There are days – or maybe even weeks – when it feels like you can’t catch a break. While reading a novel or meditating can help you unwind, sometimes, you need a little more pampering. To gain some mental clarity and restore your balance, you might need a full-on spa day. You can make this soothing, relieving day happen right from home. Below are all the at-home spa essentials you’ll need for the most relaxing possible “me time.”
What do you need to have a spa day at home?
To bring the spa into your own home, you’re going to need a few different items that will help you relax and unwind. The key to transforming your home into a day spa is to have items that make you feel better and create a relaxing environment. From having the right skincare products to mood lighting and stimulating your senses, continue reading on to discover what products will help you create your own soothing spa.
24 at-home spa essentials
To create a game-changing spa experience right from the comfort of your home, you’ll need the below at-home spa essentials.
1. Bath bombs
After a long week at work, you might want to fill up your bathtub, light some candles, and just soak up some suds. Before you step in, you should give your bath the full spa-like experience that you deserve with a soothing bath bomb.
These spa day staples contain ingredients such as citric acid that can exfoliate your skin and oils that can replenish and hydrate you from head to toe. Plus, their relaxing scents are an added bonus that will leave your aroma delightful long after your bath. Depending on your mood, you can choose between lavender or chamomile scents for a restful aura or lemongrass to uplift your spirits.
2. Epsom salts
If you aren’t entirely interested in fizzy bath bombs, another option for restoring yourself after a long day is Epsom salts. These bath salts can soothe sore muscles and leave your skin feeling soft. The best salts contain essential oils such as lavender or eucalyptus for additional potential moisturizing. Simply fill your bathtub with warm water, add the directed salt solution, and soak for no longer than 20 minutes. And then, move on to your next relaxing spa moment.
3 Body scrub
You’ve probably heard that facial exfoliants are great for removing dirt and dead skin cells from your face. Body scrubs can do the same for your body. They can help cleanse your skin and give it the healthy glow you deserve. These scrubs come in many delightful scents from rose to coconut or vanilla and well beyond that.
To use a body scrub on your spa day, first, rinse your body under warm water. Then, apply a small amount of scrub into your hand and move around your body in a circular motion. Rinse off, wash with a regular cleanser, then apply lotion once dry.
4. Dry brush
Dry brushing is essentially a body massage you give yourself with a stiff-bristled brush with nothing on it, including water or any sort of scrub. This type of massage can help remove dry, flaky skin from your body. It’s best to dry brush before you shower, so you can rinse away any flaky skin or dead cells.
Especially after a long day at work, using a dry brush and taking a hot shower is a great way to unwind and decompress. Your dry brush can help you feel replenished, and your shower won’t take away time from your busy schedule.
5. Face cleansers
One of the best ways to set the mood for your day is to start your morning with all of your favorite skincare products. Your skincare routine doesn’t need to have 10 steps or take you 20 minutes to complete – you can easily fit it into your morning. It’s just a way to freshen up your skin and get ready for a busy day ahead. And the first step in a solid skincare ritual is applying a face cleanser.
Different people have different skin types, so a face cleanser that your friend recommends might not work as well for you. Do some research into what types of cleansers might match your skin type, then stock up on it for your at-home spa. To apply your cleanser, just rub a dime-sized amount into your face and rinse it off. Once you’ve cleansed your face, you can further your relaxing routine with oils and moisturizers.
6. Face masks
While reading a book or watching your favorite TV show, pamper yourself a bit with a face mask. Typically, face masks include ingredients that can hydrate your skin and give you a gorgeous, youthful glow. You can use sheet masks that mold to the shape of your face, or you can rub a thick liquid mask onto your face. Face masks are great for a weekly at-home routine that mentally transports you to your favorite spa.
7. Eye mask
For a more targeted type of spa day routine, you can always try eye masks. These patches fit right below your eyes and can help lighten dark circles and reduce wrinkles. You can store them in your freezer or fridge for a sleek, cooling feel that’ll help reduce puffiness. Try wearing them after a shower or as you get ready in the morning to feel rejuvenated and fresh for the day.
8. Hair masks
Your skin isn’t the only thing you can mask up on spa day. Hair masks give you that much-needed TLC in a whole different way. They help hydrate your scalp and can reduce dry, split ends. They’re a great choice the next time you're enjoying a warm bath on spa night. Simply put a small amount into your palm, add it into your hair, and cover your hair in a hot towel. Let it sit for 10 to 30 minutes for optimal results.
9. Pimple patches
When you become stressed, your whole body can react to it, especially your skin. Namely, acne breakouts are sometimes correlated with stress. Instead of worrying over your acne and worsening the problem, stop the breakouts and minimize your stress with pimple patches. Every time you see a breakout forming, place a patch atop your acne spot before bed. By morning, your acne may begin to calm down.
10. Hydrating moisturizer
After soaking in the tub or relaxing in a hot shower, you can end your DIY spa experience with a hydrating moisturizer. This type of product can help soften your skin, fight acne, and may reduce the appearance of aging in the long run. Try applying a generous amount in the morning and at night to feel hydrated and give your skin a dewy, glowing appearance.
11. Shea butter
Known for its soothing properties, shea butter is an excellent ingredient in lotions and other personal care products. After showering, use a penny-sized amount of shea butter and apply it to areas that could use a little hydration.
12. Facial roller
If you don’t feel like breaking the bank for an hour-long spa appointment, you’re already halfway there. All the above at-home spa essentials set up your skincare routine. The only thing you need to take it to the next level is a facial roller.
Many estheticians – the formal term for spa employees – use facial rollers in their treatments. That’s because the cooling stones on facial rollers can help reduce the appearance of puffiness. They’re also just a nice way to feel more at ease. You can create the ultimate refreshing spa treatment by keeping your facial roller in the fridge. These devices are affordable and can be found both online and in personal care product stores.
