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Rest and Destress With a DIY Spa Night That Every Sister Deserves

Give yourself — and your pockets — a breather with these oh-so soothing steps. Plus affordable and indulgent products that get the job done for us.

Did you get enough self-care hours this week, sis? If your answer is no, now may be the perfect time to hit the reset button. How about fitting in more me time into your regimen with some weekly tranquility and rejuvenation in the sanctuary of your own home? Ditch the daytime spa and treat yourself to an evening of at-home pampering and relaxation with these spa-worthy steps:

1. Simplify the experience.

To get the most out of this self-care session, do a bit of light prepping in advance. Begin by decluttering your environment because, as they say, a clear space can help promote a clear mind. After you tidy up, get some of your pampering steps out the way. For example, you might consider scheduling wash day a few days before since the goal is to actually relax on the day of. Be sure to stock your shelves with hair products that cater to your crown, such as nourishing masks and deep conditioners.

Two hair treatments to try: PATTERN Treatment Mask ($25, Ulta.com) and Ouidad Coil Infusion Deep Conditioner ($38, Ulta.com)

2. Set the mood.

Rid yourself of the usual distractions (e.g., emails, texts, phone calls, etc.). Wrap yourself up in a light and airy robe and find your Zen with the soft sounds of ambient music playing in the background or a little bit of Sade for a true soul cleanse. Unwind with a whiff of lavender- or eucalyptus-scented aromatherapy candles. Then, turn on your favorite podcast or relish in a good read, and drift into bliss.

Two candles to try: Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint 3-Wick Candle ($24.50, BathandBodyWorks.com) and Aromaology Lavender Vanilla Soy Candle ($25, DaisysAromaology.com)

Two robes to try: Natori Canyon Lotus Satin Robe ($68, Natori.com) and Soma Sensual Washable Silk Robe  ($198, Soma.com)

3. Free your scalp from tension.

Since your tresses are already clean, use this time to give your scalp a midweek moisture boost and a much-needed massage, with a soothing, nutrient-rich oil that you don’t need to wash out. Good to know: In addition to possibly promoting hair growth, stimulating the scalp with daily massages may have therapeutic benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing tension headaches.

Two scalp massage oils to try: EDEN BodyWorks Papaya Castor Scalp Massaging Serum ($9.25, EdenBodyWorks.com) and The Mane Choice Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Hair Growth Oil ($13.49, Target.com)

4. Freshen up with a face mask.

After cleansing your skin, pamper your pores with a gentle detoxifying mask, such as a charcoal-rich product to remove impurities and excess oils. To help fade dark spots and even out your complexion, try a turmeric mask. You might also benefit from using a retinol-infused under-eye mask to smooth fine lines, or cucumber-infused eye patches to reduce puffiness, hydrate and diminish dark circles.

Two face masks to try: Gleamin Vitamin C Clay Mask ($39.99, Gleamin.com) and Buttah Charcoal Detox Mask ($24, Ulta.com)

Two under-eye products to try: KNC Beauty All-Natural Retinol-Infused Eye Mask, 5-Pack ($25, KNCBeauty.com) and Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches ($52, Sephora.com)

5. Wash your woes away.

Immerse yourself in a tub of warm water diffused with calming bath salts that put your mind and body at ease while detoxifying your skin. If you opt for a shower instead, lather up with a hydrating body wash with humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Amplify the experience by placing a shower steamer infused with essential oils on the floor, and let the steam from the hot water fill the air with soothing aromas. 

Two body washes to try: Odele Soothing Body Wash ($8.99, Target.com) and CeraVe Hydrating Body Wash ($12.41, Walmart.com)

Two shower steamers to try: Cleverfy Aromatherapy Shower Steamers ($20 Amazon.com) and Anthropologie Musee Shower Steamer ($24, Anthropologie.com)

6. Moisturize your melanin.

Follow a good scrub down with some moisture restoration. Try a floral-scented botanical body oil with nourishing oils, such as avocado and grapeseed, to feed your skin with nutrients that replenish dry skin. Additionally, shea butter leaves your skin feeling soft and supple the morning after, thanks to its naturally occurring fatty acids.

Two body moisturizers to try: KLUR Elements of Comfort Botanical Body Oil ($70, Klur.co) and Karité Shea Butter Hydrating Body Cream ($46, MyKarite.com)

7. Retire to bed for a restful slumber. 

Pull on a pair of cozy PJs and brew a calming cup of chamomile tea. Finish your regimen with a lip sleeping mask to replenish a parched pout. Tuck your tresses in a satin scarf or bonnet, spritz a fine mist of lavender-scented sleep spray on your pillow and sheets and enjoy the light pressure of a weighted eye mask to help you doze off in no time. Your beauty sleep begins now, and when the morning comes, you’ll awaken to a feeling of clarity and renewal.

Two lip sleeping masks to try: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($22, Sephora.com) and Ulta Lip Sleeping Mask ($12, Ulta.com)

Two weighted eye masks to try: The Lola Weighted Aromatherapy Eye Mask ($36, TheRaspberryRoom.com) and Kitsch Lavender Weighted Satin Eye Mask ($24, MyKitsch.com)

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