Between your long week at work and the laundry and kids soccer games, a relaxing day at the spa has never looked so tempting—or so not-unless-I-stop-eating expensive. Every girl deserves a bit of pampering — but you don’t have to jet to the spa for lavish treatments. Here are some of my very favorite DIY beauty tips and tricks in which to indulge from the comfort of your own home.
So kick off your shoes, draw the curtains, dim the lights, make yourself a cup of lavender tea, let the soothing music in the background set your mood – and get ready to be pampered at the comfort of your home! It’s time to soothe your body, mind and soul…
Everything is coming up Roses
To save some money, make your own rose-water toner, which has great astringent properties. Here’s my recipe: For every one firmly packed cup of rose petals, pour two cups of boiling water over the top. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain, squeeze out the liquid from the petals and refrigerate the rose water in a sterilized jar between use.
Blend it away
When it’s really cold outside and my skin gets a bit chafed, I go home and head straight for the kitchen and dust off my blender. I make myself a hydrating facial mask by blending a little cold cream, yogurt, honey, aloe vera gel and avocado. Using a foundation brush to paint it on my face, I let the mask dry for about 15 to 20 minutes and rinse. Voila! My skin feels refresh and moisturized again.
Women with especially curly and kinky hair, as well as relaxed hair (it’s great for protecting new growth), will love coconut oil as a hair conditioner and moisturizer. You can leave it in overnight or condition with a heat cap if you are pressed for time. Coconut oil also provides shine, and some studies even claim that it helps penetrate the hair to make it stronger.
Make your own homemade body scrub. Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup raw oatmeal
- 1 cup olive oil
Mix all the ingredients together and then apply on dry skin, using your hands. You want to perform slow circles—this treatment is to be enjoyed and not rushed. (The real key is standing over a plastic bag or towel to catch the remains.) After scrubbing gently all over, step into the shower and rinse off. Your skin will be like butter.
Take a freshly cut lemon and rub gently on rough elbows and knees. The acid in the lemon will soften rough spots on skin and also lighten any dark areas.
Just turn your shower on and run it at its hottest temperature for about 20 minutes. While the water is running and the steam is building, take a warm washcloth and spray with your favorite relaxing oil. (Lavender, vanilla or rosemary are all great DE-stressing aromas.) When you step into your shower, put the washcloth up to your face and take a deep breath of your soothing, oil-scented steam. It’s a great way to unwind right before bed—and it also helps clear up sinuses.
Combine a few spoonfuls of cold cream, two drops of tea tree oil, five drops of lavender oil, a spoonful of olive oil and a banana (for a fruity smell) in a blender. When the consistency is smooth, slather liberally all over hands and cuticles. Then slip hands into a pair of yellow rubber gloves—yes, the kind you use to scrub the tub with. For the softest hands ever, I like to sit down and watch TV with my lotion-ed and gloved hands underneath a heating pad so that the heat will help my homemade salve penetrate my skin that much more.
Take your vitamins
The winter months can be brutal on the face. The key to super-soft and well-moisturized skin is a dime-size amount of vitamin E oil on your face under your moisturizer every night. Yes, you will feel a little greasy, but you are going to sleep, so you won’t notice for long. And trust me, your face will thank you in the morning.
To repair and revitalize skin, apply a few teaspoons of 100 percent extra-virgin olive oil onto the dry, freshly cleansed face and neck in a circular motion before your night cream. (Just avoid the eye area.) Or, to help boost immune systems, take two teaspoons of it daily, after a meal. (You can add sugar for flavor if it’s too hard to handle.)
Your so sweet
Once a week I give my whole body a nourishing scrub. I mix one cup of granulated white sugar with enough vitamin E oil to make a thick paste. I take it with me as I head to the tub and scrub it in circular motions all over my body. This simple-to-use scrub helps rid my skin of dead cells while taking in the nourishment of the vitamin E oil. Simple and sweet!
Knock off a few years without dipping into your 401k
There’s a ton of great plastic surgery’ at-home products that give you surgery like results but for a tiny fraction of the time and money you’d need for surgery. One of my favorites is the Kiehl’s Over-Night Biological Peel, which is said to be as effective as a 10 percent glycolic acid peel. It’s $42—definitely less expensive than a peel (let alone the several peels’ one bottle can deliver), and all you have to do is smooth it on and get into bed.
Feet are so often neglected, but there’s nothing attractive or comfortable about dry, rough soles. For a great at-home treatment, fill a bowl with some hot water and soap or a foot-soak treatment, and soak those tired dogs. This will help soften your soles so they’re easier to buff with your favorite buffer or cream. Follow by slathering your feet with some Vaseline. Put on some socks and leave them on overnight. You’ll awake with the softest tootsies ever.
Just because you’re an early riser doesn’t mean your eyes love mornings, too. A quick solution: Cold spoons. Keep some spoons chilled in the refrigerator or pop one in the freezer when you awake. Press the spoon against your closed eyes to help relieve puffiness.
Everyone has seen a picture of a woman relaxing with cucumber slices on her eyes. That’s because cucumbers help reduce inflammation and decrease swelling. You can put cukes on your cheeks and other puffy areas, too. Green tea bags also work well in reducing puffiness.
Finding that your favorite nail polish has turned into a goopy, clumpy mess is frustrating. Heat exposure is the culprit here, so make your nail polish last longer by keeping it in the fridge.
The power of lemon
Lemon’s so versatile, it’s insane. For instance, you can soften rough patches on your elbows and knees with a lemon half applied for about 10 minutes. The acidity in the lemon exfoliates rough skin and even helps lighten dark areas. You can also use lemon juice to whiten fingertips and nails; just soak your fingers in some lemon juice for a few minutes and follow with moisturizing.
Facial Spa at home
Prepare your face at home by cleansing your skin thoroughly with milk. Milk is an effective cleanser and removes all traces of impurities and makeup. Mix two teaspoonful of gram flour with a table spoon of rose water, some milk and turmeric. Scrub your face and neck with the same. Massage the mixture into your skin for five to ten minutes. Rinse of your face and massage it with two drops of essential oil and some fresh aloe gel. Apply face pack on top of the massaged oil and gel. Wash off the face pack when dry and rub some ice cubes on your face. The ice cubes shrink your pores and reduces inflammations and soothes your skin. Apply some moisturizer and your home-made facial is done!
Hair spa at home
Massage some coconut oil into your hair and live it on overnight. Cleanse your hair thoroughly next day morning with a shampoo. Apply a cream hair mask and wear a shower cap and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse off the hair mask to reveal ultra-soft and smooth hair.
Body spa at home
Massage your body with olive oil. Massage helps in relieving stress from the body and also softens the dead skin cells for easy removal. Follow the massage with a scrub. Scrubbing reveals fresh skin and promotes cell regeneration. Have a nice shower or bubble bath. You may add few drops of essential oils in the bath water for a more exotic feeling. Towel dry to reveal a more refreshed and rejuvenated you.
Finishing the spa
Wrap up your spa routine by nourishing your skin with good body butter. Body butter moisturizes your skin and leaves them soft. Apply a leave-in condition and comb your hair gently and let it dry. Apply a gentle oil-free facial moisturizer on your face.
A home spa routine helps you save lot of time and money. It is also important to use the right products to have better and visible results. Once in a while indulging in a professional spa experience is not bad, but at-home spa gives you spa-like experience in the comfort of your home and time!
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