Escaping for a day at the spa isn’t always easy, but we all deserve some rest and relaxation. In addition to the emotional support a spa day can provide, the skin benefits you receive from a facial or body treatment are unsurpassed. Fortunately, there are several ways to create your own spa-like oasis in the comfort of your own fluffy robe and home.
Start with a Smoothie
Food is fuel – and while taking care of our skin is typically the focus of a spa day, nourishing your body from the inside is a great way to unwind and jump start your relaxation. Smoothie recipes are far and wide, but for a nutrient-packed smoothie that will satisfy your taste buds, toss these simple ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth!
- 1 cup of greens (kale or spinach are popular)
- ½ banana
- 4 strawberries
- Handful of blueberries
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 cup water or all-natural juice
Set the Mood
When you step foot inside your favorite day spa, your senses are immediately calmed and relaxation takes over. Many spas use aromatherapy to create a calming and peaceful atmosphere, and it is easy to recreate this experience in your home.
An essential oil diffuser is a great choice for aromatherapy because of its ability to disperse the oil into tiny particles, filling the room with a wonderful aroma. Your sense of smell is closely tied to your emotions, so leveraging oils such as lavender, chamomile or bergamot will calm and soothe your mind, releasing any anxiety and allowing you to fully relax and enjoy your day.
Exfoliate from Head to Toe
Exfoliation is an essential part of every skin care routine because it sloughs away dead skin cells, helping to reveal softer, smoother and more radiant skin. When you eliminate dead cells from your skin's surface, it also increases blood flow which promotes healthier, glowing skin.
Try an At-Home Chemical Peel
A professional facial takes exfoliation up a notch by leveraging a chemical peel over your traditional scrub. While this might sound scary, facial peels have incredible skin benefits and provide enhanced results over scrubs.
Chemical peels use ingredients such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or lactic acid to dissolve the intercellular glue that is holding dead skin onto the surface. In addition, these ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin to smoothen the appearance of lines and wrinkles, decrease pigmentation and clear blemishes and blackheads. These are benefits that your standard scrub cannot provide, because facial scrubs only focus on the surface of the skin.
With the continued innovation in skin care, you can perform a gentler version of these professional peels in the comfort of your own home! Glycolic Acid is our favorite ingredient to look for in peels because its small molecular weight allows it to penetrate deep in the skin and it has proven benefits for many skin concerns, including aging and blemish-prone skin types.
Don’t Neglect Your Body
The skin on our body deserves the same attention as the skin on our faces, however it often gets neglected. Exfoliating the body not only sloughs away dead skin cells, but it also energizes the skin for a more even complexion, softening the appearance of scars, stretch marks and even cellulite and allows for body moisturizers to absorb more effectively.
You can easily create your own nourishing body scrub by mixing the below ingredients until fully combined. The sugar gently removes dulling skin cells, while the coconut oil provides intense moisture to the skin.
- 2 cups of raw sugar
- 1 cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
To apply, massage a handful of the scrub in circular motions along the skin, focusing on elbows, knees and heels. Rinse with warm water and pat the skin dry.Take a Bubble Bath
Relaxing in a bubble bath is an easy way to release tension and soothe sore muscles, but soaking in a warm bath can also have wonderful skin benefits when you incorporate the use of bath bombs, which contain skin-softening ingredients such as cocoa butter, almond oil and coconut oil.
While soaking in the bath, we recommend playing relaxing music and lighting a candle. Try to use this time to truly clear your mind and focus on yourself. It doesn’t take long, but 15 minutes can make a huge difference in the way you feel, while also providing head to toe nourishment to your skin.Energize Your Face with a Detoxifying Facial Mask
After exfoliation and a warm soak in the bath, your facial skin should be prepped and ready for the application of a detoxifying face mask.
To detoxify and infuse your skin with minerals, apply a generous layer of a detoxifying facial mask - like a mud mask - and allow to set for 20 minutes.Replenish Your Body with Moisture
After you’ve exfoliated and soaked, your body needs to be replenished with moisture. While you can apply a body lotion, use this time to provide targeted care to your skin. Stretch marks, cellulite or scars can be addressed using creams that are infused with powerful ingredients known to target specific concerns.
If you’re looking for deep moisture, leverage pure and organic oils which have naturally-occurring constituents such as vitamins A, C and E along with fatty acids, providing intense skin nourishment and care.
Regardless of the product you use, you can apply your cream or oil using simple massage tricks to further release tension while energizing the tissue under the skin.Enhance Your Fingernails with a Manicure
A quick at-home manicure takes little time or tools and it is the perfect way to end your relaxing spa day. By this point, the skin on your hands should feel softened and hydrated, making your nails ready for a gentle treatment.
- Drop an organic oil onto cuticles and gently massage
- Using a cuticle pusher, gently push back your nail cuticles
- Gently trim hangnails if they are present, but avoid removing your cuticles
- Use nail clippers and a file to trim and smooth your nails
- Cleanse the nail and apply a base coat, 2 coats of color and a fast-drying top coat
Once your spa day is complete, enjoy the rest of your day by spending time outdoors, enjoying a nice dinner or grabbing coffee with a friend. The relaxing benefits of your spa day should make you feel refreshed and focused, allowing you to tackle anything that comes your way!