Today is International Women’s Day, and what better day to kick off my bubble bath series? As women, we are pulled in all sorts of directions and often end up giving more than we have. Life can get crazy. I’m a firm believer in taking time to refresh and rejuvenate. If our cup isn’t full how are we supposed to pour into others?! There are many ways to do this, and what works for one person may not for the next, but I’m going to share part of what works for me. Once a month, I will share my at-home spa routine with tips and recipes on how to create your own oasis right at home! This does NOT mean I don’t go to professional spas, on the contrary, I would gladly go to a spa daily if I could :).
So if your #DearMe message is to make time for yourself then this post is for you!
3 Tips For A Successful DIY Spa
Schedule it and do it ahead of time. Keep it like it’s an appointment. One thing I remember from my childhood was that my mom set time aside when she would take a bath or relax, and it was a time when we left her alone. I think that’s important with or without kids.
Set the Mood
Some people relax by loud sounds, but many prefer softer background noise and lighting. Whatever makes you feel that ahhh is what you want to create. Sights, smells, tastes and sounds are all part of the experience.
Feed Your Soul
Satisfying physical comforts are only a temporary fix to any problem. I love to use this time as a time of meditation and reflection.
Green Tea Bath. This was pretty simple. 6 green tea bags steeped for 15-20 minutes. The claim is that the benefits of green tea (delaying skin cell aging, soothing skin, fighting inflammation, aiding in sun damage repair, etc) are gained through our large skin organ as well.
I found it refreshing and slightly soothing to my sore muscles from working out that week.
Body – Coffee Scrub
I love the smell of coffee but not so much the taste (crazy for a Seattleite I know), so this scrub is perfect because I got the smell and buzz of coffee without the taste. That’s right…buzz! As soon as I applied this scrub (on damp skin) not only did my calf muscles cramp up but I almost immediately felt a little rush. So I wouldn’t recommend this scrub for a bath right before bed, but even with the cramping I loved it! My skin was super soft and smelled delicious!
Hair – Egg Mask
They say egg yolks are moisturizing, and the egg whites are supposed to be clarifying/remove unwanted oils. So if you have drier hair use the egg yolks and if your hair runs on the oily side use the whites. I used about a half a cup and kept it on for 20 minutes. It rinsed out fairly easy and my hair felt super soft and with a little more shine the next couple of days!
Face – Biore Self-Heating One Minute Deep Cleansing Mask with Natural Charcoal.
I loved it! It immediately felt warm as soon as I applied it and my skin felt super soft. I have no idea how it worked but it felt amazing.
I was feelin’ the violin this particular night (after some reggae, strange mix right?) and can’t seem to get enough of Sara Watkins lately.
Scent Citrus and Sage
Taste Raspberry Herbal Tea
I also read a couple of chapters in Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
I felt soo great (and a very energized) after this spa night. My bath may not have had bubbles, but it was pure bliss! See you next month:).