28 Simple Ideas for a Luxurious At-Home Spa Day

Trista - December 2, 2021

Everyone deserves a little time for themselves — a getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nowadays, people are busier than ever, and it can be hard to sneak in a spa treatment. You work hard, and you should pamper yourself every once in a while. The right spa treatment can make you feel energized, cared for, and completely content. Studies have shown that even the smallest perk gained self-control. You will be ready to take on the next challenge after getting the rest you have so desperately needed.

Everyone should take time for themselves, but the reality is that not everyone has the means or the opportunity to get away whenever they please. It really can be that easy. Lavishing in luxury does not have to cost much. Luckily there are several budget-friendly ways to feel like you have just gotten back from the million-dollar treatment, according to this Buzzfeed guide. Plus, we added a few of our own tried-and-true ideas for at-home spa treatments on a budget. Remember, so much about your spa day has to do with the mood. So sit back and relax as you plan for your next pampering right in your own home. Treat yourself to any one of these at-home tricks to rejuvenate your spirits. You will be so glad you did.


28. Stage the perfect setting for an at-home spa day.

You may not be able to whisk away this weekend to a high-end resort, but you can bring some of those same elements into your own home. Gather all of the attire and materials needed to make you feel relaxed. Your “me” time, at-home spa treatment should have everything you need within reach. Take advantage of your now sparkly clean bathroom by filling the tub to the brim with warm water and bubbles. Dim the overhead lights, light some of your favorite aromatherapeutic candles, and put on some of your favorite tunes in a proper playlist to help you get away from it all.

Perhaps if there is one specific rule to follow on your spa treatment, it’s to take all the time you need and to take it alone. You should be free of all distractions, so make plans for the children to be with a babysitter or stay with family members. Ask your spouse to run errands or enjoy some time with some friends. Leave the electronics at the door and vow to put the cellphone on silent and out of sight. Even if all you get is an hour or two, you will be glad you have set those boundaries in the name of self-relaxation.


27. Choose the right scent for you.

Anyone who has been to a spa knows that certain fragrances can instantly melt away your troubles. That calm, fresh, and slightly tropical scent is unlike any other. There is a strong connection between your brain and scent. You can create your own ambiance through smell by recreating the aroma right in your own home and get that relaxed and pampered feeling that you are looking for. If you like a scent best, grab a few candles and light them so your favorite fragrance is lofting in the air.

Many spas lean on a lavender fragrance because of its relaxing qualities. Lavender is also an anxiolytic or anxiety reliever. Because it is also a sedative, the scent can increase relaxation and calm feelings as it interacts with your neurotransmitters to quiet the brain and nervous system activity. Thanks to this powerful and pleasant scent, any feelings of stress, agitation, anger, and restlessness are reduced.


26. Use a hair mask for a fabulous at-home spa day.

One of the best ways to unwind in your home spa is to use a hair mask. These types of masks are great for dry, damaged, or frizzy hair, and some hair masks have proven to be beneficial in improving the overall health of your scalp. Your tresses deserve the best treatment, and you can make some masks that are meant to stay on your hair for several hours. Make every minute count to ensure that you are getting the most benefits from your treatment.

If your hair could use some makeover tips, you can pick up a low-cost mask packed with the essential proteins and botanical oils that are up for the task. After choosing the suitable mask for your hair type, apply the mixture lavishly through a wide-tooth comb. This distributes the cream evenly throughout your entire hair. Next, leave on for as long as the package suggests, and allow the mask to bake under a shower cap or plastic wrap turban. The wrap, steamy bathroom, and more time will allow the mask to work its magic.


25. Feel never better thanks to a self-hand massage.

Spas are probably best known for massages, and it is one of the best perks you can receive during your pampering. However, just because you are not hiring a masseuse does not mean you have to hang up the practical benefits. Studies have proven that hand massages reduce hand pain and anxiety and improve mood, sleep, and grip strength, among other benefits. A self-hand massage has the same potential to bring the best to improve your health.

Give yourself a reflexology hand massage that can also help you lower your blood pressure. Experts suggest working one hand at a time, and you can use different oils to ensure you are reaping all the benefits. Shea butter is great for hand repair and also soothing whatever aches you are feeling in your joints. Use your thumb and forefinger to press in a circular motion throughout your hand and joint. Getting a massage during your at-home spa treatment is one of the most pampering ways to enjoy your day — and your partner.


24. Clear up your skin with a yogurt mask.

Blemishes are an unfortunate part of life, but you can fight adult acne during your subsequent at-home spa treatment. You can achieve a more youthful look with just a container of plain yogurt. Yogurt adds moisture because the creamy texture is thought to lock it in through your skin. You will also notice a brighter and more toned complexion. Other benefits include UV ray protection, increased elasticity, and reduced wrinkles and fine lines.

