From stress-relieving massages to uplifting facials, spa treatments are the ultimate in self-care. But as much as we’d all like to have spa days on regular rotation, we know that it’s hard to pencil them into a busy schedule. Still, that’s no excuse to avoid pampering yourself, especially when you can do it all with relative ease from the comfort of your home, a DIY spa day if you will. Whether you’re working remotely (and up for multi-tasking) or just don’t feel like getting off the couch (no judgment), turn to these at-home products that essentially bring the spa to you.
Below, discover the beauty products our editors turn to for DIY spa days at home.
What to Look For in a Spa Product
A Luxe Experience
When you really want to unwind and pamper yourself, the last thing you want to do is fuss over instructions or go through a complicated process. So whatever product you choose, make sure its use creates a relaxing experience. From lighting a decadent candle to using a rich body oil, spa-like products are about delivering results and a sense of overall calm.
Don't underestimate the power of scent for elevating your mood and relaxing the senses. Spa-like scents include invigorating herbal ones like eucalyptus but can be any scent that you find intoxicating. If applicable, pick a product with a scent that relaxes you to help enhance your DIY spa experience.
Consider the Time You Want to Spend
Some products are designed to help you slow down and savor the experience, but you might have only a few extra seconds in the morning to spare on pampering. If you're looking to add a quick spa session to your regular routine, you might want to try something like a facial massager that doesn't take long to use. Or if you have more time for a long nightly soak, you might want a bath oil. The products on this list range from a face steamer that can work in under ten minutes to a face mask that can be left on up to an hour.
Biologique Recherche Masque VIP O2
Great to use under eyes
Byrdie senior editor Hallie Gould is a big fan of Biologique Recherche, including this creamy, luscious face mask she says is worth every penny and then some, which is praise she doesn't shell out that often. "In fact, I save my pennies in a jar and bring them to the bank when I want to cash out," she says.
About the product itself: "So, here's the deal: Biologique Recherche's Masque VIP 02 is oxygenating and moisturizing treatment (you can add antipollution to the list too) to help stressed or 'asphyxiated' skin," Hallie says. "That means if you live in a polluted city (check), smoke (we won't tell), or notice a general sallow or dull look to your skin. It works to stimulate skin regeneration, soften, soothe (it's great for a sunburn), and brighten all the while feeling like a cool, comfy blanket of skincare goodness."
While the directions instruct leaving it on for 20-30 minutes, Hallie likes to apply it generously (especially around her eyes and lips) and leave it on for an hour. "It feels more luxurious that way," she says.
Benefits: Boosts radiance, smooths, hydrates | Active Ingredients: Natural essential fatty acids, marine elastin, marine collagen, Biologique Recherche's exclusive oxygenating complex, corn extract, vitamin C | Skin Type: All | Size: 3.4 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Kate McLeod The Mama Stone
Pregnant- and nursing-safe
Byrdie VP/General Manager Leah Wyar loves to use this moisturizing body bar by Kate McLeod—and she's hardly the only one. "Slathering my post-shower skin with body oil is the closest thing to a professional treatment that I can typically get these days," she says. "I've next leveled my go-to with this solid bar, which melts into an oil on contact. I can't tell you how relaxing it feels to run this over tense areas like shoulders and shins. And I love how natural it is: I had the privilege of watching the owner, Kate, create a batch of these in her Brooklyn test kitchen...it's the real deal!"
Active Ingredients: Cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil, fractionated coconut oil | Skin Type: All | Size: 3.5 oz. | SPF: None | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
HoliFrog Como Popp-E Renewal Scrubby Wash
Doesn't strip skin
Some may prefer something grittier
Most of the time it's the formulas that we find most relaxing, but sometimes the product packaging can deliver a sense of calm as well—like this one, which ticks off both boxes for Leah.
"Love the cute little frog (which I find weirdly relaxing to look at)," she says. "Love the bright orange gel texture (a face oil, cleansing gel and scrub in one) even more. Love the slight warming sensation (that happens when you rub it all over your face) the most. The entire process makes face washing enjoyable—and leaves my skin super soft and glowy. Less than half the cost of a facial with similar results."
Active Ingredients: Poppy seeds, bamboo stem powder, black currant seed oil, vitamin C, poppy seed oil, astaxanthin | Skin Type: Acne-prone, combination, dry, mature, balanced, oily, sensitive | Benefits: Exfoliates, plumps, cleanses, restores the skin barrier, boosts radiance | Size: 3.4 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Pro Facial Steamer
Improves product penetration
Doesn't have a product warranty
If you love facial steaming in your professional facials, you'll find similar joy from this at-home steamer—one that Byrdie associate editor Holly Rhue steals from her roommate all the time.
"It's the only thing that makes our outdated Brooklyn bathroom feel like a luxe spa in the middle of Palm Springs," she says. "It's a myth that steam can actually open up your pores, but steaming your face does loosen pore-clogging debris and offers protective hydration before doing a chemical peel or physical scrub. Use it as your first step in your facial routine to prime skin for treatments—it's a game-changer."
