If you’re still feeling a little over-worked and under-appreciated despite the long Christmas break, then you might be thinking of squeezing in a little me time to kick off the New Year. Sadly, after all those Christmas gifts and fancy meals, you might find your bank account won’t quite stretch to one of the more [luxurious retreats](http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/jan/14/uk-budget-spa-breaks) for the jaded workhorses that you are. However, that doesn’t mean you have to forgo the experience entirely. Why not bring a little luxury to your own home and recreate the opulence of a spa with a few of our clever tips?
SET THE SCENE
Naturally, the harsh lighting and utilitarian nature of your bathroom may not be particularly conducive to good relaxation. However, there are a number of ways you can recreate that spa ambience with just a little effort. Firstly, get out the candles and do away with the electric lighting. Next, you’ll want a burner with a relaxing essential oil – such as lavender or patchouli. Alongside these, a little laid back music will really make the atmosphere special. Finally, turn up the heat and run your shower for at least 20 minutes to create your very own home sauna – once you’ve settled in, you’ll forget it was ever your bathroom to begin with.
It seems that a day doesn’t go by without hearing of the latest pro-biotic, vitamin infused, high porosity, nutritional complex within the cosmetics industry. Frankly, it’s overwhelming, often overpriced and at least, according to some, overkill for your hair and skin. So why not save your peace of mind, your cash, and quite possibly your body this year and turn back to nature for the cosmetics in your home spa. Deep condition your hair with coconut oil, exfoliate your skin with a brown sugar and oatmeal scrub or soften hardened skin on your feet with a simple slice of lemon. There are literally thousands of clever and effective ways for you to replace all those abrasive chemicals with something more natural.
DRESS THE PART
There’s nothing quite like the pre-heated, soft Egyptian cotton found within those pristine white robes in the very best spas. So why not forget the well-worn towels you usually use and invest in a fluffy robe for the occasion. It will only help increase that sense of relaxation you will already be feeling, resulting in the perfect finishing touch. In fact, Peter Hahn offer comfortable and snug clothing and also great advice to make your DIY spa day a real, relaxing success, in their blog post A day at home in feel-good clothing – it’s better than a holiday!
FOOD AND DRINK
Any half decent spa will have a sumptuous selection of delicious, healthy food and drink on offer – and yours shouldn’t be any different. So dust off that blender, and start getting creative in the kitchen to recreate the very best culinary delights any kitchen would envy.
It doesn’t even have to be difficult, as highly nutritious milkshakes, smoothies and juices can be made with whatever fruit you have lying around. Green and herbal teas make for great detox therapies whilst sunflower seeds, raisins and pulses make for a hearty salad. You could even pick up a bottle of champers for that extra touch of decadence.