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    May 29, 2020

    35 Easy Ways To Throw Yourself An At-Home Spa Day

    Frankie says relax.

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    1. First, set the mood with the right background noise. Spotify has awesome ~calming playlists~ that range from classical piano solos to the sound of rain, or you can head on over to YouTube and listen to an hour of calming rainforest sounds. The options are truly endless here.

    Spotify playlist labeled "rain sounds"
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    2. You can also opt for a sound machine to totally drown out honking cars and screaming matches (aka, the inevitable background music that comes with being a city-dweller). This option fits compactly on your nightstand, has great volume control, and offers 10 fan sounds and 10 ambient noises.

    hand-sized white sound machine
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    Promising review: "This sound machine has literally changed my life. Our neighbor likes to spend his mornings shoveling gravel on a cement surface with a metal shovel about five from my window (like 6 a.m. early) and to be honest, I was starting to have some pretty dangerous thoughts about stealing his shovel, breaking his arms, burning his house down.... One goes down some pretty dark paths when they suffer from insomnia already and then get woken up with a shovel scrapping down a sidewalk. Okay, so the machine somehow COMPLETELY covers the noise from the shovel, the toilet flushing next to my room, dogs barking, etc. It is incredible." —MorAvFire

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in five colors).

    3. Make like a couple's spa day by following these surprisingly easy massage techniques — nothing like a few trapezius pulls to finally rid your back of those pesky knot(s).

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    To learn more, check out "Full Body Partner Massage."

    4. If you lack the patience required for the above (or your hands are prone to cramping), I hear you loud and clear: so does this portable massage ball. This provides 360-degree rotation and is comfortable to hold, which means giving your partner (or yourself) a massage will have never been so easy.

    reviewer holding blue massager
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    Promising review: "Amazing. Seriously, buy this. It is the best back massage I’ve ever had. I have trouble with my wrists and hands and can’t massage my husband’s back for very long. This is small and easily fits in my hand. I can give him a great massage without pain. He massaged my back with it as well and it’s phenomenal!" —Mifflinpartyofthree

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    5. It’s okay that you don’t have a clawfoot tub at the moment — you’ll get there one day. For now, rely on a tub stopper that allows for a deeper soak by allowing extra inches of water! Pair it with a cupholder caddy for your glass of vino, and voila. Ultimate relaxation is yours.

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    Promising review (tub stopper): "Can I give this thing 10 gold stars? I have a 4-foot bathtub (so small it should be illegal) so I used to bring a towel in the tub to cover myself just to keep warm because the water was so shallow. I've used this drain cover three times and now I literally bask in my Epsom salt baths. The silence is wonderful; I used to seethe at hearing the precious bath water drip-drop down the overflow drain. Buy it, hands down a peace preserver." —M. Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review (cupholder caddy): "Holds all my drinks like a boss! I put this in my shower in March '16 and it has yet to fail me! I've used it with wine glasses, bottles, and cans... it really is great and affordable." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    6. Eucalyptus is known for its ultra relaxing scent, so adding a eucalyptus bundle to your shower is an easy (and foolproof) way to add a bit of aromatherapy to an otherwise boring ritual. This one is even wrapped with natural twine so you can easily hang it from your shower head.

    twine-wrapped eucalyptus hanging from shower head
    BotanicaFleur / Etsy

    Get it from BotanicaFleur on Etsy for $8+ (available in four sizes).

    7. Follow along with John Davisi (a mindfulness life coach, teacher, and speaker) for a 10-minute guided meditation that may help ease anxiety and allow you to unwind.

    illustration of person sitting cross-legged labeled "10-minute meditation"
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    Follow along with this 10-minute meditation.

    8. Scalp massages = surprisingly easy. Add a silicone brush whilst shampooing for a more thorough cleaning (it's said this leads to speedier hair growth) or go for a Kikkerland copper massager if your hair is already dry; both methods are said to improve circulation.

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    Promising review (silicone brush): "I have been using this for about three weeks now and I LOVE it. It feels amazing! I haven't changed my shampoo or anything, but my hair definitely has more volume...like my roots are standing up or something! I don't know exactly what is happening, but I am all for it." —Lsn1986

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    Promising review (copper massager): "Wow! This is an amazing, relaxing, and inexpensive product! Your body automatically relaxes when the massager makes contact with your head. After a stressful day at the office, a few minutes using this product is great." —Charles Austin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.55.

