--Guest Post By Marcela De Vivo
One of the nicest and most relaxing things you can do for yourself is be treated by a day at the spa. In most cases, though, it’s hard to get away from the daily grind and truly ease into the total spa experience.
One way to give yourself some dedicated pampering time is to replicate some of the more simple services that spas offer at home. This can help you reduce your stress on a day-to-day basis and make sure that you can experience your real day-spa experience to the fullest.
So, what can you take from a professional spa to your own home? In truth, most of the elements that you need you probably already have in your own home! It’s just a matter of putting it all together.
Here are a few of the simpler ways that you can give yourself the spa treatment without leaving the house:
1. Salt Bath
Bath salts can be purchased just about anywhere, and chances are that if you’ve gotten one of those bundled gift bags (hasn’t everybody?), you’ve already got some on hand.
Treat yourself to a soothing salt bath -- it will be beneficial for both your skin and breathing. This will, of course, be much more relaxing if you have a larger tub; however, even with smaller tubs, you’re still getting an element of the spa treatment that’s not terribly difficult to replicate.
→ Buy the AHAVA Deadsea Salt Lavender Mineral Bath Salt, $19.49 (was $22.00), at amazon.com.
2. At Home Pedicure
While it might not be a professional pedicure, you can do your own pedicure at home to just about the same degree that you would get in a spa. One of the best ways to make it authentic is to add a footbath to the mix.
You’ll likely have to bend down and do the pedicure yourself, but your feet will still feel good afterwards and you’ll have saved yourself some money while still getting pampered.
→ Buy the Conair True Massaging Foot Bath With Bubbles and Heat, $30.03 (was $36.99), at amazon.com.
3. Moisture Mask
Ingredients for a good moisture mask can be picked up pretty much anywhere, and surprisingly, it’s one of the easier spa treatments to replicate at home. Even if you just leave a moisturizing cream on while you take your bath, your face will feel incredibly refreshed afterwards, given enough time.
→ Buy the Rosallini Beauty Tool DIY Facial Face Mask Mixing Bowl Brush Gauge Stick Set, $4.99, at amazon.com.
4. Scented Candles
To finish off any of the following home-spa experiences, you can add scented candles to make things even more authentic. You probably use these from time to time anyway, so make sure to have a few on hand for when you decide to take your salt bath.
→ Buy the Trapp No. 25 Lavender de Provence Large Poured Candle, $19.99, at bellezzaspa.com.
The Trick is Taking Time to Relax
A spa day is basically time set aside to pamper yourself and relax. If you can get yourself to settle down long enough to do that at home, you can have your “spa day” on a more regular basis, because that’s all it really is; time and relaxing.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer, mother and home business owner from Los Angeles. With such a busy schedule, she always cherishes the days when she can escape to the spa! Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter for more tips like these!