Spa and relaxation days are definitely looking very different today than they did just a few short months ago but are so very needed during these uncertain and stressful times. Even though we are spending most of our time at home, it is still super important to have some relaxing “me” time. It is good for the skin and mental health, too. “Relaxing can reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life.” (Mayo Clinic)

This year, National Relaxation Day falls on Saturday, August 15th. Hopefully, it is a day off from work for most. National Relaxation Day is a day dedicated to taking a break and will take on a different meaning from person to person. Take a moment and think about what relaxing means to you.

Long walk or vigorous work out?

Sleeping later than usual and lounging all day?

Unplugging from all electronics, maybe a little meditation?

It’s your own personal spa day – 100% your choice. You don’t even need to dress for the occasion. You are not leaving home so if lounge wear is your apparel of choice then go for it. What’s better than that? How about relaxing with a little pampering and self-care indulgence?

First we will need to set the scene for a peaceful and tranquil environment. The setting is a key component of a successful spa experience. It engages all of your senses.

Bring in a calming aroma with candles, flowers and or any soothing scent

Select a few soft and fresh towels

Music, sound machine or silence; it’s your choice

Tea, wine, water or any relaxing beverage

Let’s get started. If you are wearing any makeup now would be the time to remove it. Have you heard what happens when you don’t remove your makeup at the end of the day? “Sleeping in makeup clogs pores causing breakouts, dries out the skin causing redness and sensitivity, and speeds up the aging process leading to a collagen breakdown and premature wrinkles.” (The List) Let’s have a little face washing session.

Choose a gentle cleanser

Use lukewarm water

Do not scrub your face which can be irritating and damaging to the skin

Wash your face in the morning, after heavy perspiration and at the end of the day

Plexaderm Peppermint Exfoliating Cleanser contains an invigorating blend of oils and extracts to calm and soothe the skin while the exfoliating beads work to remove daily build-up of dirt, oil and makeup. Apply a facial make or maybe attempt one of the many DIY concoctions. There are many popular and holistic recipes that can easily be found with a few keystrokes.

Now, time to have a spa-like drink. Flavored water is very popular. Add your favorite fruits and or vegetables to water and drink before your shower or bath. Whether it’s a bath or shower, make sure the water is not too hot. This can be drying and damaging to the skin. Give your hair a deep conditioning, and don’t forget to give attention to your feet and hands. They deserve a little extra TLC too. Consider ending with a cool rinse. This can help increase circulation, close your pores, helping to prevent dirt build up and close your hair follicles.

Use those fresh towels you selected earlier, but don’t completely dry off just yet. Lock in the hydration with an all over moisturizer. Body lotions and moisturizers tend to work best on damp skin. Your skin will absorb the lotion as well as the water left on your skin.

One of the most important elements to close out a successful relaxation day is sleep. Sleep is considered vital to your physical and mental health. Lack of sleep can have negative long-term effects, putting your mental and physical health at risk (Healthline) Blow out any lit candles and get a good night’s sleep!