DIY Home Spa Treatments That Won’t Break the Bank
Posted byErin Ollila
It’s finally Friday. After enduring five straight days of deadlines and never-ending commutes, you’re ready for some rest and relaxation. Better yet, you need a trip to the spa, though, unfortunately, there’s no room in your hectic schedule or your budget. That doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself. There are many home spa treatments you can do yourself with common items you already have in your pantry.
A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way
First, run a bath, and as you wait for the tub to fill, prepare for a DIY spa experience in the comfort of your own home. Warm up a robe or towel in the dryer. Pour yourself a glass of wine, and put it aside for later. Cut a cucumber and a lemon, and place a few slices of each in a pitcher with some water.
Next, get your most comfortable pajamas and slippers ready, so after you’ve finished your DIY home spa treatment, you can go right to relaxing. Don’t forget to treat yourself to bubbles or essential oils, and while you’re at it, add a cup of Epsom salt to soothe your sore muscles. Wondering what oils to use? A few drops of lavender are especially soothing for a restful evening. Rosemary is very good for decreasing headaches, according to a study published in Journal of Korean Biological Nursing Science.1 Put a drop on a cotton ball, and hold it to your temples momentarily, and now it’s time to start your home spa treatments.
Dim the lights or turn them off completely and light some scented candles for ambiance. Do you have flowers in your garden? Bring them in! If not, pick up a small bunch on your way home from work. If those flowers happen to be roses, float some petals in your bath water, and save the rest to make homemade rose water.
To cleanse your face, apply a thin layer of yogurt by rubbing your finger in small circles on your skin. If you have extra time for a face mask, beat an egg and apply it to your face. After 30 minutes, wash off and your face will feel soft and smooth. To tone your face, combine one part apple cider vinegar to two parts water. Shake, and then apply with a cotton ball. And remember, there’s much more skin on your body than just your face. It’s time to exfoliate, and you’re in luck, because there are many items in your home to make your own scrub, such as baking soda, salt, sugar and oatmeal.
Remember those extra lemon slices you cut earlier? Shake some sugar over a slice and use it to rub on any tough skin spots. Now that you’re done the difficult work, it’s time to relax. Let yourself soak in the warm bath for a while. Place those extra cucumber slices over your eyes, sip on your spa water, listen to music and concentrate on what makes you happy. When you’re feeling lose and limber, dry off with your warm towel, slip on your comfy pajamas, and spend the rest of the evening doing an activity you truly enjoy.
Call in Backup
If you’re aching and would love a massage, ask your partner to play masseuse for the evening. If you live alone, massage some coconut oil into your hands and your feet.
Chances are you aren’t the only person in your inner circle who needs some R&R. Invite your girlfriends over for a night of pampering. Give each other manicures, pedicures or facials … or all three! If everyone brings their two favorite nail polishes, you’ll all have quite the selection to choose from.
Whatever you do, don’t let this be the first and only time you turn your home into a spa. Be kind to yourself and take care of yourself just as you’d recommend to your dearest friend. With all these spa tools at home, it’s tough to make excuses to not relax!
1Cha, Jung-Hee, Myung-Ja Kim, Hee-Seung Kim, and Yeong-In Kim. “Effects of Aromatherapy in Blending Oil of Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, and Rose on Headache, Anxiety and Serum Cortisol Level in the Middle-Aged Women.” Journal of Korean Biological Nursing Science 12, no. 3 (2010): 133-39. Accessed December 12, 2016. http://www.koreascience.or.kr/article/ArticleFullRecord.jsp?cn=GCJOBO_2010_v12n3_133.
- Posted by Erin Ollila
- On February 16, 2017