Spa nights are a wonderful way to relax and unwind after a long workweek. However, you feel it’s too much of a hassle to make an appointment at the spa or don’t have time to go if you’re like me. That’s why I’ve started having spa nights at home. Here are some steps to help you get started on your DIY spa night.
Make a Soothing Playlist
Choose music that is relaxing and not too loud. It’s best to choose the music you enjoy listening to and can listen to for a long time. You can choose music with lyrics, but make sure it isn’t too loud or might distract from your relaxation. If you want, try singing along or getting up and dancing.
Choose Your Moisturizer
The most important thing to do before applying a moisturizer is to ensure that it’s appropriate for your skin type. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then oil-free products are probably better for you than those with heavy oils like jojoba and coconut oil.
For dry or mature skin types, look for lotions that contain hyaluronic acid or glycerin. These ingredients help lock in moisture and keep it from escaping at night as you sleep.
Take an Aromatic Shower or Bath
Use a scented body lotion when you’re ready to get out of the tub or shower. There are many options available that will help you prolong your spa night. You can also apply a scented body wash instead of using soap and water.
If you want an extra boost of fragrance in your home, use a candle with oils like patchouli or lemongrass. These candles will release their scent slowly throughout the evening while also providing light and making your room feel more luxurious.
Moisturize Your Body
Once you’ve cleansed and exfoliated your face, it’s time to move onto the body. When selecting a moisturizer for your body, there are many factors to consider:
Your Skin Type
Skin types can range from dry to oily or somewhere in between. Dry-skinned people may have trouble with oil-based products that make their skin feel greasy; oily-skinned people might prefer something lighter and less fragrant (or even unscented).
When the air is cold and dry, it’s especially important to moisturize in the winter months. If you live somewhere humid like Florida, you probably don’t need as much hydration since your pores will naturally produce enough moisture on their own—but if you’re not used to humidity, be careful not to overdo it with too much lotion.
Your Age Group
Younger people tend not yet need products designed specifically towards anti-aging concerns such as wrinkles or fine lines; however, those who are older than 40 should look into more advanced formulas that address these issues specifically so they can start reversing aging at an early age.
Light Some Candles and Have a Cup of Tea
Who doesn’t love candles? They’re relaxing and romantic, making your home feel like a cozy sanctuary. Plus, if you’re going to be spending time in the bathtub, it’s nice to light up some aromatherapy options to breathe in those calming scents.
Perform Facial Exercises to Lift and Tone Your Face
Facial exercises are a great way to stimulate your facial muscles and prevent age-related loss of muscle tone. They also improve blood circulation, which helps the skin appear more youthful. You can also use face care products to maintain a youthful look, make sure you go for the right products for the tone of your skin.
Apply Eye Cream and Lip Balm
It’s important to treat your lips and eyes with care. Your eye area is delicate, and you can easily damage it if you rub it too hard or use the wrong products. The same goes for your lips: While they may feel great now, a lack of attention can lead to problems such as cracked skin or dryness that can be painful and unsightly.
Apply cream to the bath before bedtime each night to properly care for these areas (and avoid any damage). In the morning, do the same thing but apply during stressful times to soothe tired eyes and dry patches on the lips.
Beauty and self-care are all about knowing your body and face and learning what works for you—and what doesn’t. If one of these skin care products isn’t working for you, try another. Or switch to a serum with different ingredients.
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