Going out for a spa day with mom to celebrate Mother’s Day sounds great until you’re met with the scheduling difficulties and/or prices that could come with that. If finding a time that’ll work for you, your mom, and your favorite spa sounds like something you’d like to avoid, why not create the same experience at home? Spend time pampering yourselves and catching up.
The first step is to claim your spot in the house where you won’t be disturbed by your spouse or kids. If they have somewhere else, they need to be for a couple of hours, even better.
The night before the spa day, go ahead and cut up cucumbers, lemons, limes, strawberries, basil, mint, or anything else you might like to infuse water with. Fill a pitcher with water, add the fruit, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. If you want to have wine or mimosas as part of your spa day, you’ll want to pick those up ahead of time, especially if the wine needs to be chilled.
Light some candles or start the diffuser with essential oils to get that fresh, relaxing scent spas are known for into the air. Try lavender (lavender-sage blends are nice) or eucalyptus. Find a relaxing playlist you’ll both love (try searching “spa day” on Spotify).
Get your fluffiest towels and robes ready. Have your mom bring her favorite pair of slippers or treat her to a new pair.
First up: the face mask. You can make your own moisturizing mask by combining a sliced cucumber, blended until smooth, with about four tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Leave that on for about 30 minutes while you soak your feet, then rinse it off with cool water.
If a DIY mask sounds messy and you don’t want to go that route, Target and Sephora have sheet masks for all skin types for less than $10.00. Just pull out the sheet, apply it to your face, leave it for the recommended amount of time, and then toss it and rub the remaining serum into your skin.
Keep the foot soak simple by adding Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oil to your large bowls of warm water. The lavender and/or eucalyptus you used for the diffuser will work, but you can get creative if you have a wide selection of oils on hand. Be sure to research the oils to make sure they’re safe for any health conditions you or your mom may have (some oils aren’t safe for pregnancy, so check that too if you are pregnant).
Apply a hand cream, coconut oil, or even a hand mask (the Sephora brand has them for about $5.00) and settle in for 15-30 minutes.
After drying your feet and rinsing the mask off if necessary, apply a luxurious foot cream to lock in moisture. Try Soap & Glory’s Heel Genius ($10.00, Ulta) if you’re looking for something new. Throw on some warm, fuzzy socks to allow time for the cream to work while you take a snack/wine break. Make sure the snacks and drinks are close to your seats before you get started with the foot soak so you won’t have to get up right after applying the cream to your feet.
Once the lotion has had a chance to soak in, dab a cotton ball in nail polish remover to prep your nails for polish (it’ll remove the lotion residue). Shape your nails with clippers and a nail file and push the cuticles back with a cuticle stick.
Choose a cheerful spring nail color, like Essie’s Pinkies Out ($9.00, Ulta), or a shade that’ll flatter most skin tones, like Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear in Mauve Over ($2.99, Target). You can each paint your own nails, or you could take this opportunity to pamper your mom by painting hers for her. If you’re each painting your own nails, be sure to pick up two bottles of polish so you can work at the same time (send mom home with her own bottle).
Let your nail polish dry while you chat more or—if there’s one you’ve both been wanting to watch—switch a movie out for the music before you get started painting your fingernails.
The best mother-daughter spa day will come with its own special set of memories to cherish, so don’t stress too much about finding the absolute perfect products to use or music to play. The real gift here is time.