Best Ways to Spa at Home


I’d be lying if I said I could afford to go to the spa every few weeks. I simply can’t. Not with 4 boys who keep me super busy and a budget that doesn’t account for splurging. But I absolutely feel that spa time is super important if not only for your skin, but your mental and emotional well-being as well.

If you are anything like me and your finances and time don’t always agree with a trip to the spa, here are some simple ways to pamper yourself at home:

Light your favorite candles. There is nothing I love more than a house that smells so deliciously fragrant. Don’t use the ones that you light frequently, instead use candles that you set aside just for your spa time. My favorite candles are from NEST Fragrances. They are so unique (like Wasabi Pear and Moss & Mint) and smell luxurious. Turn off the lights and set them around your bathroom to make it even more relaxing. 

Indulge in a bath. Bubble baths were fun when I was a kid, but as an adult, I enjoy the grown-up version much better with a skin softening bath bomb. My favorites are from Beau Bain and LUSH. While your mind takes a mental vacation, your skin will delight in moisturization. Nothing beats ultra-soft skin.

Set the mood to music. Music is food for the soul. I know that when I need my spirits lifted, or when I need to quell anxiety, that I turn to music. When it comes to spa time, water sounds are my favorite way to relax.

Give yourself a facial. Sure, a professional facial monthly is really the best way to go, but when you can’t, set out to do it yourself. I love the Pevonia Spa Clinica line and Renee Rouleau Skin Care line (the Triple Berry Smoothing Peel is a favorite!)

Treat your hair to a mask. Since I don’t typically make time in my daily shower routine for extra hair treatments, my spa time is usually when I take the time to do it. My favorite hair mask is the L’Oreal Advanced Hair Care Damage Erasing Balm. Your hair will feel amazing upon rinsing it out and you’ll notice the difference right away upon drying it.

These are just a few inexpensive ways that I pamper myself at home that make me feel like a million bucks, not to mention if I take some spa time before bed, that I sleep much sounder and through the night.

What are some of the ways you spa at home?




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Posted on by Shannon Smyth in bath and body, beauty, Hair Care, skin care, Spa 9 Comments

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Shannon Smyth

Shannon began A Girl's Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. She has been featured in Glamour, VOGUE Australia, Woman's World, Nail Pro, SHAPE and on WBRE's PA Live. She is a go-to source for social media consulting when it comes to beauty brands.

9 Responses to Best Ways to Spa at Home

  1. Brooke @ BlushingNoir

    I love how you compiled your lists! LUSH is my fave brand for at home pampering. They’ve got it all and my skin doesn’t react. Thank you for posting!

  2. MarciaF (beauty info zone)

    Your pictures make it all look so enticing. I’m pretty sure every one of us used a hair masque.

  3. Paula

    I really do need to go check out that L’Oreal line, I just can’t decide which one to try first!

  4. Eugenia

    I am in LOVE with Lush! They really are great for at home pampering!

  5. Pammy

    I love LUSH’s bath bombs too. So pampering! :)

  6. Cindy (Prime Beauty)

    I forgot about the Renee R triple berry peel, I love it!

  7. Phyrra

    The Lush Bath Bombs are great!

  8. kelly

    You guys are all so brave with your bath bombs… :-p

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