In these days of the credit crunch and when we are all watching the pennies, it doesn't mean we have to forgo life's little luxuries. It just means getting a bit inventive with what we already have. For many of us, a day at a Spa meant total relaxation and a way of treating ourselves after a long week at work or after a particularly hard workout. Well nowadays it is possible to recreate the spa environment in the comfort of your own home without spending a fortune. It may be a DIY spa but it can still be luxurious and fun!
Cleanliness is next to Godliness
Well I don’t know about that, but a clean and clear environment is important in a Spa. Hide away the kids toothbrushes, unclog the bath plug and even consider a fresh coat of paint in a calming colour – perhaps mocha or lilac. The last thing you need is to be lying in the bath, face mask on, only to notice the streaks on the tiles and the mould creeping up the wall.
This is incredibly important in creating the right mood. Unfortunately, if you want to change the electrical lighting in your bathroom you will need a qualified electrician to do it for you. If you do decide to do this then dimmer switches would be a good way of achieving a low light. For most of us though – candles are the way to go. Use candles of different colours and heights to create a moody glow and consider a couple with fragrance added such as lavender to promote relaxation. Dot them around the room or alongside the bath and the room will look heavenly.
Not something you might normally consider in a bathroom, but you can achieve a wonderful look with a few carefully chosen items. Rattan,cotton, wood and other natural products are perfect. A basket or two full of wonderful bath bombs, soft and fluffy folded towels and facecloths can add a luxurious touch to the room and having things at your fingertips is always great for an impromptu Spa session. If you have the space, include a rattan chair with a comfortable cushion for relaxing on with a face mask and a magazine.
No Spa worth it's salt would consider not having whale sounds as a back drop to it's massage sessions, so it is a good idea to splash out on a CD system suitable for the bathroom. They don’t have to be expensive and can create a soothing calm environment. Listen to whale sounds, classical or soft pop, close your eyes and relax.
It is possible to buy face masks, foot rubs, moisturising body milks and scrubs on the high street and they don't have to cost an arm and a leg. If you prefer you can simply make your own. Olive oil mixed with sea salt makes a great body scrub and mashed avocado is perfect as a face mask. Don't forget the essential cold herbal teabags for the eyes. They will reduce puffiness and keep you looking refreshed.
Last but not least – lock the door!
This is your own private time away from the stresses and strains of family life. Make sure everyone knows that you are in the bathroom and do not want to