Who doesn’t love a day at the spa? Truthfully it’s one of the main reasons I look forward to my friends’ weddings—hello! bachelorette spa pampering—it’s honestly the only time I allow myself to splurge on those delicious treatments. I mean let’s face it, most of us can’t afford to drop a few hundred on facials, mud masks and expensive serums made from angel wings or some such nonsense.
The good news though is that treating your skin right—cleansing, pampering and feeding it the good stuff—has never been easier. All you need is a list of common household ingredients to make the largest organ on your body glow and shine like a twenty something again.
While yes, there is a time and place for expensive beauty products and treatments, it’s just not every day. And we need to give our skin the very best every morning, noon and night.
That’s where spa basics come in.
I could tell you the story of how I once (okay, twice) tried to use my face exfoliator on my feet but…well you know.
Instead there’s a simple solution to get your feet ready for sandals for a little up close and personal time with your favorite person. All you need is a couple tablespoons of brown sugar (coarse is better) and a quarter cup of coconut oil. Rub the mixture in slow circles all over your feet and ankles then take it off with a warm washcloth.
There’s your fancy foot scrub at home!
A rom-com marathon, a break up, or just a long day filled with salty foods. Any of these can be the reason you wake up with puffy eyes, but that’s not how you have to spend the entire day. Since you can’t head to the spa each morning, try placing cool cucumbers on your eyes or cold spoons.
My favorite though is cool teabags because the caffeine in tea helps constrict blood vessels and decrease eye puffiness. All you need is a few minutes in the morning and you’re good to go.
Acne is something most of us have to deal with, whether it’s full blown breakouts or the occasional hormonal pimple. Unless you can afford to go in for those delicious full body mud baths, we have to get creative. That’s where aloe leaves come in quite handy.
You can buy an aloe plant at most plant nursery’s these days. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe can reduce acne flare ups but it can also prevent breakouts in the future, sooth sunburns and heal any current flare ups.
All you need to do is take a leaf and break it open, then apply the gooey aloe inside directly to the problem areas. If you want to make it a regular at home spa day, place the extract from the leaves into ice trays, freeze and apply to skin for an icy facial.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good rose water toner over the skin? That stuff can cost a pretty penny, or you can make it yourself.
All you need is one cup of rose petals (ask the florist for discards) and two cups of boiling water. Pour the water over the petals and let it sit covered until the water is cool then strain and squeeze every drop you can from those pretty petals. Put it in a sterilized jar or spritzer bottle and use as needed.
With shorts and swimsuit weather quickly approaching it’s time to get rid of dull and colorless skin and get those legs, arms and tummy looking their best. Well at least until the sun does her job that is. Making an all over exfoliating scrub is quick and easy.
Mix up equal parts granulated sugar and vitamin E oil, stir together until a paste forms and then lather it in circles all over your body. Rinse with warm water and then apply a moisturizer that will let you enjoy your soft, vibrant new summer skin.
Now that you know what spa treatments you can do at home, you can appreciate your actual spa days just a little bit more.
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