The great thing about a yogurt mask is that you can adapt to it to your own liking. Mix one tablespoon of yogurt with two to three drops of lemon juice. You can also add a teaspoon of honey for added moisture and hydration. After you have spread the mask all over your face, wait for about 10 to 15 minutes before you wash off. Make sure you are using warm water to clean your face. After the wash, rinse with cool water to tighten your pores. You will be surprised how sweet this trick can do to help you feel more relaxed.


23. Give yourself a face massage for a relaxing glow.

You may be surprised about how hard your face works during the day. Every day, you smile, frown, chew, and perform several other facial expressions. Your facial muscles deserve a break from the daily workout. Facial workouts have risen in popularity dramatically. You can mimic this trendy treatment by performing some of the tasks at home in your own mirror. With just the right kind of touch, you can achieve the same benefits of an expensive treatment.

Experts suggest deep and stimulating motions throughout your facial massage to receive the best benefits. If your skin is sensitive, acne-prone, or oily, you can try to use a light touch with less pressure to keep from irritating your skin even further. Another added benefit is that the massage helps lymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system carries white blood cells throughout your body and carries away toxins. In a way, this massage gives your body a tune-up of sorts because it increases the flow of lymphatic fluid and gives your skin a certain glow. But always make sure to have some sort of oil or moisturizer handy so your fingers glide over your skin.


22. Consider the valuable benefits of coconut oil.

Coconuts are synonymous with the beach, but there is more to meet the eye for this fruit. Coconut oil has proven to have a host of health benefits, and you can incorporate the helpful treatment into your next in-home spa day. Coconut oil can provide a quick supply of energy and boost the moisture content of your dry skin. Studies have also shown that coconut oil has the potential to improve the function of the skin. If you apply a few drops of virgin coconut oil to your hands, you can repair the wear of dry skin that may be caused by the frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

You can incorporate the helpful coconut oil in your hair mask treatment. Studies have shown that coconut oil can protect against hair damage by making your strands more flexible and strong. This strengthening prevents your tresses from breaking under tension. Not only does coconut oil also nourishes hair strands, but it also has a pleasant beachy smell. You will love the straight from paradise smell and the astonishing results that follow.


21. Keep cool with a hydrating mask.

While choosing your items for your in-home spa day, consider picking treatments that will bring the best benefits once your day has been completed. Hydrating masks can reset dry skin that needs pampering. Focus on masks that emphasize moisturizing with hyaluronic acid, which can work on wrinkles. This works better than brands that promise to clarify pores. You can also swap it for a night cream.

In looking for ingredients for a homemade hydrating mask, you should find one that balances the right foods and moisture as a way to battle your dry skin. A refreshing spring mask hydrates the skin from within and produces calming effects that can melt your cares away. This mask uses lavender for this purpose, and its smell is already a crowd-pleaser in terms of relaxation properties. Lavender is one of the many scents that you will find on this fabulous at-home spa list.


20. Drink a tall glass of detox water.

While you are waiting for your facials and hair masks to work their magic, you can sip a beverage that will help you cleanse your insides. Most people are dehydrated, and a detox water has proven to have some great health benefits. Plus, there is something incredibly relaxing and completely luxurious about having water infused with cucumbers and fruit. This tiny detail can go a long way in helping your feel like you are enjoying your spa day. The taste for many of these drinks is yummy, too, and can be a special part of your day.

Drinking detox water is not only great for weight loss. It can also cleanse your gut. The water increases your hydration, which eliminates toxins from your body. You can also look up some recipes to boost metabolism and produce glowing skin that could reverse the signs of aging. Some popular recipes include cucumbers, lemons, strawberries, and other kinds of fruit.


19. Steam your face and love what happens next.

Are you enjoying these affordable spa ideas for your at-home pampering session? Your at-home spa treatment can have one crucial aspect that is already in your home. Steaming your skin now and again provides a super thorough clean that you cannot get from daily washing. Steaming has the critical purpose of clearing the skin of the congestion caused by everyday routines. As the skin warms up during the process, the contents in the pores soften. You can then remove the dead skin cells and bacteria more easily.

For proper steam, you would just need to take a seat and then drape a towel over your head. Place your face over the pot and hold it about six inches above the water. You are allowed to raise or lower your head for more or less heat as need be for comfort. You can also lift a corner of the towel to cool if you feel the need. Good steam lasts for between 5 and 10 minutes. After your steam, wash your face as usual and bask in your newfound glow.


