How to Have a Relaxing Spa Evening

Six Parts:Setting up the spa eveningGetting clean firstTaking a bathAfter the bathBeauty treatments, as requiredExtending the relaxation

After working hard, everyone deserves a break without disruption. There is nothing better than coming home after a busy day and relaxing into total bliss. On days when it feels overwhelming, just relax with these simple steps. You'll be on you're way to serenity in no time!

Part 1
Setting up the spa evening

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    Finish all the things you had planned for the day that were essential for you to do. If you have something on your mind that's bothering you, it will be hard to relax and enjoy yourself. At the very least, make a list of the things to be dealt with later, so that you don't need to worry about forgetting.
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    Tell everybody you live with (if you don't live alone) not to bother you. Ask that they don't use the bathroom you've chosen for the duration of your spa evening.
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    Turn off cellphones, pagers, phones, messenger, computers,etc. You don't want to be interrupted during your evening.
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    Gather your supplies. If you enjoy music, you may like to create a relaxing playlist of music to listen to. Light some scented tea lights. Prepare your towels and pajamas. This will prevent running around to find a clean pair of jammies after relaxing.
    • If you want wine, chocolates or anything else while in the bath, organize these too.

Part 2
Getting clean first

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    Take a shower. Wash your hair and shave. Wash your face, too. By getting these basics out of the way, you're free to relax rather than focusing on cleaning yourself.

Part 3
Taking a bath

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    Start your bath. Adjust the temperature to your liking. Add bath salts and essential oils and maybe even bubble bath. Get a bath pillow or a rolled-up towel and prop your head on it. The bath is not meant to cleanse, but mostly to relieve tension, so if you need to wash your hair, shave, etc. It's better to do this before you begin. If you don't, you'll feel stressful throughout the spa.
    • Put on a face mask. If you want, put some teabags on your eyes to reduce under-eye swelling.
    • Put on lip balm.
    • Get a deep-conditioning hair mask and let it sit for the remainder of the bath.
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    Turn on that relaxing music and light the candles. Lie back and read a book, have a glass of wine and some chocolate, or simply relax. It's all about relaxation.
    • Candles for the bath are much more relaxing and better than having a bright light in your eyes.
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    Stay in your bath for as long as you want.(Dipping your head underwater is optional)

Part 4
After the bath

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    Rinse out the hair mask and wash off the face mask, if used.
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    Pat yourself dry and apply moisturizer. Smooth on some sweet smelling body lotion. Put on your soft, clean jammies or other comfy clothing.

Part 5
Beauty treatments, as required

Exfoliating

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    Pull your hair back into a ponytail, if the length allows, or simply push back with a headband. This is optional.
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    Wash your face with a good cleanser, exfoliate, tone and put on a great face mask. Search on wikiHow or Google for some great face mask recipes. Leave on for about 15 to 20 minutes. Read a book or magazine while you wait. Wash off with warm water and apply some moisturizer.
    • Use your toner and moisturizer on your face.

Plucking

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    Pluck your eyebrows. The steam from the shower and bath have loosened your hair follicles, so pluck your eyebrows and any other areas that need plucking.

A manicure

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    Prepare a small bowl and a large bowl with warm, sudsy water. Remove all nail polish from fingers and toes. Soak your nails for a few minutes.
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    Rub essential oil into your nails. Push back and nip your cuticles.
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    Apply a base coat. Paint two coats of polish to nails, allowing dry time between coats. Do nail art if you wish.
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    Apply a top coat. Allow to dry.

Part 6
Extending the relaxation

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    Rent a good chick flick (or any other movie you enjoy). Make some popcorn or other snacks, curl up with a blanket and enjoy. You may want to give yourself the manicure or pedicure while you enjoy the movie.
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    After the movie is over, make sure you have a warm, clean bed to go to. Grab a book and turn on some nice music. Make sure you turn off the music before you fall asleep though.
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    When you turn out the light, do some relaxing breathing exercises. A very relaxing one is to count the seconds each breath takes.
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    Sleep!

Tips

  • Find some great recipes for fast and nutritious foods that you would enjoy having, or simply curl up with your favorite dessert or a tub of chocolate ice cream.
  • Just relax, and don't think about anything that could ruin your treatment-school, work, bills, etc.
  • When taking a bath to make it even more enjoyable, try adding a few drops of essential oils. Check for oils that will give you the desired effect (relaxing or invigorating).
  • Find a night when you have nothing to do. Unless you do your spa in the afternoon. If you do the spa in the afternoon, make sure you keep track of time. It would stink to be in the middle of your facial mask and have to go running out somewhere.
  • To make your bath even more enjoyable and leave your skin baby soft, smooth and supple, combine the juice of 2 lemons, 1 cup of milk, 3 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of olive oils, and some cinnamon, or another spice to add a scent.
  • Set aside a certain day of the week for this, so that it feels special.

Warnings

  • Do not do this and neglect other work you may have to do!
  • If you are allergic to any products mentioned above, do not use them, as it can cause serious injury.
  • Do not fall asleep in the bath (it's easy to do and you could drown).

Things You'll Need

  • Relaxing music playlist (optional)
  • Tea lights (optional)
  • Towels
  • Pajamas
  • Robe and slippers (optional)
  • Shampoo
  • Razor
  • Face wash
  • Bath salts (optional)
  • Essential oil
  • Bubble bath (optional)
  • Bath pillow/rolled up towel
  • Face mask
  • Tea bags (for eyes, optional)
  • Lip balm
  • Deep conditioning hair mask
  • Body moisturizer
  • Self-tanner (optional)
  • Tweezers
  • Face toner and moisturizer
  • Small and large bowls
  • Hand soap
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton balls
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Cuticle nipper
  • Base coat
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Light snack
  • Magazine
  • Warm cup of herbal tea

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Categories: Spa Treatments & Massages | Water Relaxation Techniques