Spa Day Hack: How to Escape—at Home
If you’re like most moms, what you really want now and again is a bit of time to yourself. And you deserve it!
Even if you’re so busy you can hardly see your calendar covered in sticky notes, if you can find just a few minutes of “me time” it can make a world of difference.
Think of time you could take for yourself:
- during nap time
- after the kids are in bed at night
- or even in the early morning hours
The 10 Minute Spa Experience
- Start by putting on some relaxing music and pouring yourself a nice cup of tea.
- Follow the directions below for a luxurious facial steam.
- Finish by splashing your face with cool water and applying a nourishing moisturizer. You will look (and feel) like you just got an uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep!
10 Steps to a True At-Home Spa Experience
If you are able to spend a bit more time, you can really pamper yourself with our step-by-step guide to an amazing at home spa day. So pick a day, and try it out...
Step 1: Ask for Help
This can feel like a tough one. Just remember you deserve some R&R, and it is ok to arrange for support to make it happen.
Hire a sitter for a few hours, or ask your spouse or partner to take the kids out for the afternoon to give you some uninterrupted time to yourself.
If that isn’t possible, plan to put the kids to bed early and set aside the rest of the evening for yourself. Even an hour or two can feel simply decadent when done right.
Step 2: Prepare Your Spa Area
Clean your room and bathroom the day before your spa day. It is much easier to fully relax if your area is free of dirt and clutter. Stacks of things to be put away and dust bunnies in the corners will keep your mind on your busy to-do list, instead of enjoying your few hours of complete indulgence.
If you really want to feel like you are at a spa, buy some fresh flowers and a nice new candle for your space.
Step 3: Prepare your Snacks
Spas usually have tasty, healthy treats available to enjoy before and after your treatments. To recreate this indulgence at home, prepare a nice tray ahead of time with everything that you might need, such as fresh organic fruit, a small dish of nuts and pieces of dark chocolate, herbal tea bags, and mineral water.
Use a nice glass or mug and a pretty linen napkin for an extra dash of fancy.
Step 4: Remove Distractions & Set the Mood
Set your phone to do not disturb. If you think you will be tempted to check it at all, put it in another room. Let everyone know that you won’t be reachable for the next few hours.
It can be hard to switch out of “mommy mode” right away. Help set the mood by dimming the overhead lights and lighting a few candles. Use essential oils to add a nice aroma to the room. Pour yourself a cup of tea. Play some soft, relaxing music.
If you like making playlists, set one up with a few hours’ worth of music. You can also find nice long tracks of relaxing music on YouTube (this one is a favorite) or through an app such as Relaxing Spa Music.
Step 5: Relax your Body & Mind
Just a few minutes of yoga and/or meditation will do wonders to put you in the right frame of mind. There are plenty of apps out there to guide you. Here are a few of my favorites:
Step 6: Facial Steam
An herbal facial steam cleans your skin and opens your pores. Plus it feels simply wonderful.
To make your herbal steam, place 1 cup of herbs such as lavender, chamomile or rose petals in a large bowl. (You can also use any herbal tea you have on hand.)
Pour boiling water over the herbs and allow to steep for a few minutes. Drape a towel over your head and shoulders and lean your face over the bowl, about 6 to 8 inches above the water.
Allow the steam to bring the refreshing properties of the herbs to your skin for 5-6 minutes.
Step 7: Facial Mask
After your herbal facial steam, your skin is ready for a mask.
Combine 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt and 2 teaspoons of honey in a small glass bowl. Smooth over your face and neck.
Leave the mask on while you soak in the tub.
The lactic acid in the yogurt gently smooths and exfoliates while the honey cleanses and hydrates your skin.
Step 8: Milk Bath
A luxurious DIY milk bath is a treat for your body and your senses.
To make the milk bath, pulse 1/4 cup of rolled oats and 1 teaspoon of lavender flowers in a blender or food processor until they are the consistency of a fine powder. Add 1/2 cup dry milk. Mix well and add to the running bath water.
The combination of milk, oats and lavender will gently cleanse and moisturize your entire body.
Step 9: Rinse & Moisturize
After you are done soaking in the bath, rinse your face and body with warm water and gently pat dry. Follow immediately with a rich moisturizing lotion or body oil. Put on a nice fluffy robe and allow the lotion or oil to soak in.
Step 10: Treat Your Feet
Thoroughly wet 2 hand towels with very hot water. Apply foot cream or a moisturizing lotion to your feet. Squeeze excess water from the towels, and wrap one around each of your feet and lower legs.
After 10-15 minutes, remove the towels from your feet. Add a bit more foot cream and put on some nice fluffy socks.
There is no reason why your spa day has to end here. Keep on that fluffy robe and indulge in one of your favorite relaxing activities. Read a book, knit, watch a movie, or take a nap. By this point you should be feeling incredible, so enjoy it as long as you can!
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About the author:
Stephanie is mom to three small children and the founder and managing editor of Modern Parents Messy Kids (MPMK for short). There her team provides inspiration to thousands of parents on living well via kid-friendly recipes, parenting tips and organizational hacks.