Have you ever decided to put on a face mask and then sat in your bathroom for 10 minutes bored out of your mind?
Are you looking for some fun ways to spend your Sunday or do you just need to take out some time for yourself in order to recuperate and escape for a little while?
Then read on for 11 steps to a perfect pampering spa day at home.
This post is here to help you relax, de-stress and have a good time with yourself whilst giving your body some good tender loving care.
Self care is the most important part of mental health which, in turn, improves your physical health. Because letting your mind and body unwind from time to time is essential for a happier and fully functioning you.
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Pick a quiet place where you can relax and unwind with no disturbances. This can be any place in the house where you feel comfortable.
Choose the bathroom if you are afraid to make a mess or want to take a bath to take this spa day to the next level.
Before you begin, make sure there is nothing that can interrupt you. Take care of chores and responsibilities first.
Gather all your supplies in the place you chose.
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You will need:
- A robe or comfortable clothes
- Some calming music (like the Disney Piano Classics, classical music or any calming music/sounds you can find on YouTube/your choice of relaxing music)
- A face cloth and a clean towel
- Scrubbing gloves (to exfoliate your face and body). I use scrubbing gloves because I find that scrubs contain small particles that can cut the skin. Scrubs with plastic particles in them find their way to the ocean and pollute our waters.
- Steamy water (in a bowl or from a tap)
- A dishcloth (or any clean cloth) and some ice cubes in a bowl to create a cold compress
- A DIY face mask already prepared and a spoon/brush for application. You can use honey with some turmeric or cinnamon, depending on what your skin needs. You can search for recipes online. Or use your favourite face mask that you have purchased, all-natural ingredients preferably. The Detox Market has sheet masks too, which is really great for dry skin.
- Your favourite oil or facial moisturizer
- A body butter or moisturizer like shea butter
- A biodegradable, non-toxic scented candle or incense
- Flower petals if you have any on hand
- A mixture of Epsom salts, coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil like lavender, rosemary or peppermint (do not put essential oil directly in your bath, always use a carrier oil) or any type of bath salts of your choice for a good detox
Set the mood
Run yourself a bath with a comfortable temperature for your skin, if you are choosing this form of relaxation. Make yourself a cup of warm tea or pour a glass of wine and place it in hand’s reach.
Light the candle/s or incense, making sure they are in a safe place. Scatter the flower petals all around you or over the bath.
Play some relaxing music or sounds. Get comfortable where you are and take a deep, slow breath, just enjoying the moment.
Let this perfect pampering spa day commence
Step 1: Take the Epsom salt mixture or the salts of your choice and pour it into the bath to draw toxins from your body.
Step 2: Tie your hair away from your face, making sure there is no hair in your face.
Step 3: Wet the face cloth with steamy water and drape over your face gently, repeating 2 or 3 times to open your pores.
Step 4: Put on the scrubbing gloves and wet them, gently scrub your face until it is fully exfoliated. Place the gloves to the side when you are done and dry your face with the towel.
Step 5 : Apply your face mask generously, including your neck, using the spoon/brush and leave on for about 10 minutes, taking care to notice any burning or itching. Wash the mask off if your face does start reacting to it.
Step 6: While you are waiting for the mask to nourish your skin, put the gloves back on and scrub the rest of your body until it is fully exfoliated.
Step 7: Enjoy your tea or wine.
Step 8: Wash off the mask with warm water and place the ice cubes in the clean cloth. Dab the cloth all over your face as with a cold compress. This closes your pores again and locks in the moisture and nutrients from the mask. Dry your face with the towel afterwards.
Step 9: Apply your favourite oil or moisturizer to your face and neck.
Step 10: Get out of the bath at this point, if you wish, and dry off. Now apply your body butter or moisturizer to your whole body.
Step 11: Put on your robe or comfortable clothes and go do something that makes you happy, take it easy, this is your day to enjoy. You can clean up your spa area later.
I hope you enjoy this take on a pampering spa day at home and that you are able to de-stress and unwind.
And you can go all out and add your own techniques according to your preferences to further enhance the experience.
Or you can take some of my tips, like just the face mask, or even leave out the face mask. Whichever you choose, as long as you can benefit from the experience.
Let me know in the comments how you relax and if this post was helpful.
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