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Gift Yourself: How to Create a Simple and Relaxing Home Spa

Posted by Caroline Fong  December 4, 2013 09:30 AM

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After a long busy week, I like to unwind by taking a nice bubble bath. Around this time of the year, you’re probably looking for ways to unwind too, but don’t have the time -- or energy -- to drag yourself to the nail salon.

This is the perfect time to treat yourself to a “mini vacation” in the comfort of your own home. Building your home spa experience is the gift that keeps on giving. You’ll be able to gift yourself a relaxation treat every time you’re feeling ragged.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

First, you’ll need some tools. For dry, neglected skin on your feet, invest in a Microplane Pedicure Tool ($14.95). The pearl orb file is made of surgical grade stainless steel and will gently slough off dry skin on your cracked and calloused feet.

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Then use a Unitrex Personal Humidifier ($29.95) to deliver moisture-balanced air. Small but mighty, it uses just one cup of water; it’ll help help relieve any remaining dryness of your skin, nose, and throat.

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SKIN SECRETS

Second, you’ll need products that will clean and maintain the beauty of your skin. Get a Fiat Luxe Felt Soap ($14) to use in the shower. All-natural and enveloped in soft wool felt, these handcrafted soaps not only smell great because of the botanically derived essential oils, the felt will gently exfoliate your skin in a rich lather. Load up a small basket of the two scents, and they’ll last you a while (you can refill the felt with your own soap).

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Out of the shower, snatch the bestseller mini kit from S.W. Basics ($45) for a cleanser, toner, makeup remover, and face and body cream -- all made of five ingredients or less. The ingredients are sourced from organic, Fair-Trade, small-farm sources in the USA. Keep synthetics, fillers, perfumes, and unintelligible ingredients away from your body.

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NESTLE IN SOFTNESS

Lastly, to top off the home spa experience, look great but feel comfortable in your own skin. If you’re going out (to show off your glowing visage, of course), stay warm in a Kerisma Eden Poncho ($36). They’re lightweight, soft, but warm. Plus, there are five different ways to wear one, day or night.

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To feel luxurious at home, put on a PJ Harlow Loungewear Set ($185). Made of satin and cotton in the USA, this spa-like set is ok to be caught in if a neighbor knocks on your door, but loose enough to lounge in while on the couch or bed. And the best part? They’re designed to withstand high washing and drying temperatures. No hand washing or dry cleaning is required.

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What are some of your home spa rituals? Share in the comments.

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Caroline Fong
Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.
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