Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa

I had a looong week at Aveda this past week. We attend school from Tuesday through Saturday. It's five days a week, which is fine, but starting the week on Tuesday instead of Monday has totally threw me off balance. So Sunday night I treated myself to the best at home spa experience ever. Here's how I did it...

Things you will need:
CD player
Relaxing CD
Lots of Candles
Body Lotion
Large Pillow
Favorite Bath Salts, Bath Oil, Bubble Bath, Body Wash, Body Scrub, Body Lotion, Face Mask
Shaving Lotion & Razor
Pumise Stone
Favorite Relaxing Essential Oil (Cedar, Chamomile, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram)
Piece of Terry Cloth (I use an old wash cloth I cut into pieces)
3 Towels, Robe, Underwear, PJ's, Cotton Socks
Plastic Tote w/ Lid
Chamomile Tea & Favorite Tea Cup
Your HG Facial Cleanser, Exfoliant, Toner, Treatment, Eye Cream, Night Cream
Clarisonic Brush or Hand Held Round Facial Brush

You really need to prepare your bathroom:
  • Start off with a clean bathroom. If your tub is needing attention do that first.
  • Bring in a portable CD player w/ your favorite spa music. My favorite CD is Musical Massage, it's a 3 disc set.
  • Set up your candles all around the room. The more the better. Don't light them just yet.
  • Make sure the lid is down on the toilet. We will use this as a place to sit and apply our favorite body lotion. Place your favorite body lotion on the back of the toilet.
  • Place a large pillow on the floor, and place 2 or 3 candles around it. This will be a place for us to meditate and relax before we get in the tub.
  • Gather up any of your favorite bath salts, bath oils, bubble bath, and body wash and put them around the tub.
  • Get three fluffy towels, pj's, cotton socks, and robe. Put them in the dryer on high heat for about 15 min. If you have a favorite calming essential oil (cedar, chamomile, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, marjoram) dab a bit onto a piece of terry cloth and throw it in the dryer with your towels and clothes. Aromatherapy at it's best.
  • Have a plastic tote with a lid handy to put the towels, pj's, cotton socks, robe, and cotton ball w/ essential oil directly in after you get them out of the dryer. The sealed tote will help keep the heat and lovely smell in through out your bath.
  •  Start your bath water. Make sure the water is warm enough, but not so hot that you are uncomfortable and can't wait to get out.
  • Make yourself a cup of hot chamomile tea and set it by the bathtub.
  • When your bath water is done, light the candles, pour in bath salts/bath oil, and turn on the music. Don't forget to press repeat on your CD.
  • Go get your towels and clothes out of the dryer, quickly fold the towels and put them in the tote. You may want to add more of the essential oil to the terry cloth piece and put it into tote.
  • Place your tote near your bath tub.
  •   Lock the door to your bathroom and turn the lights off. No interruptions!

Relaxation Time:

  • Undress and put your warm robe on.
  • Apply your favorite face mask. I love the Queen Helen Mint Julep Mask.
  • Sit which ever way is comfortable on the pillow and take some slow deep breaths. Try to clear your mind and focus on your breathing. I do this for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Take off your robe. If you like to use a body scrub. Now's the time to do it. Go ahead and scrub up before you get in the tub. Applying the scrub to dry skin helps it to exfoliate better.

  • Go ahead and get in the bathtub. If you used a bath oil and/or body scrub prior, be very careful getting in. The bath oil and/or body scrub will make your feet ultra slippery.
  • Lay back and relax. Sip your tea and enjoy the atmosphere you created for yourself. Take deep breaths and take your time.
  • When you are ready go ahead and wash up. Don't forget to shave those legs. Nothing feels better than getting in bed with silky smooth legs.
  • Sit on the side of the tub and take care of your feet. I like to use a pumice stone to remove any dead skin.
  • Time to get out. Take the lid off your tote and rap up in one of your yummy warm towels.
  •  Grab your cotton socks. 
  •  Place another of the warm towels on the toilet lid.
  • Have a seat and grab the lotion off the back of the toilet and slather up. Don't forget your feet.
  • Put on your cotton socks.
  • Rap up in your robe.
  • Remove your face mask at the sink.
  • Continue with your nightly face routine. I love to bring out the micro-derm abrasion for a special treat. Don't forget when you are doing your face, what ever treatments and moisturizers you use on your face you should also use on your neck, chest, and hands. These areas age the fastest and have the same skin thickness.
  • Put on your warm pj's and blow out your candles.
  • Head straight for the bed.
  • Get ready for the best rest you've had in months.
Good night! ZZzzzzzzzZZZzzzzzzZZZZzzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzzzZZZZZ : )


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