Now more than ever, it’s important to give ourselves a little extra self-care. While we can’t go out and have a full day at the spa, by using common household ingredients and recipes from Luxury Resort Spa Directors across the globe, creating an at-home spa day is simple and relaxing. You can choose from unwinding with a Chocolate Facial from Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, to soaking in a Rosemary Herbal Bath from JW Marriott Cancun, or lathering on an Egg White Face Mask from Couples Resorts in Jamaica.
BELLA got the details from some of the most luxe spas around the world on how to treat yourself to pampering heaven, right in your own home.
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Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, Cape Cod, MA
The Spa Team at the Beach House Spa
Located along the captivating coast of Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Cluboffers 429 acres of manicured grounds for a relaxing and picturesque escape. One of the property’s main attractions is The Beach House Spa, which offers a full menu of treatments, including deep-cleaning facials, soothing massages, as well as hair and beauty treatments.
“Self-care means prioritizing yourself every day. This extends beyond daily workouts and eating well. Try this DIY treat to combat dry, dull hair with a super simple DIY hair mask. Even better, throw a spa party and connect with some friends through a digital chat. Your hair will thank you for it!” The Spa Team at the Beach House Spa.
DIY Hair Mask
Combats dry and dull hair for a refreshed look and feel.
- ½ an avocado
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 egg
- Mix ingredients together
- Massage into your hair from root to ends and let sit for 15 minutes
- Rinse and dry as usual
Wymara Resort & Villas, Turks + Caicos
Christina Stephens – Spa Director
“When you think about a spa, the most common elements are candlelight, soft music, plush robes and slippers, and aromatherapy — if you have access to these items at home, it will be a great way to set the tone.
One of my favorite DIY tips is to make a scrub with items you are likely to already have at home, such as sugar, coconut oil and olive oil, and if you have essential oils, you can add a few drops. I love using coffee grounds and olive oil, which is good for circulation. You can apply this in the shower.
Please note, you can mix and match the type of exfoliant and essential oils to suit your taste, as well as the ratio of exfoliant to carrier oil. I like to keep my mixtures in glass containers as the oils preserve longer.” – Christina Stephens, Spa Director.
Tropical Citrus Sugar Scrub
Refines pores, soothes and firms skin.
- 1 cup natural raw sugar cane
- (or brown sugar)
- ½ cup unrefined extra virgin coconut oil
- 5 drops of Tangerine essential oil
- 5 drops of Lime essential oil
- (You can also use the Zest & juice of 1 lime if you don’t have essential oils)
- Mix together
- Apply in a circular motion
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
Allen Susser – Chef and Chocolatier
St. Lucia’s stunning resort, Jade Mountain, produces signature chocolate bars and confections in an on-site Chocolate Lab that’s helmed by the property’s chef and dedicated ‘chocolate alchemist.’ With more than 1,000 cacao trees on property, an organic farm where guests can participate in tree-to-bar tours to learn how the cacao is grown and harvested, and an annual Discover Chocolate Festival each December, few properties know as much as Jade Mountain when it comes to producing nature’s ‘gift from the gods.’ The property also incorporates chocolate heavily into their spa program with treatments ranging from a mocha massage to a chocolate facial, “Chocoodhara’ Ayurvedic healing treatments, a hot chocolate candle massage, and more. While they’re grounded, consumers can order Jade Mountain’s chocolate directly from the hotel’s websitefor safe shipment and delivery to their front door. Including a quote from their chef on the benefits of chocolate to help get through the chaos of today:
“Chocolate really is a comfort food; it makes one feel good. Rich dark chocolate is a mood booster, it offers emotional comfort. Chocolate promotes positive feelings as it helps in the release of multiple peptides of the brain and gut. Dark chocolate helps in the release of endorphins that affects the brain and helps in inducing a calming and soothing effect. Its abundant aromatic flavor seduces our mood and relieves stress within the first bite.” – Allen Susser, Chef and Chocolatier.
Improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure.
- 1 tbsp of cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp of aloe vera gel
- Coconut Oil
- Mix cocoa powder and aloe vera gel
- Cleanse the skin with cocoa and aloe mix. (1 tbsp. cocoa + 2 tbsps. aloe)
- In a separate bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and coconut oil. (1 tbsp. cocoa + 1 tsp. sugar + 1 tbsp. coconut oil)
- Apply to face and scrub away dead skin cells
- Separately, mix cocoa powder and honey to make the face mask (1 tbsp. cocoa + 1 tbsp. honey)
- Apply liberally to the skin
- After 15 minutes, rinse with warm water
- Repeat as desired
Couples Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Denise Morrison – Group Spa Manager
The adults only beachfront all-inclusive Couples Tower Islein Ocho Rios Jamaica, boasts luxury at every corner including its own private island and oasis spa villas featuring unlimited spa treatments. Picture you and your significant other in a private villa with a sun terrace and plunge pool at peak relaxation, enjoying endless massages, facials and scrubs. For now, transform your home into a tropical beachfront oasis that is Couples Tower Isle with these at-home spa tips and tricks from group spa manager, Denise Morrison:
- Show your skin some TLC with an at-home body scrub by mixing sugar or ground coffee with shower gel to exfoliate the dead skin away.
- Open up your pores with a facial steam by pouring hot water in a small bowl with a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Place face over the bowl and inhale.
- Dip your feet in warm water and take your relaxation to the next level by adding sea salt and a few drops of lavender essential oil to elevate your at-home relaxation.
- Egg white firming mask – Whip egg whites into a foam and leave on your face for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and moisturize.
JW Marriott Cancun, Cancun, Mexico
Minerva Toquero – Spa Manager
Having recently completed a stunning $40 million renovation, JW Marriott Cancun boasts Mayan-inspired guest rooms with one standout feature: free-standing soaking tubs complete with lavender bath salts and artwork designed to make guests feel like they’re floating beneath the surface of a cenote. For readers looking to recreate the ultimate bath experience at home, Minerva Toledo, the Marriott Cancun Collection Spa Manager, has shared easy ways to draw the perfect bath.
Rosemary Herbal Bath
Reduces stress, promotes relaxation, stimulates circulation.
From creating your own scrub to pranayama breathing techniques, there are a few ways to practice self-care at home with ordinary ingredients you can find right in your pantry. Scientists say that taking a warm bath can calm the nervous system and makes blood flow through the body more easily. If you feel stressed, an herbal bath is the answer. If you have rosemary at home, the rosemary’s herbaceous scent will give you a boost.
- Start by filling your bathtub with warm water
- Add several dashes of rosemary
- You should start to feel the benefits right away
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