    9. A tried-and-true aromatherapy ritual: Light a damn candle. This Maison La Bougie option uses a wax and perfume oil blend of ylang-ylang, tuberose, lemon, lavender (mmm relaxation), jasmine, and cyclamen that smells delightful. Plus, you'll totally want to upcycle this packaging.

    candle with image of cacti against pink wall labeled "Maison La Bougie cactus"
    instagram.com / Via @maisonlabougie

    Get it from Nordstrom for $55.

    10. If you love dim lighting but hate heavy scents, no worries! Simply DIY a citrus peel candle or opt for flameless LED tea lights, the latter of which comes in a pack of 12 and has a battery life of up to 150 hours.

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    Promising review (LED tea lights): "I put these surprisingly bright lights into some gold mercury glass votive holders, and they are absolutely beautiful! The lights flicker like real candles." —Julie G.

    Get a set of 12 from Amazon for $8.99.

    11. Join Sundays nail studio for at-home manicure class. This nontoxic polish brand is offering virtual courses that cover everything from basic upkeep and gel removal to nail art and hand care. *looks at cuticles* *signs up immediately*

    hand holding light purple nail polish bottle
    instagram.com / Via @sundays_studio

    Classes start at $15+, take place via public or private Zoom, and are available on the hour from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    12. If gel manicures are your jam, the time may have come for you to *gulp* finally attempt one yourself. You'll need to adopt a few supplies first: We suggest a Sally Hansen gel polish that costs $5+ and is loved by 1,000+ reviewers, plus a UV light (on the expensive side at $63.99, but totally worth it considering how pricey gel manis can be).

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    Promising review (UV light): "Let me start out by saying that I am one of those women who happily budgets $80-$90 a month to go to the nail salon to get my polish redone on the regular. However, with all of us in quarantine, I reluctantly had to do my best to keep my nails done using regular nail polish - which we all know chips the day of or the day after. I finally decided to purchase this and I AM SO GLAD I DID. This light plus the cost of a pack of gel polish will now save me tons of money." —tlkhnsty

    Get it from Amazon for $63.99.

    To learn more, check out "I Learned How To Do My Own Gel Nails While In Quarantine (And It's Legit Easy)".

    13. Make like a high school sleepover and DIY your own face mask using stuff that's already in your kitchen. Be sure to focus on formulas that tackle your specific skin concerns: For example, canned pumpkin + brown sugar + vitamin E oil = great for soothing red, blotchy skin.

    four clear containers containing green, orange, light brown, and dark brown liquid
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    14. Perform your own expensive peel at home — for less than $8! The Ordinary peeling solution is packed with quality ingredients (think glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid) to remedy your biggest skincare concerns: acne and excess oil. The time to break up with breakouts has arrived, my friends.

    on the left, former BuzzFeed Writer Jamé Jackson  with more oily skin labeled "how oily I used to get" and on the right, Jamé with matte skin labeled "how oily I get now"
    Jamé Jackson / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I struggle with acne and acne scars and let me tell you, this stuff is THE BOMB I only tried it about four times now (two times max per week) but as soon as I took it off, I noticed a difference. It leaves your skin soft AF and clears impurities. Even my boyfriend loves it." —daniellemcp

    Get it form Sephora for $7.20.

    To learn more, check out "I Tested A $7 Chemical Peel On My Sensitive Skin, And I'm High-Key Obsessed".

    15. The phrase "spa day" is synonymous with infused water, and I refuse to hear otherwise. A fruit-infused pitcher allows you to easily throw in ingredients like lemon, cucumber, blueberry, lime, and more to make your H2O feel way fancier.

    clear water pitcher with cover filled with berries and ice
    Wayfair

    Get it from Wayfair for $24.99.

    To learn more, check out "These 4 Fruit-Infused Waters Are The Perfect Ways To Stay Hydrated."

    16. Prefer a hot beverage? Try one of these nine calming tea recipes instead: We're talking hibiscus lattes, allergy relief blends with peppermint and nettle, or a cinnamon chai sleepy time milk.

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    Just an FYI that if you don't have one already, you'll probably want to purchase a a loose-leaf tea infuser — this option from OXO is particularly great because it's designed with a long handle that allows it to double as a stirring spoon.

