There’s nothing better than getting home from a long day of work in the fall.
It’s cold. You’re tired. And you know you have to do it all over again tomorrow.
So when do you find the time to pamper yourself and get some beauty treatments during your hectic schedule?
One of the best ways to manage your time AND get pampered is by doing your own spa night at home. It’s inexpensive, fun, and can be done while you snuggle up on the couch to watch Netflix or read a good book. I personally love doing crafts while having a spa night (too restless) and put on my favorite music while I enjoy something I love.
Keep reading to find out how you can have your own spa night at home!
1. Clear Your Schedule
For those serious about getting a spa night in, clearing up your schedule is the first step. If you know you want to dedicate a whole night after dinner time to pampering, you need to make time for it. That means putting distractions away, not going out (and spending hard earned money). Maybe Wednesday night is a perfect day in the middle of the week? Maybe it Sunday when you can prep for the week ahead. Whatever you choose, make sure you are not having to go anywhere that night (especially if you want to do a facial at home).
2. Set The Mood
I love making my home feel super cozy and chic during my spa nights. I achieve this by lighting candles. Lately, I have been loving fall scents like apple, cinnamon, and pumpkin. But I also enjoy classic scents like vanilla and lilac. A really great company to try out is Bijou Candles. I wrote about them before in this post and really enjoyed those two particular scents for my spa nights. Vanilla and lavender mixed together are a perfect aroma too! But whatever scent you choose, they are a great decor piece as well. If you are interested in trying them out, they have a luxury candle giveaway going on! Check it out here.
I also set the mood with low lighting (just enough to read comfortably) and music. My most favorite type of music to play during my DIY spa nights is classic. I grew up listening and studying classical music and it is a very cozy and happy memory for me. I believe music is healing. And healing is what we are aiming for in spa nights. Healing in mind. Healing in body. And healing in soul.
3. Remove All Makeup
Take the day off with your a gentle but powerful makeup remover. The last thing you want is to steam your face or body while all that makeup and pollutants are on it! My favorite is this makeup remover from Clinique. I buy this in bulk every few months so that I never run out. Follow up with a cleansing face wash. This foaming goat milk face wash from Korres is really powerful and very soothing. And when you sign up for a rewards program, like Sephora’s, you can earn points when you buy these products.
4. Bath Prep
I love taking a loooong shower before I begin any of my spa treatments. Once I’m done washing my face I step into the shower (we don’t have a tub) and take care of my hair. I use Drybar’s shampoo and conditioner. It’s the only thing that works for my frizzy and thick hair. I follow up with a gentle body wash. Etsy is the perfect place to find natural handmade soaps. I only use those now because it’s very environmentally friendly and also skin friendly. You are also supporting a small business, which is great!
Exfoliating the body while in the shower really helps slough away dead skin cells and will help you feel fresh and clean. Use a pumice stone for the feet and a nice smelling sugar scrub. I make my own body scrubs with sugar and essential oils. Stay tuned for the recipe!
6. About Face
After stepping out of the bath or shower, you should dry your hair or put it up. Next is treating the face. At this point, you can DIY your own facial or simply use products that will help with anti-aging, toning, or any skincare problems you may have. I don’t have any acne or wrinkles, but I do have severe scars from my time with Steven Johnson’s Syndrome. So I do a laser light therapy treatment each week using a special machine. I am not really noticing a big change yet (as it will take some time) but my skin is smoother immediately after use. If I don’t use the machine, I do a simple mud mask and then I use a night cream like this one from Korres.
7. All The Rest
Continue your spa night with lotion. manicures and pedicures, and waiting for everything to settle into your skin as you enjoy a nice glass of wine and your favorite book. I give every product a good 20 minutes to settle onto my skin. So in the meantime, I do crafts like making my own soap, candles, and watercolor painting. This is YOUR time and you should do with it what you please! Want to binge watch your favorite series while doing your nails? DO IT!
Spa nights are really easy, and as you can see, less expensive than getting things done professionally (although that’s always a nice treat!) Everything rounds up to around a one time fee of $80 (and not using the whole product either), which is how much you would pay for just a mani/pedi alone, depending where you are. This time of year, it’s really important to be saving up for things that matter – like gift giving money, thanksgiving dinner money, etc. And you can definitely skip some steps and products. I don’t paint my nails much or really do heavy duty facials. Besides the DIY price point, you also get to do it in the comfort of your own home. And ultimately, you take advantage of the little pleasures in life, which is what The Petite Bijou is all about!
What do you do for your own spa nights at home? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Thank you Bijou Candles for sponsoring this post!