This article was submitted on behalf of Cameo College. Located in the Greater Salt Lake City Area, Cameo College is a beauty school that provides training in all areas including Cosmetology, Esthetics, Nail Technology, Makeup Artistry and more.
Want to have a quiet place to recharge your battery and increase your health and well-being at home? Consider converting a room or outdoor area into an at home spa. This is one of the simplest ways to remodel a space that can provide lasting enjoyment for years to come. Follow these five easy steps to get started creating a dream spa in the privacy of your own home.
1. Create a Sacred Space
What do you love about the spas you currently go to? Is it the sense of quiet? Is it the personal attention? Do you enjoy trying out skin care products or just want a space where you can relax? Think carefully about the things you enjoy in your current spa setting and bring those ideas back home. Here are a few ways that spas bring you into a contemplative mood just through the proper planning of the space for the spa:
Themes – Spas will take themes to exemplify either the look of a desert oasis or even a Mediterranean villa. The idea is to take you out of your regular everyday experience and transport you to a magical, dreamy, space that gives you a mini-vacation of body, mind, and soul. You can do the same in any space in your home. For instance, if you have a hot tub, you can put an Asian screen around it, add some lovely potted bamboo, and even a few tea cups to promote the idea of an Asian-themed DIY spa at home.
Color – Take a look at the colors that commercial spas use in their decor and consider adopting some in your own at home spa plans. Neutral or cool colors tend to calm the mind and work well in bathrooms. Beige, mints, and light blues add a hint of color, but still are light enough to soothe the mind. It also makes small spaces look larger than they are. Spas also like to have lots of light and white areas, to bring that clean, crisp, look to their rooms. You can do the same by adding skylights or using big white towels, lush white bathrobes, and painting the room white.
Natural Elements – Strive to add natural elements to your at home spa. It can be by using luffa sponges and spa products with all natural ingredients or you can also just decorate with shells, wood bark, smooth river rocks, and plants. The point is to bring the outside indoors and make you feel like you are one with nature.
2. Have the Right Equipment
A humidifier can help add moisture to the air for something other than a bathroom. If you are transforming a bathroom, and the shower will be your source of steam, then you can add a shower head with massage capabilities. Tubs for soaking your feet or lounge chairs to lie back on while you let a facial mask do its trick can be necessary accessories to facilitate your spa experience. Make sure you have mirrors, benches, and work areas for doing manicures or facial treatments.
3. Stock Up on Spa Products
Who doesn’t like to sidle up to the bath and body counter to smell or sample different beauty products? Well, now you can stock up on your favorites and set them aside in your home for different spa occasions. You can get bubble baths, salts, lotions, aromatherapy soaps and oils, bath bombs, and after bath splashes. If you want a fruity spa day, you can hunt down skin care products in fruity scents that will also be full of natural antioxidants. If you want something more calming, you might go for scents that still the mind, like lavender or rose. If you have a problem with acne, you might look for products to cleanse your pores. If you’re worried about signs of aging, you might look for products with retinol in them. It’s up to you what products to include in your spa treasure chest, but make sure you have plenty. Don’t forget cotton balls, q-tips, and wash cloths to help apply or remove products as you try them out. Enrolling in a spa program at an esthetics school can help you determine the choose the best products to benefit you during a spa session.
4. Involve All the Physical Senses
Remember that it’s important to involve all your senses. When taking an aromatherapy bath, for instance, put on some relaxing music in the background or some natural sounds like wind chimes, birds chirping, or an audio clip of a running river. To get your taste buds involved in the experience, don’t be afraid to have a relaxing drink ready that you can sip on or a few healthy munchies to nibble on.
5. Promote Well-Being in Mind and Spirit Too
Spas not only take care of the body, but the best spas also focus on the well-being associated with having a calm mind and contented spirit. You can do this by meditating while you’re in your bath or hot tub. You can also do exercises like yoga on a mat before or afterwards. When you take the time out of your busy schedule to get into a zone of comfort, you’ll find the stress melting away from your bones. The practice of taking a more contemplative approach to preparing the space for something as simple as a manicure or the drinking of tea can take you into a space where you feel more connected with your environment as a whole.