    Promising review: "I've had a number of different tea filters and this one is the best I've owned so far. Compared to basket and novelty filters, it's much easier to clean and fill. It holds the right amount for a cup so you don't waste tea, or brew one that's too strong. It also easily doubles as a spoon." —Smakky

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    17. Everyone loves to rag on underwire. I love to rag on underwire. It hurts. But if your breast friends want some support without having to compromise comfort, this seamless T-back bralette feels like a second skin and imitates the feeling of going bra-less.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "I purchased three of these in-store last year and I am obsessed. They provide support AND comfort! I am off to buy more colors because they are that amazing!" —DianeB

    Get it from Anthropologie for $24 (available in sizes XS/S-M/L and in four colors).

    To learn more, check out "This Bralette From Anthropologie Is Soft, Comfortable, And Everything You Need In A Bra Right Now".

    18. For skin smoother than that of a baby seal, it's time to enlist the help of Cirepil hard wax — reviewers claim it's actually less painful than other soft waxes on the market. Just prep your skin with a bit of oil, apply the wax, wait for it to dry, and quickly pull it off like a bandage. Huzzah! Each hair will have been taken out from the root.

    a reviewer's leg with fine hair on the left, the same leg with blue wax in the center, the same leg with no hair on the right
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    Just melt the above wax (a GiGi wax warmer is particularly great) before applying with wood wax sticks to avoid shaving but also to save a ton of money in the long run.

    Promising review: "As a novice home-waxer, I had only worked with soft wax before this. I was so amazed by this hard wax! This caught so much more hair on the first try AND I had SO much less breakage — every hair was pulled out at the root! This is also definitely less painful than soft wax and the clean-up was just ridiculously easy. I'm so happy I went out on a limb and tried this." —Rebecca Asni

    Get it from Amazon for $21.10

    19. Bring dry tresses back from the dead with this Neutrogena weekly treatment, a mask that combines olive, meadowfoam, and sweet almond extracts to nourish over-processed hair and give it a much-needed deep conditioning.

    hand holding plastic tub with orange cap labeled "Neutrogena triple moisture deep hair recovery mask"
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have very thin hair naturally and it's also pretty dry because I dye it quite a bit. This hair treatment really helped my dry locks! If you've got dry hair, this will do wonders." —Hannah Farrell

    Get it from Amazon for $12.57.

    20. Exfoliate sensitive skin with gentle ingredients like papaya and pineapple enzymes found in this Bliss jelly peel exfoliator, which lift away dead skin cells to reveal a canvas smoother than any baby's bottom. Talk about leaving only the good stuff ~behind~, eh?

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    Promising review: "This stuff is great! You can actually feel the dead skin it pulls up, which is kinda gross but 100% awesome! I have super sensitive skin so I was worried that I would react badly to this peel, but it’s so gentle. I only use it two times a week max but it always makes me look like I’m glowing when i get out of the shower." —Jackie H 93

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    To learn more, check out "7 Amazing Beauty Products I Basically Can't Live Without" (#7).

    21. A relaxing soak doesn't *feel* so relaxing when you have to rest your head on straight porcelain. The solution? A two-paneled, padded foam pillow with ultra-strong suction cups that will actually stick to your tub.

    white two-paneled pillow on tub
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My husband bought this for me because I LOVE taking baths; it's a nice way to relax and unwind after a long day...but I've recently had some health problems, which has caused me to lose a lot of weight, and taking baths has become excruciating. Due to the lack of extra cushion back there now, lying back on the porcelain tub was extremely painful on my spine/bones. I had resigned to the fact that I wouldn't be taking baths anymore. But, GOOD NEWS, this pillow is a dream come true. I wish I had always had this pillow. It's soooo comfortable! I could almost nap in the tub (but don't)." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    22. Oh, let's discuss your uniform: a teddy bear robe and plush slippers. That's it. I feel relaxed just looking at the product photos.

    Pottery Barn, Calpak

    Get the robes from Pottery Barn for $46.99+ (originally $79, available in sizes S-XL and in three colors) and the slippers from Calpak for $15.

    23. ~Treat~ yourself to a delicious treat and whip up these dairy-free lavender lemon scones in advance. The recipe takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and is best served with a cup of hot tea. Please excuse the growling of my stomach.

    five lavender lemon scones on purple towel
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    24. Massage a blend of jojoba oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, vitamin a, vitamin e, and tea tree oil into your nails and cuticles with this vanilla-scented Kiss nail pen. This is step one in kicking hang nails and mauled cuticles to the curb.

