Beauty: How I Survive Bathing With Strangers

6am.

Wakeup.

Throw clothes on.

Grab spa bag.

Grab yogurt, granola and fruit.

Brew tea... to-go.

Grab mala beads.

Drive to the Korean Spa.

This is my "me time" routine. It typically falls on a Sunday when everyone is still sleeping. I discovered the Korean Spa while chatting with a friend who is a regular. She told me how awesome and relaxing it was, so I said I had to try it out!  She said "you should... but if you are not comfortable being around a bunch of women in your birthday suite, you will be after!"

I'm not too modest about nudity. I mean, we have the same parts just on different bodies... no biggie! I was just nervous about the bath part. I mean, what is that like? Am I getting sud-sy and close with a random stranger? Is this random person going to ask me to wash her back, or some other craziness? No! None of that! Let me paint the picture:

- As soon as you walk into most Korean Spas, you pre-pay for your stay. You can stay up to 24 hrs with your admission. They give you a locker key with a water-proof scan-able tag to scan when purchasing services, products, food etc.

- You then walk to the gender separated locker room where they provide you a uniform of t-shirt and shorts to put on when you are ready to head to the common areas.

- After getting into your birthday suite, you head to the wet spa. Here, you take a shower upon entering. They provide shower gel, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste.

- Once you have showered, you can enter one of 4 temperature whirlpools. There is also a wet Sauna for you to experience as well.

- If you choose, you can opt to jump right into your uniform to relax in the mixed gender dry Saunas and shower after.

Needless to say, I feel so relaxed when I leave that I am convinced my body is made of jello! If this sounds like something you would like to try, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Go early

- For some of my besties that are “germaphobes”, I always tell them to get there by 6am. Though they are open 24hrs/day, they clean all tubs between 2am and 6am. Getting there at 6am will ensure you are the 1st (and possibly the only) booty in the bath! It is also less crowded, so if you are really trying to relax, there will likely be no distractions.

2. Bring your own products

- I love a good mask, and since I practically live on airplanes, I can never have enough hydration. With that said, I have my hydrating body wash, 3 different hydrating masks and my body creams.  Between saunas, I rinse and reapply my different masks. And after my sauna time, I make sure I use my full skin care/body care regimen to keep my skin hydrated, soft and youthful looking.

3. Get a body scrub

- G... homey... dude! When I tell you this is a must! O...M...G! The sweetest lady will scrub your WHOLE body down! Like errrrrrrrry-thang! You will thank me later!

4. Relax

- This is the most important of all of the tips! I make sure I bring my mala beads to meditate and clear my mind.

The Korean Spa is the place I love to go to have a little me time and clear my mind. Where do you go and what do you do for your me time? Let me know in the comments below :)