We all have our up and down days and sometimes you just need a way to unwind and treat yourself. Spa days are a great way to relax and take care of your body, but they can also be expensive and not everyone may have the money to splurge on a self-care session at a nice spa. Here are some easy DIY home spa alternatives for those who want a day to relax without emptying their wallet.
1. Steam Facial
Steam facials open pores and help remove toxins from the skin. It’s a healthy treatment for your skin and natural without the use of any chemicals. Creating your own steam facial at home is simple, pour water into a pot and heat it until it begins to boil. Transfer the water to a bowl and let it cools slightly before moving your face over to let the steam vapors warm your skin.
Drape a towel over the back of your head to keep the vapors from spreading, and add a couple drops of an essential oil of your choice for an extra element of relaxation. When you’re done take a cool damp towel and place it on your face to help close your pores, this will prevent any dirt or grime to settle in.
2. Body Scrub
Body scrubs are easy to make to exfoliate and hydrate your body, leaving the skin soft and smooth to the touch. To make a body scrub simply use a natural abrasive material, such as sea salt or sugar, and mix in an aromatic or massage oil of your choice. Store your body scrub mixture in small portable containers to take with you on trips or leave on your bathroom counter. This is a simple and popular treatment without the high cost.
Remember to follow up a body scrub with lotion to lock in the moisture and leave your skin hydrated and refreshed. You’ll come out glowing.
When people think spa days, massages are one of the most common treatments to come to mind. Massages are a way to release tension in your muscles and work away at those stubborn knots you’ve developed in your shoulders. It would be great if you could get a nice massage at home. Well, you certainly can. Home massage machines can be bought for as little as $30 and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
There are hand carry ones for more general purposes and specialized shoulder or neck massage units to work out the tight knots and sore muscles specifically in those areas. You can find a great variety of them online at websites such as Amazon, so do some research and find out which is best for you.
4. Aromatherapy Bath
What is a better way to relax than to settle in a nice warm bath with the light scent of your favorite herb or flowers surrounding you? If you need some one on one time with yourself to just sit and think, then an aromatherapy bath is perfect for the occasion. Essential oils can be bought online or at local pharmacies, and come in all sorts of varieties, choose from soothing scents such as mint and lavender or mix them together to your own personal taste for your spa day.
Simply fill a bath and add the scents to the water, the results will surely please you. Keep in mind that essential oils are very concentrated, and you only need a few drops for it to work, so add slowly to avoid overpowering the area.
5. Face Mask
Lay back and put on some relaxing spa music as you close your eyes and treat yourself with a facial. Face masks can be bought in almost any beauty section in stores and come in a variety of formulas for different purposes. Some tighten the skin, while others hydrate and rejuvenate. There are plenty of online recipes for natural face masks as well, so you have hundreds of options to choose from to plan which fits in best with your dream spa.