With winter just around the corner, it’s normal to seek comfort from the confines of home. And, what better way to add a little luxury to your wellness routine than by putting yourself in the shoes of a spa manager and transforming your space into a home spa?
A little DIY self-care goes a long way on a good day. Today, this couldn’t be closer to the truth. Luckily for you, there is actually nothing stopping you from turning your home into a bouji spa-worthy space with the best skin care products!
There are incredible stress-relieving benefits to turning your home into a wellness retreat. From reducing tightness experienced from sitting at your desk all day to lowering your anxiety levels, an at-home spa day can work wonders on both your mind and body.
Bring a dash of escapism to your beauty routine by giving yourself an extra special day with these awesome home spa ideas.
Set the Mood in Your Spa at Home & Clear Your Mind
Are you the type of person that struggles to sit back and relax? If so, it’s time to put your back into setting the mood before you indulge in a full day of relaxation, self-care, and home spa treatments. One of the most important elements of going to a spa is the atmosphere they create for you. The lighting, scents, cozy bathrobes, and everything in between!
To create a relaxing environment in your home spa, start by putting on your most comfy robe or PJ's and get all of the items you're going to use ready. Next, light some scented candles. Chamomile, lavender, and sandalwood will help you leave all of your worries at the front door while you indulge in a day focused solely on you. If you don’t have candles handy, a humidifier with essential oils or even some incense can do the trick when it comes to setting the mood.
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Put Your Phone on Silent & Download a Meditation App
Yes, putting your phone on silent (or airplane mode!) can really enhance your ability to disconnect. But, if you’re struggling to unwind, consider downloading a meditation app so you can do some breathing exercises to get yourself in the right headspace.
If having your phone around makes you angsty, don’t worry, just turn it off and try some gentle box breathing. Box breathing is where you breathe in and out into your stomach for four seconds at a time. Repeat this sequence four times, or more if you feel it is putting you on the right path to total relaxation.
Do a Dry Brushing Session
Most women come out of their local spa with radiant, glowing skin. They feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and confident. Well, it’s the spa treatments they receive that give them this special glow. Before you give your skin the tender, loving care it deserves, it’s important that you prep it for its big day.
Dry brushing before doing any spa treatments at home allows you to exfoliate your entire body in the most natural and safe way possible. Aside from getting rid of dead skin cells, this technique increases blood flow and collagen production (the protein that keeps our skin nice and strong). This home spa favorite dramatically improves skin elasticity, reduces the appearance of stretch marks, and is incredible for toning and lifting the skin, helping you look and feel younger than ever.
Dry brushing is as simple as it sounds! You simply use a brush to scrub your dry skin. Starting from your extremities, simply brush your skin in a spiral motion, moving towards your heart. Make sure you get into all of the nooks and crannies, including your back and the back of your arms and legs.
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Prep Your Bath to Meet Your Needs
When it comes to DIY homemade spa days, nothing says relax and rejuvenate like a long soak in the tub. But, simple warm water doesn’t cut it anymore, especially if you want to give yourself a steam facial! The key to the best bath experience is the scent you add to your warm water so whether you’re a fan of essential oils, incense, a bubble bath, or like bath salts (not to be confused with sea salt as this can dry out your skin!), you need to add an extra punch to your water to reap the full benefits.
We love essential oils because of their unique properties, many of which put your mind and body into a deep state of calm and relaxation. The key is to choose a scent that suits you at this specific moment in time. We talked about the benefits of chamomile, sandalwood, and lavender oil but if you’re still struggling to switch off, frankincense is another scent that can also do the trick. You may also have a favorite bath bomb or bubble formula at your disposal. Whatever your preference for your home spa experience, give your body what it needs on your special day.
A soak in your home spa bath is proven to do everything from lower your stress hormones and blood pressure to boosting your endorphins. And, if you don’t have a bath, don’t worry! Combine a few drops of your chosen essential oil with coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil and lather it on before jumping into a steamy bath shower. This, combined with your favorite body wash or shower oil, will create a therapeutic, scented sauna effect that will give you many of the benefits experienced when having a bath.
Give Yourself a Lymphatic Body Massage
Just because you’re on your own at home doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge in a little massage therapy. Give yourself a lymphatic drainage massage in the bath with your favorite body scrub to improve your skin texture, reduce cellulite, and enhance your body’s healing process. This amazing form of massage normally found at your local spa increases blood circulation, allowing your body to break down the toxins that could be affecting your skin’s overall health. Wondering if you can you get rid of cellulite? Find out more.
The key with a lymphatic drainage massage is to be as gentle as possible. You’re not pummeling your skin into submission here. Nor are you giving yourself a deep tissue massage. So, start by applying a light layer of olive oil, coconut oil, or any other body oil (or body scrub for extra exfoliation) to the skin and gently massage your toes, moving up your body towards your collar bones. Follow this by a gentle circular massage from your fingers towards your heart.