13. Towel warmer
Besides the massage, one of the best parts of visiting a spa is the heated towels you receive afterward. They’re soft and cozy, and they feel like they just left the dryer. If you want to feel like you're at a spa every day – and really impress your guests – a towel warmer might do the trick. Add body towels or facial cloths to turn your at-home spa into a five-star experience.
14. A comfy robe and fuzzy slippers
You can continue your spa day well after your bath with a cozy robe and fuzzy slippers. All the soft fabric can help you keep the spa-like vibe going. After all, slippers and robes are much softer and comfier than wearing regular pajamas. Plus, a robe is great for keeping the newly-introduced hydrating products on your skin, so they continue to absorb long after.
15. Foot spa
As much as you love going to the salon for a pedicure, what happens when you just don’t want to leave the house? A foot spa can give you the best of both worlds. These footbaths are affordable and compact – you can probably store them in your linen closet. For your next at-home spa experience, add warm water to the footbath, turn on the jets, and voila – you’ve created a relaxing experience at home.
16. Deep tissue massager
Maybe your job requires a lot of standing, lifting, or hands-on work. Or maybe you just love a good, relaxing massage. With your own deep tissue massager, you can work out your sore muscles and relax whenever you please without booking an expensive appointment at a spa.
These devices include several massage heads that work together to relax all parts of the body. You can adjust them to different speeds whether you’re looking for an intense or calm massage. You can also use them as part of your more indulgent spa moments. After a long day at work, soak in the tub, then give yourself a soothing 10-minute massage to end your evening with pure relaxation.
17. A good book
Curling up to a good book is one of the best ways to get that much-needed rest and relaxation. Especially after a long day, reading a book can help you fall asleep nice and easy. That’s especially true after a hot shower or warm bath. You’ll already feel nice and peaceful, and slipping into bed with a light read and some dim lighting can add to your calmness. You might feel so soothed that the urge to sleep will emerge – and that’s the ultimate relaxation.
18. Your favorite movie or streaming platform
Sometimes, the best way to relax after a long day is to lay in bed and watch your favorite TV show or movie. Although doing so isn’t quite a traditional spa experience, TV and movies can certainly help you forget what’s on your mind and unwind a bit. You can even glam up your experience with some skin care products such as an eye or face mask and set the mood with some candles.
19. Hot tea
Many spas will greet you with drinks such as hot tea or water. Since spas are all about pampering and relaxing you, it only makes sense to include hot tea in your at-home spa. Many hot teas can help you fight certain conditions, improve your mood, reduce anxiety, and help you sleep. Plus, tea is perfect any time of day – even if it’s not spa day. Enjoy it in place of your morning coffee, drink it before bed, or sip it as you take a soothing bath to ease your stress.
20. Candles with wooden wicks
Candles are a great accessory for any spa day, and candles with wooden wicks, in particular, are a game-changer. This type of candle sounds like a crackling fire when lit. For some, this sound is quite soothing. It can evoke peaceful, calming memories of a warm fireplace on a cold day or a glowing evening campfire.
Candles with wooden wicks come in nearly every scent you can think of – pumpkin butter and sangria are just two examples. Select your favorite scent and wait for the stress to melt away.
Once you feel properly pampered, it’s time to create a serene atmosphere for unwinding your mind. Creating a peaceful environment with incense sticks can help. Burning incense during meditation – or just around your home on your day off – can be an inspiring way to pass the time. It also just smells nice – incense sticks are basically thin candles. So the next time you’re desperate for some relaxation, burn some incense during your spa day. Then, meditate for a few minutes to clear your mind.
22. Essential oil diffuser
If you’d rather not burn something to bring soothing scents into your at-home spa, an essential oil diffuser is a great option. The aromatherapy that diffusers provide can improve clarity and focus, boost your mood, and reduce muscle tension as you relax and your body responds in kind. To bring your mind to a place of zen, add a few drops of essential oil into your diffuser. Sit back, relax, and let your worries drift away.
23. A silk pillowcase and eye mask
To complete your spa day, try resting on something that will further benefit your skin and hair. A silk pillowcase and eye mask are a great combination here. Silk doesn’t dry out your hair or skin, and it prevents tangling in a way that other materials cannot. After a night’s rest on one of these pillowcases, you might wake up the next day newly refreshed.
24. Ambient mood lighting
Think of your favorite spa. Besides the calming experience and the alluring aromas, what other things do you notice? Maybe you realize the room is dimly lit, just enough for you to see but not so much you’re squinting. Lighting plays a significant role in the spa-day experience: Harsh, bright lighting can keep you wired instead of relaxed. Ambient mood lighting is a calming alternative.
When looking for a calming light, you want to find one that offers warm color temperatures. In fact, the ideal color temperature for a bathroom – a big part of your spa day – is between 2700K and 4000K. These lights will look more red or yellow in color, similar to a sunset, and provide a cozy atmosphere. You can’t always get them from your overhead lights, so turn them off and set the scene with ambient mood lighting.
The BlissRadia is the perfect ambient light for every spa-day mood. It shines in gentle colors and gradients that seamlessly transition from one color to the next. Switch between a warm orange hue as you soak in the tub to a deep blue light when you read your favorite novel. You can choose from millions of colors to help you relax and complete your DIY spa experience. Plus, you can do it all from your phone or via voice control – no need to get up as you recline.
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At-home spa days can help you release your stresses and put your mind and body at ease. That’s why BlissLights are at-home spa essentials. With millions of different colors to choose from, you can transform your ordinary bathroom into a relaxing spa in seconds. To bring your favorite spa home, browse the BlissLights collection now for the best mood lighting.
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