Make Your Own Spa This Valentine’s Day
What better way to celebrate coupledom than with a stress-relieving spa experience?
No need to splurge. You can create your own relaxing, rejuvenating -- and romantic -- retreat right at home.
Courtesy of some of the best spas around the country, here are seven tips to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day at-home spa escape.
Add Luxurious Details
Have plenty of soft, fluffy towels and “his” and “hers” robes handy. Toss them in the dryer for a few minutes just before your spa session so they’re warm and cozy.
You’ll need just three other products: a massage oil, a skin scrub (e.g., a salt rub) and a scented bath product.
Explore Each Other
When it comes to couples’ spa treatments, it’s all about the shared experience, says Robert Vance, spa director at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Customize these experiences to fit your own preferences: If you don’t like the invigorating exfoliation of a salt scrub, do a mud or clay skin treatment instead, and slather each other in slippery body mud.
Set The Mood
Turn off your cell phones and computers for the night, and make a pact not to talk about work.
Turn off the overhead lights and use reading lamps or candles to create an inviting glow.
“Use whatever’s available in the environment of your home to make things feel quiet and private,” says Jenny Helling, spa director at Cavallo Point Spa in Sausalito, Calif.
“If you have a big bathroom with an oversize tub, bring in some candles, pull in a soft rug and create a retreat right there.”