1. SET THE MOOD
How do you make your house feel like a day spa without a radical renovation? When it comes to creating a spa experience at home, it’s all about the ambiance. Set the mood for your spa day by turning on your favorite calming playlist, grabbing yourself a tasty beverage (champagne is always recommended) and lighting a few of your favorite seasonal candles. By creating the perfect space, you can help yourself dive deeper into relaxation and set the scene for your personal day of beauty.
2. WARM UP YOUR TOWELS
Have you noticed that spas never have chilly towels? Turn your bathroom into a luxury spa at home by warming up your towels before you hit the showers. Don’t have a towel warmer on hand? No worries! Throw a couple towels into your dryer for a few minutes and let them warm. After about five minutes, pull them out and they’re good to go.
Pro tip: Throw a few hand towels into the dryer as well. If used damp, these tiny towels are perfect for steaming open your pores before a face mask or softening your cuticles before a mani/pedi.
3. START WITH CALMING BEAUTY PRODUCTS
If there's one secret to how to do spa day at home the right way, never underestimate the power of good aromatherapy. But how can you have a spa day at home without a bathtub and essential oils? Don't fret, hit the showers instead and reach for any of Pureology's hair care products for a luxurious aromatherapy experience. For instance, Hydrate Sheer Shampoo and Hydrate Sheer Conditioner features a signature blend of ylang-ylang, bergamot, and patchouli that help to calm your senses and leave your hair feeling moisturised.
4. REACH FOR A HAIR MASK
Once you’ve cleansed your hair, take your conditioning treatment even further by finding the perfect hair mask to suit your hair needs and using it throughout your strands. Not only is a hair mask super moisturising for the hair, it can also help to soften and repair dry strands as well as maximise colour retention for colour treated hair. Talk about a win-win in a bottle! Once applied, allow it to soak in for two to five minutes before rinsing clean.
5. EXFOLIATE FROM HEAD TO TOE
While your hair mask is working its magic, reach for either an exfoliating mitt or body brush to help gently exfoliate your skin from head to toe. To get the most out of this, start at your feet and work your way upward in circular motions toward the heart. This easy method helps to stimulate blood flow while shedding dead skin cells in this quintessential part of your spa experience at home. The combination of the two helps to leave your skin glowing and radiant. Just be sure to apply a thick moisturiser after your shower to help restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier.
6. CLEANSE YOUR PORES
Once your hair has been rinsed and your skin exfoliated, it’s time to get out of the shower and apply your favorite face mask. This step is the classic posterchild for how to do a spa day at home. It’s important to do this step as soon as you’re out of the shower since the steam from the hot water opened your pores. Open pores mean a greater chance of the nutrients in your mask penetrating to the deepest layers of your skin.
If you’re looking to battle a breakout, reach for a purifying clay mask. The rich clay will help to draw out impurities and leave the skin feeling cleansed. Need a bit more moisture? Try using a face mask formulated with vitamin B3 for an instant boost of hydration. Whichever mask you choose, be sure to read the instructions carefully and time the mask accordingly.
7. POLISH, POLISH, POLISH
You can't recreate a spa at home without the perfect pedicure. Start by using a pumice stone on the rough patches of your feet to help buff away any dead skin. Next, apply a thick cream to help restore the skin’s natural moisture. If you want, you can wrap warm hand towels around your feet to help the lotion sink in even further.
After a few minutes, remove the towels and grab your polish. To ensure long-lasting colour, be sure to use a base and topcoat to seal in your shade. Voila – perfectly pedicured toes!
Once your toes are polished, your body is scrubbed and your hair is moisturised, it’s time to hit the hay. One of the most important aspects of any beauty routine is quality rest, but don't forget to protect and style your hair in your sleep! Once done, catch some shut eye. Sweet dreams!
If you found this at home spa day checklist useful, you may also enjoy reading our guide to a hair detox.