Find Your Zen with Our Guide to the Best Home Spa Day

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Find Your Zen with Our Guide to the Best Home Spa Day

Lisa Wright · Mar 3, 2022
Young woman pampers herself with facial cream and cucumber slices as part of her home spa day.

As winter drags on and the stress of daily life is only exacerbated by the daily news cycle, self-care is more important than ever before — a great way to hit the reset button, take a deep breath, and do something nice for yourself.

Of course, not everyone has the time (or money) to go jetting off to a luxury spa. But what if we told you there was a way to treat yourself in the most comfortable spot of all? Your own home!

While an at-home spa day will never fully replicate the experience of a full-blown luxury facility, there are still lots of ways for those of us with limited space and funds to indulge ourselves and unwind. Let’s get started!

Setting Up Your Home Spa

Woman soaks in her tub and takes in every ounce of her relaxing home spa.

Everyone’s at-home spa day is going to look a little different. Some may have a roommate or roommates to work around, and others limited space or time. Having said that, feel free to tailor your experience with you in mind. After all, what’s the point of grabbing essential bath oils if you don’t even have a bath? This guide is meant to inspire and help you customize your own personal sanctuary.

The first step to a scintillating spa day is the setup —i.e. setting the mood for your at-home experience. Have a roommate or partner? See if they can vacate the area for a few hours to give you some alone time. Share spaces like the bathroom or living room? Check with others to make sure you can chill for a bit without interruption. With a little planning, even those with roomies can make a home spa day happen.

Scents and Scents-ibility

Next comes the fun part: once you’ve decided where your spa day is happening, it’s time to set the mood. One of the best ways to set a tranquil tone is through scent. Even if aromatherapy isn’t your go-to, a great scent can change the whole mood of your space, and with a little imagination, transport you to your happy place.

An essential oil diffuser is a great way to set the scent mood, and we love this one from Target that’s both stylish and affordable. More into candles? Homesick has everything from a resort collection to take you somewhere warm to their astrology collection customizable to your own star sign.

Lounging Around

Comfort is key when it comes to spa days, so get your spa spot ready by keeping the area as comfy as possible. A warm blanket, cushy cushions – whatever it takes to help you find your center. This heatable plushie from Urban Outfitters ticks all the boxes. Cuddly, warm, and cute, it’s the perfect addition to your spa arsenal.

Spa Sounds

Get ready to relax with some spa sounds that could soothe and relax any tired soul. Calm is a great app for setting the mood, while Headspace offers soothing guided meditations.

Getting Comfortable

Now that your space is set for some major relaxation mojo, it’s time to get yourself ready, too. That means lazy, uber-comfortable spawear that’s just made for lounging around. A comfy robe definitely sets the stage for spa hopping, even at home, and we love this one from Bed Bath & Beyond. Want to up your loungewear game from the everyday to something a little special? Set the stage with these super soft knit pants from Old Navy. And don’t forget about those tired feet. They also need pampering! Slip into something more comfortable with these faux suede beauties from H&M.

Pampering Products

Relaxing assortment of home spa products and candles.

The mood is set. A comfy spot to chill, lazy loungewear, and comfy footwear are a go. Now it’s time to talk products. The key is to set up your spa day with products and treatments that work for you. On your feet all day? This foot massager from Amazon is sure to do the trick. Looking for a side of luxe with your lazy lounging? Go for the glam with a mani/pedi system from Olive & June. Not sure what to look for? Below are some of our best recs to get you into that “good vibes only” zone.

A Good Soak

A nice bath is the perfect way to unwind during your home spa day, so make sure go beyond bubbles with a relaxing lavender bath bomb from Lather. Need the ultimate in calm? Opt for a soothing bath soak from Milk+Honey for the ultimate stress relief.

Live in a bath-free zone? No problem! These essential oil shower steamers from Uncommon Goods are great for setting the mood without having to run a bath.

Fun with Facials

One of the best ways to take a home spa day to the next level is to treat your skin right. Whether it’s a calming mask duo from Glossier or a super exfoliating scrub from SkinCeuticals, be sure to give your skin some extra attention for a truly relaxing experience. And don’t forget to moisturize! This CeraVe moisturizing cream gives you spa-level luxe without breaking the bank.

Good Hair Day

If you’re really trying to treat yourself, then you can’t forget those luscious locks. Start at the scalp with this handy massager from Free People and feel all your troubles melt away, then prepare to get conditioned with this reparative hair mask from Kiehl’s.Finish it off with a microfiber hair towel, and your hair will really be feeling the love.

Having a great spa day at home is easy as long as you’ve got the right atmosphere and self-care products on hand. Whether that’s with comfy cushions or calming candles, a relaxing robe or loungey leggings, it’s important to tailor your day to fit your mood and budget. So splurge on a new product, or get creative with at-home DIY spa solutions. Buy a ready-made spa kit or just take a minute to meditate. After all, the best way to have a stellar spa experience is to focus on creating your version of a relaxing retreat.

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