After a week of work and have-to routines, take time to pamper yourself for a few hours with an at-home spa. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to treat yourself to a little TLC. The tricks – and we culled several from the pros – are easy, affordable do-it-yourself ploys that will decompress those knotted nerves and help you unwind from the day-to-day hubbub!
1. Get rid of distractions and disruptions and get in the mood. Fire up Pandora and tune into the Relaxation Station. Make a cup of chamomile tea or sip on some champagne. Light some incense and let your body slow down.
STEAM AND SCRUB
2. Steam your face for 10 minutes over a pot of hot – not boiling – water with a few drops of essential oil or fresh herbs. Canyon Ranch, with spas in Arizona, Massachusetts, Las Vegas and Turkey, details the many benefits of an herbal steam facial from boosting circulation to unclogging pores, and lists the pros and cons of several herbs so you can custom choose results.
For example, anise seeds are a natural antiseptic which makes them ideal for acne-prone skin, as well as wounds or scars.
3. Use any exfoliating body scrub recipe (like the coconut coffee scrub from Hello Glow or the vanilla sugar scrub from Thank Your Body) and apply it in the shower. Most are gentle enough for face and body, and exfoliating your face after a steam is great for minimizing blackheads.
5. Run a moisture bath with a can of coconut milk, a tablespoon of almond oil and 20 drops of lavender essential oil. Be sure to dim the fluorescents, light candles and bring your tea and tunes with you!
6. A face mask is next – after a quick shower to rinse – and Reader’s Digest has a list of masks for different skin types, from hydrating to tightening, and The Healthy Honeys offer recipes for five clarifying and detoxing masks.
TIP TO TOE
7. A body butter for your feet is a spa essential, while the face mask is working its magic. Apply one of these: an intense healing cream from Say Not Sweet Anne or peppermint whipped body butter from Thank Your Body.
Then swaddle your feet in plastic wrap and a hot, wet towel for 10 to 15 minutes. This is the pièce de résistance at the spa, so don’t skip this step!
8. Infused water is refreshing and the perfect finishing touch. Here’s a strawberry, cucumber, lime and mint-flavored water recipe from Oh My Dish and even though it only takes 10 minutes to make, you’ll want to prep it ahead of time so all you have to do is pour!
Spa Day at Colliers Hill
The spacious baths in the new homes of the master-planned community of Colliers Hill are perfect for creating sensational spa experiences. Tour one of 10 stunning models from Shea Homes and Richmond American Homes to explore both ranch and two-story designs, available from the upper $300s to the $600s.