After a long day or a busy week, it feels nice to sit back and unwind. Not only does it feel good, but I find that it is a crucial part of self-care, for myself anyway. I like to relax at the end of a stressful day or busy time by having an at-home spa night. Since I was a kid, I loved to just stay in and pamper myself (or BE pampered by someone else). My mom and I would do face masks and paint each other’s nails and we still do occasionally now!
Alone or Girls Night In?
The first thing you need to decide is if you want to spend your night alone or if you want to invite your friends over. Both can be fun depending on your mood. If you’ve had a busy week at work or school and haven’t had much time to see your friends lately, this can be a great way to spend time with your BFFs, while also having a relaxing night! On the other hand, if you were being social all day or all week and just want a break from people, have a solo night in and disconnect from the rest of the world for a little while.
Set the Mood
In order for it to feel like your own at-home spa, you need to set the mood accordingly. The beauty of being at your own home is that you can align the vibe exactly how you want it! I like to dim the lights, light a few candles and put on a relaxing and chill playlist.
My favorite candles are the three-wick candles from Bath and Body Works. There are hundreds of scents and if you shop at the right time, you can get them on sale. At full price, the three-wick candles run at $24.50, but it’s not too hard to find discount codes online or coupons for in-store deals. Alternatively, if you don’t want to spend that much on a candle you can also opt for their single wick candles which cost $14.50 at full price.
Everyone has different taste in music, so I can’t tell you exactly what to listen to. I recommend going for something that won’t get you too hyped up while you’re trying to relax, but if you want to put on some dubstep and chill to that- by all means, DO THAT. I like to put on Odesza radio or just find a random chill playlist on Spotify. If you’re one who likes to make playlists on Spotify or Soundcloud, drop some links in the comments for me to check them out!
My Favorite Things to Do
There are plenty of things you can during your at-home spa night. Some might be better to do with friends, while others will be better doing alone (unless you like taking baths with your friends).
Face & Hair Mask
The first thing I do during my at-home spa night is take off all of my makeup and apply a face and hair mask. The face mask I like to use is the Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Skin-Clarifying Mask. I find that this one works well for my skin and it is only $6.99 at Ulta. You can also make a DIY one at home. If you would like me to do a post on DIY face masks, let me know!
When it comes to hair masks, I usually just use coconut oil. This is the EASIEST mask because all you need to do is make sure it is soft enough at room temp or heat it up in the microwave to make it a liquid and then apply it throughout your hair. I like to apply it from root to tip and massage it into my scalp. I haven’t fully tested this out, however, I have heard that if you massage it into your scalp it promotes hair growth. If you’re trying to grow out your hair, try this out and tell me if it works!
I like to put on face and hair masks first so they can soak in while I do other things. You might not want to keep a face mask on too long, but you can leave coconut oil in your hair for however long you want!
Manicures & Pedicures
Next, I like to give myself a manicure and/or pedicure. I usually like to give myself mani or a pedi before I take a shower or bath because I’m not the greatest at doing my nails myself. This way, I can get any excess polish off in the shower or bath after it’s dried. If you’re having a spa night with your friends, it might be easier to swap doing each other’s nails.
Baths are a great way to get super relaxed and check out from the rest of the world. I might just be a germaphobe, but I like to take a bath first and then shower or vice versa. I just think sitting in a bath is like sitting in your own dirt-water lol, even if you’re not really dirty it’s still kinda gross.
Anyway, I like to use bath bombs because they make the water look pretty, it helps to soften your skin, and they smell good. My favorite bath bombs are from Lush Cosmetics, but since moving to San Diego, I haven’t found a store that is close enough to my house and haven’t felt the need to order one online yet (even though I want one). You can get them from Target too, but they don’t change the colors of the water the same way that the ones from Lush do.
Since I don’t always have bath bombs, I usually opt for a bubble bath. My favorite bubble bath to use is the Dr. Teal’s Foaming Bath. They have a ton of different scents, but my favorites are the Restore and Replenish Pink Himalayan and the Soothe and Sleep Lavender. The best part about these is they are 34 oz and are only around $5 at Target.
How do you like to spend an at-home spa night?! Let me know your favorite things to do and products in the comments!