A Spa Day at Home on the Cheap: Treat Yourself and Save
Had a long, stressful week at work? Some quality R&R might be in order – but a luxury spa's high prices might not be.
That doesn't mean you can't treat yourself. If you follow these tips for DIY stress-relief treatments, you can create your own budget-friendly spa day at home.
Set the Stage for a Relaxing Environment
Create a spa-like ambiance by lighting candles, dimming the lights and playing calming music. Shut off all of your mobile devices to avoid any distractions. Brew your favorite herbal tea to melt away stress.
Loosen Up, Mentally and Physically
Ease into your home spa day by easing tension in your body with a few simple restorative yoga poses. Lie on the floor with your legs stretched up a wall or sit in child's pose for a few minutes. Focus on your breathing and try to locate any tense spots.
Light stretches, such as supported pigeon pose, can gently loosen tight muscles. Use props like pillows and blankets to make your poses as comfortable as possible to slowly release tension and stress.
Nourish Hair With a DIY Mask
Once you're mentally ready to fully enjoy your spa day at home, move on to some DIY beauty treatments. A hair mask can help you deep condition your locks.
Try smoothing coconut oil onto your hair from root to tips. Coconut oil can make your hair fuller and stronger by adding moisture, vitamin E and lauric acid. These ingredients help prevent split ends and hair loss — and they boost shine, too.
Once you've added the hair mask, wrap your hair in a towel and let it set as you enjoy a bath or read a book. After 30 minutes, wash your hair like you normally would.
Soak in Natural Bath Additives
From essential oils to milk, there are hundreds of recipes for a rejuvenating bath. Here are a few ingredients you can add to a 30- to 45-minute soak.
- Epsom salts (1 ½-2 cups): Epsom salts relax sore muscles, heal bruises and reduce swelling in the body.
- Full-fat milk (1-2 cups) or powdered milk (½ cup): The lactic acid and fat of milk help exfoliate skin and leave it soft and smooth. Milk can also ease skin irritation and promote skin cell renewal.
- Raw apple cider vinegar (1-2 cups): Apple cider vinegar soothes achy muscles, helps restore optimum alkaline levels, and even eliminates body odor.
Try an Easy, One-Ingredient Face Mask
These simple face masks will leave your skin looking bright and feeling soft.
- Honey for dry skin: Honey attracts moisture to your skin and helps your body retain it. Dampen your skin with warm water and apply honey to your face. Let it set for 30 minutes and then rinse off.
- Egg yolks for acne: With plenty of vitamin A, egg yolks help fight acne and blemishes. Whisk two egg yolks together and apply to your face for 30 minutes before rinsing off.
- Yogurt for fine lines and wrinkles: Plain yogurt is packed with alpha-hydroxy acids and B vitamins, which reduce the appearance of fine lines. Slather on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off.
Get Soft, Smooth Feet Overnight
Continue your spa day at home into the evening by curing cracked, dry feet with a generous amount of shea butter or cocoa butter. Wear cotton socks to bed and rinse off in the morning.
Enjoy Some Well-Deserved Rest
Once you've pampered your body and feel relaxed, cap everything off with a full night's sleep. Forgo the alarm for once and let your body wake up on its own time in the morning. You deserve it!