Features: Wide nozzle, compact design, carrying handle, 5 ft. cord, auto shut-off | Wireless: No
Diptyque Eucalyptus Candle
Jar can be reused
Fills a room quickly
Scents and candles are a great way to set the mood for an at-home spa day. "To me, eucalyptus is the most soothing, relaxing scent," Holly says. "Lighting this candle signals my brain to unwind, loosen up, and release tension—I can't live without it. When I'm feeling particularly indulgent, I light it in my bathroom an hour before I plan to start my at-home spa day. It makes everything smell like a rainforest and sets the tone for the rest of my day."
Scent: Eucalyptus | Number of Wicks: 1 | Burning Time: 60 hours | Cruelty-Free: No
Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
Stays in place
Feeling fatigued? Use these cooling under-eye gels to perk you (and your eye contour) right up. "No spa day is complete without a set of cooling under-eye gels, and these are my absolute favorites," Holly says. "They're drenched in hyaluronic acid to plump fine lines, arnica to lighten the appearance of dark circles, and are naturally cool to the touch to help de-puff. I recommend enjoying them with your favorite cocktail and some good old fashioned reality television."
Benefits: Hydrates, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, fades discoloration | Active Ingredients: Hyaluronic acid, marshmallow root extract, caffeine | Skin Type: Balanced, dry, combination, oily | Size: 30 pairs | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No
Aura Cacia Eucalyptus Shower Tablets
Provides aromatherapy benefits
Sometimes dissolve too quickly
Showers and baths are quintessential spa day activities. To make that time more enjoyable, Byrdie senior editor Lindsey Metrus turns to these scented tablets.
"I was introduced to these evaporating shower tablets many moons ago by a friend who says she places them on her shower floor when she's congested to help open up her sinuses," she says. "Being that I'm borderline obsessed with the smell of eucalyptus (when I die, please bury me in a bed of eucalyptus leaves), I was so excited to create my own spa-like experience at home, especially on a day when I'm sick and can't breathe through my nose. So one day when I was feeling particularly under the weather, I popped one on the shower floor, cranked the handle as hot as I could stand it (I know it's not great for your skin, but a hot shower is heaven to me), and inhaled the delicious herbal scent. I can honestly say I felt better and more relaxed afterward. The only problem is they make you want to stay in the shower longer."
Scent: Eucalyptus | Size: 3 1 oz. tablets | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
Aceology Ice Globe Facial Massagers
Improves product absorption
It doesn't take much effort to give your face a massage, especially when you have a handy tool like this within arm's reach. "While you may initially feel a bit silly running these maraca-shaped tools along your face, their innate "cool" feel and ability to massage the facial tissue while decreasing puffiness is well worth the odd looks you might get from your roommates," says Lindsey. "I pop them in the fridge for a few minutes to get them even chillier, then run them along my eyes, temples, and forehead in opposite circles. Not only do I feel like my face is less puffy afterward, but I feel more relaxed and calm—it's a great way to settle myself before taking on the day."
Manual or Electric: Manual | Features: Made of premium quality glass, cools in 10 minutes
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask
Short application period
If you don't have much time to pamper yourself, reach for this face mask that works in just five minutes. "My favorite thing about this mask—besides its heavenly smell—is that it only takes five minutes to work, so it's ideal for when I don't have time to go all-in on a spa day," says Byrdie email editor Karli Bendlin. "It's made with kombu seaweed flakes, red algae particles, and lotus seeds that are left intact in the blend, so when I smooth a layer on, it feels like I'm applying a freshly blended smoothie—one that leaves my skin looking so bright and even, I can skip concealer."
Benefits: Exfoliates, smooths, boosts radiance | Active Ingredients: Vitamin E, kombu seaweed flakes, sea fennel extract, Super 7 Complex | Skin Type: Balanced, dry, combination, oily | Size: 1 fl. oz. or 3.3 fl. oz. | Cruelty-Free: No | Byrdie Clean: No
Fur Bath Drops
Takes a while to dissolve
If you're not popping in one or more of these bath oils while you soak, you're really missing out, according to our editors. "There was a time where I capped off every day with a hot bath, but as my schedule got busier, it was the first indulgence to go," Karli says. "I have these softening bath drops to thank for reintroducing me to my favorite self-care activity. After a few Byrdie editors declared their love for these nourishing beads, I was convinced to give them a try—and am so glad I did. Scattering a few of these seaweed-encased oil drops into a tub of hot water is a luxury I now make sure I leave time for a couple of times a week."
Size: 18 count | Cruelty-Free: Yes | Byrdie Clean: Yes
How can I make a spa at home?
Consider what relaxes you and what types of treatments you prefer. A good place to start could be a candle, a bath oil, a face mask, and a hydrating body butter for when you get out of the tub. Any activity or beauty treatment that relaxes you and feels luxurious can be a DIY spa at home.
How do you make natural spa products?
If you're in a pinch, you can use ingredients you probably have in your kitchen. Ingredients like honey, sugar, avocado, and olive oil are nourishing and can be blended into a body scrub or face or hair mask, for a couple examples.
What should I get my friend for a spa night?
Many of the items on this list would make great gifts, including the Diptyque Eucalyptus Candle, Kate McLeod The Mama Stone, or the Fur Bath Drops. A nice candle always makes a simple yet appreciated gift.