During particularly stressful times, like say living through a global pandemic and amplified racial injustices via police brutality, we need to practice self-care now more than ever, whatever that looks like for you. For me, that’s taking care of my mind, body, and soul. One way I like to add some extra self-care to my weekly routine is to have an at-home spa night (or day), where I pamper my skin with its favorite products and ease my mind with calming rituals.
If you’re craving some time to yourself to reset your mind and your skin, below are my must-haves for creating an at-home spa day.
Spa Water (or Champagne)
The first thing I think about when it comes to creating an at-home spa is spa water. There’s nothing more refreshing than cucumber and lemon infused water to make you feel relaxed and ready to be pampered. Plus, it’s so easy to make at home. Just slice up your favorite fruit, add to your water, and let it chill out in the fridge for an hour or two to enhance the flavor.
If you’re doing a spa night instead, above legal drinking age, and want to have an adult beverage, nothing is bougie-r than a flute of champagne. I prefer Prosecco. Please drink responsibly.
Diffuser & Favorite Essential Oils
Next, you’ll want to set the tone for your at-home spa with a little aromatherapy. I love using my diffuser to help me relax before I begin my treatments. If you don’t have a diffuser, maybe spray your favorite home fragrance around your space to get the same effect. Get $15 off a Vitruvi order using this link*.
Another way to get some aromatherapy is by lighting your favorite candle. Even if you have your diffuser going, I still like to light a candle not only for the scent but for the dim lighting, which sets a calm vibe in my space. I would, however, skip the room spray as the two combined can be overkill and leave you with a headache when you’re supposed to be trying to relax.
Now that you’re done setting the vibe and getting into a relaxed mindset, it’s time for your treatments. First, I love using a body scrub while in the shower to exfoliate my skin and slough off dead skin cells. This makes my skin feel so smooth and preps it for the next steps. If you don’t have a body scrub on-hand, you can always make one by mixing granulated sugar and whatever carrier oil (olive, almond, grapeseed oil, etc.) to exfoliate with after using your body wash.
Now that your skin is smooth, it’s time to slather on moisturizing body oil. I love applying mine to slightly damp skin to lock in the moisture. If your skin is really dry or if you try this out in the winter, you can also layer your favorite body butter on top.
With your skin feeling all silky and moisturized, who wants to put on clothes? It’s time to bring out your fluffy white robe. This is crucial to the spa experience, so I don’t recommend skipping this step. I love putting on my white robe after my body care routine because it makes me feel like I’m wrapping myself in a cloud. You can go as bougie as you want here or you can find a budget-friendly option that’s still plush at places like T.J. Maxx or Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
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A tool that has completely taken my at-home spa days to the next level has been my facial steamer. I use the Aira from Vanity Planet* and I just love how compact and cute it is. I use this right after cleansing my skin to soften up any leftover dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. In addition to making it easier to remove these unwanted tenants, steaming your face is also supposed to make your skin more receptive to what you put on afterward i.e. serums, masks, and moisturizers. There’s also a promo code that gets you 30% off. Take an additional 30% off at Vanity Planet with Code ‘AFFVP30’. Shop Here*
I’ve been picking up my jade roller more and more these days and my skin has been thanking me for it. I keep mine in my skincare fridge, so it’s a nice little surprise to my skin after the heat from the steamer. I highly recommend getting a jade roller* if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to give your skin some extra loving.
Your Favorite Face Mask
Lastly, what would a spa-night be without a face mask? I’m low on face mask options these days as I no longer want to use single-use sheet masks due to their impact on the environment. I’m currently looking for a couple of new multi-use options in the face and eye mask departments but for now, I’ve been loving the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask for my weekly spa nights. If you want to go a more natural route, there are tons of DIY mask recipes online. Just be sure to stay away from any that recommend using lemons.
Those are my essentials for an at-home spa day or night. As we’re staying home more often, it’s great to be able to create these experiences that make you feel great on the inside and out. I hope you all are staying safe! If you use any of these items in your next spa night, tag me on Instagram at @theluxeminimalistblog. I’d love to see your setup.
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