From being able to relax in the comfort of your own home to having the ability to customize your spa experience, setting up a home spa is a great way to take some time for self-care.
But if you don’t set up and manage your home spa correctly, it can be a waste of both time and money.
Here are some of the most common mistakes people make when setting up their own home spas, and how you can avoid them.
Using expired products
Expired or contaminated products can cause irritation or infections, so it’s important to check the expiration dates on your products and avoid using any that are past their prime.
Research your products; when you feel unsure, avoid them. This should be your rule of thumb to avoid unnecessary risks.
Over-exfoliating or using harsh products
Over-exfoliating or using harsh products can strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness, irritation, or other adverse effects.
Be sure to use products that are gentle and suitable for your skin type, and follow the instructions carefully.
Don’t use too many products, especially when you are getting the same benefit. There are good chemicals produced by our bodies, and over-eliminating what’s natural may not be a good idea in the long term.
Not patch testing new products
Not all products are suitable for everyone. So patch testing them is important to avoid an allergic reaction, especially when we are doing it at home without expert knowledge.
All you need to do is to put a small amount of the product on the skin and wait to see if there are any reactions or sensitivities.
Not diluting essential oils
Essential oils can be very concentrated and should always be diluted in a carrier oil before applying them to your skin.
Failing to dilute essential oils can cause irritation or other adverse effects, especially if applied near the eyes or other sensitive areas.
Neglecting Safety Procedures
When setting up a home spa, people often neglect safety procedures that could potentially help them avoid dangerous situations. Safety should always be one of the most important things to consider when attempting any kind of DIY project, including setting up your own spa area.
Electronics, fire, sharp tools, hot water — there are many items that lead to accidents. Even as simple as forgetting to put out the candle when you’re done. Or putting electronics near water.
As tempting as it may be to just ignore it, you should always keep safety in mind.
Bath water is too hot
Before getting into the tub, use a thermometer to check the temperature of your bath water.
The ideal temperature for baths is around 98-102 degrees Fahrenheit; any higher and it could cause skin irritation or even burns.
If you find that it’s too hot, add some cold tap water until it reaches a comfortable level for you.
You may also want to consider investing in an adjustable thermostat that will work with your faucet to control the temperature of your bathwater automatically.
Don’t have a thermometer? Test the water with your elbow — it is more sensitive than the back of your hand or wrist. If it feels too hot for your elbow, then the bathwater is too hot for you.
Additionally, check if the room is getting too steamy from the heat of the water in order to confirm that it’s too hot.
Not setting aside enough time
Home spa sessions can be relaxing and rejuvenating, but they can also be time-consuming if you don’t set aside enough time.
Be sure to plan your sessions in advance and allow enough time for your treatments, so that you can fully enjoy the experience without feeling rushed or stressed.
Not Tracking Expenses
We all want to create the best spa room or corner in our house. Though generally cheaper than going to luxury spas, small things can add up easily. So tracking expenses when setting up a home spa is key.
Knowing what costs are associated with each item and making sure your budgeted amount doesn’t exceed your total will help you avoid overspending.
When tracking expenses for your home spa setup, start by researching the items you’ll need to purchase.
Look into the prices from different retailers to find the best deals and make sure to factor in shipping costs if applicable.
Also, consider any ongoing costs such as monthly subscriptions or replacement parts that may be needed over time.
Dirty Space and Tools
Good hygiene is an important part of any home spa. Not only is it essential for keeping germs, bacteria, and viruses at bay, but it can also help you feel more relaxed and comfortable while enjoying your spa treatments.
It’s especially important to pay attention to hygiene when using products such as bath bombs, oils, or masks since these items can easily become contaminated if they are not handled correctly.
For example, make sure that you use a clean bowl and measuring spoon each time you mix ingredients, wash your hands before applying a mask or scrub, and never double-dip into the same container of the product more than once.
Additionally, always close the lids tightly on containers after each use so that water droplets do not enter the jars or bottles.
Conclusion: De-stress, not stress-out
It’s important to remember that this should be an enjoyable experience for you. Taking the time to relax and de-stress is essential for your physical and mental health, so focus on creating a stress-free environment.
In today’s world, it can be difficult to find moments of peace and quiet.
Making sure your home spa setup reflects this sentiment is key. Everything from the music you choose to play in the background to the scents in the air should serve as reminders that relaxation is your ultimate goal.
Let go of any worries or anxieties while you’re enjoying your time at the home spa and don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with all of its details.
Instead, take advantage of these moments as opportunities for self-care!