When the stresses of everyday life become too much, we all need an escape and there are few better ways to relax after a chaotic day than with a spa session. Unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to find the time to visit your local spa and they can be pretty expensive.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could give yourself (or a loved one) the gift of an at-home spa treatment whenever it is needed? Fortunately, it is easier than you may think to create your very own at-home spa. Here are a few easy ways to create an at-home spa and start pampering yourself or a loved one today!
Choosing the Right Room For Your At-Home Spa
The first step in creating a proper at-home spa is to choose the right room. In order to choose the best room for your spa, ask yourself which spa treatments you prefer. An at-home spa is the perfect gift for those in need of some serious TLC. Whether you are giving this gift to yourself or someone you love, it is important to focus on adding those personal touches. Identify what you want to get out of your at-home spa and choose its location accordingly.
Bathrooms or bedrooms are typically the best areas to create an at-home spa for different reasons. Bathrooms are an ideal setting as they allow for easy clean up and you won’t have to worry about tidying up after your spa session. At the same time, bedrooms are a great choice as you won’t have to worry about too much set up. You can simply light some candles, sit back on your bed, and enjoy.
Regardless of which room you choose for your at-home spa, it is important to keep your vision in mind. If you have a more simple spa set-up in mind, you don’t necessarily have to operate with room size in mind. If you want to create an at-home spa that mirrors the luxury of a 5-star spa, however, you may want to consider the size of the room to ensure you can pack in all of the features you want.
Set the Atmosphere
Now that you’ve chosen a room for your spa, it’s time to bring your vision to life. Setting the atmosphere is key to creating an authentic spa experience for you or your loved one. If you’re unsure of where to start, use a professional spa experience that you have had in the past as inspiration.
When stepping into a spa, we are typically greeted with an attractive aroma. These scents should be pleasing to the senses without being so strong that they are overwhelming. If you are designing an at-home spa as a gift to yourself, pick out some scented candles that you enjoy.
When purchasing a gift that your loved one can incorporate into their own at-home spa, be mindful of their likes and dislikes. Some of the most popular scents used in professional spas include sandalwood, rose, and chamomile. Scented candles are a great way to create a relaxing atmosphere and are the perfect gift for any occasion.
Hang Eucalyptus in the Shower
Another easy way to create the appropriate atmosphere for your at-home spa is by hanging eucalyptus in the shower. Everyone loves a good shower at the end of a tiring day and eucalyptus makes the experience even more relaxing. Eucalyptus is well-known for its ability to create a strong scent that clears the airways and induces a feeling of mental clarity.
The scent of eucalyptus is further activated by steam and by hanging a few leaves in your shower, you can enjoy a relaxing scent that is as healthy as it is soothing. Fresh eucalyptus can be found in most flower shops, making it easy to find. Tie a couple of leaves to a piece of string and hang it from your showerhead. Be mindful to keep the leaves as close to the wall as possible, however, as getting them soaked can lead to a moldy mess that is anything but relaxing. Lastly, turn your shower on at a comfortably warm temperature and enjoy the atmosphere.
Pick Up Some Containers to Organize Your Spa Supplies
For the ultimate spa-like effect, pick up some containers featuring a pretty design to house all of your spa items. Most professional spas utilize expensive furniture to organize their supplies, but you can find a perfectly attractive container at your local department or craft store for much less. Shop around for storage options that match the aesthetic you have in mind and fill them up with all of your favorite spa day items!
Use Ingredients in Your Home to Create DIY Spa Treatments
If you’re looking to pinch pennies while still allowing yourself to get the most out of your at-home spa, DIY spa treatments are the way to go. DIY spa treatments also make great gifts and your loved one will appreciate the work you put in to crafting a spa item for them. We’ll let you in on a little secret, though: these DIY spa treatments are actually very easy to make and use ingredients commonly found at home!
Homemade Body Lotion
Body lotion is a staple at any quality spa but they tend to be pretty pricey if you’re shopping by brand name. Luckily, it is easy to make your own homemade lotion for cheap using an item that you probably already have at home! Coconut oil has been proven to possess a variety of health benefits and skin care is one of them. In fact, it has been used for thousands of years to treat flaking skin and prevent dryness.
To make your very own high quality body lotion, substitute coconut oil. It can be safely applied directly to your skin and is incredibly inexpensive with most large jars of coconut oil costing around $6. And, if you are looking to take it one step further, add a couple drops of your favourite essential oil. This DIY spa treatment costs very little but goes along way!
Three-Ingredient Coffee Body Scrub
Give your loved one (or yourself) the gift of exfoliation with a body scrub that will come at little to no cost to you- given that you’re a coffee drinker. This body scrub uses just three ingredients and acts as a DIY spa treatment that exfoliates, moisturizes, and reduces cellulite.
While most salon-grade body scrubs will cost you anywhere between $12 and $25 each, the three-ingredient coffee body scrub can be whipped up right at home with a cup of ground coffee, one cup of sugar, and half a cup of coconut oil. Simply melt the coconut oil down, allow it to cool, and mix it with the two other ingredients and you’re done! Store your body scrub in an airtight container and make it a part of your at-home spa routine.
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