We could all use an escape from the real world every once in awhile, and retreating to a spa is the perfect way to make this happen. Unfortunately, not everyone has the chance to take time out of their busy schedules and set an appointment. But that doesn't necessarily mean you're out of luck! There are dozens of simple, DIY creations you can make in the comfort of your own home that are just as satisfying as an expensive day trip to the spa.
Put down the keys and the wallet and retreat to your pantry instead to make these five DIY at-home spa concoctions:
1. Bath bomb: Vanilla and Ginger Bath Bomb
This bath bomb created by Wellness Mama is soothing to the skin.
- 8 ounces baking soda
- 2 ounces citric acid
- 1/2 ounces Epsom salt
- 4 ounces cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons witch hazel
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 30 drops of ginger essential oil
First, combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then, in a smaller bowl, combine the oil, hazel, vanilla extract and essential oil.
Slowly add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients, mixing well with hands. Push mixture into a greased muffin tin or molds and let sit for 24 to 48 hours.
2. Face mask: Hydrating Avocado Mask
This moisturizing mask by Self magazine can soften and smooth the skin instantly.
- 1/2 tip avocado
- 1 teaspoon plain organic yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
Simply mix the ingredients until a smooth paste forms. Apply to face and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
3. Eye cream: Coffee-Infused Eye Cream
Caffeine – when applied topically – tightens the skin, fights free radicals and reduces dark circles, according to blog Hello Glow. Try this eye cream:
- 1/4 cup beeswax
- 1/4 cup coffee-infused oil
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 3 capsules vitamin E
- 4 to 5 drops chamomile essential oil
Melt the beeswax over a double boiler on low heat. Once melted, mix in the coffee-infused oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E oil. Remove from heat and mix in chamomile oil.
Transfer to a small container and keep in the refrigerator. Use twice a day to see results.
4. Body scrub: Vanilla and Lavender Body Scrub
Exfoliating preps the skin for ultra mositurizing and makes it soft to the touch. Try this body scrub by University Foodie.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup grape seed oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender
- 12 drops lavender essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, then store in a jar. Stir well before using in the shower or tub.
5. Detox beverage: Kale and Pomegranate Drink
Kale and pomegranate are both rich in essential vitamins and minerals, perfect for a detox on spa day. Try this beverage by Style Craze:
- 1 bunch kale leaves
- Seeds of one pomegranate
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch black pepper
Place the kale leaves and pomegranate seeds in a food processor, mixing until it reaches a smoothie-like consistency. Add pinch of salt and black pepper, and water if necessary. Enjoy over ice.
Looking and feeling your best from the comfort of your own home has never been easier. If you're searching for an additional confidence boost, come into Ideal Image for a free consultation to explore our treatment options.