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    With daily use of this product, your nails will begin to grow and strengthen (seriously, just read the overwhelmingly positive reviews) and your ripped-up cuticles will begin to heal.

    Promising review: "I struggled for years with cracking and bleeding cuticles. This stuff is a lifesaver! Doesn’t leak at all, easy to apply, and very moisturizing. It's portable, too!" —Alexis

    Get it from Amazon for $7.45.

    25. Presenting an easy way to groom your brows if you're done with the pains of plucking and expense of waxing: the Schick dermaplaning razor. This gentle tool rids stray hairs and unwanted peach fuzz, all while removing the dead skin build-up complexion on your complexion.

    on the left, reviewer with stray hairs around eyebrows and lip and on the right, same reviewer with noticeably less hair
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    Promising review: "This is a 100% painless and incredibly easy alternative to waxing or plucking. A few quick swipes gets rid of peach fuzz and I never have to worry about breaking out because of it. Also, it doesn't make hair grow back coarser or darker." —Ellen R.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    26. If you have yet to uncover the sheer *bliss* that is a jade roller, there is no time like the present. Aesthetics aside, it promotes lymphatic drainage, improves circulation, and increases the effectiveness of all your skincare products — plus, it's basically a facial massage!? One can't go wrong.

    Amazon, Gyan Yankovich / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I don't even really care if this is good for my complexion, it feels so good to roll it on my face I would do it if there were no other benefits! That being said, I do feel it's making my skin smoother and less puffy over time. I leave it in the freezer and roll it on my face with some coconut/lavender oil serum in the morning. The quality of the roller seems top tier, and the jade is absolutely stunning!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.52.

    To learn more, check out "Curious About Jade Rolling? Here's Everything You Need To Know".

    27. Elevating your Netflix binge is as easy as one-two-spritz! This plant-based This Works pillow mist is infused with lavender, vetivert, and chamomile to really help you unwind and forget about *all* of those unnecessary emails you had to respond to this week.

    hand holding white bottle labeled "deep sleep pillow spray"
    instagram.com / Via @thisworks

    Promising review: "Earthy, comforting scent. I find this pleasantly unique for a pillow spray, as most I've tried are super heavy on the lavender and either too medicinal or sweet for me. I love it and look forward to using it every night. Beautiful packaging to keep by the bedside. And it really does work; relaxing and lovely." —T for 2

    Get it from Amazon for $27.

    28. DIY a ~mermaid bath bomb~ for a pastel soak that is so relaxing, you may even forget to 'gram it. If you share in my lack of patience for DIY activities, these black bath and rainbow-shaped options are equally as fun.

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    Promising review (black bath bomb): "OMG, this smelled freaking amazing. I'm not a fan of flowery, sweet things and this was the perfect dark woodsy scent. Plus, it did NOT stain my body or my legs so I will definitely be buying another." —Jillian Bennett

    Get the black bath bomb ($7.50) and cloud bath bomb ($8.99) from Amazon.

    To learn more, check out "Transform Bathtime With These DIY Mermaid Bath Bombs".

    29. Add extra exfoliation to your daily cleanser via a Grace & Stella spin brush. This waterproof, rechargeable brush ~spins~ away dead skin cells and removes all the built-up gunk trapped in your pores — the kind you wouldn't be able to get rid of with just your hands.

    model using the white facial brush
    Amazon

    This brush set comes with a silicone head for sensitive skin, two soft bristle replacement brush heads, one massage head, a power stand, and two spin speed settings. All of that for less than $20 = wow.

    Promising review: "Okay this brush is SUCH a game changer!! It's completely elevated my skincare routine. Adds such awesome exfoliation and so easy to use!" —D'Anna C.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    30. Nip brassiness in the bud with a cult-favorite Fanola purple shampoo. The violet pigment in this formula works to wash away unwanted yellow in your 'do, meaning you can extend the time between salon visits meaning you can SAVE A TON OF MONEY. Easy + affordable? Someone pinch me.

    three photos of reviewer hair showing the loss of brassiness from left to right
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    Use this only once a week (for about three minutes at a time) to prevent your hair from turning a slightly lavender shade.

