A day of pampering doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Why not skip the spa and have your own treat at home? Simply do it yourself, with just 10 items, found in most kitchens. You can enjoy a refreshing revamp from head-to-toe, without even leaving the comfort of your home.
Take a look in your cupboard. I bet you have the majority of these items already.
- Pure vanilla extract
- Coconut oil
- Peppermint essential oil (or peppermint extract)
- Mint tea bag
- Over ripe banana
- Olive oil
- Coffee grounds
- Towel (more as needed)
- Shower cap/hair tie/hair clip
- Facial brush, like this one from ToiletTree Products
Prepare all four of your DIY spa day recipes before beginning your full body treatment. Turn off your cell phone, and replace any background noises with a relaxing playlist. Perhaps a glass of wine is also in order?
Now, you're ready to begin your day of pampering!
For hair that is soft, shiny and hydrated, blend the following:
- 1 over ripe banana
- 1-1 ½ tbsp of olive oil (depending on the length of your hair)
- 1 tbsp of honey
The smoother your DIY hair mask is, the easier it will be to wash out. Apply a thin layer to your locks and leave in for 10-15 minutes. To keep the mess at bay, gather up your hair and tuck it inside a shower cap. If you don't have one lying around, a large hair clip or hair tie will do!
Once your hair has begun marinating, apply your face mask.
For glowing skin that’s smooth during even the driest of months, try your hand at a DIY face mask, featuring three easy ingredients:
- 1 tbsp of coffee grounds
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil, softened
Coffee is a fantastic exfoliate. It's gentle on your skin, unclogs pores and is a source of antioxidants.
Coconut oil acts as a moisturizer, while honey is a natural antibacterial that is great for troublesome acne.
Simply mix all three ingredients together to create your face mask.
For optimal glow, remove your coffee scrub with a facial brush skin cleansing system. In doing so, you will be polishing away dead skin cells while gently exfoliating-away impurities. To keep your face looking radiant on a daily basis, use your face scrubber to remove makeup as well. For an inexpensive facial brush, that will provide spa-like results, try this one, by ToiletTree Products.
Once 10-15 minutes has elapsed with your hair mask on, hop in the shower and rinse well. Shampoo/condition as you normally would.
Since you're already in the shower, it’s time to focus on the rest of your body.
What’s a day at the spa without a full body treatment? While still in the shower, massage your DIY body scrub all over. The benefits of a full body scrub include: exfoliating away dry skin, replenishing moisture and, with an added scent of vanilla, your whole body will smell delicious.
Before hopping in the shower, mix together:
- 1 cup of oats
- ½ cup of coconut oil
- 1 tbsp of pure vanilla extract
Put the oats in a bowl and add your coconut oil slowly, mixing as your go. Finish with vanilla extract.
Lather, rinse and repeat.
To relieve tired, achy feet, create your final DIY home spa day recipe. To make a minty foot scrub, you will need:
- 1 cup of sugar
- ½ cup of coconut oil, softened but not liquid
- 1 mint tea bag
- 10 drops of peppermint essential oil
Begin by creaming the sugar and coconut oil together. Following the creaming, empty the contents of the mint tea bag in your bowl, mixing into the sugar and coconut oil. To finish, add in the peppermint essential oil (or peppermint extract).
Once you've stepped out of the shower and wrapped yourself with a cozy towel, sit on the edge of the tub with your feet inside. Proceed with lathering your minty foot scrub all over your feet, putting extra attention to your soles.
Rinse the scrub off, into the tub. Pat your minty feet dry and apply your favourite nail polish.
And voila! You are now officially pampered.
By now you should feel rejuvenated, refreshed and relaxed. You're ready to face those cold winter blues head on, with hair that is healthy, a face that is glowing, a body that is smooth and feet that smell like peppermint. Now all that's left to do is pour another glass of wine.