You’ll often hear us say on the Murad Skin Deep Blog that creating a home spa day is an important part of both a skin care regimen and stress-relief as part of the Emotional Self Care™ pillar of Inclusive Health™. However, we’ve never given you real advice on the best way to set up a home spa for yourself. Here’s a step-by-step guide on creating a spa in your very own home.
Step One: The Space
You’ll obviously need to utilize your bathroom as part of your home spa day. After all, you’ll be doing both skin care and body care treatments that will require a sink or even a shower. However, you’ll want more space than just your bathroom if you can arrange it. If your bathroom connects to your bedroom, then that’s ideal. However you manage it, you’ll want an area where you can have access to a sink and a shower as well as an area where you can stretch out for more space. Once you’ve identified the space that you’ll need, make it relaxing by doing the following;
- Make sure that your space is clean! Even if you have to do a little cleaning a few days before your home spa day, you can’t relax in a messy space! Make sure that everywhere that you’re using for home spa day is clean. The idea is to unclutter – not to stare at clutter!
- Ensure privacy. If you’re living in a place where other people will use the spaces that you’re using for home spa day, make sure that you plan for privacy. If you can arrange a time when others are gone, that’s great. In real life, just letting people know that this time is important to you and asking for some privacy is usually enough.
- Buy some plants or flowers. Plants and flowers are a key element of spa décor because they are relaxing and calming on both a visual level and on a scent level. They also help to purify the air around you. Fill your home spa space with living plants to improve relaxation.
- Create soothing lighting. You don’t want your home spa space to be too bright! Construct your space by leveraging candles and softer lighting rather than overhead lights or harsh lamps. You don’t want it so dark that you can’t see what you’re doing, but you do want to create a softer, more soothing lighting.
Tip: Consider outdoor space as well!
If you have access to an outdoor patio or yard, consider using outdoor space in your home spa day as well! The fresh air and outdoor plants and scenery can be extremely calming (weather permitting!).
Step Two: The Ambiance
Of course, one of the biggest draws of a spa is the ambiance that completely relaxes you. You can accomplish this goal at home, too. Here are some tips.
- Soothing music or silence? Noise clutter is one of the most under-looked sources of stress in our daily lives, and the lack of it in a spa is part of what creates such a relaxing mood. What your home spa should not include is your favorite rock or pop radio station or the television. What it should include is either soothing, relaxing music or silence. If you don’t want to invest in a spa cd, most online music streams have a spa or instrumental station that will work.
- Utilize fabric to create a mood. Chances are that your home is not painted in the soothing, muted colors of a spa. Whether you buy fabric or use sheets, material or curtains that you have, you can utilize fabric to cover your television and other reminders of daily life. You can also drape fabric over lights or windows to create a soothing color treatment for your home spa room.
- Scents matter. Smell is actually one of your most powerful senses. Utilize candles or natural room sprays to create a soothing scent. Consider sandalwood or lavender, both of which have a calming impact.
Step Three: The Products
Of course, what makes a spa a spa is the products that you use. So what should you stock up on if you want a spa experience at home? Here are our tips.
A body scrub and a lotion. You want to relax your entire body. Begin by emulating the same body scrub that you’d get in a spa. You can buy a body scrub, but there are also plenty of recipes for making your own sugar or salt scrub at home. After you enjoy your body scrub in the shower, be sure to hydrate your body with a lotion. Pick either a relaxing scent like lavender or an energizing scent like ginger.
A refreshing cleanser. As you begin your home spa treatment on your face, you’ll want to make sure that you begin with clean skin that feels light and refreshed. Consider Murad Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser. The lightweight foam formulation is ideal for all skin types, washes clean and leaves you feeling refreshed.
A home facial or face mask. The focus of your home spa day will be, of course, your facial. Which one is right for you? That depends on your skin type and need. Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel is a Vitamin-C face mask that brightens skin and leaves you feeling energized and alive. Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask improves cell turnover, smells delicious and both relaxes and energizes for all skin types. If your skin is acne-prone, then your home spa facial is the perfect time for Murad Clarifying Mask, which uses Rare Earth Clays to draw impurities away from your skin. Finally, if you’re beginning to experience the signs of Hormonal Aging or Genetic Aging, Murad Age Diffusing Firming Mask from the Resurgence® skin care line firms and lifts skin for a more youthful appearance. Choose your facial wisely as it’s the best part of any home spa day!
A lightweight moisturizer. After you complete your home facial, you’ll want to restore moisture to your skin. Pick a moisturizer that is lightweight, such as Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion or Murad Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 15 | PA ++. Skin hydration is a key part of both a healthy skin care regimen and a home spa day!
Step Four: Other Things to Remember
There are a few other things that you’ll want to have handy or keep in mind during your home spa day!
- Turn off your phone! Relaxation does not include phone calls, text messages, apps or internet surfing. Turn off your phone for the duration of your home spa day.
- What you wear matters. It’s hard to feel relaxed in a dirty, old t-shirt (unless you love that t-shirt!) Have a clean robe in a material that feels delicious next to your skin on hand for spa day. The same goes for towels!
- Water and fresh fruit. You want to stay hydrated and comfortable. Have a plate of fresh cut fruit as well as some water with some fruit in it to keep your body healthy, hydrated and pure during home spa time.
- Consider a sleep mask. If part of your home spa day is blocking out the world, consider a sleep mask (perhaps a scented one) to really block out those distractions around you.
- Don’t rule out a massage. Just because you’re not in the spa, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have a massage. You’d be surprised how affordable a home massage can be, or you can barter with friends or lovers to give you a home spa massage!