At-Home Spa Treatments

There are plenty of ways to recreate splurgy spa therapies at home — and no, you don’t have to install a rock garden. For help, we went to Jan Cohen, the Northeast Account Executive of Borghese, the Italian brand known for luxe mud treatments. All their products are formulated with mineral-rich water from Tuscan springs, which helps to rehydrate skin and increase circulation. According to Cohen, using mud masks once or twice a week can give you the same benefits as a spa visit. Here’s how to get zen at home.

Set the Mood

  • Find a Seat: The whole idea is to de-stress so you want someplace comfortable to sit where you won’t worry about getting mud everywhere. If you don’t have a tub, or don’t want to sit in it, grab a kitchen chair and cover it with a towel.
  • Steam up Your Bathroom: Spas use steam to open your pores and keep skin hydrated. Run a hot shower for a few minutes to steam up the room.
  • Light Candles: Lit candles (like Illume's Mediterranean scented mini candles) send a signal to our brain that it’s time to relax. A glass of wine is optional.
  • Music: Skip the muzak and find something that’s relaxing to you. Set the volume low.

Ready, Set, Relax!

  • Cleanse Skin: Lightly scented with Scillian orange extracts, Skin&Co Roma's Bagnodoccia Body Gel works into a rich lather that purifies skin with moisturizing olive oil and plant extracts. Next up, use a gentle exfoliator in the shower to remove dead skin without irritating it. We love LaRocca’s Champagne and Shimmer Acai Sugar Polish.
  • Apply a thick layer: Cohen says to “apply a quarter-inch of mud anywhere on your face and body with a spatula — like you’re icing a cake.”
  • Extra Credit — Eye Pads: Cohen recommends trying botanical eye compresses, especially if you’re stressed or have extra dry skin.
  • Sit for Five Minutes: Close your eyes and drift off or read a magazine or book. Set a quiet alarm to remind you when five minutes is up, then remove excess mud with your spatula and rinse off the rest with warm water.
  • Lock in Moisture: Pat skin dry, then apply a serum and or a moisturizer to keep skin hydrated all day. We love Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Body Lipid Serum and Thymes Body Lotion.
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