How to Turn Your Bathroom into a DIY Home Spa
By Sarah Parker Ward
As a busy mom, chances are that scheduling a full day at the spa is not in your foreseeable future. Still, you don’t have to forgo that invigorating post-spa glow if you can squeeze in just 15 minutes of you-time at least one night a week. Here’s a simple step-by-step routine you can follow to help revitalize your skin.
Step 1: Turn the bathroom lights off and the shower on high. Close the bathroom door and let the steam from the running hot water transform your bathroom into a sauna while you wrap up your last to-dos. After 5 minutes, light a few candles so you can see but also find your Zen.
Step 2: Begin removing makeup – or just the day’s grime – by cleansing your face with a gentle makeup remover or face wash. If you’re a mascara-wearer, remember to be especially gentle when wiping at those eyelids to help avoid early-onset wrinkles.
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Step 3: Turn the shower temperature down to lukewarm and hop in for 5 minutes. Exfoliate from the neck down with a body scrub. Didn’t have time to stop by the store? No worries! Mix half a cup of brown sugar with half a cup of ground oats and one-quarter cup of organic olive oil. Scrub away and rinse.
Step 4: Post-exfoliation, shave your legs to shorten tomorrow morning’s prep time. Swap out that bar soap for baby oil to get a close, smooth shave.
Step 5: Out of the shower, gently towel dry and layer on your favorite body lotion. This helps keep your skin especially moisturized.
Step 6 (optional): If a professional mani/pedi is also out of your scheduling reach, now’s the time to give those nails a bit of attention. Trimming with sharp clippers post-shower, when nails are soft but fully dry, can help prevent splitting.
Step 7: Apply your favorite retinol moisturizer to your face, neck, and décolletage to retain your skin’s firmness and help minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
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Step 8: Finish out your relaxing spa routine with a lavender spritz to really get you ready for sleep. Simply add a few drops of lavender essential oil to a small spray bottle filled with water and mist around your body.
With these eight simple steps, you should be feeling rejuvenated, inside and out! Consider spending a few minutes before bed meditating or snuggling in with a good book. Avoid pulling out your phone or laptop so that you can end your spa experience on a more peaceful note for a particularly sound night’s sleep.
All third-party references and links provided in this article are for educational purposes only. No sponsorship or endorsement is implied. Information was used from the Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Dermatology, the National Institutes of Health and the National Sleep Foundation.
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