Treating yourself to self-care is an important part of keeping your zen during the wedding planning process. While it can be hard to make the time to keep up with a self-care routine or it may seem frivolous to spend money on a trip to the spa while you’re trying to save money for an upcoming wedding, it doesn’t have to be such a time or financial investment. There are many ways to set up a quick, simple, and affordable at-home spa for a great self-care experience at a fraction of the price.
Create the Right Environment
You’ll want the environment around you to feel relaxing for an at-home spa experience. To set the mood, light candles, lower the lights, play relaxing music, and even have an essential oil diffuser going. Set up your DIY spa somewhere you won’t be interrupted and can really take in the whole experience.
Wear Something Comfortable
One way to really feel like you’re at a spa even if you’re at your own home is to dress the part. For instance, put on your comfiest robe, wear plush slippers and use a spa headband to push your hair back. Just slipping into these comfortable clothes will transport you mentally to somewhere more serene.
Level up Your Bubble Bath
Enjoy some “you” time in a warm and luxurious bubble bath. Make this feel like a spa with a few simple upgrades. For instance, use bubble bath, bath salts, or Epsom salts to ramp up the relaxation factor. You can also make your bath even more luxe with the addition of a face mask while you soak in the bath. Light some candles, put on music, or unwind while reading a book in the bath to really enjoy your relaxation time.
Relax with a Foot Soak
Your feet go through a lot, so why not indulge them in a nice soak? This is bound to help you relax and unwind, and it will result in refreshed and softer feet. To whip up your own healing foot soak, combine a cup of milk with five cups of warm water. Soak your feet for five to 10 minutes. Then, combine baby oil and sugar in a separate bowl until a thick paste forms. Scrub your feet with this, massaging it in circular motions. Use a pumice stone to scrub your heels and then rinse. Afterwards, your feet will feel brand new! Another DIY foot soak option is to fill a tub or pot with warm water. Then, add a half cup of honey and one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Top the water with sliced lemons and soak your feet as long as desired.
Make Eye Cooling Pads
Between late nights, screen time, and long days, your eyes could probably use refreshing. You can easily arrange this with DIY eye cooling pads for your at-home spa day. Use half of a cucumber cut into chunks (it doesn’t need to be peeled) and two tablespoons of aloe vera gel combined with six mint leaves. Purée the cucumber in a food processor or blender and then add the aloe and mint to the device and process it for about 60 seconds or until smooth. Use a nut milk straining bag or sieve placed over a bowl to strain the mixture and separate it from the pulp. Cut cotton rounds in half and place them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment or wax paper. Quickly dip the cotton round halves in the blended mixture and lay them on the prepared pan. Freeze the pads for at least 30 minutes or as long as desired and you’ll then have clean, affordable eye cooling pads to use at home.
Perform Lymphatic Body Massage
There are many health benefits associated with lymphatic drainage massages, and you can easily give yourself one at home. Many people make this part of their shower routine, which is a great way to feel like you’re at a spa within the walls of your own home. Massage your body away from extremities and up towards your collarbones or down towards your collarbones if you’re massaging about your neck. Use a small amount of pressure while applying body wash for an effective and relaxing method of this massage. Alternatively, it can be done while applying lotion directly after the shower.
These at-home spa efforts are small but mighty, allowing you to truly relax in the comfort of your own home.