Self-care and wellness are often sold to women as expensive investments, when in reality it is as simple as deciding to take time out for yourself. A session of a DIY spa doesn't have to be extravagant—there are ways to do it which cost you less than a dinner date.
Taking time out for self-care might seem impossible in the hectic pace of everyday life, but DIY spa days are easy, fast, and affordable to make at home. A relaxing day out with scented candles, slow music, and soaking in a soothing hot tub can be just the thing we need.
Create a spa day at home if you're looking for a way to unwind and find some peace and quiet during your daily schedule. Not sure how to do it? Check out the article below to get the most relaxing homemade spa ideas.
#1 Create a Spa-like Atmosphere at Home
Setting up a relaxing day begins with setting the mood. Prepare your room so you don't become distracted by work or clutter. It is your "me" time, so don't let pets, significant others, e-mails, texts, FaceTime, or cellphones divide your attention.
Relax by dimming the lights, lighting aromatherapeutic candles, and playing calming music. Loosen up in a cozy robe while you enjoy a cup of hot tea, cocoa, or lemon-flavored water.
#2 Rejuvenate Your Body with a Scrub
When dead skin cells accumulate on the skin's surface, they can cause it to look dull and dry. Exfoliation can remove dead skin cells and leave you feeling new. And what better time to give your skin the much-needed scrubbing than the DIY spa night?
Mix brown sugar and olive oil to make a nourishing body scrub. You can also opt for a homemade or store-bought honey and milk scrub to buff away dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling smooth and renewed.
When in the shower, rub the scrub in circular motions over the body, paying particular attention to rough spots like the elbows.
#3 Indulge in a Facial
The focal point of your homemade spa treatments is your at-home facial. In addition to melting away your stress, the right cleanser will also cleanse your face of grime and oil.
Next, exfoliating your skin thoroughly will prepare it for the main event: the face mask. Infused with kaolin clay and various natural ingredients, this face mask helps remove tan, brighten the skin, and protect it from sun damage.
#4 Or Go for a Steaming Session
Steaming your face helps to purify your pores, promoting clear, glowing skin. Steam treatments at home can be achieved by filling a bowl with hot water—though not hot enough to burn your skin. If you have a proper steamer, even better!
Consider adding a few drops of essential oils, such as tea tree oil for acne-prone skin, rose absolute oil if you have dry skin, or lavender oil if you’ve oily skin. To steam your face, lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel to trap the steam.
#5 Treat Your Hair with Deep Conditioning
It doesn't take a lot of money to get luscious, shiny locks. Use an avocado as a natural conditioning treatment by mashing it and applying directly to your hair for a boost of moisture.
Alternatively, to treat hair with protein, you can apply a beaten egg and let it sit for 10 minutes before you rinse it off with cool water.
#6 Pamper Your Hands and Nails
Working all day can leave your hands dry, rough and chapped at the end of the day. But you can keep your hands and cuticles soft and moisturized by using a hand cream.
Start off by giving your hand the much-needed cleansing with your scrub—or a DIY alternative. Apply a small amount of the mixture to your hands, then massage your hands in circular motions. Wash off the mixture with warm water and pat it dry after a few minutes. Apply your moisturizing hand cream afterward.
#7 Don’t Exclude the Feet
We usually neglect our feet, but they deserve to be pampered from time to time, especially after a long run or a training session.
Combine equal quantities of oatmeal, corn meal, sea salt, and olive oil for an invigorating foot bath. Make the homemade spa recipe more mask-like by adding aloe vera gel and peppermint oil to the mix. Massage the mixture into the feet. Let it dry, and then wash away.
#8 Soothe Your Eyes
Since eyes reveal everything from stress to insomnia to a salty chip binge, you shouldn’t skip eye-care during your DIY spa day.
A chamomile tea bag or cucumber slices can be used to soothe tired eyes, while sliced cool potatoes are effective against puffy eyes. Try lighting a few candles, playing some soothing music, and laying back with a teabag, cucumber or potato slice covering your eyes for at least 10 minutes for a soothing and relaxing experience.
#9 Give Yourself a Luxurious Milk Bath
Enjoy the nourishing benefits of milk baths by taking a page from Cleopatra's book. The lactic acid in milk softens your skin, and a milk bath can also ease eczema or psoriasis symptoms.
Pour some milk powder or whole milk into your bathwater, add some essential oils and honey (optional), then sprinkle some rose petals on top for an indulgent and luxurious experience.
#10 Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Finally, all good spa sessions should end with phenomenally soft and hydrated skin.
Grab your favorite body cream or lotion, and rub it all over your body in gentle, soothing motions. Ta Da! You’re done with your homemade spa day.
These 10 DIY spa day at-home treatments are great for relaxing at home if you don't want to spend money on expensive treatments.
Try out these spa day at home ideas and let us know how your pampering session turned out in the comment section below.