Something about tending to our physical bodies really helps women feel emotionally and mentally well, too. Sure, we love a night out with the girls and rounds of cocktails and hours of intoxication like anybody else, but we also like to treat ourselves by detoxing from time to time. Not many straight men I know think “facials and aromatherapy” when they want to unwind. But women just love a spa night! That being said, going to an actual spa can get pricey. And sometimes, just getting an appointment at the one you love (or simply one near your home) isn’t possible. By the time the spa can take you, the urge to have a spa day has passed. You never know when the need and schedule opening will arise for a spa night. Here are tips for an at-home budget spa night.
Fruit infuse your water
Nothing says spa day like fruit-infused water. Put chunks of pineapple, melon, strawberries, apple slices, and lemon slices in a pretty jug of water and refrigerate for at least an hour before your spa night to get all the flavors.
Slice up cucumbers for your eyes
Sliced up cucumbers aren’t just for the funny effect—they hydrate the skin around your eyes. And they force you not to look at your phone screen or computer for at least 10 minutes.
Put towelettes on ice
At any nice spa, you find little moist towelettes, rolled up and placed on bowls of ice. You can easily make those roll-ups at home and put them next to your tub. Use them to cool down your neck while you’re in there.
Make a foot soak
You can make a nice foot soak with some hot water, your favorite herbs, and some aromatherapy oil. Dunk your feet in there for at least twenty minutes before exfoliating with a pumice stone.
Aromatherapy bath bombs
Don’t forget to add your aromatherapy bath bombs! You can buy them in singles at stores like Lush. Or perhaps it’s time to use the ones you’ve accumulated as holiday gifts over the years.
Make a scrub
You can make a deeply hydrating and exfoliating scrub at home that will leave your skin feeling silky-soft. Just mix coffee grounds, granular sugar, and coconut butter together and rub it all over your body. Then rinse.
Make a steam room
Run your shower at its hottest temperature with the windows closed for five minutes. You can even cover the bottom crack of the door with a towel to really smog up the place.
Use only candlelight
Close your curtains. Turn off all of the lights. Add blankets over curtains if there is still too much light. And flood the place with candles.
Make a hand mask
Just smother some of your favorite essential oils on your hands and slip them into a new, clean pair of cleaning gloves. Let them sit in there for 10 to 15 minutes for super soft digits and cuticles that are ready to be pushed back for your manicure.
Get a spa robe
Invest in a really nice, cozy spa robe—the type you’d get at an actual spa. You can find some decently-priced ones on Amazon.
Make an avocado hair mask
Blend one ripe avocado, a teaspoon of honey, and half a cup of warm water in a bowl. You’ll have a deliciously decadent avocado hair mask. Leave it on your hair for 15 minutes before rinsing it out.
Make a plain yogurt mask
You can get a container of plain yogurt for under a dollar if you don’t go name brand. Put the stuff, by itself, on your skin for twenty minutes for a brighter, tighter complexion.
Make this spa salad
Buy everything pre-cut, of course, because tonight is about relaxation. Pre-cut and washed kale, cubed butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, sliced chicken breast. Add lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
Put on the relaxation station
Find a good relaxation station on Pandora (there are plenty). And, just for today, get the free trial with no ads. You can just cancel it after spa day.
Add potted plants
A little greenery adds a lot of joy to your in-home spa. Add a couple of potted plants to your spa room for ambiance and oxygen.