How to Have a Natural At-Home Spa Day to Promote Relaxation And Self-Care
With winter upon us, there is no better time to amp up your self care game! The pandemic might make a day at the spa out of the question, but there is no reason why you can’t create your own luxurious spa experience at home.
And the best part? It’s totally possible to execute your spa day naturally, without chemicals or high-end products. DIY home spa treatments not only save you money, but they can help you avoid some of the harmful chemicals found in store-bought formulas.
To get your spa day started, first, set the scene. Fill your bathroom with scented candles, then add fresh flowers or potted plants to give your home spa an opulent atmosphere. If you have an essential oil diffuser, fill it with your most soothing scents.
And don’t forget refreshments! To capture that luxurious day spa feeling, make your own infused water with fresh fruits and vegetables—our favourites are cucumber, lemon, grapefruit, and melon. Remember to save yourself a couple cucumber slices for your eyes. Believe it or not, they really do hydrate and reduce puffiness.
Now you’re ready for your treatments. You might be surprised by how easy it is to create a fancy spa treatment with everyday ingredients from your pantry.
At this time of year, hair can get dry and brittle, especially at the ends. A hair mask is the perfect antidote. To make your own hair mask at home, simply mix 2-3 beaten eggs with a few drops of lemon juice. Then, coat your hair from roots to tips, wrap it in a towel, and wait at least 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water, then wash normally with shampoo and conditioner.
There’s absolutely no need to spend tons of money on fancy sheet masks from cosmetics stores when the best face mask can be found right in your fridge! For an easy DIY mask, coat your face in a thick layer of plain yogurt—yes, you read that right. Yogurt is full of probiotics, which can help to reduce acne and redness in your skin. For other added benefits, consider adding honey and turmeric to help oily skin, or aloe vera to soothe irritation.
Give your hands some love with an all-natural lemon sugar scrub. To make your own exfoliating hand scrub, mix one part vegetable oil with two parts granulated sugar. Then, add a little lemon juice and zest for a fresh, spa-like aroma. The rough sugar mixture will gently remove dead skin, smoothing and softening your hands. When you use the scrub, pay extra attention to your knuckles and nail beds to maximize the benefits of your treatment.
Nothing feels extravagant quite like a long foot bath. Instead of stopping at regular soap and water, try mixing up a moisturizing foot soak formula to fight winter dryness. Simply pour hot water into a small tub and add one cup of coconut milk and a scoop of honey. The special properties of the coconut and honey will leave your feet feeling soft and supple after a good soak!