Let’s face it: The joys of a home massage never really add up to the full spa experience of therapeutic scents wafting through the air, the soothing sounds of flutes or crickets subtly enhancing a well-deserved treatment, plus the piping hot herbal beverage offered as soon as you step out of the treatment room.
To be honest, an at-home treatment will always fall short of that (monthly? weekly?) trip to the spa. The only remedy is to bring the spa to your home.
Luxury at-home spas are now as much a home trend as She Sheds. Indoor fountains, sitting areas, treatment and dressing rooms are designed and installed directly into houses. Need convincing or inspiration? Scroll down.
To start off, make sure you have a clean counter for all the products you’ll be using. Have a separate container for each type of product and keep a set of clean towels and robes nearby.
Settle on neutral or earthy tones as anything too loud or dynamic might distract from the relaxed vibe of your home spa.
Spas, especially those with indoor pools, saunas, and hot tubs, tend to be moist spaces so it would be wise to consider the proper materials for flooring, walls, and ceilings.
Keep bathroom amenities separate from everything else.
An indoor sauna is easily installed, too.
While the atmosphere is important, the products used for treatments account for more of the complete spa experience. Oils, creams, lotions, and diffusers perfectly capture a weekend spa getaway. Here are some choice products to store at your home spa:
Clarins Body Fit
Once “Body Lift,” the Body Fit is your anti-cellulite contouring expert formulated to streamline tough curves with the infusion of quince leaf extract. The gel-cream promises to reduce the “sponginess” in the skin and target areas where these flaws are prone to
Jo Malone Lime & Mandarin Scent Surround Diffuser
The allure of a spa also
L’Occitane Almond Shower Scrub
Scrub away dead skin cells and exfoliate for softer skin using this shower scrub that’s enhanced with crushed sea shells and almond oil. Apply it with gentle massaging motions onto wet skin, lather, and rinse off.
La Mer Intensive Revitalizing Mask
Apart from a massage, face masks are half the fun of spa days. This at-home cream mask promises to replenish, energize and protect the skin on your face and neck. Infused with the brand’s signature Miracle Broth, the product summons the healing powers of the sea to hydrate the skin. Apply a thick layer on your face and neck and leave it on for eight minutes. Wipe it away and follow with a moisturizer.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Every beauty junkie’s favorite multi-purpose oil also serves as a great hair mask that deeply nourishes hair. Apply the Huile Prodigieuse before shampooing to use it so. Otherwise, continue to use it on your face and body to soften skin and create a silky feeling.
Lush A French Kiss Bubble Bar
A warm bath before any treatment would be incomplete without a tub full of bubbles. Watch this lavender-scented bubble bar disintegrate under running warm water and a mound of bubbles appear as you fill your tub.