Nowadays, it’s difficult to relax. We are all constantly in between tasks, juggling responsibilities, and just trying to keep up with life’s challenges. It’s exhausting, yet we might not give ourselves the permission to take a break.
As urgent as we think our tasks are, it is more important to take care of our health and wellbeing. Putting yourself first is not necessarily selfish, but essential in order for you to continue to be at your best. So, every once in a while, it’s important to have a day for self-care. To help you get that much needed me-time, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide for you to have your own at-home spa day.
Take Time To Set-Up Your Self-Care Day
You can’t have a peaceful spa day with interruptions. So, it’s important to prepare for your day well in advance. To do this, the first step is to block out your spa day in the calendar. Make sure that the day is free from any major events and work tasks.
Don’t be shy to let the people in your life know that you’re taking time for yourself as well. Letting your family and friends know in advance that you will be unavailable for a few hours will help you concentrate on yourself.
If you plan to do any masks, bath soaks, or a manicure and pedicures, check that you have all the items you need. Double-check your cabinets a few days ahead of time and purchase any products you want to incorporate into your spa day. For example, you can buy epsom salt online to give your DIY foot spa some flourish, or treat yourself to some handcrafted soaps for your bath. You could also give your home a spa vibe by ordering some candles or a diffuser, and setting up a playlist of ambient sounds.
On the day itself, finish any necessary house chores and personal errands as early as possible. It’s best to get these out of the way in the morning so that you’re free for the rest of the day to enjoy yourself.
Ask Yourself What You Would Enjoy
Keep in mind that self-care day is all about you, so think about what you’d like. Have a look at spa day activities online, and mix and match what activities you would enjoy.
Be careful not to commit yourself to doing either too many or too complicated treatments. The last thing you’d want to do on your special day is to stress yourself out with the very activities meant to relax you. Sticking to what’s simple and easy to do is usually the best route.
Pamper Your Hair First
Your crowning glory takes a lot of abuse from daily blow dries, sun damage, and harsh hair care products. Rejuvenating your mane with a hair mask would be a fabulous way to start your at-home spa session.
There are different masks you can use depending on your hair type and needs. If you have dull and dry hair, slathering it with coconut oil can help moisturize it. If you have frizzy and damaged hair, you can use professional hair care products that suit your needs.
After applying your hair mask, wrap up your hair with a towel or turban. This allows you to go about the rest of your spa day while letting the hair mask sit for maximum benefit.
Refresh With A Facial Mask
What’s a spa day without a facial? This is one of the best skin care everyone should incorporate to their downtime. During the working week, your face is constantly bombarded with particles like dust from air pollution and oils from makeup. Your spa day is the perfect opportunity to give it a deep clean and moisturizing feeling.
Giving yourself a facial can be as easy as using a sheet mask. These are widely available in supermarkets at an affordable price, and require zero clean up.
If you prefer more organic solutions however, there are a variety of homemade facial mask recipes to choose from. One of the easier ones to do is a honey and oatmeal scrub. The oatmeal helps for exfoliation, while honey is good for softening the skin.
Give Your Feet Some TLC
If you don’t have time for a full-blown home spa session, treating yourself to a foot soak is an absolute bare essential. Even during the course of the working week, you can squeeze in a foot soak at the end of a hard day to help you calm down. It can give you instant relief from stress and help boost your mood for a more positive evening. Plus, they’re super easy to set up!
Fill a small tub or basin with enough warm water to cover your feet and ankles. Then, add 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salt to the water. You can also try products with infused essential oils too like our Lilliuma Tea Tree Foot Soak. Let your feet soak in the water for 20 to 30 minutes to maximize the effect.
Throw In Some Nail Care
Brighten up your spa session even more with a manicure and pedicure. Not only does this benefit your nails with a deep cleaning, but it can help improve your mood as well. Having great looking nails makes you feel great, too. This is a wonderful treat that you can carry on to the following week.
Relax With A Warm Bath Or Shower
Finally, take a nice warm bath or shower to rinse off any residue from your hair and facial masks.
If you opt for a bath, you can top off your with a nice bath soak as well. For deep relaxation, you can try adding a bath salt blend infused with lavender. For added effect, you could also light some aromatic candles and put on an audiobook or podcast you enjoy.
Take your time and allow yourself to linger and wash away the last dregs of stress in your body. This is a perfect way to finish your home spa session and set yourself up for a good night’s sleep.