How to Have a Spa Day by the Pool

Women have a million roles to play every single day, and sometimes we get so caught up in taking care of everyone else that we forget to take care of ourselves. That's why a self-care day, like a poolside spa day, is absolutely essential every once in a while.

Before we get into the specifics of how you can host your own spa day by the pool, here is our biggest tip: Don't go into an at-home spa day with the mentality that you need to change or alter anything about yourself. Spa days are about celebrating and cleansing your already perfect body so that you can feel pampered, clean, and relaxed. Never confuse a self-care routine for a self-improvement project. You're perfect just the way you are, so take this time to celebrate yourself.

Creating a Spa Atmosphere

The most important thing you can do for a great DIY spa day is to set the right kind of vibe. A perfect spa day is all about creating the perfect environment for you to relax and pamper yourself. When you're poolside, your pool takes care of a lot of the work for you, so all you really need to do is light a candle or place an essential oil diffuser next to your chair. Make the space yours, and surround yourself with things that help you relax and make the most of your "me time.

Next, wear your favorite swimsuit or your bathrobe. Don't forget to have towels and washcloths on hand. The goal here is to make yourself comfortable and relaxed and gift yourself time to just be in the moment.

As a bonus, have fruit-infused water on hand to sip so that you stay extra hydrated and get important nutrients that your body needs. You can make your own fruit-infused water very easily with items that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Treatments from Head to Toe

If you're feeling adventurous, or if you've noticed your hair seems a little coarse or dry, you can easily make your own hair mask to help your hair feel softer and healthier. If you have a shower cap on hand, use it. It'll make the process less messy and a bit easier to manage.

Whenever we picture at-home spa days, most of us think of putting cucumbers on the eyes, face masks, and creams. You should definitely incorporate all of these practices into your spa day if you feel like it. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory effects that help reduce puffiness caused by stress or sleepless nights and face masks and lotions hydrate and repair skin leaving you feeling soft and refreshed.

In truth, It'd be hard to envision a spa day without some kind of face mask. Face masks are wonderful spa day tools, not to change your appearance or to try and make yourself look younger, but to remove all the unhealthy stuff from your skin so that you can shine naturally and radiantly. Most importantly, you're taking a moment to pause, breathe, and spend time on something just for yourself. Use a lip mask or lip scrub to remove dead skin so that your lips can feel healthier and more moisturized, especially during the months where hydration is crucial and harder to maintain!

Hand cream helps take care of the hands that take care of your family. It helps even the roughest skin feel smooth, but it also gives you a great opportunity to give yourself a hand massage. Make sure you moisturize and massage the rest of your body too, like your legs, arms, and feet. Women, mom's especially, are always on the go, so their feet need some extra love. Soak your feet in bath salts for the same reason you apply hand cream. If you want to multitask, you can sit in your favorite pool chair while you soak your precious feet, do a face mask, apply a hair mask, and let the cucumbers on the eye work their magic. Finally, giving yourself a manicure or pedicure by the pool is a great way to put a little pep in your step after such a relaxing day.

Scents can play an important role, so time to put that infuser to work—Destress and lower anxiety levels with lavender, clary sage, or sandalwood. Close your eyes and just breathe it in. Take your time existing in the moment and try not to think about anything other than right now.

Most critically, no matter what specific treatments or activities you decide to work into your spa day, make it unapologetically yours. While the above are suggestions, this day is about you and what you want and about what makes you feel relaxed and happy. A spa day is a gift you give yourself and you deserve whatever you want.

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