After a long, hard week of working, dealing with kids, and all other stresses life throws at you, you just need a break. A little time to yourself to just relax and unwind. There’s no better way of letting your stresses melt away for just a little while than with a spa night at home.
Winter is upon us, and it calls for relaxation and warmth. Treat yourself to a spa night this season!
To have the perfect spa night at home, preparation and planning are key to get the full experience.
Get your wine and candles ready and find a good book to bring with you to the tub. It’s all about you tonight!
Items to Have for Your Spa Night at Home
1. Bubble Bath and Essential Oils
Before you run your bath, make sure to have these necessities to get the best calming experience. My favorite soap to use for a bubble bath is Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel. Not only can you use it as a skin-softening body wash, but you can dispense it under running bath water to get all the bubbles you desire!
It makes the water and your skin softer while destressing you. It’s a must for your spa night at home!
If you prefer to add some fizz to your bath instead of bubbles, you can still get the same skin-softening experience with a bath bomb packed with essential oils.
If you’re looking to soak in some nutrients while having an aromatherapeutic experience, drop some essential oils into the tub! My go-to essential oil for bathtime is lavender oil. It is calming on the skin and mind.
Always be cautious when choosing which essential oils to use for your spa night. Not all essential oils are suitable for your skin. Jolene Hart of jolenehart.com has a complete guide to essential oils for your bath to give you the best spa night experience.
2. Skincare Products and a Mirror
No spa night at home would be complete without a facial. It’s important to use your everyday skincare routine like your cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. But spice things up in the tub with some products you don’t use every day! (Think that sheet mask you’ve had sitting in your cabinet waiting to find the right time to use it).
I like to start my bath by washing and rinsing my face under the running water. You don’t want to get any bath water on your face while washing or after. Even though the water is clean enough for your body to soak in, your face has sensitive skin and any other ingredients in the tub can cause a breakout or irritation.
Find a good face scrub to exfoliate your face, neck, and decollete, then take a warm, wet face towel to steam your pores for a little bit. Grab your mirror and start pore extractions. My favorite way to extract at home is with a warm washcloth because it really opens up the pores and helps to push out a lot of dirt and oils in your skin. To extract, take the ends of the washcloth between your fingers and apply to the target area. Gently push downward against both sides of the pore and inward to extract.
After extractions, rinse your face and apply a face mask that will target problems your skin is having. Let the mask sit on your face for the rest of your bath, then rinse off under running water. Tone your skin, apply any products or serums you have and finish off with a moisturizer.
3. Foot Care and Hand Care Products
When pampering yourself with a spa night, make sure to take special care of your hands and feet. Exfoliation is super important on all parts of your body! You could even use a soothing mask on your hands and feet to really treat yourself.
For your hands, a normal body scrub or face scrub will work to get rid of dead skin cells and make your hands silky smooth. This can be done during your bath. For your feet, exfoliate with a pumice stone, paying close attention to your heels. Wait until you are out of the tub and your feet are dry before exfoliating.
After you’ve exfoliated your hands and feet, make sure to finish up with a moisturizer or oil specifically for use in those areas. My favorite foot moisturizer to use is the Intensive Heel Repair Moisturizer by Earth Therapeutics. It makes your feet so smooth and fresh! I also like to finish up a foot treatment with Earth Therapeutics gel socks that really help lock in that moisturizer. They also ensure your feet stay clean while walking around and are super easy to clean and reuse!
I’m in love with this hand oil by Cuccio. It makes the skin on the back of your hands super soft and gives them a youthful restoration when used daily. Although you could apply this oil to your entire hand, I prefer to start with a cream moisturizer then finish up with the oil on the back of my hands and nail beds. Oil always leaves a thick slip so I prefer something a little lighter and creamier on my palms.
You could up your game even more by wrapping your hands and feet in a damp hot towel after moisturizing to enhance penetration. Remove the towel after it cools.
4. Body Scrub and Body Lotion
While you’re in the bath, make sure to exfoliate your entire body after washing. Choose whatever body scrub you like for this or try a dry brush to exfoliate after your body is completely dry. Finish up with a light and silky body lotion to hydrate your soft, glowing skin. Your pajamas will feel so soft and comfortable after this making you drift off to sleep easier than usual!
It’s so important to keep your skin hydrated to fight the signs of aging, so make sure to moisturize every inch.
5. Hair Mask and Hair Oils
Don’t forget to pamper your hair during your spa night at home! Hair masks and oil treatments usually take time to use, so I usually prefer to use them during spa nights or when I know I’m not in a rush. You want to be able to leave them on for the amount of time the label states to get the most of your products.
This HydraSource Mask by Biolage is one of my current favorites! It deeply moisturizes dry hair and nourishes the scalp. Leave this mask in 3-5 minutes while soaking in the tub.
While your hair is still wet, apply an oil to your hair to boost shine and promote growth. I use Indian Amla Strengthening Oil by Matrix and I’m completely obsessed! Between this and the hair mask, my hair has never been healthier, I’ve noticed fewer split ends, and I’ve gotten compliments on the length and volume of my hair.
If you want to intensify your oil treatment, you can wrap your head in a hot towel and let the product penetrate deeper.
6. Scented Candles and a Book
No spa night is complete without a fragranced candle and a good read. I love Yankee Candle’s Eucalyptus candle. Nothing is more relaxing and invigorating than the scent of eucalyptus. Whatever scent you prefer to use will be perfect for the occasion. It’s all about you tonight!
If you are into non-fiction or business books, it’s always okay to learn more whenever the time is right for you. I have this habit of starting 5 books and rotating between them because I want to learn everything at once!
If you choose to read such a book in the tub, then go for it! But if you are looking for complete relaxation during this time, start that fiction book you’ve been meaning to get to. Let your mind escape reality even if just for the hour. Your body and mind will thank you for the break.
It’s the little things so enjoy this special you-time how you want to.
7. A Bath Robe and Hair Towel
A big warm bathrobe is great to slip into for just a little while before putting on your pajamas for the night. Continue the calmness and relax on your bed or couch for a little bit while your hair and skin dry.
The Turbie Twist Hair Towel is great for wrapping your hair up to dry and keep out of your face. The towel is made from microfibers that won’t damage your hair like normal towels do. It’s the perfect ending to finish off your hair treatment for the night.
Once you are ready to get tucked in for the night, slip on some silk pajamas or your favorite pair and get ready for some deep sleep!
What do you use for your perfect spa night? Let me know below!
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