Time to pamper yourselves, but skip the high price tag for a spa or even fancy potions and creams. This list of DIY spa recipes are made up of things you probably already have in your home.
So set aside some time for relaxation, rejuvenation and indulgence.
Set the Mood
A tranquil atmosphere is just as important as the pampering activities you are engaging in.
So to prepare, first clean or de-clutter where you will be having your spa time.
Fix a nice tall glass of refreshing water and add either some cucumber, lemon or orange slices, or maybe some berries. Depending on your personality, maybe you would prefer a soothing cup of tea or a glass of wine instead.
Next grab your fluffiest towel and bathrobe. Light a bunch of tea lights or some scented candles.
Don’t forget the perfect playlist to have playing in the background.
If you want to fully focus on yourself and completely de-stress, darken the room and just use the light from the candles.
Beauty is Pain
If it completes your spa experience, go ahead and shave and wax. If you aren’t in the mood, you can totally skip this and go right to the good stuff.
Body Scrubs & Moisturizers
Coconut oil acts as a great moisturizer. Just warm in hands till it is liquid and slather into your skin. No need to rinse.
Coffee grounds (fresh or used) make a great body scrub. Mix with some ground cinnamon and coconut oil, then massage all over your body. Make sure to rinse thoroughly. (You may want to use a drain catcher to keep the grounds from going down the drain.)
Not a coffee drinker? Mix together a cup of brown sugar, olive oil and raw oatmeal.
To lighten dark areas on skin and smooth rough spots, like knees and elbows, slice a lemon in half and rub in.
Get that coconut oil out again because it is a great deep conditioner for your hair too! Again, warm in your hands till it is completely liquid and then massage into dry hair and scalp. Wet hair won’t absorb the oil, so make sure your hair is completely dry.
If you have a shower cap put that on, but it’s not necessary. Leave the oil in your hair for at least thirty minutes, then wash hair as normal. This also works wonders if you have dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis. Just gently scratch all over your scalp before washing your hair to loosen flakes and scales.
Goodies for Your Face.
Granulated sugar and olive oil makes a wonderful lip scrub. Stir a tablespoon of each together until it is gloopy, not runny.
Clear blemishes and reduce fine lines by smearing some plain yogurt on problem areas. Or add in honey or oatmeal for an all over facial that gives some extra love to your pores.
Want to reduce the puffiness and dark circles around eyes? Use a couple of cucumber slices or even some chilled used tea bags.
You can make a wonderful facial by mashing together ½ an avocado and 2 teaspoons of honey. Apply and leave on for twenty minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Or try a steam facial by adding essential oils or herbs to hot water, draping a towel over your head and leaning over the bowl for ten minutes.
Pretty Hands and Feet
Have dry, cracked heels? Combine 1 cup of Listerine mouthwash, 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Soak feet for about 15-20 minutes. If you want a generic foot soak, mix together warm water, essential oils and epsom salts. Soak for 10-15 minutes.
No need to pay high prices for a fancy mani/pedi. After soaking hands and feet, push cuticles back. You can use coconut or olive oil to soften them. Find some polish and paint. No need for perfection. If you make a mistake, clean it up with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.
Find some lovely scented lotion to rub into your hands and feet. Make an effort to really massage the heels, arches and balls of your feet.
To super indulge feet, slather on coconut or olive oil, cover with cotton socks and leave them on overnight.
A Restorative Bath
If a nice, hot bath sounds luxurious, throw in some epsom salts. Epsom salts soothe achy muscles and reduces water retention.
Tea drinkers can try a tea bath. Brew a few cups of chamomile tea and dump it into your bath water after filling it up. The tea will moisturize and calm dry, irritated skin.
Bath bombs and good old fashion bubbles can be fun.
Remember you DESERVE this! Enjoy your time focusing on you.
Vowing that my next home will have a jacuzzi tub.