How to Transform Your Bathroom into a Spa

Most bathrooms are just…bathrooms. They have a toilet, a shower (possibly with a bath), a sink, and a medicine cabinet filled with products you’ve definitely been meaning to sort through. Why settle for a typical bathroom when you can have a spa retreat right in your home? Follow this guide to make the most of your space and make your regular bathroom an ideal spot for self-care.

Toss out the cold medicine that expired back in 2015. Please.

Even if you don’t think your disheveled bathroom is a source of anxiety for you, cleaning up is sure to decrease your stress levels. When work, relationships, or other circumstances that lie outside of your control are stressing you out, completing a task that gives you a sense of control, like cleaning, will leave you feeling refreshed. Besides, it’s impossible to relax in a space that feels cluttered and unorganized. Designate spaces in your cabinets for medication, skin care, hair care, and any other categories you feel are useful. Throw out items that are expired or that you haven’t used in years.

Seek out products that are geared toward relaxation.

Once your bathroom feels organized, it’s time to treat yourself. Head out and find products that you’ll be excited to use in your bathroom. Exfoliating scrubs, face masks, shaving cream, and lotions are all wonderful products to purchase that you can use to give yourself a little extra care. Buy some Epsom salt at your local drug store and mix it with a few drops of your favorite essential oil in your bathtub for an easy way to unwind. Simply stocking your bathroom with these items will encourage you to spend a few more minutes pampering yourself after a long day.

Channel your inner interior designer.

If you were an interior designer tasked with decorating a spa, how would you go about doing it? Ask yourself this when redesigning your bathroom to give it more of a spa feel. Look for bath mats, a shower curtain, fluffy towels and washcloths, and maybe a little basket to hold magazines that all emulate the mood you’re trying to create for the room. If you want, shop around for art pieces, plants (real or fake —it’s up to you), or candles that will add to the environment.

If you’re feeling it, splurge for a little luxury.

If you’re looking for more of a dramatic upgrade, consider items that you would love to have in your bathroom. Whether it’s a shower speaker, a sound machine, a manicure kit, or even a mini fridge to house cool drinks you can sip on in a warm bath, the possibilities are endless. Think about your ideal spa day and then find products that you’d include in that scene.

Use these tips if you’re aiming to make your bathroom more than just a bathroom. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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Article for LUX Living SoCal by Lauren Depiero Healthy Start Magazine