A special thanks to guest poster, Mia Taylor, for these awesome tips! Find more about her blog, High Style Life, below.
Turn Your Home into a Spa for a Day
If you’re a hard-working mom, hats off to you. You make sure your kids are clean, well-fed and even better…behaved! You are an interior designer, handy man, chef, nurse, and more – spending your days keeping the house and everyone in it running. However, it’s super important to make time for yourself as well.
You need time to decompress, shed the stress under your skin and recharge your batteries. If your superhero schedule does not allow for a full spa day, or you simply feel that the money is better invested elsewhere, do not wait to go to a spa – let the spa come to you! By just making a few alterations to your own bathroom, you can create your personal oasis of serenity and calm.
1. Set the mood
For a great spa-like bathroom, start by dimming the lights. For the right mood, you also need the right music. Use Pandora or Spotify to make a custom playlist of your favorite relaxing songs. No spa is ever complete without wonderfully-smelling candles flickering in the corner, so if you plan on creating your spa, stock up on some scented candles – like these from Ecoya! Be sure to choose scents that you like and find soothing – lavender and vanilla are best for relaxation. Also – don’t forget to turn that cellphone off! This is a stress-free and unplugged retreat.
2. Draw a Bath
Prior to drawing a bath, slip into your favorite and coziest robe to get the full spa feel. For a perfect bath, start with some luxurious bath salts or even better, a bath bomb. I love the Twilight Bath Bomb from LUSH. It contains lavender which is perfect for unwinding.
Next in line are essential oils, which serve as wonderful relaxants. If all your stress and tension have gathered around the neck area, lavender or eucalyptus oils are a great choice. Finally, add a generous amount of bubble bath, and make sure you get the one that is extra-bubbly so there would be a cloud of white foam surrounding you.
3. Add Few Extra Props
Finally, it’s the time to slip out of the robe and into the tub. Use a rolled up towel as a spa pillow to rest your neck. While you soak, take deep soothing breaths and let your body just melt away along with all the stress and worries of the day. To treat yourself even more, put on that hair mask that you never seem to be able to find the time to try. Nothing in the medicine cabinet? Here’s a great list of DIY hair masks you can make with ingredients you probably already have!
Just in case you are not the kind of person that can just lay motionless for a long period of time, grab a book and a good glass of wine to make the experience superb.
4. Post-Bath Routine
After you have spent a substantial amount of time just unwinding in the tub, use the post-bath time to focus on your face. With your pores unclogged from all the heat, it is the perfect time to do a quick facial with your favorite exfoliating mask. If you do not have one, you can make your own. In the end, if you have time before going back to the real world (and conquering it), do a quick mani-pedi, or better yet, give yourself a partial massage. Your muscles will be grateful.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on a lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips. Twitter | Facebook