HEALTHY LIVING: 5 tips for an at-home family spa day

There is no better way to de-stress during the holiday season than to have an at-home spa day with your family.

Relaxation in the comfort of your own home can be made easy with a few simple tricks and some small purchases.

1. Decide what constitutes a relaxing day

Be sure to include your whole family in deciding what will constitute your spa day. Make a list of everyone’s suggestions.

Plan out how long each activity will take and make sure to include room in the schedule for all family members’ preferences.  

Before the designated day, gather items around your house that will be useful for each of the spa-themed activities, such as a nail files, headbands, hair ties, wash clothes, and a small bucket.

2. Prepare your treatments 

Prepare a platter of fruit or veggies to snack on during your rejuvenating sessions.

While in the kitchen, consider using food items in your spa treatments.

Honey, avocado, and yogurt can all be used for face masks.

Sea salt is a great natural exfoliator that can be added to your mask concoctions.

Have your family members help prepare the different dishes and spa treatments.

You can also choose to invest in some premade sheet or gel masks for a couple of dollars.

3. Wear your most comfortable clothes

Make sure you dress for the occasion by wearing your most comfortable clothes. 

Layout a pair of your favorite pajamas or your softest bathrobe a day in advance so that morning you don’t have to stress about what to wear.

Take full advantage of all the comfort accessories you have at your disposal that you forget to use or don’t have time to use on a daily basis.

Wear your silliest pair of fuzzy socks or slippers. 

Choose anything that makes you feel relaxed and luxurious, even if it doesn’t match. 

Remember, you’re not leaving your home so no one will see anyway!

4. Draw a warm foot bath

A simple way to get in spa mode is to use a small bucket, or your bathtub, to draw a warm foot bath.

You can put Epsom salts, special oils, or bubbles in the bucket as well to help exfoliate your skin.

Consider investing in a pumice stone or foot file to help slough away any calluses.

You can even spend a few dollars to purchase spa gloves which are specially made for exfoliation.

Remember to wash the tub or bin you use between uses and keep a stack of every family members’ favorite magazines or newspapers nearby for them to enjoy while their feet soak.

5. Hydrate

Hydration is key to feeling replenished, especially during the dry winter months.

If you have a humidifier use it to create moisture in the air on your spa day. Consider placing your face above the steam for a few moments to open your nasal passages and pores.

Use a thick shea butter, coconut oil, or oatmeal lotion to lock in as much moisture as possible.

Be sure to drink a lot of water during your spa treatments and afterwards as well.

You can prepare a jug of fruit infused water the night before for everyone to enjoy during their spa treatments.


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