5 Steps for Having a Spa Day In Your Own Bathroom
With just a spare half hour, you can treat yourself to a spa experience anytime—no appointment required.
Set the Scene
There's nothing relaxing about a fluorescent glow, so if you don't have warm lights, turn them off and burn a candle scented with frankincense, orange, cedar, lavender, or vanilla, all of which can help reduce stress. Put on your favorite calming music: We suggest "Weightless" by the UK band Marconi Union, considered by the British Academy of Sound Therapy to be the world's most relaxing song because of its soothing 60-beats-per-minute tempo, random chimes, and low whooshing sounds.
A spa day includes a mask, of course, but how about masking from head to toe? Try Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque , $65, which is formulated with shea butter and baobab oil for intense moisturization and conditioning. Apply to damp hair and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute it evenly from roots to ends. Next, spread on a face mask, like the exfoliating Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque , $32, .Then slip on the PediSpa Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask , $10. The plastic socks are lined with hydrating shea butter to smooth dry skin. Even your hands can get the full treatment: Try a Karuna Hydrating+ Hand Mask , $32 for two pairs of gloves, which contains a serum loaded with glycerin, shea butter, jojoba oil and aloe.
Treat Your Mind
Most masks need about 20 minutes to be effective. While you're waiting, immerse yourself in Ayelet Tsabari's absorbing debut short-story collection, The Best Place on Earth. (Bookworms: Set a timer.)
Remove the gloves and socks. After rinsing off the face and hair mask in the shower, shampoo and condition to prevent leftover product buildup. Finish with a body scrub, like Caudalie Divine Scrub , $38.
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Massage a luxurious body oil, like Aveda Love Composition Oil , $30, into damp skin right after you shower. For extra softening, layer a lotion or a cream on top of that. We like Lafco Present Perfect Peach & Marigold Body Lotion , $28.