Are you getting burnt out from your day-to-day responsibilities? Most people have a lot on their plates, and it’s easy to neglect self-care when it seems unimportant.
When you’re tired, sore, and ready for a break, why not have an at-home spa day? While a DIY spa day isn’t the same as a weekend trip to a spa retreat, it’s often enough to energize you so you can go through the rest of your week.
You can even have an at-home spa day several times per month if you want once you have the materials. We’re here to tell you some of the best things that you can get for your at-home spa.
Take notes for your shopping list and read on for your must-have spa day essentials.
Bath Bombs, Salts, or Bubbles
One of the most important parts of any good spa day is a soothing bath. While a simple hot water bath can be enough if you’re really trying to pamper yourself, why not get some fun additions to make your bath better?
You have some options here. The most affordable (and least fun) things that you can add to your bath are essential oils. A few drops will make your bath smell wonderful.
That said, essential oils don’t have all of the benefits of other bathtime options.
Bath bombs are the most popular choice. They’re fizzy and colorful balls that have scents and moisturizers inside so you leave your bath feeling and smelling fresh and new. Some of them have fun extras like glitter, CBD, or even small prizes inside.
If bath bombs are too pricey, Epsom salts are also a great choice. They come in many scented varieties and you can even get them in colors. A scoop of these salts will change up your bath.
If you like a more “whimsical” tub experience, a bubble bath is one way to go. Too many adults think that they’re too old for bath bubbles, but this isn’t true. Like salts, bubbles are more affordable than bath bombs and they still come in all of the fun scents that you could want. What’s better than sinking into a bath full of warm water and foam?
Good Scented Candles
Leave the artificial lights at the door and bring in the scented candles. Reading a book in the tub by candlelight is one of the most relaxing things that you can do during your spa day.
Not all of your candles need to be scented. Feel free to leave a few tea lights hanging around to add ambiance without overwhelming your senses.
When it comes to scented candles, though, choose your scents wisely.
You don’t want anything that will contrast with your bubbles or bath bombs. Check out some popular scent pairings before you make your choice.
When you’re having your at-home spa day, you want to use a scent that relaxes you. Lavender and eucalyptus are traditional relaxing scents, but if you like other less common options, that’s no problem!
Some people love the scent of cinnamon, or cookies baking in the oven. There are endless scent combinations available for scented candles, so head to the store and start finding your new favorite.
A Soothing Playlist
This is one spa day essential that you don’t have to pay for. Create a perfect playlist to make a more authentic feeling spa experience.
Different people will have different preferences when it comes to their ideal “soothing sounds.” Some prefer music while others prefer nature or white noise. Others like ASMR.
Creating a playlist on YouTube is a great way to get a wide range of music or sounds for free. Whether you’re looking for whale songs or your favorite instrumentals, you’ll find everything that you’re looking for.
A Good Face Mask
This is the perfect time for you to take care of your skin. Whether you do it while you’re sitting in the tub or while you’re doing your other fun activities, why not put on a moisturizing face mask?
A good skincare routine is comprised of a lot of steps. The popular Korean skincare routine can take a lot of time from your morning or night routine. Whether you’re willing to devote this time or not, a mask is a great and quick way to rejuvenate your skin when you don’t have all of the toners, lotions, and serums at your disposal.
You can buy a face mask or make one. Homemade facemasks tend to be less effective, but they’re fun to make so they can add an extra element to your spa day.
If you don’t want to deal with the mess of a conventional or homemade face mask, sheet masks are easy to use and they come in varieties to suit every skin type. They’re perfect for when you’re lounging in the tub!
A Hair Mask
Why does your skin deserve all of the good treatment? If you want to take this opportunity to get softer and shinier hair, why not do a hair mask?
Hair masks are less popular than face masks, but they’re no less effective. Consider a hair mask like a deep-conditioner.
Like face masks, hair masks are easy to make. Because hair is less sensitive than your skin, you have a wider variety of ingredients that you can use that will be effective without causing damage.
You can also buy thick hair masks from the store. Coat your hair and pin it up during your bath.
If your mask is like a thick store-bought conditioner, you don’t have to shampoo it. Rinse and move on. If you’re using a DIY mask that has any oils, eggs, or products that can spoil, make sure that you wash it out effectively.
A Soft Robe and Slippers
Once you’re out of the tub you want to have something warm and cozy to slip into to protect you from the cool air. Treat yourself to a soft robe and cozy slippers so that your spa day doesn’t have to end when you’re out of the water.
There are plenty of materials to choose from, though a microfiber robe will be the best as far as cost and comfort go. If you’re feeling fancy, a silk or satin robe will make a stylish choice (though they’re not as warm).
Find some slippers that won’t slip on your tile floors to make sure that you stay safe. You don’t want your at-home spa day to end in disaster.
Nail Art Supplies
While you’re having your spa day, why not paint your nails? An at-home manicure or pedicure (or both!) is a great way to add a bit more fun and luxury to your day.
You don’t have to settle for a single color. Take this time to pay a lot of attention to your nails and make them as pretty as you envision. If you need neutral fingernails for work, go wild with your toenails.
You can use this product to make gorgeous gel nails at home. Gel nails are often more resilient than standard nail polished nails, and you can get better and more opaque coverage.
Why not buy things like appliques, glitter, and gems to put on your nails? You can try out fun designs and color combinations so you feel like you’ve actually just left the salon.
Lotions or Oils
When it’s time to close out your spa day, you need some great body lotions and oils to trap in moisture and leave you feeling soft for the rest of the day.
Treat yourself to a body lotion that’s thick and luxurious, like body butter. Because you’re in your robe and slippers, you don’t have to worry about the lotion rubbing off while you’re going about the rest of your day.
Body oils are a bit messier, but they’re great to use over lotions or for an at-home massage. Make sure that any part of your skin that has oil on it doesn’t come into contact with your furniture until it’s absorbed if you want to avoid a mess.
Make The Perfect At-Home Spa Day Today
With these spa day essentials, you’ll be able to create a perfect and relaxing spa day without ever having to leave your house. You don’t need to devote a full day to a “real spa” when you already have a busy lifestyle. When you buy the right spa day supplies you can treat yourself as often as you like.
With a few great bath products, some fancy nail supplies, and a great playlist, you’ll be relaxing in no time.
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Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.