Ok you guys. We’ve been at this “stay at home” thing for over a month now. And even though every day is starting to feel a bit more “normal”, I’m still getting a little bit of cabin fever. As a result, I think we’re all looking for ways to create a change of scenery. However, we can’t actually GET a change of scenery. Not only are we missing things like vacations and big moments, we’re also missing the little things. Like hair and nail appointments and trips through Target or Walmart. With that in mind, I think it’s the perfect time to make some “me time” and create an at home spa experience.
Although you can just hop in the tub and take a bath and call it a “spa night”, I think dedicating a night to yourself can do wonders for your mental health. First of all, I think taking the step to block out the time can make a huge difference. If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly working and your brain has too many tabs open and there’s music playing in one of them but you can’t figure out which one, and it can all be a bit much. So usually, my “me time” ends up turning into blog brainstorming or trend researching or laundry, or some version of all of the above. But if you can plan your day and schedule your “spa appointment”, you can mentally prepare yourself to relax.
Of course you can use products you already have at home, but if you need a little something new, all of the products I’m going to mention are available from Target or Walmart. Therefore, you can pick up some new self care presents when you pick up your groceries!
Step 1 – Create A Soothing Environment.
When you think about your at home spa, you don’t have to make it a regular spa. You can make it a cool spa! In fact, since this is your own personal spa, the only person it has to entice is you. So this is your chance to surround yourself with things that will signify “me time”, “relaxation”, and “indulgence”. For example, you could light some candles, play a relaxing “spa” playlist, or put a “spa” smell in your wax warmer. New wax smells are one of my favorite things to pick up at Walmart because the Better Homes and Gardens brand is only $2. So you can treat yourself, without feeling like it’s a huge splurge. My favorite scents are Lilac, Zen, and Soft Cashmere Amber.
Step 2 – Take A Bath.
Now I know you don’t usually go to a spa to take a bath. However, there are some that have soaking pools or saunas or something to relax before your service. And at Spa d’Bathroom, we have limited resources. I recommend adding some Epsom salts to the water like the Aquation salts from Walmart ($6.97). The scent White Tea and Juniper is my absolute favorite smell of all time. In fact, White Tea is my signature scent. So when I found it in a bath salt that actually lasts the entire bath, I was elated. It also comes in other smells too. But I always have to stay on brand and stick with my signature scent. Plus, it’s pink.
Step 3 – Do Your Nails.
Although this is the most labor intensive part of your at home spa, I do recommend doing your nails. Even if that just means trimming up your toe nails or keeping your cuticles in check. If you’re a gel mani kinda gal, I do recommend the Sensational system from Walmart. (Full disclosure, they did send me their products to try for free.) If you’re a regular polish person, I really love using the Olive and June Poppy to paint my own nails like a pro. You can get it at Target. (You can also read my full review on the Poppy here.)
Step 4 – Focus On Skincare.
Of course one of the most indulgent things you can do at your at home spa is to focus on skincare. Really take the time to layer products and enjoy the process. In fact, if you want to take it a step further, you could even use an at home facial steamer. (You can read more about my thoughts on facial steamers here.) But I didn’t find any steamers at Target or Walmart, so you might have to check Amazon for that. However, some of my all time favorite skincare products are available at Target! In fact, I’ve been using Bliss Spa face wash for over 10 years and really struggle trying anything else. Plus, the Glow & Hydrate Day Serum and the Renew & Smooth Night Serums are fast becoming a fave and seem to rival my Drunk Elephant go-to’s. And their Vitamin C serum is amazing too.
Step 5 – Relax.
Last but not least, the most important thing you need to do at your at home spa is to relax! Lately the world has been incredibly overwhelming, and like they always say on a plane, you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you can help others. So whatever you do at Spa d’Bathroom, make sure it’s a peaceful and luxurious experience. One of my favorite relaxing teas is Lavender Stress Relief tea. I also love using a relaxing smelling lotion to complete my spa experience. Plus lavender is supposed to help you relax and sleep better too.
As always, all products are thoroughly reviewed and Mila approved. Although, she doesn’t actually get to use any of them. When I am at Spa d’Bathroom, she gets some peanut butter as a snack and then takes a nap. She mostly just likes the peanut butter part.
Overall, your at home spa should be your safe place. A little bit of time for yourself that you can shut out the craziness of the rest of the world and focus on your health (both mental and physical) and your happiness. Even if that means having a glass of wine or a piece of cake in the bath tub. Self care isn’t selfish. (And cake is really good.)
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