THERE’S ALWAYS A REASON TO GO FOR SOME PAMPERING…
So, why not make a party out of it? Whether you decide to go solo or invite your crew, make the most of your in-home spa, day or night. Maybe it’s a home spa just for a special occasion, such as to prep for a wedding, party or event, or maybe you’ll want to schedule a regular weekly or monthly gathering that soothes your senses and makes you feel pretty. Either way, finding time to pamper yourself, your family and friends will boost your mood as you relax, restore, rejuvenate, renew and refresh your face, hair, body, and nails at home.
Another perk of a DIY home pampering party is that you and your friends can save lots of money. Forgo expensive beauty treatments and be reassured that all ingredients are healthy and organic, pure and natural. Instead of traveling anywhere to seek out your spa, head instead to the pantry and your refrigerator.
AMP UP THE AMBIANCE AND AROMA
It’s a party, and you’ll want to greet your guests with a welcoming glow by lighting up your environment with tea lights and candles. Arrange some fresh or artificial flowers. As long as no one’s allergic, use a room spray, perfume or body splash to scent your spa space.
Get a heads up on your guests’ listening preferences. Do they prefer peace and quiet, light music or louder music? You can always switch it up throughout your spa session. Suitable spa music may include, but not be limited to new age, classical, jazz, acoustic guitar, and relaxing nature sounds like ocean waves, water fountains and babbling brooks.
CHECKLIST OF YOUR GUESTS’ THINGS TO BRING:
- Bathing Suit
- Change of Clothes
- Wide-Toothed Comb
- Food or Drink (Optional)
CHECKLIST OF WHAT TO HAVE READY:
- Candles, Flowers, and Music (Optional)
- Extra Towels (Hand Towels, Hair Towels, Bath Towels)
- Eye Make-up Remover, Q-tips, Cotton Balls/Pads, Facial Cleanser, Make-up Remover Wipes
- Essential Oils
- Cucumber Slices or Tea Bags for Eyes (Keep Refrigerated Until Using)
- Massage Tools (Often Made of Smooth Wood)
- Carrier Oils and Moisturizers (e.g., Natural Oils, like Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and Jojoba Oil)
FOOD AND DRINK
Have food and drink ready when guests arrive, or you can ask them to bring their own dish or beverages to share and have a potluck style pampering party. Enjoy a beverage of choice, such as filtered water infused with fresh fruit or cucumber and mint, smoothies, vino, beer, coffee, tea, cocktails or mocktails!
Condition your luscious locks with a carrier oil and essential oil(s) of your choice. Massage the oil(s) throughout, from scalp to strand. Then, for those with particularly dry, damaged or frizzy hair, begin by spreading a hot oil, conditioner, or hair masque over the hair and wrap it (optional). Set an alarm for 10-15 minutes.
FOR YOUR FACE
Then, move on to the face. Remove all traces of make-up. Apply a facial mask to the entire face or just nose area or T-zone, depending on skin type. Leave some space for the eyes to “breathe.” Set an alarm for 10-15 minutes, depending.
Put cool cucumber slices, tea bags or eye masques over your closed eyes. And when the timer goes off, after your facial masque has fully dried and done its wondrous work, remove them and rinse off the mask.
Exfoliation is optional. Apply by gently (avoiding eye area is best) stroking skin in circular motions for no more than 5 minutes. Rinse with warm, then cool water, and pat dry with a towel.
Apply a toner, serum or just a moisturizer. A carrier oil blended with lavender essential oil works well, and your skin will sing if you do a DIY facial massage as you apply this.
It may seem like idle time, but pampering pays off. The more you can relax and take the time to take care of yourself, the better off you’ll be. Sharing your home spa experience makes a fun event, but it can also be an important time of beautiful bonding and meaningful memories!