Going to a spa is a great way to relax, but if you don’t have the time or money to pay someone to pamper you for hours, you can create a personalized spa day by you, for you! And the best part? Some of these ideas may also provide relief for the occasional stuffy nose that so many of us deal with during the colder months.
How to Create Your DIY Spa
Ditch the expensive bubble bath for Epsom salts.
A natural mineral salt that contains magnesium and sulfate, Epsom salts are usually sold at any drugstore and tend to be pretty cheap. And unlike a lot of expensive bubble baths, Epsom salts are beneficial for your body; studies have shown Epsom salts can help treat muscle cramps and may have anti-inflammatory effects.
Brew up your favorite tea.
While you’re running your bath, brew up your favorite hot tea. Not only will sipping your favorite hot drink help you relax, it may actually help ease congestion by increasing mucus flow.
Light a few candles.
Add to the soothing mood with a few candles.
Play a relaxing playlist.
Studies show that the right kind of music can help us relax. Put together a relaxing playlist before you start enjoying your DIY spa, then once you get into the tub, let it serenade you into a peaceful state of mind.
Steam with essential oils.
Using essential oils like eucalyptus or peppermint along with steam inhalation has been shown to possibly help ease a stuffy nose. Add a few drops to a hot bath or shower, or dab a bit onto your skin before soaking.
Exfoliating your skin (which is the process of scrubbing off dead skin cells), can actually make your skin appear brighter. Some people like to make their own exfoliant from products they have on hand, and others like to buy products for reputable companies. Whatever route you go, just make sure you do your research beforehand to give your skin the kind of TLC it needs.
If you’re still dealing with a stuffy nose caused by a cold or allergies after your DIY spa, keep the TLC going by applying Breathe Right strips. Drug-free and clinically proven to instantly relieve a stuffy nose, Breathe Right strips can help you breathe better, and therefore sleep better, which means your relaxing day can continue all through the night!