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How To Have A Spa Day At Home: 7 Steps For A DIY Spa Day

While I already work from home, that doesn’t mean I’m not getting antsy the last few weeks and I’ve been wondering: how to have a spa day at home?

I take baths on the regular, but I’m missing a lot of the other self care methods I would get while having an actual spa day.

Massage, skincare, etc.

For the short or semi-long term, going to an actual facility for a spa day is out of the picture…

So, I put together my own spa day routine!

Below, check out how to have a spa day at home.

(You deserve it.)

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Spa Day At Home: The Basics

Spa days involve a variety of services for your physical and mental well being.

So first, let’s outline what will be in our spa day at home.

Some common treatments for a spa day are:

  • body massage
  • hair
  • foot massage
  • facials
  • waxing
  • microdermabrasion
  • body treatments
  • manicures
  • pedicures
  • aromatherapy
  • moxibustion
  • ear candling
  • and gua sha (scraping)

When doing  aspa day at home, I personally wanted to choose treatments that I had the materials for.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still shopping for what I need via Amazon and Instacart (and going to the store when absolutely necessary) but the thing that flattens the curve MOST is staying home.

So, I’m choosing treatments in this post where I already had the materials I needed.

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Here is what I decided on for my spa day:

  1. hair
  2. manicures
  3. pedicures
  4. aromatherapy
  5. body massage
  6. foot massage
  7. facials

#1: Hair

First thing’s first: I chose to start with my hair because before I do all of this, I’m going to take a shower.

I did some searching and found a few recipes for hair masks. I made some changes, based on what I had.

Spa Day At Home DIY Hair Mask

  • Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • Results: I have very dry, frizzy, curly hair. So, I wanted to create a mask that was extremely 1) natural and 2) hydrating
  • Instructions: Combine the 3 ingredients in a bowl, and leave in for 30 minutes

#2: Manicure

I personally love painting my nails (even though I don’t do it often.)

With how often I have been washing my hands, I decided a soak and a scrub wouldn’t really be worth it (because I’m just going to dry them out again anyway). So, my manicure only consisted of preparing my nail bed and painting my nails – which I did throughout the day between other tasks.

DIY Manicure At Home For Spa Day

  • Prep: I prepared my nail bed by gently pushing my cutical back
  • Paint: When painting your nails, make sure to start with a clear base coat. This helps your manicure last longer.
  • Additionally, and this is VERY important, make sure to leave a decent space between your cutical and where you paint. The oil from your skin will interfere with the longevity of your manicure if you paint up to your cuticle.
  • Another tip for long lasting manicures: make sure to wrap the nail polish around the tip.
  • Top your manicure with another clear layer.
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This video is my favorite for DIY manicures:

#3: Pedicure

My feet are a disaster. I just have really dry skin and I let my calluses build up. (Just being honest.)

So, here are the steps I went through for my spa day at home pedicure:

  • Remove previous nail polish from 3 months ago
  • Soaked my feet in warm water
  • Filed my feet gently
  • Cut and shaped my toe nails
  • Applied cuticle oil to my toe nails
  • Moistured my feet with insanely thick shea butter I bought from an artisan African shop in Galveston, TX
  • Put socks on so I didn’t get shea butter foot prints all over my hardwood floors

#4: Aromatherapy

This one was tricky because I only have one essential oil right now (lavendar) and I don’t have any diffusers.

I’ve obviously never done aromatherapy at home or for a spa day before!

So, I did some research and decided the easiest thing to do was a steam treatment.

DIY Aromatherapy Steam Treatment For At Home Spa Day

  • Steam treatments are great for soothing respiratory, congestion, sinus infections & allergy troubles. (Hi flu season how are ya)
  • Place 3-7 drops of essential oil into a bowl of hot water
  • Put your face over the water
  • Put a towel over your head to trap in the steam
  • Keep your eyes closed as you inhale the vaporized oil through your nose.

#5: Body massage

The one thing I miss most and am still paying for monthly is my massage envy membership.

When this whole stay-at-home-thing is over…

I’m going to have a heck-ton of massages to get!

For this body massage, I’ll keep it real:

The best I’m going to do is here is ask the hubs for a back rub.

Yesterday was our weekly date night, and while normally we’d be eating a fancy dinner or going to see a movie: lately we’ve been trying to get creative in making things special at home.

So, I felt pretty good about asking for a back massage!

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I found this post, and it had tips like the following:

  • Choose the location
  • Set the mood (candles, etc.)
  • Pick the right oil (we had a coconut massage oil that I use to moisturize my skin, so this was perfect)
  • Start near the neck and shoulders and work down
  • Use your hands, not your fingers
  • Center your thoughts
  • Enjoy it, be confident, and don’t feel weird

#6: Foot massage

This was another one I had to research. I’m also very ticklish on my feet, so I did NOT ask the hubs for help on this one.

I’d already primed my feet with the pedicure, which I was glad for when it came to massage my own feet.

I found this post, and it had tips like:

  1. Start rubbing at the base of your little toe.
  2. Move over to the base of the next toe and continue rubbing.
  3. Apply slight pressure on the flesh between your little toe and the next toe over.
  4. Now move to your middle toe.
  5. Massage, stretch, and pull your middle toe in a circular motion, then do the same with your other toes.
  6. With your fingertips or the palms of your hands, gently apply pressure to both sides of your heel just below the ankle, and then rub around your ankle clockwise to boost energy and circulation.
  7. Finally, knead and squeeze your calf muscle to release tension.
  8. Repeat on the second foot.

#7: Facial

After doing some research, I felt a little silly doing this last (I should have combined it with the steam aromatherapy treatment above, because I prepped my skin in that step).

The first step is washing your face, then steaming it like we did above.

Then I used a gentle exfoliator, and after that created a spa day at home face mask.

I opted for an oatmeal face mask, which I found here. I had all of these ingredients so it was super easy to throw together.

Oatmeal facial masks for at home spa day

  • Combine 1/2 cup hot water and 1/3 cup oatmeal (hot water, not boiling water. I used a microwave)
  • Allow the water and oatmeal to settle for 2-3 minutes
  • Mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and one small egg white
  • Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face
  • Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water.
  • Place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain

What do you think about my spa day at home routine?

I absolutely loved this little challenge and would highly recommend!

Best part is that I STILL have all of thee materials, and I will definitely be doing this again.

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How To Have A Spa Day At Home: DIY At Home Spa Day

1 thought on “How To Have A Spa Day At Home: 7 Steps For A DIY Spa Day”

  1. Wow, I love this idea! I love that you decided to use the majority of the day to do this, just like a typical spa day where you actually visit a spa site. Even without quarantine, it’s a good way to be frugal while still pampering yourself. Your suggestions were great, and I think I might do this myself this weekend!

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