8 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Spa
Next stop: Relaxation station.
There just aren’t enough hours in a day. It’s cliche, but true. Doing something as simple as reading your to-do list can be stressful. Wake up, work, head to the gym, help out at home, make dinner, it goes on and on. When the weeks are long and the days aren’t long enough, there’s always one place you can get some time alone — the spa.
What if you don’t have time for a trip to a spa? Or if the budget is a little too tight? Just because the circumstances aren’t quite right doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice that much-needed and well-deserved relaxation. Bring the spa home to you! Put aside your stress and worry and turn your home into a zen zone with a few quick, easy tweaks and much more affordable purchases. Treat yourself.
1: Peace + Quiet
Turn down the volume of the day and give yourself a chance to hear yourself think with the help of a noise machine. Whispering winds, soft rain and ocean waves will help you forget about your troubles (and hopefully the construction outside your window!).
2: Breathe In
Candles are an easy way to make a room feel a little bit more like a station for relaxation. The eucalyptus and spearmint oils in this candle will aid in clearing your mind of the daily grind. For added comfort, light up your candles, turn the lights off and enjoy the dim glow.
3: Read Up
Have a book you’ve been meaning to catch up on? Treat yourself to some "me" time with a hot bath and a good book without worrying about anything falling into the tub. A big glass of wine (or Champagne if you’re really trying to celebrate yourself) is highly suggested.
4: VIP Treatment
One of the most luxurious parts of a day at the spa is getting a facial. There are tons of options based on different skin types and needs. This one is a well-reviewed Kiehl’s creation for clarifying and tightening the skin. If you’re feeling extra thrifty or creative, you could also try making a DIY mask at home.
5: De-stressed Designs
The softest materials make for the most comfortable duds. You can avoid the struggle of picking an outfit by rocking a robe and calling in a personal day. This VS number comes in a few colors, though the 'gray oasis' shade sounds like exactly what you need.
6: Coffee Break
Caffeine isn’t the best when it comes to relaxing, so get your java fix with the help of a cleansing coffee scrub. This one from Frank Body incorporates another tasty indulgence, chocolate. It smells amazing and it’ll leave you feeling renewed.
7: Sore No More
Spoiler: It’s not easy or relaxing to give yourself a massage. Don’t do it. Spring for a high-tech foot massage so you don’t have to lift a finger. Ogawa has an option that’s not only designed based on acupressure methods but has a sleek, discreet aesthetic, too.
8: Lights Out
Adult nap time is pretty much a must-have for a spa day to be complete. Kill two birds with one stone and use this skin rejuvenating eye mask for fashion and function, blocking light and helping mend the soft skin (and dreaded wrinkles) around the eyes.