    Promising review: "Finally! A purple shampoo that actually does something to my brassy hair! I have silver-white hair that is exceptionally hard to maintain due to how easily my hair gains brassy tones and how stubborn they are to remove. I've tried a ton of other brands, and none of their toning shampoos will do a damn thing to my hair even if I leave them on for an hour. I normally have to dilute violet direct dyes to make a dent in my brass. It's nice to not have to schedule a chunk of time to mix a batch of custom toner, painstakingly apply it, and then sit around for an hour while it does its stuff. This shampoo actually works really well and can cut a lot of time out of my bi-weekly color maintenance." —Audrey

    Get it from Amazon for $13.21.

    31. Combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of walnut oil, 5 drops of vanilla essential oil, and one-half cup of dried rose petals. Mix it all up! Store it in a jar with a seal-tight lid! And voila! You've got yourself a fancy body scrub. *contemplates opening an Etsy shop*

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    Psst, you may want to listen to this Goodful Instagram how-to on full blast — the ASMR is real.

    32. Ditch your phone and delve into a book of poetry instead. Reach for The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, which chronicles love in all forms: from the very worst to the very best. Prepare to highlight your favorite passages and reread them about, oh, a hundred million times while lying in bed all damn day.

    page from book
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    Promising review: "A beautiful read for hurting souls. Rupi Kaur writes from the heart about all things women go through: love, heartache, healing. It's amazing. I can read them over and over." —Sara

    Get it from Amazon for $10.29.

    33. Conquer Korean beauty rituals with *takes deep breath* this 10-step routine. Sounds excessive! I know! But it's easy to follow and tackles everything from dullness (cc: Cosrx snail mucin essence) to acne (and hello to you too, Mediheal tea tree sheet mask).

    pink chart labeled "The Korean Skincare Routine"
    Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This helps keep skin moisturized and the snail mucin helps reduce my hormonal acne inflammation. It has a tacky lightweight that can almost be used as a primer under foundation or bb cream. This makes skin appear dewy and doesn’t pill up with most skincare products. Once it sinks in, you can’t even feel that you’re wearing it!" —Jennipede

    Get the Cosrx snail mucin essence from Amazon for $20.98.

    Promising review: "At 36, when my skin breaks out these days, I just leave it alone and let it do it's thing. I read about these masks and decided to give them a try during a particularly annoying breakout. I am INCREDIBLY impressed. The red bumps, inflamed acne, all disappeared. My skin is left clear and soft." —LindsAcorn

    Get a pack of five Mediheal sheet masks from Amazon for $9.95.

    I mean, what do we love? Results.

    side-by-side photos of BuzzFeed Editor Essence Gant labeled "Week 4 (no makeup, just brows + liner + mascara + gloss)"
    Essence Gant / BuzzFeed

    To learn more, check out "I Tried A Korean Skin Care Routine For A Month And This Is What Happened" (and while we're on the subject, here are a few of our favorite K-beauty products under $10).

    34. Whip up your own wellness shots! These recipes aid in everything from hangovers to calming inflammation and, along with infused water (cc: #15), no drink screams "spa day" quite like a turmeric, cayenne, black pepper, orange juice, and lemon juice elixir.

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    I've recently became obsessed with the word of wellness shots (who am I?) and, in case you don't have the patience required to make your own, I highly recommend these probiotic shots from So Good So You. I truly love their ~digestion~ option: it's got apple cider vinegar juice, apple juice, carrot juice, and ginger juice — and somehow, it tastes great! This is coming from someone who absolutely detests ginger.

    Here are the recipes for these DIY wellness shots.

    35. Detox your scalp with Act+Acre oil treatment, because the amount of built-up dry shampoo that has become permanently lodged in your scalp = yuck. This cold-processed blend of moringa oil, basil leaf, amaranth oil, and baobab oil will remove impurities while promoting faster hair growth, reversing UV damage, and delivering some much-needed, non-greasy moisture that your mane will thank you for.

    hand holding grey plastic bottle with white nozzle labeled "Act + Acre cold processed scalp detox"
    instagram.com / Via @actandacre

    All you'll have to do is apply a few drops to different sections of your hair, let it sit for about 15-20 minutes after massaging it in, and voila! Follow up with shampoo and conditioner and prepare to be amazed at how freakin' healthy your scalp feels.

    Psst, Act+Acre products are vegan, toxin- and chemical-free, and the bottles are made from recyclable plastics that are significantly more eco-friendly.

    Get it from Violet Grey or Act+Acre for $42.

    Me, on my way to do yet another face mask:

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