Life is busy, and the winter months can drag on and on. In our fast paced world, it can be easy to get swept up into the mindset of always having to achieve more. Without proper time for ourselves though, we can face extreme burnout and higher stress levels. Unhealthy amounts of stress lead to changes in mood and can even negatively affect our bodies. That’s why it is absolutely essential that we take the time that we need to focus on ourselves. By designating time to focus only on our own wellbeing, we allow ourselves to be more fully present, happy, and healthy. Although a spa day can be the ultimate luxury, the reality is that it is not always feasible. With the following tips, you can experience the ultimate relaxation and luxury from the comfort of your own home. Below is a list of what you’ll need to indulge in some well-deserved pampering.
Purchase your favorite body scrub—or even make your own! Enjoy the relaxing aromas as you slather it onto your skin and exfoliate. Body scrub can help renew your skin and wash away any dead skin cells. For best results, apply to dry skin and slowly work the body scrub in a circular motion all over your body. After you are finished, step into the shower to rinse off. Your skin will feel as soft as ever. A popular body scrub is the Eucalyptus Spearmint Sugar Scrub— $16 from Bath & Body Works.
One of the best parts of a spa experience is a facial. Due to the lasting effects of skincare, this step is always a stress reliever. Whether you struggle with acne-prone skin or have a naturally clear complexion, a face mask can give your skin a little extra oomph that will last. Sheet masks are all the rage right now—and for good reason! There are different varieties that provide overall soothing and brightening enhancements while others treat conditions like acne and redness. Find the mask that addresses your needs and apply it to your face. Most masks are meant to stay on for 15-20 minutes. This is the perfect time to focus on taking deep breaths and perhaps even practice meditation. Check out Florapy for some highly effective and specialized face masks for only $8 each.
A great way to make the effects of your spa night last even longer is to give yourself an at-home manicure and pedicure. Choose your favorite nail polish and paint your nails as you listen to relaxing music. Don’t rush yourself through this process. Allow yourself the time to apply several coats of polish, as needed. With neatly painted nails in your favorite color, you will feel ready to take on the world. Check out Deborah Lippmann’s Manicure Essentials Set—$59 from Sephora.
As you allow yourself to relax, let your stresses melt away. It’s healthy to indulge in self-care!
Kelsey is an entrepreneur and blogger currently based in Nashville. She’s an advocate for women’s rights, mental health, and the creative arts. When she is not writing, she can be found obsessing over Lana Del Rey, glitter, and bulldogs. Follow her on Instagram – @KelseyKinsel.