If you like the idea of combining natural oil with a body scrub sensation and like us, you're the type of person that likes to know what's in their beauty formulas, you can create your own at home. Body scrubs typically combine an exfoliating substance with natural oils so why not combine olive oil with sea salt, or coffee grounds, and your favorite essential oil scent? This simple home spa treatment will work double-time removing dead cells while moisturizing your skin.
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Don’t Forget to Massage Your Face
Yes, a body massage feels great but why stop there? A home facial could be just what you need to relieve any final layers of tension. Home facial massaging is a great way to improve your skin tone and provide you with a more sculpted appearance.
Facial exercises are also all the rage at the moment, with more and more women claiming that they've provided them with superior results compared to when only using creams, serums, and lotions. The truth is, our face is made up of more than 40 muscles, and similarly to the body, the more you move them, the stronger they become.
Take some time to lightly massage away your daily worries and follow up with movements that can help you achieve a more lifted, toned, and tightened complexion!
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Give Your Hair Some Extra Love
Most of us wash and condition our hair regularly but how long has it been since you gave your hair the extra love it deserves? On your special day, try to:
Treat Yourself to a Scalp and Hair Treatment
Another way to treat yourself during your home spa experience is to upgrade your usual routine by treating yourself to a scalp and hair treatment. Choose a hair treatment that contains fortifying oils such as argan oil. Leave your hair product in for approximately 20 minutes or however long is indicated on the instructions label.
If you don't have a leave-in hair formula in your newly transformed home spa, there are ways you can make your own with ingredients from your kitchen. Honey, coconut, jojoba, argan, and olive oil are all popular ingredients that can be used on the hair, as are aloe vera, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, avocado, and egg.
Wash and Condition Your Hair
Once your hair and scalp have soaked in all of the goodness from your treatment, rinse it out with your favorite shampoo and apply some conditioner to give your hair that extra shine. While you should do what makes you feel most comfortable, we recommend avoiding blow-drying or curling your hair after your treatment. This will give your hair the break it deserves from harsh elements and chemicals.
Give Your Skin Some Extra TLC
Once you’ve soaked in the bath for thirty minutes, or longer, it’ll be time to give your skin some extra special attention. After all, you want to finish your day feeling relaxed but also looking rejuvenated. Take your skincare routine to the next level by putting a great level of attention and time into each step.
Cleanse & Exfoliate Your Skin
To start, exfoliate and cleanse your skin. While we know you’ve just soaked any dirt off your skin in the bath, cleansing will rid you of any last bits of grime that may be stuck in your pores. Use a gentle cleanser that will not remove the healthy and natural oil on your dermis.
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Your alcohol-free toner will act as a final cleaning solution while also removing excess oil from the skin. Again, this solution should be gentle enough that it doesn’t remove the healthy layer of oil that keeps your dermis hydrated.
Apply Your Face Mask
If your skin is dehydrated and dull from stress, exposure to pollutants, and fatigue, applying a face mask could be just what the doctor ordered! As we age and with sun exposure, we start to experience fine lines, wrinkles, and a loss of volume. Choosing face masks with the right ingredients can help combat these early signs of aging and even turn back the clocks of time to tone, hydrate, and brighten the skin.
Our luxurious Taut Collagen Mask is formulated to target dull-looking skin. It will help deliver red carpet radiance and instant skin rejuvenation in a matter of minutes with the use of the highest quality, natural ingredients. The key to our formula is the use of hydrolyzed marine collagen that penetrates the deeper layers of the skin to provide an instant boost of rejuvenation.
This combined with hyaluronic acid, a plant-sourced moisture magnet, vitamin C, a co-factor of collagen, and squalene from olives, a natural skin moisturizer, makes this mask the perfect product for your home spa experience.
Choose a Soothing Eye Treatment
It's common for women to notice the first signs of aging around their eyes. Best known as crows feet, these little lines feel like they appear suddenly from one day to the other. But, crow feet aren't the only concern women have when it comes to their eyes. Puffiness and irritation are other common issues that appear because of external pollutants, poor sleep, and excess stress, among other factors.
If you're one of the many women out there who wants a soothing and refreshing remedy for their eyes, an eye mask could be in order. Household items like cucumber and cooled chamomile tea bags are traditional alternatives that can soothe your eye area. A good night's sleep on a comfy memory foam mattress is another sure fire way of achieving that rejuvenated, well-rested look!
Apply a Hyaluronic Serum
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is like the Miss Universe of the beauty realm. It’s a gooey sugar that’s found naturally in our body. But, unfortunately, our body’s ability to produce this magical ingredient decreases as we age, leaving us with dull, flat, and wrinkled skin. Luckily for all of us, cosmetic companies are adding it to our beauty products allowing us to incorporate it into our skincare routine so that we can continue to look and feel fresh.
There’s some controversy as to when HA should be applied to the face. As a general rule of thumb, if you have a moisturizer infused with hyaluronic acid, you can apply it when you would normally apply your moisturizer, after you’ve washed, cleansed, and toned your skin.
