How To Create An At-Home Spa Experience
Self-care is now more essential than ever. Whether you're a working parent with kids at home, or just have some extra time on your hands, in the spirit of survival, may we suggest creating a little piece of heaven in your bathroom? It’s easy. Plus, everything can be delivered straight to your door.
Candles and diffusers
The right fragrance sets the mood, so put on some music, meditate and scent your room.
It's the best time to finally light your unused candles, and to discover more. A popular choice is the Tom Dixon's Terrazzo scented candle, housed in a sculptural vessel made from polished marble chips. The scent is fresh—perfect to start or end a #WFH day—with top notes of bergamot and lemon followed by green fig.
If you prefer something flame-free, the hourglass diffuser from Diptyque is an innovative alternative. Without the need for any heat or energy, simply flip the hourglass over to scent up a small room in one of Diptyque's most popular scent, Baies.
Scrubs and bath oils
There’s no better way to give your baths some spa-style indulgence than with Aman Skincare’s bath range, created by the Aman Resorts group. The bottles will make for a stunning shelfie—the sinuous vessels were designed by architect Kengo Kuma who was responsible for the 2020 Olympic stadium in Tokyo, and you’ll be happy to know that all materials and ingredients are sustainably sourced.
Find zen while using the stress-relieving Grounding amethyst bath and shower oil, a concoction infused with amethyst (yes, the precious stone is included), sandalwood and jasmine. The delicate scent relaxes and promotes inner peace.
From the same body care range, discover the Nourishing jade scrub and soak where the main ingredients include jade, calendula oil, and Himalayan salt. It's a scrub treatment that rejuvenates your body and mind, and leaves skin silky smooth.
Founded by editorial hairstylist Helen Reavy—who has worked on celebrities like Alicia Keys and Harry Styles—the botanical haircare line Act + Acre has proved to have both beauty and brawn.
The fully-recyclable chic bottles are worth an appearance on your Instagram feed, and the science behind the formula is ground-breaking: it's the first-ever cold-processed shampoo. Instead of the traditional heat process, ice-cold water and high pressure are used instead. There are only three products available: a weekly detox serum, a cleanse and conditioner. Hair is left unbelievably glossy and easy-to-manage, on top of that—it just smells absolutely divine; making a hair wash at home quite an experience.
On days that you’re staying home entirely and feel like you don’t need a hair cleanse, keep tresses dry in a very stylish Shhhowercap, which has a turban silhouette—you'll never see a showercap in the same light again. Don't limit it to your bathroom; it looks good enough for the pool too.
More time at home is the best excuse to slot in those extra few minutes to your nighttime beauty routine. Face-rolling has become a trend of late, but it’s a tool that deserves permanent spot in your beauty collection.
When should you roll? Some use it during the final step of the skincare routine to increase the absorption of their creams and moisturisers. Some people use their rolling tools over a sheet mask. Some roll it over their makeup to achieve a healthy glow too.
It improves blood circulation, decreases puffiness, and many swear by its lifting capabilities as well. Each type of roller has different instructions on the massage method, so always refer back to the brand.
A popular choice is the facial rollers from ReFa which target smaller facial muscles to reduce stiffness and increase blood flow.
While rose quartz rollers have also become increasingly popular, the ancient Chinese art of gua sha has also made its way into mainstream beauty. The Hayo’u beauty restorer, available in jade or stainless steel is a massage tool that gently scrapes the face to relax muscles and shifts puffiness. It also helps calm headaches and releases tension, making it the ideal end to your little spa session at home.
This article was originally published on April 30, 2020 and was updated on July 22, 2020.