How to set up an at-home spa to cleanse your mind, body and soul


To stay in, switch off and succumb to relaxation is an art form that we’re all still perfecting, especially in a world of endless scrolling. But if you’re in need of stillness or a soothing retreat that you also happen to call home, there’s no reason you can’t have what you want.

We agree, there’s simply no replacement for a spa day but there’s also no place like home when the outside world and its anxieties and deadlines pile up.

Here, we carefully outline six simple steps to follow to turn your home into a retreat when the world outside your window isn’t feeling so welcoming. Read on and chill out.

Step one: Define what you need

Before you reach for any products, take a minute to determine what you want to achieve. Are you looking to decompress? Alleviate anxiety? Or desperate for a head-to-toe overhaul after hours on the couch? Is your skin in need of urgent decongestion or glow? Hair feeling limp?

It’s important to have a clear idea of what you need and what you want to achieve before setting out, as it’s easy to be distracted, overwhelmed and overrun by product when what you need is a targeted (but calming) response.

Step two: Set the mood

Ensure you have a clean space that you can relax in. No laundry, clean or dirty, hanging around. Bed made; clothes put away and general mess sorted. Then it’s essential to pick a soothing scent to help set the mood.

If you’re a candle connoisseur this would be the time to light up your soothing favourite; Byredo’s Bibliothèque Candle is a comforting classic that throws a cosy scent said to be inspired by ancient wood-panelled libraries, a truly comforting aroma to get lost in. If a floating into a field of flowers is your preference, Diptyque’s Baies Candle (a cult candle if ever there was one) delivers a blackcurrant and rose soaked scent to succumb to, and even comes in a room spray for those who prefer a direct and quick hit of soothing scent.

If a candle doesn’t quite hit the right note, invest in Bastide’s Ambre d'Or Potpourri Crystals, which look as good as they smell thanks to notes of patchouli and sandalwood. That they're also referred to as amber gold is certainly something to consider. Add music as needed.

Step three: Masking is a must

Now is the time to begin treating the areas of concern identified in step one. If it’s you identified skin, hair or both, be sure to take the time to prep thoroughly.

Hair often demands more time, so start here. If making up for too much heat styling or if you prefer heavier treatments, Shu Uemura’s Ultimate Reset Extreme Repair Mask will revive tantrum-prone hair. Or, if you simply want to treat hair without much fuss, Sachajuan’s Hair Repair treatment serves up shine as well as strength. When done simply wrap up in an Aquis Hair Turban to keep off the face and let the treatments soak in.

For the skin, we suggest reaching for a nourishing cleanser before applying your mask of choice. Tatcha’s One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil or Ren’s Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk both deliver a calming clean that will prepare you for well-deserved masking.

If it’s a rescue remedy your face is in need of, look to the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask for a dose of hydration or Eve Lom’s aptly named Rescue Mask, the ultimate detox for congested and dull skin.

If an extensive complexion overhaul is on the agenda, Kate Somerville’s ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment will solve everything thanks to a cocktail of Lactic acid, papaya, pineapple and pumpkin enzymes.

Step four: Rinse the day away

Water has long been used as a method of relaxation, and no matter if you prefer a shower or bath, rinsing the day away is as important for your mind as it is for your body. To ensure this rinse is up to scratch, equip yourself with the right tools and lave responsibly.

For those who prefer a bath, take advantage of Frank Body’s In Your Dreams Sleep Scrub and Soak with its lulling chamomile, lavender and epsom salts. Or lather up using Le Labo’s Hinoki Shower Gel, a bubbly and nourishing go-to that smells like the serenity of “mystical” Japanese hinoki trees, which is arguably a soothing scent to get lost in.

Shower lovers should treat themselves to a full body scrub like Soap & Glory’s The Breakfast Scrub which, coincidentally can be used outside of breakfast hours. We suggest following up with a skin-nurturing body wash like Sol de Janerio’s Brazilian 4 Play Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel which does all that you want regarding moisturising and nourishing but honestly just smells delicious.

If pure relaxation is the aim, swap in the Deep Sleep Shower Gel from This Works to calm the senses before stepping out of the shower.

Step five: Massage and meditate

Following up your soak with a body lotion, cream or oil is a practical and necessary part of this regimen. Whether you side with body oil or cream, the act of clearing your mind and focusing on covering yourself head-to-toe can be turned into a meditative act of self-care if you’re willing to keep an open mind.

If using this time to embrace full-blown luxuriating, we suggest drenching yourself in a body oil that screams (quietly, of course) opulence. Does any other brand tick that box better than L’Officine Universelle Buly 1803 with its apothecary-inspired packaging and formulations that are described as nourishing nectar for the skin?

For those who prefer the no-fuss texture of a cream, squeeze and slather Floral Street’s Neon Rose lightweight but nourishing cream, that not only smells like a skin-worthy bouquet (notes of jasmine, angelica and apple blossom will do that), but hydrates and soothes too.

If you’re fully committed to a complexion overhaul, slip on Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial for an overnight treatment that actually delivers on beauty sleep.

Otherwise, use this opportunity to reap the benefits of a truly plush treatment oil or serum like Sunday Riley’s Juno Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil or Tatcha’s Violet C Brightening Serum. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your chosen product and the meditative benefits of application, reach for a beauty roller or gua sha tool to ensure your skin soaks up what it needs and you’re also treating your visage to a massage it truly deserves.

Step six: Turn in

We cannot stress enough that switching off from all devices is paramount to a successful at-home spa day. If you fail, go back to step one and repeat.

Now is the time to turn off all devices, reach for a book, rest your just-washed hair on a Slip White Pure Silk Pillowcase and feel content in the knowledge you were able to control this and treat yourself when the outside world is unruly.

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