Anyone who has planned a wedding can agree that those moments leading up to the best day of your life can often be fraught with stress. Guest lists, budget restraints, and all. those. decisions. can definitely be stress inducers, and stress can wreak havoc on your skin, mood, and quality of life in general!
So what we’re saying is: You (and your skin) deserve a luxe spa treatment. But if going to an actual spa isn’t in the cards right now, we’ve got some tips and tricks to make your bathroom a tranquil space that could chill out even the most high-strung bride. Consider this Relaxation 101–your crash course to getting Zen in the comfort of your own home.
Add a Little Luxe
A lot of the overall spa experience comes from those added little luxuries, so why not add some of your own? Have you received any congratulatory flower arrangements recently? Break off one of the buds and sprinkle rose petals in your bath water.
See More: 4 Ways to Reduce Pre-Wedding Stress
Set the Mood
Dim lighting and relaxing music are a part of the spa experience for good reason. Turn off your overhead lights, place candles around the bathroom, and download your favorite spa sounds–whether you’re an ocean sounds fan or more into relaxing piano music, it will help transport you to a place far away from reality.
Have a Sip
Herbal teas are a spa staple, so brew yourself a mug and start to sip it even before you sink into the tub. Passionflower, chamomile, and lavender are all great calming options. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, swap the tea for a glass of wine or champagne, because let’s be honest: Sometimes you just need some bubbly!
Fake a Treatment
One of the most significant spa elements that you simply can’t re-create at home is that pair of trained hands helping you relax or treating away what ails you, but what you can do is borrow one of their pretreatment relaxation methods. Simply choose your favorite calming essential oil–lavender, rosemary, and chamomile are great options–mist it on a damp, warmed-up washcloth (just toss one in the dryer for long enough to get it warm, but not all the way dry), and put it over your face as you sink into the tub. Then, once your pores are open and your senses calmed, use a warming mask like Montagne Jeunesse Hot Spring Sauna ($1.99 at Ulta) to continue your faux spa facial.
Pamper Your Skin
Obviously, just laying down in warm water is relaxing, but you might as well do double duty and treat your skin while you soak. But be careful: Many bath salts, soaks, and bubbles are extremely drying to your skin, so make sure you get something that is actually good for it. While pretty much any of Lush’s bath bombs are great options, the Yoga Bomb ($7.95 at Lush) is particularly centering with its sandalwood and orange scent.
What’s the point of all that relaxation and pampering if you don’t seal the deal? As soon as you step out of the bathtub, moisturize your skin with a deeply nourishing body butter like L’OCCITANE Aromachologie Relaxing Body Cream ($38 at L’OCCITANE), which has a soothing combination of almond, rosemary, and lavender oils.