Many of us dream of a day relaxing at the spa, but the thought of the bill is far from stress relieving. With these budget friendly tips, you can enjoy a spa day at home for a fraction of the price. Invite your best girlfriends over for all of the fun and relaxation of the spa in the comfort of your own home.
1. Rejuvenate your Skin
You can create your own face mask without leaving your home. It is less expensive and helps you avoid the unpronounceable ingredients in some skin care products. Coconut oil makes an ideal base for a facial treatment. Add lemon juice for brightening, brown sugar as an exfoliator, or carrot juice to reduce oiliness.
2. Green Tea Bags
We have all seen pictures of women laying back with cucumber slices over their eyes. While cucumbers do have vitamins and cooling power to invigorate tired eyes, another product you probably already have in your home works even better. Steeped and cooled green tea bags transfer all of their famous antioxidants and minerals to your eyes for reduced puffiness and a freshened appearance.
3. Hair Treatments
Many common household products are ideal for giving your tresses a deep conditioning treatment. Beer is a great restorative, vinegar adds shine, and mayonnaise is an ideal moisturizer. Add some lemon juice as a lightener if you wish, or olive oil for a dry hair treatment. No need to purchase fancy products when you can simply open your refrigerator. After rinsing your hair, squeeze excess water and wrap in towel rather than rubbing to avoid frizz.
4. Kissable Lips
Prepare a sugar scrub to exfoliate your lips, leaving them soft and inviting. A simple blend of sugar with honey or olive oil can be gently rubbed over lips to leave the surface feeling smooth and moisturized. Follow up with a moisturizing lip balm with sun screen to make the results last.
5. Perfect Pedicure
Everything from the perfect scrub to a soothing balm for your feet can be made at home. Save money by skipping your scheduled pedicure and creating your own treatment at home. Start with a dab of olive oil to gently push back cuticles and a quick nail trim. Then prepare a relaxing soak of simple Epsom salt dissolved in warm water. During your soak, make use of a homemade scrub of sugar, olive oil, and citrus juice. Follow up with a thick moisturizer for soft, smooth feet.
6. Rose Water
Feel like a medieval princess as you soak in a hot bath filled with rose petals. Not only does this smell like heaven, but those princesses knew what was good for their skin. The hot water will release beneficial nutrients from the petals as you relax in sweet smelling luxury.
7. Deep Moisture Treatment
If winter cold is leaving your skin dry and raw, try a skin treatment that is packed in nutrients and moisture that your skin is longing for. Blend a mixture of avocado, yogurt, honey, and aloe for a thick facial mask that will give new life to your skin. Gently apply to your face or other desired area and let set for 20-30 minutes. After a rinse, your skin will look and feel years younger due to its deep moisture infusion.
8. Simple Spa Luxuries
Sometimes, it is the little details at the spa that really make the moment or aid us in relaxation. Consider warming your lotion by placing it near a heat vent or placing the tube in hot water for a few moments. Warm your towels in the dryer so they are toasty warm when you step out of the bath. Light candles or start a fire in your fireplace. Put a little something extra into your coffee. Keep the lights low and the heat turned up. The little touches can make your at home spa day a 5-star experience.
9. Aromatherapy Treatment for Aches and Pains
You can create a heat pack for your neck or any other area that requires some soothing heat with a few simple ingredients. Take a sock – one of those that hasn’t seen its partner for ages – and fill it with uncooked rice. Add your favorite herbs or essential oils for a pleasant scent every time you heat it up in the microwave. Tie the open end tightly and you have a quick, inexpensive heat pack that will smell great. It works just as well cold for inflammation; simply place in the freezer rather than the microwave for a soothing cold pack.
Written by Samantha Wilcoxson