On a rare day, my husband is home all day long. He lovingly gives me the opportunity to have some time to myself. I try to allow my husband the same luxury as well, especially because we mostly care for our son ourselves. When we decide we are going to give the other the day, we can use it any way we like. I personally, like to stay in and have a home spa day.
As a parent, treating yourself should never be guilt filled or hurried. Knowing that my son is being properly cared for makes my “moment” even more blissful. Usually these things don’t happen that often. You want to be able to soak it all in and fully relax before you get back to your daily hustle and bustle.
Here are a few things that I love to do to pamper myself:
1. Honey Facial
I wash and dry my face and apply organic honey all over. Honey is naturally anti-bacterial and moisturizing. I’m mostly interested in the moisturizing properties as my skin tends to be more on the dry side.
While still wearing the honey mask, I exfoliate my entire body. Using a dry brush, I start with the heels of my feet and work my way up stopping at my waist. This is done outside of the shower. Dry brushing not only helps sweep away dry skin but also helps with circulation.
Then, in the shower still wearing the honey mask, I either use my loofah sponge (the kind from the sea) or a salt or sugar scrub to exfoliate the rest of my body. At this time I focus on the more rough areas like heels of feet, knees and elbows.
Next, I gently remove the honey from my face in upward circular motions, which also mildly exfoliates my face. You can also use a wet wash cloth to do this.
3. Deep Condition
After shampooing my hair, I apply a deep conditioner. While that is working I continue with my normal routine, cleansing my body and shaving. I rinse my hair, squeeze out the excess water and exit the shower. With my hair still very damp, I immediately apply a leave-in conditioner. I have naturally curly hair so I use a heavier type but, you can choose your own based on your hair type.
Starting with my face, I apply my favorite face cream (cream is the important word here). I also apply this to my neck and décolletage. Switching over to a body cream, I moisturize the rest of my body. I take an extra step after applying it to my feet and put on a pair of socks to keep that working longer. At this point, I get dressed in some comfy, cozy, loungewear (usually sweats, so glamorous!).
Around this time I stop to see if my husband is still ok with our son. If all is well, I move on to nail care. If he needs help I jump back on the mommy train.
I trim and file my fingernails and toenails. Taking a damp towel I remove moisturizer from my nails only. I like to use the quick dry nail polish as it is a time saver when I’m in a pinch but, even when I’m relaxing, I don’t like to “watch paint dry.” I apply a clear coat, then color and a final clear coat. Once they dry, I apply a cuticle oil massage it in and any excess I massage into my hands.
This part is totally up to you. Personally, I like to take 30 minutes here. I light a candle, play some music and read. Sometimes, I simply watch a movie with my loves. I like to have a hot beverage like coffee or tea depending on my mood.
No matter what, I always like to end my home spa day with a journaling session. Expressing my hopes, dreams and ideas help me clear my mind. I sometimes make lists or just jot down thoughts, just to get them out.
That’s it! Some days strolling through target with a hot cup of coffee is what I choose to do. Whatever you choose, do it for you and enjoy every moment. I hope this “sample” of what I do at home for a spa day treats you as well as it treats me!