamer, you know what to do! But if not, it’s very easy. First, heat a pot of water to almost boiling in your teapot. Don’t boil it – steam burns hurt! Next, pour the hot water into a ceramic mixing bowl that is already placed where you’re going to sit. Your dining room table or kitchen bar will work perfectly. Sit with your face positioned over the steaming water, with a towel over your head to trap the steam. This is also a great time to add some essential oils to the mix, as well. Tea tree and rosemary are great for blemishes, rose and jasmine for dry skin, and lavender is good for sensitive skin.
Step Four: Exfoliate
Now that your skin is at its most pliable, it’s time to scrub. If you’re in the bath, there are many body scrubs that will do the trick and feel really luxurious. One of my favorites is Flake Away, by Soap & Glory. You can also make your own homemade body scrub, such as lemon zest and sea salt, or warm vanilla sugar.
If you and a friend are sticking to the face, there are tons of great facial scrubs on the market that are made of natural ingredients and work like a charm. If you’d like to make your own facial scrub, there’s a really easy way to turn your cleanser into a scrub! Start by taking about a quarter-cup of cleanser into a bowl, and add a quarter-cup of raw sugar. Mix them together until you’ve achieved the right gritty texture. Spread a thin layer on to the face and massage into your skin in a gentle circular motion. Using a washcloth and cold water is the best way to remove it, followed by a cold water rinse.
Step Five: Moisturize
Now that your skin is squeaky clean, the last step of your home spa day is to moisturize. For the body, a butter might be what you’re looking for. Cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oils all contain Omega-3 fats, which not only provide tons of nourishing moisture, but also provide anti-inflammation benefits, too.
For the face, there are many good moisturizing masks available. I recommend looking for something with hyaluronic acid, as it helps your skin retain moisture. This is essential for mature skin types! Neutrogena makes a hyaluronic mask called Hydro-Boost that’s available at Target, but there are tons of moisturizing masks available. Figure out what works best for your skin!
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