Creating You Own at Home Spa
Pre-quarantine, I didn’t make it to the spa much other than for an occasional full body massage. Given the fact that many spas are now closed during the quarantine, I thought it would be good to share some tips on creating your own spa experience at home. Many people are under a lot of stress and it’s important to have some much needed rest and relaxation in order to unwind and soothe the mind and body.
Skincare is something I take very seriously and hence is why I take the time to create my own spa at home. Pre-quarantine I would forgo spa services like facials due to my sensitive skin. I didn’t want the spa products to break my skin out, and since the products I was using at home worked, I figured why fix what’s not broken.
For me, my spa experience happens at night when I take baths. At least once every month I exfoliate my skin with a baking soda mask created using about 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a 1/2 teaspoon of water. I mix the 2 together to form a paste and rub it on my face after washing it with a cleanser. I let the mask sit for the duration of my bath and rinse if off once my bath is over. The baking soda mask does wonders for my face as it smooths my skin and deeps cleans my pores. It’s great for those who suffer from break outs.
Sometimes for extra added skin nourishment, I’ll add about 1 teaspoon of honey to my baking soda mask. Honey is a great skin exfoliator that moisturizes the skin and can give it a glow. It’s also said to be good at producing collagen and can combat acne.
In order to create a relaxing bath, I’ll add Avon Sensitive Skin Bubble Bath and Dr Teal’s Epsom Salts to my running bath water. The combination of the bubbles and the Epsom salts makes me feel like I’m at a spa and eases my mind right before bed. Lately, I’ve been using the lavender scent as lavender is good at relaxing the mind and it has a soft and gentle scent that’s perfect to promote peaceful sleep.
While I bathe after I’ve sat in the tub letting the Epsom salts do their work, I’ll scrub my heels with the Onyx Professional Pumice Stone. It leaves my heels feeling super soft as the green side removes the dry dead skin while the white side evens the skin out.
After my bath, when my skin has had time to dry, if I want to remove any skin the pumice didn’t get I’ll use the Revlon Wet/Dry Foot Callus Remover. It states it can be used on wet or dry skin, but I find it works best on dry skin, as when I’ve used it in the bath or when my skin is moist it clogs up the file. I just recently discovered this remover during the quarantine since I’ve been doing my own pedicures. It works great at removing tough and dry skin from the heels and bottoms of feet. It also has a catcher on the bottom of it that catches the dry skin as you remove it.