A spa day can make you feel rejuvenated, de-stress you, and prepare you to deal with life all over! After a long week, it would be great to unwind and revel in the beautiful scent of lavender or vanilla. Australia has nearly 689 spa-based businesses, with a market size of 546 million AUD. But most spas are either too expensive or too exclusive, which ruins the entire experience of having an hour of warm and fuzzy massages. However, you no longer have to worry because you can have your spa day at home! You can implement ideas by yourself without exhausting your pockets completely.
So, here are some great ways to begin your self-care session!
1. Relax your mind
Before you even begin lighting candles or opening bottles of scented oils, it’s important to calm your mind. If any underlying thoughts are worrying your mind, it’s time to leave them out of the room. Instead, set your intention and tell yourself that you will only think of happy things in the next hour. Once you’re more mindful of your thoughts, you’ll notice your body and mind relaxing on their own.
Switch off your phone or put it in flight mode to enhance the experience.
2. Light a candle in the bath
If you have a bathtub at home, then this tip will be perfect for you. But, even if you don’t, you can still light a scented candle and leave it on the windows as you take a long, hot shower. Before you begin:
- Ensure that all your pending tasks are done so you can take a few extra minutes to relax in the tub.
- Pick a candle with your favorite scent, light it, and take slow and deep breaths in its aroma.
- If you’re more into natural scents, check out some lovely beeswax candles from Happy Flame.
3. Include someone special
Even though having a spa day is fun, it can get a little lonely, especially when sitting on your couch with a sheet mask on. To vamp things up, include your partner or your best friend. You can invite them to your place or have a virtual at-home spa day by setting up your smartphone or tablet and organizing a Zoom meeting. Share your skills with each other; if someone is an expert at mask-making, ask them to teach you. Similarly, you can also give them some cool DIY facial ideas.
4. Soak your feet
So many of us care for our faces, hands, and bodies, but what about our feet?
They constantly have to bear your entire weight and help you go from one place to another. So, it’s only natural that you give them the care they deserve. A very easy way to pamper your feet is by soaking them in bath salts. It will heal the edges from dryness and cracked skin and treat any injuries or calluses. Some of the most-loved bath salt scents are eucalyptus and tea tree. They’re also affordable, so you won’t have to spend a fortune on foot care.
5. Set the mood with music
The right kind of music can set your mind at ease and turn your room into the perfect spa center. You’ll find spa playlists on Spotify, so crank up one and enjoy the soft, mellow tunes.
You can also play some lovely ASMR spa sounds on Youtube. The different soundwaves will tingle your nerves and make you feel super refreshed. Try to match the ambiance with the scents. For example, pair it up with coconut-scented moisturizers and oils if you’re playing soothing beach waves music.
6. Do a Korean half-bath
A Korean half-bath, or a ban-shin-yok, can be a good way to de-stress. It requires little effort and has many positive benefits. Fill up a tub with warm water up to a height that is approximately the same as your belly button level when you’re sitting. Sit on the tub for 15-20 minutes and ensure your body is dry from the belly button-up. The contrast in the temperatures between your upper and lower halves will boost blood circulation and relax your mind. You can even sit with a book in your hand.
7. Get a massage done
You’ll need at least another person in the room with you for this. It can be a family member, friend, or even a massage specialist who does at-home services. Take some time to identify if any body parts are sore and ask the other person to gently start massaging there. If your friend or partner is doing the massage, you can also take turns and massage each other nicely. Finally, do a sleep-inducing scalp and neck massage for the ultimate feeling of comfort.
8. Make a DIY face mask
Face masks are the latest rage among all the skincare products today. Unfortunately, while some face masks do wonders for your skin, most of them are expensive and difficult to obtain.
So why not make a face mask right at home?
Mix one and a half teaspoons of water with one tablespoon of matcha or green tea. Add another teaspoon of honey and one tablespoon of olive oil. Mix these well, and you have your very own matcha face mask. Apply this paste and leave it on your face for 10-12 minutes.
9. Have some refreshments nearby
The only thing that can outdo a home spa day is one where there’s food and drinks involved.
So, get down to business and prepare all the fun items you can eat or drink while relaxing. For example, sparkling wine can truly be a mood-setter, especially if you and your partner are doing a couples at-home spa. Otherwise, cut up some fresh fruits like pineapple or oranges and make a bowl of yummy fruit salad or a fruit smoothie to satisfy your stomach.
Over to you…
These are some of the best ways to have a relaxing spa day at home at minimal costs. So what are you waiting for? Try out these tricks today!