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DIY At-Home Spa Getaway
DIY Spa Experience
Why Create Your Own Spa?
I am going to go over treatments and tips for your hair, face, hands, feet, nails, as well as your mind and your body. Sometimes I just need a break and I want to give myself a treat without spending a boatload of money; giving myself a spa treatment at-home is one of the ways I can do that. You can turn this at-home spa into an all-girls day/get together with family and friends in order to really have some fun.
Senses to Address for Relaxation
At Home Spa Time
Creating a Relaxing Atmosphere
The senses you want to address in creating a relaxing (spa-like) atmosphere are: sound, smell, and sight.
Let’s start with sound:
What kind of music do you like to listen to when you are trying to relax? Personally I love listening to rainwater, rainforest sounds, and Enya; those are my comforting/relaxing sounds, I will use Pandora to create my very own personalized relaxation station.
Next we will talk about smell:
The things you smell can affect your mood just as much as the things you taste, see, and hear. This means you want to create an atmosphere of smells that are going to keep you relaxed. You can do this using scented candles, scentsy candle warmers, scented oil diffusers, and even glade air fresheners. I like to use all the candles in my house as well as an oil diffuser because this really gets the room smelling nice and the candles also create a nice ambiance.
Lastly we need to talk about sight:
The things you see could clutter your brain with thoughts of the many tasks you have to do in the real world and it could end up stressing you out and keep you unrelaxed. You can avoid this by making the room, or rooms, you are going to use for your spa experience very clean, clutter free, and organized. Sometimes even cleaning the room will not take away the distractions of the outside world, I like to pretend I’m feng shuiying the room and I place sheets/blankets over anything that will stand still, and this cleanses the room of clutter and outside distractions and will also therefore de-clutter your mind. You can also improve the look of the room by using candles and other low lighting.
Relaxing Your Mind and Body
Before you start your hair, face, hands, and feet treatments you might want to do something that will help your mind and your body to relax. Did you know that doing a little workout before doing all these relaxing treatments will help your body to relax even more? This is because your muscles will be somewhat strained from stretching and working out and the spa treatments will be able to reach those pained/stretched body parts at a deeper level. You can do a little workout and prepare your mind and your body for relaxation by doing a 30 minute yoga workout. Yoga workouts usually end with an extremely relaxing cool down period so this will get you all ready to proceed with the rest of your spa day.
Give your Hair a Deep Condition
Now it is time to get started with your At-Home Spa Experience, I like to start with a deep hair condition because I can put my hair up into a plastic hair cap and let my hair sit and let the condition do its work while I am doing other treatments. One of my favorite deep conditioning treatments includes the following supplies:
- Spider head/scalp massager
- Olive Oil
- 1 Avocado
- ½ Banana
- Coconut milk/Coconut oil
- Plastic Hair Cap
First, if you do not have one of those spider head massager things you need to get one, I use this when I really just want a head massage and no one is around to give me one. I included an Amazon link to some really nice/cheap ones. Anyway, first you can start by giving your head a nice little massage using one of the head/scalp spider massagers. Next you can take that massage even farther if you like by putting olive oil on the tips of your fingers and massaging it into your scalp and temples. After you are done massaging, your hair will probably look similar to a troll doll, it is time to mix up the above ingredients into your deep conditioning treatment. You will need to get your hair damp with warm water before you apply the conditioner treatment. Once your hair is wet you can take the pasty condition and apply it with your hands or you can divide your hair by sections give your scalp a little brush/scratch with a bristly brush or comb then add the paste with a brush or your fingers. Once your head and hair is all covered with the conditioner treatment, use a clip to keep your hair up and then wrap your hair in a plastic hair cap. Now you can do the rest of your spa treatment while the conditioner does the work for you.
At Home Facial
Do your own at home facial as a part of your fun/relaxing spa day. There are tons of facial masks you can buy or create on your own at home; the following is one of my favorites because it includes two parts; exfoliation and cleansing. Here are the supplies you will need for this at-home facial:
- Olive Oil (Coconut Oil)
- Plain Oatmeal
- Greek Yogurt
- Lemon Oil
- Optional facial supplies (cucumbers, avocado, papaya, lotion)
Combine the honey, olive oil, plain (cooked) oatmeal, and a little bit of water to create a thick paste. Apply this mixture rubbing it in gentle circles over your face (avoid getting it in or too close to your eyes). After a few minutes rinse the paste off with warm water and pat your skin dry. The oatmeal works as a non-rough exfoliation for your skin.
Next you will want to combine the Greek yogurt, olive oil/coconut oil, and lemon oil (not lemon juice) together. Lemon oil is an essential oil that can be found at many different health food stores. The mixture should be somewhat runny, apply to your skin in circular motions then wipe it off with a warm washcloth. Pat your skin dry.
Facial Mask Ideas
At Home Manicure
Giving yourself an at-home manicure can be a nice treat, relaxing, and very rewarding. The video above is actually a great tutorial on where to start and how to give yourself a manicure that will have your nails looking smooth, buffed, and polished in no time. I like to use a sugar hand scrub once my nails are trimmed and filed so that my hands get an exfoliating massage treat as well. You can buy a hand scrub from the store or you can create your own using oil like olive oil or coconut oil and regular or brown sugar. You can make the scrub smell nice by adding essential oil or a scent like Mexican vanilla.
- Nail clippers
- Nail file
- Hand Sugar Scrub
- Cuticle Softener (Olive oil)
- Cuticle stick (to push cuticles back)
- Nail Polish (base coat, top coat)
- Nail buffer
- Cuticle trimmer
At Home Pedicure
The above video shows a couple of tricks/tips for doing an at-home pedicure that I was not aware of and I cannot wait to try them out. Taking care of your feet can be fun and it is also going to become a little more necessary that your feet look presentable when summertime comes and it is time to wear sandals and flip-flops. Before you get to work on your feet and your toenails make sure you soak them in a warm foot bath for a couple of minutes so that your cuticles and the bottoms of your feet have time to soften. This will make it much easier to work with your nails and your cuticles and it will also make it easier to slough the rough bottoms of your feet with a pumice stone and or a foot file.
- Nail clippers
- Nail file
- Foot Bath
- Cuticle Softener (Olive oil)
- Foot Grater
- Pumice Stone
- Foot File
- Cuticle Cleaner/Pusher
- Foot/Sugar Scrub
- Nail Polish
What is Your Ideal Spa Experience?
What kind of Spa Experience do You Prefer?
Time for a Relaxing Bath
Now that your hands, feet, face, and nails are all clipped, buffed, cleaned, polished and ready to go it is time to give the rest of your body a nice bit of relaxation by giving yourself a nicely scented bubble bath. You will need to rinse the conditioning treatment out of your hair so if you don’t like baths you can rinse off in the shower and exfoliate the rest of your body using a sugar scrub and a loofa. Playing music and using candles can help you relax while you are enjoying the end of your spa day.
Relax in some Bubbles
Cleanse Your Mind
Once you are done soaking and you have dried off and put on some comfy clothes you can do a little bit of meditation or the last bit of a yoga session in order to clear and cleanse your mind. This is a great way to end a perfect At-Home Spa Getaway.
In case you didn't already know, most people like receiving gifts and this is one nice gift you can give to your significant other without spending a ton of money and you get to have some quality time while he or she (or the both of you) gets pampered.
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