18. Treat yourself with this sweet sugar scrub during your at-home spa day.

A few ingredients can be a sweet release from the dry and irritated everyday skin that can be ailing you. Sugar scrubs can be a godsend, especially in the dead of winter. You can give your skin the tender loving care it needs with a homemade sugar scrub that exfoliates and removes the dead weight off your skin. It also encourages your cells to turn over so you will get to see the healthier skin at the surface. It is as luxurious as it is necessary to look and feel your best.

Add your favorite essential oil, like eucalyptus, to the brown sugar mixture to make a homemade sugar scrub. You can also add lavender, rose, vanilla, mint, and coffee to the sugar scrub for extra benefits. After placing the scrub on your face, you should let it sit for a few moments before washing it off. Your face will feel luxurious and ready to take on the rest of your day.


17. Perk your skin with this coffee scrub.

There is nothing like a good cup of joe in the morning, and there again is nothing like using coffee in your at-home spa day. Why not put these two favorites together for the ultimate win-win? Using coffee in a simple body scrub can make great use of those used coffee grounds that are leftover from your breakfast brew. The scrub can soothe and tighten skin, provide anti-aging properties, improve circulation and undo the damage from the sun and other sources of UV exposure.

Combine the grounds with salt, sugar, and other desired essential oils for a coffee scrub, like coconut and vanilla extract. Mix ingredients well until they are combined and then cover over your entire body. You will want to avoid the area around the eyes. Leave the combination for several minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. You will be sure to feel fresh and rejuvenated from this simple scrub.


16. Discover the benefits of dry brushing.

While a spa day can be about relaxing, it can be a time to take some significant maintenance of your body. Dry brushing is one of those exfoliation processes that helps unclog pores. You can detoxify your skin by increasing the blood circulation throughout your body and promoting lymph flow and drainage. You can keep your skin smooth and well maintained even in the harsher winter months.

When buying a dry brush for your body, experts suggest a large head size and natural fibers. A dry brush for your face should be a smaller brush with softer bristles because the skin on your face tends to be more sensitive. Giving your body a good scrub through a dry brush helps open up your pores and gets you ready for the rest of the pampering. Keep reading to discover the top 15 things you can do to enjoy an affordable spa day from the comfort of your home.


15. Finish your spa day with astonishing nails.

Whether you like to do your nails is honestly up to you, that is true, but many swear that a manicure and pedicure can be the cure needed to pamper yourself. There are several helpful tips on giving yourself a do-it-yourself manicure, including shaping, buffing, and caring for your cuticles. It is vital to keep those cuticles hydrated at all times, so invest in serum and oil that will keep them in tip-top shape. This helps them become more manageable and less likely to experience breakage.

Once you are washed and ready to apply the polish, you will need to lay down your base coat, which helps you achieve a much more even topcoat. Paint at least two coats of your top color. Wait for several minutes in between so the bubbles and dents are out of the way. Moreover, don’t forget that the cardinal rule for nail art is to make sure you are giving yourself ample time to dry before you are ready to rock the rest of the world.


14. Pamper yourself with a pedicure. 

Don’t let your hands have all the proper treatment. Treat your feet the same way. Besides, what a day of self-care pampering without a pedicure? Several people swear that applying their own manicures and pedicures is not only an occasional treat. The process itself can be a stress reliever. It also produces softer skin, which is especially important for your feet, hardening if you do not maintain regular maintenance. Hard skin can crack, split, peel and cause other kinds of problems.

There is more to pedicures than just pretty feet. Regular pedicures also help your nails from getting too weak and brittle. You can also prevent ingrown toenails, which can be very painful to remove. Getting a pedicure is also an excellent opportunity to provide a self-foot massage, which promotes healthier circulation. Learn how to complete a do-it-yourself pedicure at home today, and you will notice the difference immediately.


13. Don’t skimp on the cucumber treatment.

Cucumbers are a great vegetable, especially in salads and soups. But luckily for us, there is more to these fabulous food items than meets the eye. Something about these green slices that just says “Spa Day.” There is a reason why many movie and television show spa scenes depict a character with cucumber slices over their eyes. Cucumbers are perfect for dealing with puffiness because the cold compress can soothe eyes and reduce swelling.

Other benefits from the cucumbers include the cooling effect on the skin as it hydrates the eyes and the surrounding tissues. They also reduce dark circles under the eyes because of the high levels of vitamin K. Plus, the refreshed look they give after working their magic due to the high amount of water content that helps them moisturize. 


