Everyone loves a little ‘me-time’ now and then, but instead of splurging on fancy spa treatments, why not transform your bathroom into a relaxing haven where you can unwind and de-stress? Here are 10 easy ways you can create that perfect pampering atmosphere in your very own bathroom, without breaking the bank.* So go on, treat yourself…

Deep clean and de-clutter
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?

Set the mood
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.

Music to your ears
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 interrupting the music. Create a playlist with some soothing tones – you can even order a CD of spa sounds online!

Get comfy
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 drafty while you soak, or better yet, wrap towels around a hot water bottle, for when you get out of the bath.

The essentials
For the perfect relaxing bath experience, essential oils are a must. Lavender oil is great to get you in a sleepy mood; rose oil is known for its relaxing fragrance, while geranium and vanilla are comforting and relatively inexpensive.

Body blitz
Sometimes we forget to pay attention to our skin, especially in the harsh winter months. There are all sorts of easy and inexpensive things you could use to 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 essential oils). Using a body brush regularly can reduce the signs of cellulite.  Make your own sugar scrub with this recipe:**

¼ cup granulated sugar (You can use up to ½ cup if you want your scrub to have a more coarse, sand-like texture.)
½ cup coconut oil
Optional:1 tablespoon citrus fruit zest (The zest from one piece of fruit — grapefruit, lemon, and orange) OR ½ teaspoon of citrus essential oil (about 50 drops) such as certified organic grapefruit, lemon, or orange oil.

Combine all ingredients.  It’s best not to heat the oil.

Face time
Facials at the spa are great, but why spend a fortune when you can have a DIY facial at home? There are some great facemasks 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 at hand don’t worry, cotton wool pads soaked in ice-cold water work just as well.

Robe up
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 favorite 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 cozy one for your bathroom!

Give your skin the full TLC treatment and make sure you moisturize after your bath. Cocoa butter is great as a really intensive moisturizer because it softens and relieves dry skin, and the best part…it’s a snip of the price of a spa treatment.

And for after…
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 revitalized and refreshed.


*Portions reprinted from: www.goodtoknow.co.uk

** Recipe from www.newleafwellness.biz