When it comes to relaxing after a long day’s work, college exams or just a little pamper night in, we can’t all afford the high prices of the spa. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry your head about spending the cash because we’ve got the perfect ways to give yourself that little treat from the luxuries of your home, with ingredients from your kitchen! These 14 fun DIY spa treatments are great for tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day…and the next day too!
#1 Oats For Your Face
The best things in life are minimal, and an oats, honey & egg face mask is exactly that. Although minimal in ingredients, it’s maximum in benefits with removing dead skin cells via exfoliation, slowing down the aging process via the vitamin D antioxidant from eggs, and being a great moisturiser while it does its thing for the 10-15 minutes. (via Live Strong)
#2 Chocolate Face Mask
Yup, you read that right! A chocolate face mask not only sounds as brilliant as it would taste, it’s also great for your skin increasing hydration, tightening your pores, and protect against air pollution too. It’s also high in antioxidants – #winning!
#3 Hot Shower, Hot Sauna
If you can spare some hot water, turn on your shower and leave it running at a high temperature (no cold tap) for up to 20 minutes. As the steam builds up, spritz an essential oil on a warm face cloth – lavender, vanilla, peppermint or rosemary are our favourites to de-stress. When you step into the shower (cold tap now on!), place the cloth on your face, not covering your nostrils, and breathe in deeply. If your shower allows, wrap a warm towel around you and sit for 15 minutes.
#4 Homemade Rosewater
If you love a good bath and want to up the scent, add a cup of rosewater for extra hydration then sit back and relax. Making your own rosewater is also very simple. Remove petals from the flower and clean under lukewarm water to remove residue, place in a bot or large bowl and cover with boiled water. Drain the petals from water once they’ve lost their colour, and store the water in a kiln jar or container.
#5 Depuff with Raw Potatoes
The Irish will be delighted to hear their humble potato is great for a little spa treatment at home, because using thinly sliced raw potatoes will help swelling around the eyes via its natural astringent.
#6 Avocados For All
Working from tip #6, use oats with the avocado superfood for a refreshing and rich face mask. Or what about using avocado by itself has a hair mask to stimulate hair growth and help with an itchy scalp after shampooing (and before conditioning). (via Hello Glow)
#7 Deep Hair Conditioning with Coconut Oil
Coconuts are known for their epic benefits, and coconut oil is a handy trick as a deep-conditioner. If you have a jar already at home then scoop out a few tablespoons and apply to dry hair. For best results leave overnight, otherwise wrap a hair cap or warm towel around your hair for at least an hour then shampoo & rinse out.
#8 Moisturizer For the Hands
Home remedies can be fun to whip up, and this DIY hand moisturiser definitely is more quirky. Combine the following in either a blender or with a whisk-in-bowl; 2-3 spoonfuls of cold cream, a drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of your favourite essential oil (lavender is our favourite!), a spoonful of olive oil and a banana (optional but it gives a lovely smell too.) Once smooth, slather all over your hands and then… put on rubber gloves! Yes, the yellow type you’d use for washing up! (Towel gloves would also work.) Leave on for at least 15 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. (via Glamour)
#9 Coconut Lime Raw Sugar Scrub
Making your own body scrub really is easy peasy. For this version you’ll only need raw sugar, coconut oil and a lime! Mix em altogether and seal in a jar for later use. Perfect for days when you need a quick fix exfoliation. (via Simply Designing)
#10 Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Maybe candy canes are only for Christmas, but don’t let that stop you during a pampering sesh! Check out how brilliant and easy this sugar scrub is, by just using sugar, almond oil and peppermint essential oil for a scrub that will leave you smelling hella good, and leaving your skin super soft. (via The Idea Room)
#11 Lickable Lip Scrubs
One thing we love about DIY treatments is how many of them are edible! Pamper your lips to a little scrub by combining one tablespoon of granulated sugar, one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of cocoa powder. Apply a thin layer to your lips, leave for 10 minutes and gently scrub off. Et voila!
#12 Berry Yogurt Face Mask
Not that we need another excuse to make up a delicious face mask from ingredients in the fridge, this mask in particular is really great for your skin. As yogurt is packed with nutrients to help soft skin and lightening dark spots, honey is a natural anti-inflammatory that also seals in moisture and encourages tissue growth, and black- & blueberries are rich in antioxidants to provide radiant skin and slows down wrinkles, this is the perfect face mask. (via Mind Body Green)
#13 Do It by Candlelight
It’s a bit of a given when it comes to spa treatments, but dimming the lights and lighting candles adds to the relaxation. Take a dip in the bath with candles lit, but be aware of where they are! Don’t have them near the shower curtain, towels, papers or flammables you may keep in the bathroom. Better yet, get in-bath floating candles!
#14 Lemon + Almond Oil Overnight Astringent
At the end of your spa day, treat under eye areas to a mix of lemon juice and almond oil and have a well rested sleep, and say buh-bye to those dark circles! (via Free People)