When you’re stuck inside with children, lining up plenty of activities to keep them distracted is essential. But what happens when you’ve played all the games, watched enough television and run out of things to do? It’s a kids spa day to the rescue.
Although nothing replaces a visit to an actual spa, a simple session at home for the family is a perfect chance to sneak in a little much-needed relaxation for you, and it provides kids something new and exciting to try. Whether you want to make spa time part of a weekend routine going forward or just need something easy to pass the time, a kids spa day is a therapeutic solution for all involved.
First off, it’s important to choose safe products for a child’s delicate skin. Natural, botanical-based products are effective and work in harmony with the skin – making them perfect for those with sensitivities and normal skin alike. Aside from being a great opportunity to teach children about good skin care habits, an at-home spa day allows parents to nourish and pamper skin with gentle products.
Alana Henrikson, Eminence Organics Product Support Representative, shares this: “For kids just starting with skin care products, it’s best to keep the routine simple and straight forward. Selecting a cleanser and moisturizer suitable for their skin type and concerns is a good place to start. It will help to reinforce a daily routine, just like the importance of brushing their teeth, where consistency is key to ensure that it becomes a lifelong habit.”
Kids Spa Day Ideas
During your next kids spa day at home, consider including the following steps:
- 1. Cleanse
- 2. Mask
- 3. Moisturize
- 4. Manicure
This is a great time to show kids how to care for their skin, plus it allows them to practice with safe skin care products under an adult’s supervision. Starting early with a solid routine will also help them navigate changes in their skin as they get older.
The first step in any skin care routine is cleansing, but it’s essential that you use cleansers designed to soothe and nourish without too many active ingredients.
For kids with sensitive skin, Stone Crop Gel Wash is great for all skin types. Natural ingredients like stone crop and chamomile soothe and calm skin while shea butter offers hydration. If your child is close to the tween or teen years, this cleansing wash is perfect as it removes impurities from pores without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture.
For a gentle cleanse formulated more for dry or irritated skin, consider using our Coconut Milk Cleanser. Skin is hydrated and protected with antioxidants like calendula oil and virgin coconut oil, not to mention the ample dose of hydration thanks to coconut milk.
Demonstrate how to best cleanse the skin by applying the products to the skin and gently emulsifying with water. Once you’ve given the skin a thorough cleanse, it’s time for the next step: masking!
This is a step that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy. Again, you’ll want to make sure that any mask you provide is kid-friendly and doesn’t contain extra potent ingredients.
Three masks in particular are well-loved by all ages, and kids are definitely going to find them yummy smelling: our Coconut Cream Masque, Strawberry Rhubarb Masque and Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque.
Deliciously fragrant, our Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque is as decadent as it sounds! With its antioxidant-rich cocoa and blend of hydrating oils, this mask is a perfect option in freshening up skin. Similarly, Coconut Cream Masque is deeply hydrating and contains coconut milk, oil and tiny chunks of ripe coconut the kids are sure to love.
For a kid-friendly exfoliation, try applying Strawberry Rhubarb Masque to the skin. A natural source of salicylic acid, strawberries are a soothing and fun way to illuminate skin and leave it feeling fresh and plump thanks to its astringent and brightening properties.
The final important step in any spa day is moisturization! This is another great opportunity to teach kids about proper moisturizing as a way to keep skin healthy and strong.
Depending on your child's skin care needs, there are a few options of moisturizing. If you’re looking for a restorative moisturizer for normal skin, the Apricot Whip Moisturizer is perfect for beginners. For dry or more dehydrated skin, look to our Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer, which helps soothe dryness while deeply moisturizing. If your child has sensitive skin or is prone to rosacea, the delicate formula found in Rosehip Whip Moisturizer provides pure, hydrating ingredients.
Finish off your kids spa day at home with a gentle manicure designed to nurture skin as everyone finds themselves washing their hands more.
Here’s a simple step-by-step process to follow for an at-home manicure:
- Soak your hands in a mix of warm water and Coconut Milk Cleanser
- Gently exfoliate with one of your favorite Eminence Organics sugar scrubs
- Hydrate both hands and cuticles with our Apricot Body Oil
- Finish with a moisturizer – we love the Mangosteen Replenishing Hand Cream - and maybe a touch of non-toxic nail polish to complete the look.
For more ideas on creating at-home treatments using Eminence Organics, check out our beautiful selection of botanical cleansers, masks and moisturizers. And let us know in the comments or on social media which part of the spa day your child enjoyed the most!