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How to Have a Relaxing DIY Spa Day at Home

A better work/life balance is something I am focusing on heavily this year. One way I am adding more “me time” is with at-home spa days. If you’re like me and need a little more self-care, I hope this post helps you carve out a little time during your busy day for a little spa action.

DIY spa days were something I used to do frequently before I got my own house and started my business. Now, it always feels as though I should be working on something, and frankly, it’s been eons since I last did one. This needs to change!

The irony here is that making the time for self-care is essential to performing well in all the other areas of our lives. Ample research has shown that nurturing our brains, bodies, and spirits can help us be more effective at whatever we put our minds to.

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I’m sharing my steps for having a lovely DIY spa day at home! I hope you enjoy it, and I would love to hear how you are practicing self-care right now in the comments section at the end of the post. 

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A Relaxing DIY Spa Day at Home – How to Set the Mood

Make your own fruit infused water for your DIY spa day at home

1.) Prepare a beverage for your at-home spa

Many spas have beverages on hand to enhance your relaxation, and they offer them to you the moment you walk through the door. So, for your at-home spa day, have your favorite “spa beverage” prepared or on hand before you start. 

A few ideas include:

  • Tea
  • Champagne
  • Wine
  • Infused water

I, personally, enjoy infused water for my spa days. It’s easy to make at home too! Just throw some of your favorite cutup fruits in a pitcher of water and let chill in the fridge for a few hours. 

My favorite combo is this one:

  • Cucumber + lime + strawberry + mint
  • Or just cucumber (and you can use the leftover cucumber slices for your eyes)

Candles can really add a nice element to your at home DIY spa day

2.) Light some scented candles 

Candles really set the mood for your at-home spa day! If you have a candle that’s scented, such as lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender, etc. – that would be best to create your spa experience! (Click here for some online options.) 

However, any candle you have in your home would work!

3.) Play some relaxing spa music

Grab a speaker or your phone and play some relaxing spa music. I like to use Spotify playlists of spa music to set the mood.

Step-by-Step DIY Spa Day at Home 

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4.) Apply a face mask 

Pampering your skin is a must on a spa day! Start with opening up your pores. The easiest way to do this is to get a washcloth and run it under hot water, wring it out (so it’s not dripping wet) and press to your face for a few minutes until it’s no longer warm. Then apply your favorite face mask!

I, personally, prefer to buy my face masks versus making them myself. My skin is sensitive and breaks out REALLY easily. (Using my LED mask has been a game-changer too.)

However, I have made my own face masks in the past. The DIY oatmeal one below worked the best for me, but it is super messy! If you make this one, lay down some towels and be sure to not rinse this mask down your sink, as it will clog it!

DIY oatmeal facemask

  • Combine 1/2 cup hot—not boiling—water and 1/3 cup plain oatmeal.
  • After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 small egg white.
  • Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Then rinse with warm water. 

DIY spa day - use cucumber slices to depuff your eyes

5.) Apply cucumber slices to your eyes

You can apply your cucumber slices to your eyes at the same time as your face mask, or you could use them while you soak in the tub. I, personally, prefer to use these after my face mask while I soak in the tub. (I like to soak for a LONG time, and most face masks should be rinsed off in 10-15 minutes. That’s why I use the face mask before I get in the bathtub.)

I’ve also used these eye pads to reduce puffiness on my eyes while I soak in the tub. They’re really moist and can stick on your eyes a little better than cucumbers. But, either of these will work fine! 

6.) Apply a hair mask 

Don’t forget about your hair on your spa day! I also prefer to use a professional hair mask for my hair, as my hair is really thin and really damaged. (I like this Kérastase one for damaged hair.) 

However, I’ve also used DIY masks that don’t work too bad! Like the DIY face masks, though, then can get messy. The one below has worked the best for me.

DIY banana hair mask

  • Mash one ripe banana using a fork and add to it 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Mix well until there are no lumps.
  • Apply all over the hair using a brush (one that you can easily wash after this)
  • Cover with a shower cap and wash with shampoo after 20 minutes. (Clarifying shampoo works best to get this mask out of your hair!) 

DIY spa day at home - take a bath

7.) Run a bubble bath

A bubble bath is an absolute must on a DIY at-home spa day! Run some warm water and your favorite bubble bath or bath bomb. (I’ve been liking bath bombs lately because they’re rather entertaining… and it doesn’t take much to amuse me these days, haha.) 

Epsom salt also works great to ease sore muscles and can come in a variety of scents. 

Or, if you happen to not have any of this stuff on hand – fret not! Just put some shower gel or shampoo in your bathtub to create some bubbles. This can work just as well to set the mood. (I’ve done this enough times as well!)

8.) Exfoliate your body

I prefer to exfoliate just before I’m about to get out of the tub, but it’s up to you! There are tons of different body scrubs out there, or you can also make your own body scrub with the recipe below.

DIY sugar and olive oil scrub

Mix together:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ cup organic sugar
    • Massage to skin in circular motions.
    • Rinse off. 

9.) Take a shower

After your bath, rinse off your hair mask and body scrub by taking a shower. Using a scented body wash such as Eucalyptus, lemongrass or lavender can be a great way to end your spa experience! 

Apply warm lotion for your at home spa day

10.) Apply warm lotion

After your shower, apply some of your favorite scented lotion to your body. For an even more luxurious touch, heat up your lotion! There are literally heated lotion dispensers these days. But, if you’re like me and don’t have one of these fancy doohickeys, you can put a few pumps of your lotion in a small, microwave-safe bowl, and heat it up in the microwave for a few seconds. 

11.) Wrap yourself in a bathrobe and relax! 

Wrap yourself in your bathrobe, and emerge from your bathroom a more relaxed version of yourself. Spend some time relishing your relaxed state by reading a book, or watching a movie. 

What are some ways you are practicing self-care at home? Let me know in the comments!

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How to Have a Relaxing DIY Spa Day at Home
How to Have a Relaxing DIY Spa Day at Home

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  1. Courtney Byers says:

    These are such good ideas. It’s so important to still have self-care at home even during this craziness. I need to have a spa day soon.

  2. Face to Curls says:

    Hope you’re staying safe during this time. x


  3. You bring up a great point Lindsey…the music and ambiance can really make sure a difference. I usually forgot those details, but next time, I’m going to put them in action.

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