Enjoy a relaxing spa day in the comfort of your own home with these easy DIY spa ideas and recipes. With a few simple pantry ingredients and little DIY spirit, you can recreate your favorite spa day experience at home.
Nothing says “self-care” like spending a relaxing day at the spa. If you’re feeling tired and stressed, why not recreate the spa experience at home?
Even if you can’t leave the house, you can still experience all the fun of a spa day or spa night at home. All you need are some easy beauty recipes and a few simple pantry ingredients to create a home spa day.
In this article, I’ve put together a list of amazing relaxation ideas for an easy DIY spa day or spa night at home. You’ll find nourishing hair masks, moisturizing face masks, bath bombs, face sprays, and more. What’s more, this complete collection of DIY spa ideas uses items or products you may already have at home.
With these “spa day at home” ideas, you’ll find it easy to unwind and de-stress in the comfort of your own home!
Create a Spa-Like Atmosphere at Home
First, set the stage for a day of relaxation. Start with a clean room so you won’t be distracted by work or clutter.
Light a couple of scented candles, or start an essential oil diffuser. Aromatherapy scents are a great way to add to the atmosphere and put you at ease.
Put on your coziest robe, and grab some soft towels and washcloths. Put on your favorite playlist to add to the relaxing ambiance.
Lastly, make a refreshing pitcher of fruit-infused water to sip.
Spa Aromatherapy Ideas
- Pink Himalayan Salt Essential Oil Diffuser
- Easy DIY Reed Diffuser With Essential Oils
- DIY Oil Diffuser with Lava Stone
Fruit-infused Water Recipes
Make A DIY Hair Mask
Use one of these easy homemade hair masks to make your hair super soft and shiny.
For most masks, you’ll want to apply them to dry or damp hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently distribute the mask or oil evenly. For best results, plan to leave them on for about 20 minutes.
To contain the mess, try pinning your hair up, or wrapping it in a shower cap. A shower cap will also trap a bit of heat, which can help speed up the process.
Hair Mask Recipes
- 6 Easy Hair Mask Recipes for All Hair Types
- Deep Conditioning Yogurt Hair Mask
- DIY Avocado and Banana Hair Mask
- DIY Overnight Hair Mask
Try an At-Home Facial Steam
Many people love facial steam treatments because they can open your pores, increase circulation and skin hydration.
Use facial steam after you cleanse your face, but before you apply serums or other moisturizers.
Steam Facial Recipes
Use a Homemade Face Mask, Scrub, or Mist
Next up, whip up a homemade face mask as part of your skincare routine.
Whether you prefer a deep-cleansing clay mask or a hydrating overnight face mask, there’s a homemade recipe for you here:
Face Mask and Scrub Recipes
- Rose and Chamomile Facial Scrub
- Coconut Oil and Honey Face Mask
- Detoxifying Bentonite Clay Face Mask
- Hydrating Honey Oat Face Mask
- Rose Clay Face Mask Recipe
- DIY Moisturizing Overnight Face Mask for Dry Skin
Face Mist Recipes
- Herbal DIY Face Mist
- DIY Rose and Geranium Face Mist
- “Mario Badescu” Inspired Facial Spray with Cucumber and Green Tea
Try a Jade Roller Face Massage
After you take off your face mask, try a relaxing face massage.
People love using facial massage to boost blood circulation, reduce under-eye swelling, increase lymphatic drainage, and help products absorb better into your skin.
Apply a Eye Mask
If your eyes are puffy, or you want to reduce any dark circles, try one of these homemade eye mask recipes:
- 8 DIY Eye Masks made from Household Ingredients
- How to Make a Soothing Headache Eye Mask
- DIY Tumeric Under Eye Mask
Pamper your Hands and Nails
Consider treating yourself to a DIY manicure. You can massage hands and cuticles with a rich hand balm or cuticle cream.
- DIY Cuticle Cream with Lemon Essential Oil
- Rich Honey Hand Balm for Dry Hands
- DIY Non-Greasy Shea Butter Lotion Recipe
Give Yourself an At-Home Pedicure
Relieve tired and achy feet with a luxurious foot spa. Next, use a natural pumice stone to exfoliate your feet and remove calluses. Follow that with a luxurious foot cream, like one of the recipes below:
- Exfoliating Peppermint Foot Scrub
- Nourishing Foot Balm with Essential Oils
- Pine Scented “Rocky Mountain” Foot Butter
Make a DIY Body Scrub Recipe
Before you hop in the tub, try one of these homemade body scrub recipes:
Homemade Bath Salts and Bath Bombs
Draw a hot bath, and pour in a relaxing bath salt or moisturizing bath bomb.
Bath Salts Recipes
- Homemade Rose Bath Salts
- Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Rosemary Bath Salts Recipe
- DIY Peppermint Bath Salts
DIY Bath Bombs
Shower and Moisturize
If you prefer a shower, here are some ideas to make it even more spa-like.
Shower Aromatherapy Ideas
Apply a body moisturizer while your skin is still damp to lock in the hydration.
For a special spa-like touch, you can even use heated lotion. You can use a special lotion warmer, but a few seconds in the microwave will give you the same effect.
DIY Lotion Recipes
I hope you will try some of these at-home spa day ideas out! It’s so important to take care of yourself – and with these spa day ideas, you can relax and recharge right at home.
Sarah Stearns is an artist, maker, and blogger at sarahmaker.com
Her work has been featured in Scientific American, Good Housekeeping, Vox, Apartment Therapy, and more.
Sarah lives and works in North Carolina with her husband and young kids.