You feel like you're drifting on a cloud. The relaxing scents of lavender and ylang-ylang waft in the breeze, you can hear the trickle of water and feel tender fingers gently massage your skin. A six-star spa? No. Your own home. For those who have always wanted to enjoy the experience on a regular basis but don't have the time or cash to visit a luxurious spa every week, here are some tips and inspiration from the experts. Set the mood It takes less than a minute to create a calm, relaxed atmosphere. Four Seasons Bali spa director Brian Hathaway says start with essential oils and an oil burner or electric vaporiser. These are better than candles as you can control the amount of scent released. 'Scent is important because it can evoke certain memories and this is especially true for women,' Hathaway explains. Paua Spas head trainer Calles Lau Wing-hung agrees that essential oils are important and can be chosen depending on the mood you wish to create. 'If you want to be uplifted choose lime or geranium. For relaxation lavender and ylang-ylang are soothing.' Music shouldn't be forgotten. Try buying a CD from your favourite spa, or even putting on some gentle jazz. A few fresh flowers or plants in the environment can also help. Lau also recommends opening the windows and turning off the air conditioning because it can dry out your skin. 'It's important to have your own space where you won't be disturbed,' says Lau. And if you are planning on making this a lengthy experience, prepare some water or juice and a healthy snack in case you get the munchies. Get into a routine 'Make your routine simple,' says Hathaway. This is especially important for men who usually find it difficult to adhere to a skin-care regime. 'It's not difficult to use a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream every day. The next step is to add your exfoliator and moisturising mask once a week. And remember - a little is better than nothing.' Pay attention to your face Prepare a bowl of filtered water (it's less drying for the skin than tap water), a brush to apply your mask and cotton pads to remove it. Be sure to cleanse twice if you wear makeup. Exfoliate to remove the dead skin and help the products penetrate. You must exfoliate before you add a mask if you want to get the best results. It's a good idea to alternate between at least two (or preferably three) masks for your skin type depending on your needs. Lau recommends having one that's moisturising and hydrating, another for deep cleansing and the third for gentle peeling or rejuvenating. Don't put your face over a bowl of steaming water to clear dirt and grime from your pores as it can make your skin too hydrated. 'It can cause irritation because of the heat and you will eventually get dilated capillaries on the cheek area,' she explains. 'A more natural way to get at blackheads or whiteheads is to use a face scrub on a regular basis.' While you're waiting for your face mask to do its job, Lau suggests applying a home-made nourishing hair mask. Try Lau's recipe: take half an avocado, 5ml of sweet almond oil (to nourish), one egg yolk (it's good for the scalp), one drop of rosemary essential oil (it stimulates hair growth) and one drop of tea tree oil (for cleansing). Apply this to your hair after shampooing and squeezing the excess water out. Add a shower cap and soak in the bath for 20 minutes. Don't forget your body Try using a body brush every morning to stimulate your blood circulation. Focus on cellulite areas and brush using upward movements towards the heart. A body scrub should be used twice a week on damp skin in a circular motion. Don't forget your hands. The texture of the granules is critical as some scrubs can be harsh and others not abrasive enough. If you have thicker or drier skin, use unrefined sea salt or walnut shell powder. Lau recommends adding juniper and grapefruit essential oils if you want to detox. These are also good for cellulite. Add sweet lemon oil to lock moisture into the skin. After you've sloughed off the dead skin cells don't forget to slather your body in moisturiser as this will penetrate your skin more effectively and trap moisture in. Learn how to give a good massage If your partner is at home, why not try giving each other a back or foot massage? The Sutherland-Chan Centre offers couples massage courses, as does the Bali Four Seasons, which goes a long way to helping recreate the spa experience at home. Locate problem areas and apply extra pressure to larger muscles while paying attention to joints. Always warm the massage oil in your hand first, applying palm pressure softly and then following with firmer pressure and downward strokes for limbs. Use time-saving tricks 'Home spa-ing is a lifestyle so don't give yourself any excuse to escape from it,' says Lau. If you're pressed for time, try mixing a scrub with your morning cleanser and then applying your mask while you're taking a shower. Listen to what your skin is feeling, says Sanctuary Spa Group's CEO Alice Avis. 'Each day you can take a little time out to give different body parts a treat - perhaps one day a mask, the next a foot soak and the next a hand scrub.' For an extra moisturising boost Avis suggests using a serum underneath a hydrating mask and leaving them on over night. 'Looking after your skin should not have to take a large amount of time.' Look after the inside as well as the outside Meditation should also be a key element in a home spa, says Lau. If you're not sure how, take courses or read books like Monica Romeo's Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Senses! - a practical guide that demystifies meditation and is free from religious or cultural packaging. If you want to take it to the next level, try Chiva-Som's Thai Spa Cuisine recipes by chef Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat. The book, originally designed for visitors to Thailand's detox retreat after returning home, offers simple, healthy recipe ideas and suggests substituting cooking oil with vegetable broth.