Let’s face it: we could all use a “spa day” once in a while. Today’s world moves so fast that people wear themselves out balancing work, family, and other responsibilities. With all of the stresses of everyday life, it’s important to take some time for ourselves and just relax. But while we may need it, only a few of us actually have the time (or money) to be pampered with professional spa treatments. But that’s OK. Keep reading to learn our top spa gift basket tips.
With the help of luxurious spa gift baskets and some creativity, you can easily get the same relaxed, pampered feeling of professional spa services right at home. Including all the traditional “spa” essentials, like bubble bath, bath salts, body washes, face masks, lotions, brushes, sponges, aromatherapy candles and much more, spa gift baskets make a perfect gift for any hard-working friend, relative, or important person in your life who deserves to be pampered. Whether they need an indulging bath, soothing face mask, or time in the sauna to sweat out their stress, they can have it. And so can you! So, lock the bathroom door and get ready to treat yourself, and your mind and body will thank you, we promise!
7 Easy At Home Spa Gift Basket Tips and Hacks:
1. Adding the ambiance
Nothing says relaxation like a hot bath and these are easy to indulge in at home. But first things first, you need to start by setting the right mood. The ultimate way to relax is by candlelight. Dim the lights and create a soothing ambiance by placing a few scented candles all over your bathroom. Your Spa gift basket probably already includes at least one aromatherapy candle with calming lavender essential oil or soothing eucalyptus. Let some quiet instrumental music play in the background, and you’ll instantly feel calmer and ready to be indulged.
Now that you have the smells and sounds of the spa going on, put on your nicest robe, prepare your fluffiest towels, and let the pampering begin!
2. Get steamy
One of the easiest spa hacks is all about adding extra heat and moisture to create a sauna like effect in your bathroom. Run a hot shower for a few extra minutes to let the room fill with luxurious fog before taking your time in the bathtub.
To enhance the body soaking experience, add to your bath some flower petals, coconut oil, or your favorite essential oils. If you have received a Spa gift basket as a gift inside you’ll find lush bath bombs, decadent bath melts or fizzy bubble bars that will transform your bath into a silky, softening sanctuary and deliver an enchanting experience that will transform your body and mind. Loaded with essential oils they melt into the water to moisturize and soften the skin and pamper the senses.
For a few minutes, just sink into the tub and escape to your own fragrant, soothing island of tranquility and let the warmth of the water wash away stress from everyday life.
3. Scrub a dub dub!
The next step is to revive and nourish your skin. This easy homemade body scrub will leave your skin smooth and pampered and it has only 3 ingredients that can be found in any kitchen. The delicately scented scrub gives the best of both worlds. Brown sugar gently exfoliates and leaves your skin smooth as can be, while oil nourishes and moisturizes. The subtle honey scent will keep you coming back for more, but it’s light enough that it won’t compete with your favorite perfume.
So, here’s what you need to make the best body scrub at home:
- 2 cups brown sugar
- ½ cup olive or coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
Simply mix all the ingredients together and store it in a jar with lid to use in the shower or anytime you need it. To use, apply generous amount to damp skin and rub gently to exfoliate and cleanse, then rinse clean. Follow with a body lotion from your favorite spa gift basket.
4. It’s all about that face
With a spa day it’s all about the details. So don’t forget that your face needs to be pampered too! If your Spa gift didn’t include a face mask to use during your Spa day at home, you can easily whip up a rejuvenating mask with some fresh ingredients from your kitchen to find the perfect combination of vitamins, minerals, and moisturizers. That’s right. Beauty masks don’t have to be pricey or full of chemicals to be beneficial for your skin.
Coffee Face Mask
From exfoliating to moisturizing to reducing under-eye circles, this mask is too good to be true. Suitable for all skin types, it will wake up and invigorate your skin leaving it soft and smooth, just like a baby’s! But there are other benefits. It also reduces redness and acne, minimizes pores, makes skin tighter and brighter, and exfoliates away dryness. The most amazing part? You will need only 2 (or 3) simple ingredients to make this great face mask at home:
- 1 tsp ground coffee or natural coffee powder
- 1 tsp of milk powder or regular whole milk
- 1-2 drops of olive oil (If you have very dry skin)
When you have all the ingredients ready, just mix them all together until you get a thick paste like consistency. Smooth the mask all over your face & neck avoiding the eye and lip area. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse off with warm water, massaging as you go to reveal glowing skin beneath.
5. In the EYES of the beholder…
If we usually remember to take care of our skin and bodies, our eyes are often overlooked for no good reason. We strain them daily in front of computers and phones but they also need a little TLC every now and then.
You can pamper your peepers with a traditional slice of cucumber, soaked green tea bags, or slices of potatoes. The tea’s caffeine will help reduce the appearance of blood vessels and the antioxidants fight inflammation. The ascorbic and caffeic acids in cucumbers brings down the water retention in the eyes. This reduces swelling, puffiness, dark circles and make your skin appear more youthful and glowing. A few slices of potato also have amazing properties that are just the trick for treating puffy eyes and dark circles too. So, go ahead, close those strained eyes, sit back and relax for 10-15 minutes to reveal a brighter and a more relaxed look.
6. Nailing it
A manicure and/or pedicure is a nice way to pamper yourself, but it takes time (or more like too much time). With our schedules, it is often impossible to sneak off for a little nail therapy. But there’s a 5-minute trick you can do at home to make your hands look as if you just spent two hours at the nail salon.
After soaking in a hot bath and pampering your skin and body, it’s time to take care of your nails. Push back the cuticles using a cuticle pusher or just the tips of your nails. Make sure to moisturize your hands and feet with your favorite lotion or oil, then slap on a coat of clear nail polish, and enjoy the fastest, easiest (yet great looking!) home mani/pedi you’ve ever had. FYI: You might actually love this hack and use it more often than you think which will save you whole bunch of time and money.
7. In-home masseuse
To finish off your home spa day, you need to relax those kinks and sore muscles. If your back, neck or shoulders are screaming and making a racket, something as simple as a tennis ball (no, not a professional masseuse) will help you relax those tensed up areas within minutes.
Simply lay on the floor with a tennis ball placed around the area of your body that’s bothering you and work out those painful knots by rolling over a ball back and forth using mild pressure. When you find the spot that’s most tender, lie there for 1 to 5 minutes, or until you feel your muscles relax. You will be surprised to score some relief and love the way you feel afterwards.
There are lots of simple (yet luxurious) ways to unwind, thank your body and feel more beautiful, without paying a fortune. If you received a spa gift basket (or planning to give one) as a gift for your birthday, anniversary, other romantic occasion or just because, you need to know these useful hacks that will take your home spa experience to a whole new level. Feel free to experiment with some of these easy DIY home spa treatments for a much needed (and deserved) at-home spa day!
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