12. Satisfy your feet with peppermint oil.

There are many kinds of essential oils to use while you are taking your spa daybreak, but one to consider your decision on what masks, scrubs, and scents to consider are peppermint oil. A peppermint oil soak can be a great way to soak and relax your feet after a long day. Plus, the pleasant smell can conjure up candy-coated moisturizing treatment that is sure to help you reach a higher plane of self-relaxation. It is something you are definitely going to be glad you said yes to. 

Peppermint oil is often promoted for topical skin use for many ailments, including headaches, muscle aches, joint pain, and various itching conditions. You can also use the oil in aromatherapy, as it is excellent for coughs and colds in addition to reducing pain. Experts also state that peppermint reduces stress. The cooling sensation from the oil can be ideal for placing yourself in a content state of mind.


11. Bring the mud bath to your own spa day at home.

Mud baths are one of those things that are part of the spa experience, but you do not have to roll around in your backyard to get the same kind of treatment. Many products at the market can bring the mud bath right to your own bathtub. Mud baths are typically not harmful to healthy individuals. That is, as long as the dirty contents are not ingested. Plus, make sure you don’t have any open wounds, injuries, or broken skin places that are at risk of developing an infection.

For your mud bath, fill your tub with hot water. You can also add several drops of essential oils for added benefit. You can bring bath salts into the water for fragrance. After your tub is filled with the desired amount of water, add about two cups of your mud of choice. You can break up the clumps with your hands and swish them around to ensure all sediments are settled. Soak for fifteen minutes before rinsing off in the shower. Keep reading for the top ten ways you can create a fun at-home spa experience for you and your friends.


10. Stay slick with a seaweed bath.

Another staple in the spa day repertoire is seaweed, and your bathtub can be the perfect place to soak up the underwater elements. Seaweed has benefits, including its use as a detoxifier and the ability to remineralize the body. You can use it to soothe aches and pains while improving your circulation. It can heal some skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Another benefit is that the environmentally friendly seaweed can be thrown into the compost pile.

Your hot seaweed detox bath is meant to hydrate and nourish. It also provides vital nutrients throughout your entire body, as your skin absorbs soothing and fortifying minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. You will receive replenished sources of iodine, which boosts thyroid activity as well as metabolism. After your bath, you can take a cool shower to help close your pores or leave the seaweed on your skin as you towel dry.


9. Apply a soothing eye mask made of milk.

Move over, sleepy eye symptoms. A do-it-yourself eye mask can soothe and remove your dark circles, and the at-home treatment is a great way to save money and remain natural at the same time. Moreover, you are likely to have one of the main ingredients in the fridge right now. This DIY mask that includes milk as its main ingredient may seem an odd thing to add, but your tired eyes will awaken brighter and refreshed.

To make the mask, blend four tablespoons of milk and two tablespoons of baking soda until you have a cream-like consistency. Let the cover sit on the skin for about 20 minutes, and then remove with cold water. Refrigerate it so it will be cool under your eyes at the time of your use. The cooling agent will be a rejuvenating way to keep the skin under the eyes in great shape. Keep reading to learn about other great ingredients you should have handy for your at-home spa day, like eucalyptus and saffron oil.


8. Enjoy the aromatic benefits of eucalyptus with a few sprigs in the shower.

Another fantastic element that is used in many homemade spa treatments is eucalyptus. The leaves of this plant contain a special kind of oil that is often distilled and used in aromatherapy treatments. Some of the health benefits include promoting relaxation and clearing up congestion. Eucalyptus is common in many products, including decongestants, mouthwashes, cosmetics, cough suppressants, and muscle rubs.

One of the ways to benefit from the beautiful properties of eucalyptus is to hang the leaves in your shower. The steam will activate and release the oil compounds into the air. All you would have to do is breathe in. Inhaling the helpful eucalyptus will reduce stress and give you a sense of calm. Not only that, but eucalyptus is a natural plant that is safe and healthy for you. Don’t worry about reading labels with strange ingredients that you can’t pronounce when dealing with these simple at-home spa ideas.


7. Use saffron oil during your at-home spa day.

Have you ever heard of saffron oil before? Consider putting saffron oil into your special spa day treatment if you suffer from dry hands and feet. This cheap at-home hack can be very effective when it is used properly. Saffron oil releases serotonin throughout your body; it is a great way to fight depression and anxiety. The properties promote good sleep and can be an excellent treatment for insomnia. It is one of the many essential oils you should use during your spa day with the ladies or gents. (Hey — don’t judge! Everyone should have smooth, healthy skin regardless of your gender.)

