Hi Dolls! Are you ready for a spa night?! In case you haven’t heard, September starts off self-care month! Now, let’s be honest, we should practice self-care every day. Also, self-care looks different for everyone.
Today, we are going to break down some fun things you can do at home that will give you that luxurious feeling of going to a spa. This is especially critical if you’re forgoing some of your indulgences because of Covid.
Spa Night Vibe
Obvi, there needs to be a vibe for the spa night that’s about to go down. Don’t know about you, but we love the details. We like to pretend we’re essentially a stranger in our own home, so we need to make sure everything is out and accessible. Here are some things we simply cannot do without.
Find yourself a luxurious robe and do not settle for nonsense. This robe is going to feel like a warm hug for your body. Additionally, we always place it in the dryer before using it, so it’s a bit warmer and comforting.
Water in a Fancy Glass
We don’t know what it is, but water tastes so much better in glass, which is why we have a glass jug for a spa night. We also add some fruit to make the water extra fancy!
Find a chill playlist with preferably no commercials. Yes, music completely sets the tone for your experience. Now, how you chill may differ from how we chill, so just make sure you pick a playlist that’s good for you.
Dim lighting because we also think overhead lighting is the devil, and we want a picture-worthy vibe.
Dim lighting leads us to mention getting yourself some yummy candles. Candles are so luxurious, and the smells are just divine. Pick a candle that you won’t get sick of, and only light it on spa nights to really get yourself in the mood.
Spa Night Extras
Now, once you have the base, you need to figure out what the heck you’re going to do for this spa night. This spa night is not just your usual skincare routine. You’ll want to pamper yourself with these extras.
Put towels in the dryer to warm them up, or if you’re boujee, grab your towels from a warmer. Warm towels help to remove products from your face in a rental manner and help open up the pores for easy product penetration.
Gua Sha Tool
This tool helps with lymphatic drainage in your face, scalp, and neck. This is a fancy way of saying this helps to remove all the puffy vibes from your face, especially the eyes, and everywhere else. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body. The Gua Sha tool also helps with aging skin and can naturally bring vitality to the face after using it with jojoba oil.
This is the perfect pre mist before applying any serums. Rosewater helps to lock in hydration and is known to be relaxing.
Finger and Toe Dividers
Finger and toe dividers will make your nail painting experience that much better! You don’t have to worry about smudging your nails when you use these.
Soaking tubs for your feet and hands may be a bit messy, but it’s totally worth it when it comes to pampering your skin. Your body relaxes a bit more post soaking, and if you have a need to give yourself a mani and pedi combo, then soaking is a must. You’ll be able to push back cuticles and hydrate those appendages.
A disposable hair cap will make hydrating your hair that much easier. Get your thickest hair mask on that gorgeous head of yours, and then cover it with a shower cap or disposable hair cap. You can let that treatment soak into the hair cuticle without making a mess everywhere else. It’s definitely not relaxing to have things dripping down your shoulders, neck, and back.
So clearly this list is not exhaustive, but it’s a start. There’s so much that can be done with your spa time that maybe it’s a little overwhelming to start. We want you to have a five-star spa night, so let us break down some things you can do for each body part at home!
Hair is something we want to look perfect, or at least healthy! The best thing for hair is to avoid heat as often as possible, but let’s not forget about the scalp as well. Too much build-up from pollution and products can really wear our hair down. Follow this list to have some beautiful and healthy hair, regardless of length!
Use a clarifying shampoo.
Wash your hair again with a hydrating color-safe shampoo.
Condition your hair.
Towel dry your hair, then add a hair mask.
Use your shower cap to lock in that moisture and proceed with the rest of the spa night.
Once you’re ready, rinse the mask out and use some serums of your choice on your hair. Be sure to massage the scalp as you do this.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and everyone has different skin needs. When it comes to skincare, keep in mind that what you eat and drink will show up on your face. So let us reiterate how important water is for your inner and outer beauty. This is where you really need to know your skin and see what you need. We’re going to outline the basic steps here so you get an idea of what an at-home facial can look like.
Cleanse the face with a brand that has no fragrances. These fragrances can really irritate the skin, so simple is best. We love a good cleansing oil, such a jojoba oil, because it matches the skin sebum the best. When it comes to cleansing, focus on circular and upward strokes.
