What’s better than going to the spa? I love pampering myself but my budget doesn’t always allow. Luckily, there are at-home, affordable items that can turn your own bathroom into a relaxation room!
With hectic and busy schedules — and juggling work, a husband or a wife, friends, kids, pets — it can be hard to schedule time for yourself. But you can refresh your mind and body with our top picks in just a few minutes. Shop 15 at-home spa products to de-stress below!
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I’m obsessed with the new Panasonic Micro-Foaming Facial Cleansing Device. It’s a dual-ended cleansing brush that has super-soft cleansing bristles on one side and a warming plate on the other. To use, apply a cleansing oil to face, then use the warming plate to easily glide off makeup. Squeeze a little foaming cleanser (any brand) into the device and it will come out through the bristles to give you a superior clean.
For smooth feet all year long, use the Amope Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File on dry, callused feet. It gets rid of dead skin in seconds. Follow with a thick moisturizer like the Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment and then put on socks.
While you’re lounging, sip on a delicious adult beverage using this Skinnygirl recipe from Bethenny Frankel:
Green Tea Cooler
- 1½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
- 6 parts green tea (water steeped with tea bags OR diet green tea)
- 2 Lemon wheels for garnish
Preparation: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and garnish with two lemon wheels.
At Home Spa — Massages In Your Living Room
The ultimate indulgence (for me, anyway) is a massage. Now, there are services that offer therapists that come to your home or office. File under: my job is hard, but I’ve actually tried two of these services.
Zeel verifies you for the safety of their therapists and then matches you with one who has also had their background checked — you can pick a male therapist, female or no preference. All I had to do was provide a set of sheets — they come with the table and set up in just a few minutes.
I’ve also tried Soothe, a similar service. They actually provided the sheets as well. The extent of my effort was putting on the “soothing” Music Choice channel on my TV.
I was unsure how it would be having a stranger in my apartment, and having a massage in the middle of my not-exactly-zen living room, but it was fine. The therapists were really nice and professional, and the services were great. The convenience and price point is totally worth it.
If you just can’t imagine yourself relaxing with these picks in your own home, check out my new fave spa in NYC: Haven. It just re-opened as a gorgeous, serene space on Mercer Street and offers nails, hair appointments, facials, massages and much more. I just had the Bitch Massage, which they describe as “Soothing and relaxing for both body and mind, this massage works to address anxiety, stress, insomnia, irritability, and premenstrual symptoms by using specific massage strokes, pressure points, stretches, and oil aromas that sooth aches and pains by increasing blood circulation and lymph flow, decrease fluid retention in muscles, tissues and joints, and eliminate toxins to calm the nervous system, thereby allowing the practice of stillness and comfort in one’s bodies.” Who wouldn’t want that every month?
Shop all 15 at-home spa picks in the gallery above. Do you love pampering yourself and going to the spa?
— Dory Larrabee-Zayas