All you would need to do is soak your hands or feet in some warm water for this hack for 10 to 15 minutes. After the bath, apply a generous amount of saffron oil to your hands and feet. Pay particular attention to your heels. After you complete the application, put on some mittens and socks and leave the garments on overnight. You will relish in the way they feel the following day. But if you’re pregnant, ask your healthcare provider before using saffron oil.


6. Don’t forget about dermal sheet masks.

Dermal sheet masks have been all the rave, thanks to some online attention. However, these luscious and relaxing masks have made a splash for a reason. Not only are they affordable, but these luxurious masks come in a variety of options. There are many different trends and sheet masks you can try – and maybe some of the most popular come out of Asian countries like Korea. 

There are several dermal sheet masks available, so choose one or several depending on your skincare needs. You can buy some for acne-prone skin and special exfoliation. Another great tip is to keep the masks in the fridge for an even more rejuvenating experience. Keep reading for more great at-home spa day ideas. Whether you are planning a pampering day with your bridesmaids, or something fun with your daughters, you can use all of these affordable spa treatments to save time and money.


5. Get creative with a clay mask. 

Dermal sheet masks aren’t the only masks you should have for your spa day. If you need some pampering, then a clay mask can be just the special treatment you are looking for. Surely, you have heard of the clay mask before, right? This cheap at-home spa hack is very wallet-friendly, and you will love the super clean feeling you receive after the process has been completed. Apply the mask to your entire face, and you will see the difference in a matter of minutes.

Another perk is that this is the optimal option for those who like to multitask while getting spoiled. You can apply your favorite smells and additives to the bath while you are waiting for the clay to work its magic. Your spa day is all about you, and the mask will help you feel better by removing the impurities and brightening your skin.


4. Engage the senses during your at-home spa day. 

The best part about a spa day is getting to feel special, and many aspects of the business tailor to the five senses and make sure they are all engaged. When you are setting up your treatment in your own home, you should consider all of the elements that are pleasing for you. Different smells, tastes, touches, and sounds hit differently, and you will want things to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible. It can only enhance your experience that much more.

It’s all in the details about how immersive you want this sensible spa treatment to be. Choose a scent that pairs well with your playlist. Grab a luxurious robe that is soft to the touch. Drink your favorite beverage and bring in some of your favorite foods. The choice is up to you. Remember that relaxation is an emotional and psychological state. You are not meant to feel any tension, anxiety, or fear. Just let go and be free at the moment.


3. Bring on the bath salts and other fabulous favorites for a fabulous spa day at home. 

Bath time can bring its own kind of special treatment to the spa. You can make your tub time even more lavish with the addition of flower petals, essential oils, and citruses. The possibilities are nearly endless. Some bath salts even have their own essential oils infused inside. You can play around and find what you are looking for until the suitable bath is ready for you to use.

Your bath can be the cure to what ails you. If you are looking for a cheap bath addition that doesn’t break the bank, you can create your own fizzing bath bombs using ingredients found around your house or at the local pharmacy store. Epsom salts, baking soda, cornstarch, and citric acid for the fizz are all you need to make your bath feel much more expensive than it really is. Keep reading for more simple ways you can transform your bathroom into a DIY spa at home.


2. Use tennis balls for a DIY massage.

Over time, kinks in muscles can settle in, and the soreness that comes with it can be a literal pain in the neck. It is no wonder that when you are hurt, your whole mood can spiral downward. There may be the answer right inside your sports utility closet. A tennis ball is the perfect handheld size to work out those trouble spots and get you to feeling better.

To do this do-it-yourself massage trick, place the ball in the target locations on your back and prop your head with a pillow. Roll the balls over the painful areas, and you will begin to feel some relief. Continue for a few minutes until you start to sense a bit better. Score one for the athletes! Besides, instead of forking over a bunch of cash at a masseuse, you can relax in your home and still get a massage. Not only will you save money, but you can use the tennis balls for a fun game later. Tennis is great exercise!


1. Eggs are not just for breakfast.

You can enjoy an at-home spa day any time of the morning, afternoon, evening, or night. Whenever you do, get the eggs ready. No, they are not just for eating, either. You can use the ever necessary egg for more than the most important meal of the day. Egg whites are great for treating oily skin or creating a toner. Mix the yolks with some olive oil, and you have a deep conditioning hair treatment that can be whipped up in no time. This treatment only takes 20 minutes to work its charms, perfect for slipping in the bath.

What makes eggs a superfood for your hair? Egg yolk is rich in vitamins, which can help your hair become more resistant to damage. The excellent combination of vitamins A and E, biotin, and folate provides unique chemistry in making your tresses feel healthier and stronger. Researchers have also linked eggs as an essential part of stimulating healthy hair growth.