Create a luxury spa at home
Q: My spouse and I both have demanding jobs with long commutes, plus my elderly dad lives with us and our children. With all that, it is really hard to find a minute to myself. A few years ago for my bachelorette party, we enjoyed a spa weekend, where all I did was relax all day. My dream is escaping to a spa again on another vacation, but that won't happen soon. I'm thinking maybe my own bathroom can be a little more spalike. It's not huge, but does have a nice bathtub. What do you think?
- Another Jennifer
A: Fortunately you won't need to travel far to get some well-deserved relaxation. Looking no further than your own bathroom is a great idea.
What helps define the most luxurious aspects of a spa is how airy, open, and clutter-free they are. The only things in a spalike bath should be essentials and plenty of clean towels. Pamper yourself with a fresh one every day.
Get rid of everything you don't use. Make room in drawers and baskets for the products you do use, and store them in a handy, out-of-sight spot. Keep the air fresh by using vent fans, and banish smelly hampers, cat boxes, diaper pails, etc., to the laundry room or a less-used bathroom.
Scented oils, soaps, candles, flowers, or even a fragrant cup of tea will provide a luxurious, relaxing, and aromatic experience. Serene scents include chamomile, jasmine, rose, lavender, and sandalwood, to name a few.
Minerals, special clays, salts, and other bath additives help your bathtub feel like a spring-fed pool. A warning, however: Keep these away from children. The beautiful packaging and delectable aromas are far too often mistaken for food or candy.
Put the lights on dimmers. Different levels of lighting automatically create different moods. Lower lighting levels are relaxing and romantic, but you need brighter lights for applying makeup, shaving, or cleaning.
A little effort to keep your bathroom clean and airy will pay off big when you do get to pamper yourself. Keep me posted, and send in a photo.
Jennifer Adams is a designer, author, and TV personality.
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