Missing your normal pre-pandemic life? We bet there are a lot of things you wish you could have, including hugs and meetups with friends. For a lot of people, visiting a spa is also high on that list. After all, who wouldn’t love a shiatsu massage, a wrap that smells of mint or chocolate, or a lovely floral foot soak? Though you can’t head out for all that yet, there’s no reason for you not to enjoy the same at home. Create your own little spa zone in your home to relax in.
Begin with a foot soak
HOW TO CREATE A CALMING HOME SPA EXPERIENCE
This is a practice that has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine. Start your regimen with a foot soak. Use Epsom salts, lavender or chamomile and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. The feet are ‘super sites’ in the body with some of the highest nerve endings. They also have to endure a lot and have to be cleaned thoroughly. Thus, even a 15-minute soak helps reduce fatigue.Set the scene: Use dried flowers, candles and bath bombs
From rose and lemongrass incense sticks to green tea bath salts, let the fragrances bring about a sense of calm and tranquility. Aromatherapy candles are a must-have and they’re a delight. Go with ylang-ylang and vanilla that are known to be calming or orange, spearmint and eucalyptus that reduce stress. You could also relax with bath bombs. The round little balls that bubble away when wet, add a fizzy touch to the experience and make the skin soft and smooth.Choose your essential oils
Add an essential oil to the scrub or use it in your diffuser. Each oil has its own properties — while lavender is calming, orange and bergamot lift the mood, peppermint is a de-stressor and rosemary reduces fatigue. Exfoliate with a coffee or salt scrub
Skin exfoliation helps to unclog pores and remove dirt build-up, and there are a variety of DIY sustainable scrubs for this. Use coffee grounds, a little sugar and lime juice to prepare a scrub paste. It is said to reduce cellulite and skin tan. Other options include brown sugar scrub with oil, zesty lemon scrub, and honey and sugar scrub. Oil massage
Abhyanga, a traditional form of healing, involves applying oil to the skin. You can try this at home. Blend 1gm of saffron with 100gms of sweet almond oil and add 5ml of lavender oil. Give yourself an Abhyanga massage by applying the oil starting from your feet with circular massage movements, finally reaching the chest and back. Let the oil soak for 15 minutes.
Try a natural face pack like ubtan
Soak in a tub
A long soak in the tub will help you relax. Use herbs, essential oils and flowers that suit you. Add a bath bomb for some fizzy fun.
Use a sheet maskIf you don’t want to use a face pack, try a sheet mask, and that’s a celeb fave! This Korean beauty must-have is quite inexpensive. It has a pre-soaked serum and should be applied to a clean face. Leave it on for 20 minutes, and you’re done!
DIY! MAKE YOUR OWN LAVENDER BATH SALT
This is an easy to make, calming remedy. Combine Himalayan salt with Epsom salt in a glass bowl. Add a few drops of the lavender essential oil to it. You may also add a touch of chamomile or neroli. Using a wooden spoon, stir it well and allow it to stay that way in an airtight jar. Scoop out two spoons of the salt into your warm bath, and simply relax!