How to have a luxury at home spa day
One thing that I’ve realised that I’ve missed quite a bit since we’ve been in lockdown is a spa day. I love everything about them from the fluffy robes to feeling lovely and relaxed at the end of the day so I’ve put together this guide so that you can have a luxury at home spa day.
Upon your arrival at your at home spa day, you will need to create your schedule to see when your meals are being served and what time your exercise classes and treatments are. You may also get a map of the spa to show you where everything is. I live in a two bed flat, so I didn’t think this was necessary for my virtual spa day.
Collect your robe, towel and slippers. Ideally these should all be white, fluffy and freshly washed. You might want to give your robe a couple of minutes in the tumble dryer or on the radiator to make it nice and warm. If slippers aren’t available then flip flops will do. I usually wear my flip flops anyway as my feet are so small that the slippers are usually huge on me.
Take a bath
Ok so I guess it’s quite difficult to really recreate an at home spa day – unless you have a swimming pool, sauna and steam room in your house (I don’t). One thing you can do is have a lovely hot bath. Pop some bath bombs in and soak in there for a little while. Make sure you give yourself a good moisturise when you get out.
If you have a shower head right above the bath, you could do some fire and ice by popping the shower on cold!
If you’ve opted for treatments at your virtual spa, you can choose from a manicure, pedicure or facial. Basically, any treatment which you can do yourself without the help of a professional.
Personally, I would go for a DIY facial as I like to feel super relaxed on a spa day.
1. Remove any nail varnish that’s already on your nails.
2. Shape your nails, trimming if necessary and then filing.
3. Push back your cuticles gently with an orange stick.
3. Apply nail varnish remover over the nails to remove any oils or residue.
4. If you have one, use a base coat. This will even out the nail and prevent any staining from your nail polish.
5. Apply two coats of your chosen colour, waiting for the polish to dry in between each coat.
6. Use one clear top coat layer and wait for this to dry.
7. Use a luxurious hand cream to moisturise your hands and arms. You can also add cuticle oil to your cuticles if you have it.
1. Remove any nail varnish that’s already on your nails.
2. Soak your feet in warm water with a splash of body wash for 15 minutes.
3. Thoroughly dry your feet and then use a foot file to remove any dead skin.
4. Moisturise your feet.
5. Apply your base coat and wait for it to dry.
6. Apply two coats of your chosen nail polish, waiting for it to dry between each coat.
7. Finish with a quick drying top coat.
One of my besties has her own skincare business so she’s given me some great guidance for an at-home facial. Check out Emma Louise Beauty Boss on Instagram to find out more about her products and order them for your own at home facial. Here’s Emma’s top tips for a relaxing at home facial.
1. Start with our Polishing Peel aka Microdermabrasion in a bottle. It contains pumpkin enzymes that resurface the skin by dissolving dead skin cells and draws out all the toxins as well as gently exfoliating the skin.
2. Then I use our detoxifying mud mask to draw out all the toxins and impurities from deep in the skin. This mud mask contains over 50 skin beneficial ingredients. I LOVE watching it work and visibly drawing out the dirt and impurities from your pores.
3. Once you have drawn everything out it’s time to get some moisture back in your pores. I love to use Creamy Hydration Mask after the mud mask to hydrate my skin and keep it radiant and glowing.
If you fancy a massage this could be tricky if you live alone. If you live with your partner, why not try roping them in to give you a relaxing treatment?!
If you have some outside space and it’s a sunny day, make sure you spend some time outside in the sun with a book – one of my favourite ways to relax. If you have a hot tub in your garden then even better as this will really feel like a spa! Don’t forget to set the timer for 15 minutes!
One of my favourite things about a day spa is the relaxation room. It’s usually just really quiet with comfy furniture to sit and lie on and I like to have a little cat nap here. You could do this at home by covering up with blankets on the sofa or the bed and listening to some sleep meditation music.
Most day spas offer a range of exercise classes for you to take part in, and your virtual spa will be no different. Luckily, there are plenty of online exercise classes that you can do so this should be pretty simply. I’ve been doing Joe Wicks PE most days at 9am. It’s supposed to be for kids but it literally kills me off every day!
If you’re lucky enough (or unlucky enough!) to have a home gym or some at-home exercise equipment, you could spend an hour working out using these.
Food and drink
The food at a spa is usually super healthy and really delicious. If you’re having a whole day for your spa break I would start off with an avacado on toast breakfast (just one slice of sourdough!) followed by a buffet lunch with a selection of fish and salads.
In the afternoon you’re going to want to opt for a spa classic, afternoon tea! Make sandwiches with smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber, ham, and egg mayonnaise and then cut them into finger sizes and be sure to remove the crusts. Add a scone with jam and clotted cream (up to you which order you put them on!) and a selection of small cakes (don’t forget the macarons!) and you’re good to go. I also like to enjoy a glass of bubbly at the spa, so definitely crack open some prosecco with your afternoon tea.
Oh, and I forgot the most important point – keep your robe and slippers on for each meal, there’s absolutely no need to get dressed at the spa!
As for drinks, you should have some healthy juices available on arrival, or at least some water filled with different fruits or cucumber. You should also be able to refill your reusable bottle at all times throughout the spa.
So that’s my guide to an at home spa day – hope you’ve enjoyed it and that you’re feeling nice and relaxed!