After a clean face, add some rose spray to hydrate again and prep your skin for more shenanigans.
Gua sha massage with a rose quartz tool. You can keep this in the fridge, so it really helps with getting rid of those eye bags. Our massage facial oil of choice is jojoba oil, and the purpose is to allow your tool to glide against the skin. Make sure to go up and down the neck as well to really pull those toxins away from the face. This is great for under the chin too, especially if you have a lot of congestion there.
Warm towel and mask prep are great after that massage. Use a warm towel to wipe off the oil, then grab your facial mask of choice. You can easily DIY a mask, or you can use one that is premade. A quick DIY mask like this one can be used.
- 2 tablespoons avocado (mashed)
- 1 tablespoon ripe banana (mashed)
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon or orange juice
Mix up the ingredients and apply evenly on your face. After about 15 minutes, you can wash it off and then spritz again with some rose water.
This is a great place to add some serums, especially for the eyes, as they need extra care. You want to make sure you layer your clearest serums first and then add the creamier ones on top of that. Before you layer, you will also want to make sure each layer is dry and absorbed into the skin.
Can we say hell yeah for another moisturizer! Yep after all that, it’s time for a final moisturizer to seal all that juicy goodness in.
Now let’s make a note about blemishes and extracting things from your face. We highly recommend you see an esthetician if your skin needs more than this little at-home service. Estheticians are highly trained to do wonders on your skin, without aggravating the condition. We know it’s frustrating if there are blemishes, but your skin is always trying to regulate, and doing things like picking and using heavy exfoliators and chemical peels really can disrupt the beautiful pH of your skin. So if you want some extra bells and whistles, then maybe see a professional and care for your body’s largest organ that way.
Nails are an interesting one. So many people have artificial nails, which is great, but we also have to let those fingers and toes breathe! We like to do pedicures first, so let’s break down how that looks!
Soak those toes in a bucket or an actual mini pedicure soaking situation. Take off polish if there is any and then relax. You can add some essential oils and bath salts for an extra perk.
Time to trim your nails and fix those cuticles. Yes, your toes totes have cuticles, and you need to push them back a bit. If you’re having a bit of trouble with this, then grab a cuticle oil or even some light lotion to make the process smooth.
Once you’ve done that, you may need to trim some extra skin that you’ve pushed back. Be careful to not be overzealous here. Nothing about your spa experience should hurt.
It’s scrubbing time! We recommend using a vegan scrub on your feet and legs to really up that exfoliating and prep for the pumice stone.
A pumice stone or callus remover tool is best here. Even if you have insanely ticklish feet, make the point to do this. Your feet have so many nerves and muscles that you use every day! They need some extra care because they are taking quite a beating every day. Make sure your foot is still a bit wet to help with callous removal and just any extra dead skin that is ready to come off.
Soak the feet one more time and make sure you have all the debris off.
Dry your feet and let’s get that lotion going. You want to take your time here and really massage the toes and whole foot here. You deserve the pampering, so enjoy this gift.
Finally, time to paint your nails and make sure they look lush! Adding a top coat really helps to make the paint last and then wait for them to dry. This is literally the opportunity you need to kick your feet up and relax.
When it comes to your fingernails, you have some options. If you have fake nails, then instead of focusing on the aesthetics, give yourself a hand massage or even put some lotion on them. Then, put some cloth gloves on them to keep them hydrated. If you’re at the stage in your spa night where you can forgo using your hands, then definitely glove them up to keep that lotion locked in there.
If you have natural nails, then make it a point to soak them and then follow the pedicure steps. The biggest difference here is to use a softer scrub for the hands. The skin is thin on the hands, so making simple sugar scrub would be ideal. Here’s a quick recipe for the sugar scrub.
- 1 cup of brown sugar as brown sugar is less irritating
- 3 to 5 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- A dash of lemon
After a nice scrub down, paint those nails or do whatever you want to make them something you’re proud of.
Spa Night Complete
Ultimately, spa night is about what YOU want, and that is going to look different for everyone. You may think this is all nonsense, and that’s fine too, but finding a way to decompress is absolutely the epitome of self-care. Find your self-care and make it a routine. You are non-negotiable, so treat yourself.
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