In order to get started and relax in your home spa, you will need to buy home spa equipment.
Obviously, there is no limit to how much you can spend on your home spa. You can limit yourself to buying a few things from your local store, buying some items online from the comfort of your home or you can decide to renovate your home.
At the end of the day, it is your money and for those of us who don’t want to spend a fortune, I’ve provided some great tips on how to achieve a similar effect within blowing your budget.
Basic Spa Equipment
The following spa equipment is needed in order to create your own home spa environment. If you need to purchase any of these items, click on the links to be taken to an Amazon.com supplier.
- Towels.If you want to indulge in something, spend some extra money on towels. There is definitely a difference between the cheap, thin towels and the more expensive, voluptuous towels. The high-quality towels will last longer, will not fray, will absorb a lot more moisture and will feel a lot better on your skin. Isn’t it what having a home spa is all about? Make sure to have all sizes of towels available (face cloths, hand towels, bath towels and perhaps even oversized beach towels).
- Cooler or Spa Thermal Unit. This is an item that doesn’t have to cost too much. The Spa Thermal Unit also known as STU is basically an expensive cooler like the one you use to keep your food and drinks cool in the summer. Obviously, the thermal insulation works the other way around and it keeps your hot towels… hot! However, you need to use a cooler that is just the right size. Using an oversized cooler will result in a lot of “empty” space in your cooler, and the empty space will cool your towels quite fast.
- Robe. Have you ever been to an expensive hotel? Remember the feel of their plush robes? Once again, this item may or may not be an expensive part of your home spa equipment. It’s up to you, but if you can afford it, I would strongly recommend spending a little extra money on a high-quality thick and comfortable robe.
- Slippers. While you’re at it, get a pair of matching slippers. However, you don’t have to. If you have to deal with cool floors, you could always wear thick socks.
- Sheets. Depending on the type of treatments that you want to have, you will need different kinds of sheets.
- Muslin Sheets or Other Wrapping Sheet. This is the type of sheets that would be right on your skin during a herbal wrap. The best ones are muslin but you can use a high-quality unbleached cotton sheet of canvas grade.
- Blankets.Nothing beats the warmth of a wool blanket. I wouldn’t pick a white one as it may get a little dirty with time and wool isn’t an easy fabric to care for.
- Insulating Sheet. You may or may not have come across the “aluminum” blankets (at least, this is what they look like to me…). Some people refer to them as Space Blankets and you should be able to get one from an outdoors store (camping section) or some large department stores. If you don’t have one of these, you can also use a drip sheet like the plastic one that you use to cover your furniture when you paint a room.
- Oils. High quality aromatherapy oils are ideal. They will be used to massage your skin, so pick aromas that you like and perhaps even some that could bring additional aromatherapy health benefits.
- Herbs. Herbs are used in thermal skin wraps and great benefits are gained from selecting the appropriate herbs. Learn more about herbs and herbal wrap here.
- Seaweed, Mud and More.Your local drugstore and/or department store should have a wide selection of these products. If not, you can always order them online through a reputable store (See links at the start of the paragraph).
- Skin Loofah or Brush. If you want to remove those dead cells, you will need to exfoliate, which is a process that requires some kind of brushing or massage motion and an exfoliating medium such as a body scrub lotion, a loofah, skin brush, etc.
- Hydrocollator Heating Unit. While this is not necessary spa equipment, it is better than using a pot on the stove because it will regulate the heat so that an appropriate temperature is reached and maintained.
Kitchen Gear You Can Use in Your Home Spa
You probably already own these items, but normally keep them in the kitchen:
- Bowls. It may be worth spending a few bucks to buy a new set of bowls to store some of your spa equipment and ingredients. You will need various sized bowls to hold items such as: wet towels, exfoliating products, bath salts, etc.
- Thermometer. You can use a thermometer to test the water temperature before jumping in. With time, it shouldn’t become necessary, but feel free to use one if you aren’t sure.
Ready to Enjoy Your Spa Equipment?
Now that your home spa has all the spa equipment it needs, it’s time to get ready to relax. More pages containing useful information on how to get started with your spa equipment and specific treatments exist here.