Self care is essential. The term has been popping for the past couple of years but the activities it encompasses are not new. Taking time to look after physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health should be part of our everyday routines but we, especially as women, tend to let it fall to the wayside. And the caregiving burden associated with this current pandemic has disproportionately fallen on the shoulders of women...which is not shocking. Don't we always do it all? In the hopes of encouraging you to treat yourself a bit, no matter when you're reading this, here are six spa treatments you can do from the comfort of your home. Pour up a glass of wine, light some candles, pick out a few of these at-home spa treatments, and step up your self care routine, sis.
Facial Steam - You can go about this in a couple of different ways. One is with a face steamer. If you don't have a steamer (though, you might want to look into getting one), fill a basin with hot water and add a couple drops of lavender or eucalyptus essential oil to it. For an extra touch of pampering, spray your face, carefully dip a face towel in the hot water, wring it out, and lay it on your face for extra pampering.
Face Mask - There are so many effective face masks out there that do everything from induce glow to de-congest pores. I've linked a few of my favorites below and here are eight DIY face masks you can make with pantry staples!
Body Polish/Scrub - Give yourself an all-over reset by exfoliating and moisturizing. Apply a gentle sugar scrub like this one all over to exfoliate skin then rinse completely and let dry. I like to use an oil-rich sugar scrub for extra moisture but if you don't have one, use a light body oil next. Finish this at-home spa treatment with a rich moisturizing cream to seal everything in.
Spa Shower - To take your daily shower to the next level, tie a bunch of fresh or dried eucalyptus around the shower head. This will give your shower an aromatherapy boost and impart a sense of calm. And you can accomplish a similar effect by sprinkling a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the shower floor and letting the shower steam vaporize it.
Dry Brushing - This is probably the easiest at-home spa treatment of the bunch as you can do it while binging Netflix or pretending to listen to your child talk about their day. 🙂 Dry brushing can stimulate the lymphatic system, exfoliate, detoxify the body, and even reduce the appearance of cellulite. And you don't have to spend a lot of money on a quality dry brush. Here are several, at a variety of price points.
Manicure and Pedicure - Shout out to my nail tech because at-home pedi results just don't compare. It's still totally worthwhile to keep your tips and toes in shape at home, though. Here's a DIY pedicure tutorial that will more than motivate you to try this at-home spa treatment.
If you're planning at-home spa treatments for a group, check out this post, which includes my relaxation playlist. And sharing is caring, so be sure to pin this on Pinterest. 🙂 Thanks for reading!