There’s something so soothing about a trip to the spa. From the pristine white towels to the calm-inducing sounds and smells, the environment is created to be as peaceful as possible. Your own bathroom can have you feeling much the same way. Here are some tips for making the space where you pamper at home just as relaxing as a fancy spa.
Make Flavored Water
Many spas offer citrus- or cucumber-infused water when you arrive. Re-create this experience before you relax: Soak slices of lemons, limes, strawberries or cucumbers in chilled spring water. Do this the day before for maximum flavor. The water will keep you hydrated and promote good health.
Delight the Senses
A successful spa will appeal to all of your senses, not just what you see. Take a moment to consider what aromas you find most comforting; some good choices are lavender, vanilla and jasmine. Choose a room spray, a candle or an essential oil to diffuse—anything that reminds you of your favorite spa. Also think about what you hear. You might enjoy an app that plays the sound of crickets chirping, rain falling or waves crashing onto the shore. Then again, if you’re always surrounded by noisy traffic, kids and city sounds, silence might be in order.
Buy Quality Towels
Invest in fluffy, high-quality bath towels. Fold them in half lengthwise and then roll them like the spa does. When you’re creating a spa experience at home, even small touches like these matter. For a truly luxurious home-spa experience, add a plush microfiber bath mat to step onto after your bath.
Don’t Forget the Scrub
In addition to essential oils and candles, purchase a sugar or salt scrub to gently slough away dead skin cells and give you that post-spa glow. Scrubs can be applied to the skin using your hands or a washcloth. Massage into the skin to soften your skin and to keep it healthy.
Give Yourself a Hot Towel Facial
A spa’s steam room can help soothe aching muscles and open up pores. To achieve this benefit at home, soak a hand towel in warm water, wring it out gently and drape it on your face until it is cool to the touch (about five minutes). Proceed with your regular skin-cleansing regimen and pat your face dry. You’ll see a spa glow after just one steam treatment.