Sometimes the summertime weather can be hot, humid, and sticky, and you would rather not go outside. Some evenings after a long day at the office, you desperately want to feel pampered, but do not seem to have the energy to interact with others, or to find your way to your favorite spa. For those moments, having a spa day at home just makes sense.
In the spirit of helping you look and feel your best this summer, here are 5 DIY spa tips for your next at-home retreat.
1) Create Your Own Ambience
Visually speaking, your environment should invoke peace and serenity. Make sure to clear out any clutter from the immediate area. When recreating a zen-like spa experience, cleanliness is key.
Put up beautiful, vibrant flowers in clear vases. Grab candles in an array of sizes and spread them throughout the space. Scented candles are a great option and so is incensed. For years, aromatherapy has been used to reduce stress and promote relaxation. You can use a diffuser with lavender essential oil for maximum effect. Play your favorite stress-reducing music in the background, or create a playlist of nature sounds. Finally, set up a proper snack table, with water and some light fruit for refreshment.
2) Revitalize your Palette
No one wants to be in a hot kitchen when they are pampering themselves. Cook ahead of time, or spoil yourself with some healthy snacks. While indulging in a plate of comfort food sounds idyllic, a spa day is meant to make you feel lighter, not bogged down by heavy foods.
So, consider lighter fare like granola, yogurt, fresh fruits, or a veggie tray. If you must indulge, a glass of champagne is always acceptable.
3) Use the Right Tools
Whether you are focusing on your skin, hair, nails, feet, or on removing body hair, nothing can be done without the proper tools. Make sure to have all the products and devices you will need before getting started.
There are many different types of essential oils, creams, and face masks on the market. However, you should test these products beforehand to make certain that there are no allergic reactions in store.
A spa day is no day to experiment with your skin. For a more professional at-home experience, consider buying high-quality devices. When tackling anti-aging skincare from home make sure the device stimulates collagen growth for tighter skin. Get ready to say goodbye to unwanted body hair with at-home devices that offer the same level of treatment as your favorite spa. Look for devices that remove unwanted hair permanently, as well as those that reduce wrinkles and the appearance of fine lines.
Having a high-quality device at home eliminates the need for daily applications of anti-aging creams. Also, FDA-cleared devices deliver spa-level treatment giving you smooth, radiant skin. The best part is that there is no recovery time needed. Unlike other procedures, your skin will not be sensitive the next day.
As many knows, stress manifests itself in different forms, not just in the physical body. On your spa day, give your brain some tender loving care, too. Create a separate space in your home where you can meditate for at least twenty minutes. If movement is more your style, opt for a yoga session instead. There are even some poses meant to stimulate anti-aging hormones in your brain.
5) Relax and Interiorize
Put your phone on silent. Ask your family and friends to not disturb you for the next hour or so, and enjoy your spa day with some light mood music. When you insist on self-care, it really pays off.
If you are looking to improve your mood this summer, consider these 5 steps and you'll be well on your way to a new you.