Everyone loves a little 'me-time' now and again, but instead of splurging on fancy spa treatments why not transform your bathroom into a relaxing haven where you can unwind and de-stress? We’ve come up with 10 easy ways you can create that perfect pampering atmosphere in your own bathroom without breaking the bank. So go on, treat yourself…
Everyone loves a little ‘me-time’ now and again, but instead of
splurging on fancy spa treatments, transform your bathroom into a
relaxing haven where you can unwind and de-stress. We’ve come up with 10
easy ways you can create that perfect pampering atmosphere in your own
bathroom without breaking the bank. So go on, treat yourself.
Before you start your relaxing spa treatments, make sure your bathroom looks and feels calming. Give everything a good clean and de-clutter first. After all, you wouldn’t find the kids’ toys, old magazines and damp towels in a spa now would you?
Lighting is key to giving your bathroom a relaxing and soothing atmosphere. Try closing the blinds to block out harsh natural light and instead invest in some tea-lights or small scented candles. A comfortable, calming glow will work wonders to help you unwind and de-stress.
A posh hotel spa wouldn’t be complete without some relaxing, chilled-out music, so don’t forget it for your bathroom spa. Ditch the irritating radio DJs interupting the music and create a playlist with some soothing tones – you could even order a CD of spa sounds online from as little as £4.99.
For a spa treat at home, comfort is key. From a fluffy rug to a simple blow up neck pillow for your bath, it’s the little touches to your homemade spa that will really make the difference. Make sure the room is warm and not draughty while you soak, and keep your towels on the radiator for when you get out of the bath.
Sometimes we forget to pay attention to our skin, especially in the harsh winter months. There are all sorts of easy and cheap things you could try to get your skin back in tip-top condition without the hefty spa price tag. Body scrubs are a great way to improve circulation and get rid of dead skin (try using one with salt or sugar in it) and using a body brush regularly can reduce the signs of cellulite.
Facials at the spa are great, but why spend £40 plus when you can have a DIY facial at home? There are some great face masks available from as little as £1.99. When it comes to your eyes, a simple trick to de-puff and soothe is cucumber slices placed on your eyelids. If you don’t have cucumber to hand don’t worry, cotton wool pads soaked in ice cold water works just as well.
Extra large fluffy towels are a must for creating that pampered spa feeling. Get scented towels at home by adding 3-6 drops of your favourite essential oil to a handkerchief and put it in the dryer with your towels. Spa robes are also a great idea for a real spa experience, invest in a cosy one for your bathroom!
Give your skin the full TLC treatment and make sure you moisturise after your bath. Cocoa butter is great as a really intensive moisturiser because it softens, smoothes and relieves dry skin, and with prices starting at only £2 it’s a snip of the price of a spa treatment.
Don’t let your spa experience end when you leave the bathroom. Continue your me-time with a healthy after-bath treat. A mug of green tea or a fruit smoothie is a great way to detox and leave you feeling revitalised and refreshed.