If you’re using a HA serum, you should apply a few drops of it to your face after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing. By applying your moisturizer last, you’ll be locking in all of the goodness from your beauty regime.
Adding a few drops of hyaluronic acid to your home spa treatments will leave your skin bouncy and vibrant, even when you wake up in the morning - a key reason why you may want to make it a permanent part of your skincare regime.
But hyaluronic acid isn't the only ingredient that can give you that glowing complexion. Botanical serums are also popular alternatives that promote radiance, firmness, and can even give your skin that extra antioxidant boost it needs!
Moisturize Your Face & Body
Moisturizing your face and body will be the first step in giving it back that bounce that keeps it looking voluminous and young. Whether you have oily or dry skin, applying face and body lotion or body butter is a must-take step in every single skin care routine if you want to feel like a million bucks!
Its hydrating effects will help reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles while also providing your skin with a protective barrier against all of the nasty chemicals you’re exposed to on a daily basis.
Give Your Hands and Feet Some Extra Attention
It’s easy to neglect your hands and feet on a normal day but with all of the washing and sanitizing we’re growing accustomed to, it’s important you give them some extra attention during your homemade spa day.
Moisturize Your Hands and Feet
Applying a natural moisturizing hand cream can give them some much-needed relief from the harsh chemicals they’re being exposed to on a daily basis. When it comes to your feet, they may be enjoying their newfound freedom as you sit at home barefoot or in comfy socks. But, this doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve some love too so be sure to apply some moisturizing cream.
Massage Away Any Unwanted Tension
Remember that your hands and feet hold a lot of tension. We spend our days typing away at computers and squeezing our feet into tight shoes so it’s important to give them the release they deserve with regular foot and hand massage therapy or by applying a foot and hand cream. And, what better time to do this than during your spa day at home!
Make a Hand & Foot Mask
If you suffer from cracked heels, dry hands, and other skin issues, you could buy a sheet mask to put on them. Alternatively, you could make your own with some honey, a banana, and some coconut oil. All you have to do is mash and combine these ingredients before applying the mixture to your hands and feet and wrapping them in saran wrap for 15 to 30 minutes.
If these ingredients don't quite do it for you, there are other recipes online that include coffee grounds and sea salt that offer more revitalizing and exfoliating qualities.
Don’t Forget the Extra Steps of Your Mani-Pedi
You’ve given your hands and feet the extra self care they deserve but the best way way to finish off your home spa treatments is with a coat of your favorite nail varnish. So many of us have opted out of our weekly appointment at the salon during the pandemic. And, while that may have felt like the end of the world at first, it’s actually a great time to let your nails breathe by taking a break from gels.
Instead, give your cuticles and nails some extra care and apply a fortifying oil. Then, apply a coat or two of your favorite nail varnish but avoid the gels for the time being. Changing your nail varnish more regularly will give them a better chance of absorbing some of the goodness from the sun and any moisturizing products you apply to your hands on a daily basis.
Sit Back and Relax to Finish Your Home Spa Day in Style
The final and arguably, the most important stage of your DIY spa day is to sit back and relax, and what better way to do this than by cuddling up on the sofa or in bed with a cup of hot chocolate?
Or you can treat yourself to some of your favorite snacks, sweets or drinks while you relax and unwind. The best part? Not even leaving your house—or your tub! You can order online home delivery for candy, food, beverages and many other spa essentials to top off your stress-free night.
If you want to take this sense of deep relaxation and calm to the next level, consider turning off your phone and all other electronics until tomorrow. Instead, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your wrists, pull out your favorite book or put on some music and give yourself an extra special spa home day by finishing up with some of your favorite treats. Chocolate, hors d’oeuvres, a special dinner are all fantastic options to finish off your day in style!
Experience a Radiant Transformation With Taut
At Taut, we want you to feel and look your best by the end of your special in home spa day which is why we’re proud to offer our Taut Intense Transformation Program.
A luxurious and effective collagen skincare program like no other, Taut Intense Transformation includes our advanced collagen formula drink, our collagen face mask, and Taut Hydrate, our hyaluronic acid and grape seed extract supplement.
Preservative-free, gluten-free, and sweetened with stevia, this high potency bundle combines the triple synergistic power of Taut in one comprehensive package. It is the intense program for anyone wanting to rejuvenate their body, both inside and out.
Created with the aim of dramatically transforming aging skin, all of these products have one common goal: to help you achieve a younger-looking, fuller, firmer, and glowing complexion.
What makes our products truly unique is the ingredients we use. Made of 100% pure premium marine collagen peptides, marine elastin peptides, grape seed extract, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, deoxyribonucleic acid, and ceramide, you’ll be sure to achieve radiant skin in no time!
If you have questions about any of our products or would like to find out more about our offerings, our team is always happy to help, so contact us today!
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