It’s safe to say that Mother’s Day 2020 is going to be a unique one. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of ways to enjoy the day! In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity to take things into your own hands. For those craving some self-care time, we’ve rounded up the best ways to create an at-home spa day that’s nearly as nice as the real thing. From zen playlists to DIY face masks and even a nail salon, we’ve got the rundown on how to create the relaxing spa day you deserve. Read on and get ready to treat yourself.
Set the Mood
Our home isn’t exactly what we would consider the height of relaxation these days, so it might take a little creativity to get in the spa mindset. Turn on a chilled-out Spotify playlist to get started—try the aptly named Spa Treatment or the particularly calming Peaceful Piano.
Scrub a Dub Dub
If your skin’s feeling a little rough, give yourself a treat with a head-to-toe exfoliation session. You can use a store-bought body scrub or mix up your own, like this three-ingredient coffee scrub or this gentle cleansing scrub.
As flip flop season approaches, it’s the perfect time for an at-home pedicure. Start with a foot soak: this blogger swears by a combination of mouthwash and vinegar to slough off dead skin. Layer on lotion, and pick out your favorite nail polish color to top it all off.
Don’t Forget Refreshments
A spa day wouldn’t be complete without fancy refreshments. Our favorite? Fill a pitcher up with lots of ice and water and add whatever fruit you have on hand. If you’ve got fresh herbs like rosemary or mint around, those are a great addition too. Or go for a cup of herbal or green tea if you’re craving something warm.
Let’s Face (Mask) It
Now’s the time to pull out that face mask from the back of your bathroom cabinet that you’ve been meaning to use. For oily or acne-prone skin, a clay mask works wonders, while a moisturizing sheet mask is great for dry skin. Or you can go the DIY route—make your own masks with common kitchen staples like yogurt, avocado and honey.
Bubble Bath Time
A spa day doesn’t have to be elaborate to be satisfying—you can keep it simple with a little quiet time and a bubble bath. Bonus points if you have a bath bomb or candles to set the mood! Chill out with a book or tv show in the bath once the kids are asleep.
With all the hand washing we’re doing, it’s not a surprise to be dealing with dry skin. Grab your favorite hand cream and take extra time to give yourself a mini hand massage (or get an assist from your kids or partner). It’s an easy way to relax for just a few minutes.
Bring the Salon Home
Dying to get your nails done? Turn your bathroom into a salon for the afternoon. If you’re in the market for nail polish, check out SOPHi, a brand offering non-toxic, virtually odorless shades. They also have Piggy Paint, an equally healthy version with colors little ones will love, so kids can get in on the fun too. One clever mom on Facebook turned a cardboard box into a kid-sized salon—genius!
Try Something New
Switch up your routine by trying out a new beauty tool. Jade rollers and gua sha stones for facial massage are all the rage right now—skincare lovers swear by this simple ritual that can help boost circulation and brighten the face. Pick one up from Amazon or Skin Gym and check out a how-to guide to learn the basics.