When things are stressful, overwhelming, or even slightly inconvenient, the best thing to do is take a moment for yourself. Sometimes just a quick walk around the block or sip of red wine will do the trick, but, there's really nothing better than a full day of pampering at the spa (or the spa you've created in your own home).
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From relaxing foot spas and skincare regimens to a few key scents and wardrobe choices, it doesn't take much to turn your bathroom into an oasis. Just queue up the spa music, sit back, and relax. Here's exactly how to make an ultra-soothing beauty spa in the comfort of your own home.
First things first, get as comfortable as humanly possible. This robe has over 1,300 five-star reviews and is made from 100% long-staple Turkish cotton. Trust us, once you're wrapped up in this cozy cocoon, you'll really feel your spa day begin.
If the sight of your bare feet is giving you a fright, recreate the spa pedi from your home. Throw in some soothing bath salts and let them get massaged for about 10 minutes. Once they're sufficiently soaked, give your heels a good file and rub on a heavy cream for a totally rejuvenated feel.
A sweet-smelling candle has magic mood-setting power no matter what, but especially when you're trying to unwind. This gorg one from Snowe includes sandalwood to add a rich butteriness to the soothing lavender, plus refreshing ginger to create the ultimate atmosphere.
If you want to up the ante even more, the subtle water trickle plus slow misting scent of a stone diffuser will cause you to think you're at the spa — well, almost. This essential oil set includes ultra-relaxing moments, like an oceanside afternoon and a warm moon-filled night, somehow bottled up into perfection.
If you're looking for more of an invigorating treatment, this top-rated coffee scrub will awaken your senses and slough away any old, dead skin cells to reveal truly glowing skin.
For those who need a little extra help getting into relaxation mode at home, this personal diffuser is filled with essential oils to help you reach a quasi-state of nirvana. All you need to do is breathe it in through your mouth and out your nose and the blend will help with headaches, muscle stiffness, and any remaining stress.
Next time you're in the tub, consider dropping in a "chill pill," AKA this jasmine-and-rose-scented bath bomb that is infused with lush oils to moisturize, nurture, and soothe skin.
This self-heating, jasmine-infused eye mask helps to relieve tiredness, eye strain, and any other sinus or environmental tensions. The warmth comes alive as soon as you open it, so be ready to use and relax immediately. (It also comes in a five-pack, just FYI, since you're probably going to want to have a few more on deck.)
Alternatively, if a chilled eye mask or cold jade roller is more up your alley, you need this mini beauty fridge. It's not only meant to preserve your beauty products but also super helpful when all you need is an invigorating wake-up call.
If constant back pain or sore muscles are begging you to book a massage, fear not. This CBD-infused body balm is made with arnica oil and hard-hitting essential oils — like black pepper, cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint, and wild oregano — to provide relief on achy pains.
If you happen to live in a part of the world that isn't exactly sunshine-filled, it's still important to get your daily vitamin D dosage. This bright light therapy lamp emits full-spectrum, non-UV light that brightens up those days when you get less time in the sun and has even been shown to help improve mood, energy, and sleep patterns.
If your hair is screaming for a day at the salon, turn your bathroom into the next best thing. The vegan purifying scrub with sea salt works to balance out sensitive or oily scalps and give your hair a fresh start, while the regenerative mask with rare prickly pear seed oil restores your hair to all of its healthy, shiny glory.
Give yourself an at-home facial that rivals the work of your favorite esthetician with this exfoliation scrubber. Simply add in your favorite cleanser or scrub and apply in circular motions, using the exfoliating side for a deeper clean or the softer side for a gentle cleanse.
Once your skin is clean and dry, follow it up with the finishing touch: A sheet mask. This variety pack includes seven masks for a full range of rejuvenating benefits, including pearl for brightening, seawater and plankton for hydrating rough or tired complexions, and collagen to promote plumpness and diminish roughness.
A spa doesn't usually serve wine, so consider this the best part of the at-home experience. This clean, vegan-friendly wine from Cameron Diaz and Katherine Power is made with organic grapes and was released earlier than expected because of the popular demand — so in other words, it's not optional.
Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.