I don't know about you but I'm a bit shy when it comes to going to a spa. I've got very low body confidence and don't have the courage to have a massage that requires me removing clothing, and definitely not getting into a robe, it actually scares me. So the idea of being able to create a bit of a spa at home, somewhere to really relax but in the privacy of my own home, is an idea I welcome, so here's some tips on how to achieve that :)
You'll need to pick up a few supplies but it'll be much cheaper than paying for expensive treatments at a spa. It'll also be much more convenient as you won't have to hop in the car and make a trip in order to be pampered.
How to create your home spa
If you have a spare room, it'll make the perfect environment for your spa. You can also use your bedroom or the bathroom as well. Make sure you turn off your phone, dim the lights (if you can), put on some soft music (hello Michael Buble Christmas album!) and light a scented candle to set the mood. Just like a spa will do, make sure that the candles you pick are essential oil based and light natural wax as these will ensure a non-toxic home for your do-it-yourself spa treatment :)
Pick up an oil burner and the essential oil bergamot. This oil stems from a citrus fruit and is often used in aromatherapy, massage oils and perfumes. When the burner fills your spa space with the tiny droplets of bergamot oil, you should feel considerably better right away. Essential oil improves your mood by decreasing your blood pressure and heart rate.
It's a natural stress reliever as the burner allows the therapeutic droplets to be gradually absorbed by your skin. When essential oil seeps into your body, it travels to the limbic system and communicates with the brain, telling it to relax.
Take a luxurious bath
Bergamot oil can also be used to create a soothing bath. Add 5 to 10 drops of the oil to your bath water and hop on in. You'll soon find that your stress has disappeared as the essential oil is absorbed through your skin and inhaled through your nostrils. If you only have regular bath oils, go ahead and mix those into your warm bath water and soak in there for 10 to 20 minutes.
While you are in the bath, you should clean your nails with a brush and soap or warmed olive oil. Apply a generous amount of oil to both the nail bed and the hands before rinsing it off. This is also the perfect opportunity to treat your hair with an oil treatment. You can make your own concoction at home with a few simple ingredients, here's how:
Combine a cup of sweet almond oil with a half-cup of sesame and a sprinkling of sweet orange essential oil. A couple drops of lavender can also be mixed in. Massage this oil deeply into your follicles and then wrap your hair in a turban. Let your hair collect the moisture from the oil treatment for as long as possible before rinsing and proceeding to engage in your normal hair care routine of shampooing and conditioning.
A DIY Skin Cleanse
You won't have to go to the spa to cleanse your skin. You can do it right at home with your bergamot oil. Just add 5 drops to some steaming water in a bowl. Then put a towel over your head and the bowl to collect the steam. Inhale deeply over and over for a few minutes.
The bergamot will decrease your skin's potential for outbreaks and also lessen those that are already afflicting your skin. Your skin will also benefit from bergamot oil when it is added directly to your lotion. Sprinkle in a few drops into unscented vitamin E cream to create an enhanced dry skin lotion. This combination can also function as a fantastic massage oil. You can learn more techniques and secrets like these from enrolling in an esthetics program.
You can also give yourself an at home facial in your makeshift spa. Start out with a light steam. Place herbs into a teapot, add boiling water and let it sit for a couple minutes so that the herbal components can seep into the water. If you are looking for herb ideas, consider mint, lavender flowers, parsley, rose petals and lemongrass.
Then pour this herbal infusion into the sink while adding hot water. Place a towel on your head and lean over the steaming infusion. Keep your face just above it for 5 full minutes. This will clear your pores and smooth out your skin. Then apply a facial cleanser and lean back over your steaming infusion for another full minute. It'll eliminate impurities while unclogging oil and debris.
After you wipe off your cleanser, you should add a toner. You can create your own toner at home very easily, here's how:
Just fill up a spray bottle with water, add a dash of milk and a couple drops of rose and lavender essential oils. Exfoliate and apply a mask that meets your skin's needs. Lay back and put your mind at ease as your mask works its magic. You can also soak cotton pads in green tea and place them over your eyes to eliminate puffiness. Finally, add an organic moisturiser with active ingredients to complete your DIY facial.
Performing your own massage at home is easier than you think. Combine 10 drops of essential oils with two cups of sweet almond oil. Apply this mixture all over your body, starting at the bottoms of your feet and moving upwards. Apply the oil mixture with long and smooth strokes to massage the stress away. Once you've massaged the oil onto your entire body, wrap yourself in a couple towels to ensure that the oils are fully absorbed.
So there you have it, top tips for creating a spa at home, and some different treatments you can make, specifically with bergamot oil :)