A relaxing day at the spa sure sounds like a dream, and for many people, it remains just that. Just because you can’t whisk yourself off to a spa vacation doesn’t;t mean you can’t find spa-level relaxation at home. Consider these eight remedies that can leave you feeling pampered, refreshed, and recharged.  

1. Relax in a Salt-Water Pool 

Heated pools offer an excellent opportunity to soak sore muscles while also getting in a little exercise. That’s a rare combination. Newer salt water filtration systems can help make it a more luxurious and natural experience. When you consider the upfront cost of a pool, keep in mind that it is an investment you will benefit from for years to come.  

2. Set the Right Mood With Aromatherapy 

Aromatherapy uses natural plant compounds to target your sense of smell. The olfactory system provides a direct path for those compounds to reach your brain and nervous system. Most aromatherapy is done using essential oils. These have become increasingly popular in mainstream culture, so you shouldn’t have any problem finding a selection to get started. 

3. Pamper Yourself With a DIY Facial 

Facials are one of the most popular spa treatments around, but you can get a similar experience right at home. Depending on your budget, you might splurge on a prepared package kit or opt instead to invest time and make your own face products. Making your own facial system is a great way to customize the products you use. There are tons of great recipes for things like face masks, cleansers, and exfoliating scrubs, so you can choose ingredients that fit your skin type and desired results.   

4. Wrap YourTresses in a Mask 

Give your hair a little love while you are at it. Hair masks provide additional nourishment and moisture beyond your normal conditioner. They are a special treat that can help do everything from reducing breakage to improving scalp health.  

5. Load Up On Hot Towels 

There is something soothing about wrapping yourself up in a preheated towel. While this may have been reserved for luxury spas in the past, newer at-home heating options make it much more accessible. Whether you warm hand towels for a mani/pedi in the crockpot, toss your bath towels into the dryer or invest in a commercial towel warmer, you will appreciate the warm, soothing sensation.  

6. Engage Your Senses With Music 

Why not put on some soothing sounds to help create that zen atmosphere for your at-home spa day. After all, if music could soothe the savage beast, surely it can also help ease your tensions away. There is a lot of support for the use of music as therapy to promote healing and ease anxiety. Keep this as stress-free as possible by streaming a spa channel on YouTube or your favorite music app.  

7. Ease Eye Strain With Tea Bags 

While you enjoy the background music, ease some of the eye strain picked up from way too many hours staring at one screen or another. Perhaps the best part is that this relief is only as far away as the tea bags in your kitchen. People have long been using various teas to reduce puffiness and bring comfort to tired eyes. Green and chamomile are two common types that are often preferred for DIY eye compresses.  

8. Use Dry Brushing To Exfoliate Skin 

Dry brushing offers several benefits for your skin and body. For starters, it helps slough off dead skin cells that have built up. It is also reported to improve circulation, which may encourage healthier skin overall. While it may seem a bit abrasive at first, dry brushing is a great way to indulge in a little self care. You’ll want to be careful to not scrub too vigorously. Instead, use gentle strokes with your dry brush to loosen dead skin and encourage lymphatic drainage. Follow up with adequate hydration. 

Make time for a little at-home self care with techniques such as hair masks, facials, and tea bag eye compresses. Gentle music, towel warmers, and a relaxing dip in a salt pool can make it a truly luxurious experience.