Between running around for work, studying for tests, picking kids up from school, and all the other things that fill up our daily lives, a relaxing day at the spa is definitely needed. But with such packed schedules and potential economic constraints, it can be hard to find the time and money to pamper yourself.
In our daily personal care routine, we use many products that keep us looking at our best (visit Research and You to find out more about everyday skincare products). However, sometimes a little extra TLC is needed to through a tough week. Luckily, there are many DIY spa treatments you can pamper yourself in the comfort of your home. Below are a few DIY home treatments that you can try.
Our hair needs a break from the chemicals and products we use every day, so every now and again it is nice to lather your locks in some natural treatments that will feed and nourish from root to tip.
Take two tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil, one tablespoon raw honey and a few drops of peppermint essential oil and mix together. Dampen your hair and saturate your hair in the mixture, leaving it to sit for about 30 minutes. Now shampoo your hair well, making sure to get all of the hair mask out, and style normally.
Coconut oil and honey both have hydrating effects and are great conditioners for dry and damaged hair. The peppermint oil will stimulate blood flow to your scalp, leaving it feeling revitalised and fresh.
The skin on our face is constantly exposed to all of the elements, which can lead to dry or tired looking skin. A DIY face mask is exactly what you need to refresh your facade.
Mix equal parts honey and baking soda together (approximately 1 tablespoon of each) until it forms a paste. Add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and mix well. Apply this mixture to clean skin and leave for 15 minutes. To wash it off, scrub the mask in circular motions while rinsing with warm water.
Baking soda is a great exfoliant that will help to remove dead skin cells, the honey helps to leave the skin hydrated and is also an anti-inflammatory – while the lemon juice will brighten the complexion. After washing off this face mask you will also notice that your pores have shrunk, giving you an airbrushed look.
Add one teaspoon of brown sugar with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil. Once the mixture is wet, apply to your lips in circular movements for about a minute, scrubbing away all the dead skin cells. Wash it off with warm water after.
The sugar will help to exfoliate your lips, leaving them smoothe and promoting blood flow to the area, while the olive oil will moisturize your lips.
Sometimes lotion or hand cream is not enough to keep your hands in the condition you would want. This is why a natural scrub is an ideal solution.
Take two tablespoons of instant coffee grounds and mix it with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Once the mixture resembles a firm, gritty paste massage it into your hands and between your fingers until the coffee dissolves completely.
The coffee will help to even your skin tone and get rid of any debris and dead skin, while the oil will hydrate and leave your hands feeling soft and moisturized.
We all know how important it is to take care of your body and what better than a detoxing soak to make you feel like a new person.
Take a cup of Epsom salt and add it to your bathtub, add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and move the water around until the salt is dissolved. After you get into the bath, soak and relax for 30 minutes.
Epsom salt is a natural stress reliever, a detoxifying agent which draws out any impurities in the skin. The lavender oil is an antifungal and anti-inflammatory that will also help you to feel soothed and calm.
You are on your feet for most of the day and sometimes they need to take a break as well. When they are feeling sore or tired, a foot soak is the best way to get some pep in your step.
To a tub of warm water add one cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and half a cup of organic honey. Mix until the honey is completely dissolved and put your feet in the tub. When the water cools down completely, remove your feet and rinse under clean water.
The lemon and honey both have antifungal properties and will help to soothe your tired feet.