A busy life can make it difficult to take the time to get away, relax and pamper yourself. By using bath and spa products like a Clarisonic skin brush, Tokyo Milk candles and Peter Thomas Roth facial masks, you can create a spa experience in your own home for a fraction of the cost of booking a professional appointment.
Personal pampering is a great way to relieve stress, feel great about yourself and rejuvenate your skin. Give yourself a relaxing spa experience in your own home by creating your own de-stressing zone. Here's a look at some of the essential elements for developing your own home spa treatments:
Privacy. One of the most important de-stressing factors to incorporate into your home spa space is privacy. Make your bathroom a private space by ensuring someone is able to watch the kids and leaving your phone in a different room. Install a child-safe lock on the door to keep intruders out, and make a sign to hang on the outside doorknob that instructs, "Do not disturb."
Music. Music is a great way to create a relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom. Get a portable stereo that has a CD player or MP3 docking station. Set up the stereo to play music on a continuous loop or play a specific playlist on your MP3 player. Relaxing music will help drown out the sounds in your home, and its mellow rhythm can help you wind-down.
Lighting. Bright lights are not calming, can remind you of being in the office or can make you focus on the imperfections you see in your body. If you do not have a dimming switch on the light in your bathroom, plug in a small lamp or nightlight and surround yourself with the soft glow of candles. Using scented candles like Tokyo Milk perfumed candles, you can surround yourself with a scent you love that doubles as aromatherapy. Relaxing scents include lavender, rosewood, jasmine, violet and sandalwood. When using scented candles, be careful with those that smell like food – such as freshly baked cookies – because they may make you feel more hungry than relaxed.
Bath products and beauty treatments. You do not have to be in a first-class spa to have access to spa-worthy products. In your spa basket, add a Paul and Joe Beaute Body and Salt Scrub to gently polish your skin, a Phillip B. treatment set for your scalp and hair or a Philip B. hair and skin kit to revitalize your hair and beautify your skin. Have a fun bath with the help of Tokyo Milk bubbling bath products and milled-perfumed soaps. As you relax in your tub, treat your skin to a Peter Thomas Roth facial mask that can help clear your complexion, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, or heal puffy or sun burned skin. If you have dry skin, treat your face to a Moisturizing Facial Mask from Paul and Joe Beaute and a Clarisonic Refining Skin Polish. When selecting products for your home spa, make sure they are appropriate for your skin type.
Post-tub treatments. Your home spa experience does not need to end after you get out of the tub. Continue to pamper yourself with Tokyo Milk hand crème, Peter Thomas Roth hydrating lotion or anti-aging crème, or the soothing Blue Spray from Philip B., which contains antioxidants. These products are great for post-bath hand, foot or facial massages because a warm bath helps loosen tense muscles. Enlist the help of your partner for a massage or treat yourself to the services of a massage therapist who makes house calls. Be sure to use a Philip B. detangling spray or styling product in your hair so every part of your body feels pampered.
When you plan a home spa treatment, give yourself at least 30 minutes to an hour. Moreover, pampering yourself does not have to happen only once in a while. Just as you plan meetings and appointments in your day planner or calendar, schedule time for your home spa treatments to occur once or twice per month. In addition to seeing your stress levels drop, you may also notice an overall improvement in your skin, hair and self-esteem.