Sometimes you want to have a spa day without booking appointments or leaving the comfort of your home. For days like these, a DIY, at-home spa treatment, usually taking advantage of ingredients you already have in your pantry, is just what the doctor ordered for your beauty routine.
From rejuvenating face masks to exfoliating body scrubs, you can be just as pampered as you would at the spa without feeling spoiled. Here are some of the best at-home spa treatments that’ll leave you glowing, relaxed, and renewed.
1. Exfoliating Body Scrub
Your face isn’t the only area you should exfoliate—your body deserves a scrub too. Exfoliating not only removes dead skin cells, but it also increases blood circulation, breaks down toxins and encourages cell regeneration. Some even say that it helps keep breakouts at bay.
Making your very own body scrub at home is super easy. All you’ll need are three ingredients you probably already have: brown sugar, a nourishing oil (try coconut or olive oil), and vanilla extract.
How to: Mix 1 cup brown sugar with ½ cup oil (grapeseed or sunflower seed is best). Stir well and then add 1 teaspoon vanilla. That’s it! Apply to your body in the shower and rinse off like you would any normal body scrub.
2. Relaxing Milk Bath
It may sound strange, but milk baths leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and supple, thanks to the fat and protein provide by the milk. Additionally, the lactic acid in milk is beneficial for cleansing the skin. It’s also incredibly relaxing and will leave you feeling nourished.
How to: For this treatment, you’ll need milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. The amount of milk you use depends on your own preferences, but a good range is typically anywhere between 2 cups and 2 gallons. Simply add all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk away. Add to your warm bath, lay back, and relax.
3. Rejuvenating Manicure
Everyone loves a good mani, but you don’t have to head to the salon or spa for this beauty routine staple. You can clean, nourish, and polish your nails right at home! The key is to make a revitalizing soak that will help freshen up your nails, which can become dull and yellow after weeks of going without a proper manicure.
How to: Add lemon and cucumber slices to a bowl of cool water. Soak your hands in the bowl for 10-15 minutes. Next, you can push back your cuticles and begin painting with your favorite color. It’s that simple!
4. Conditioning Hair Mask
Strands looking lackluster? Make your own conditioning mask at home using ingredients you probably have in your fridge. You’ll only need three ingredients: an egg, coconut milk, and olive oil.
How to: First, whisk one egg in a bowl and then combine 1 cup coconut milk and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Mix together and then apply to dry or towel-dried hair. Leave the mask on for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse your hair thoroughly.
5. Moisturizing Face Mask
One classic DIY mask requires just three ingredients: coconut oil, honey, and lavender oil. Research has shown that honey contains antioxidants that help counteract the harsh effects of the environment. Honey also contains alpha hydroxy acids, one of the key ingredients in many of the exfoliating skin care products you buy. Coconut oil has natural antibacterial qualities, according to the Journal of Medicinal Food, and is gentle on skin. It also smells amazing!
How to: Mix 1.5 teaspoons of raw honey, 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 1-2 drops lavender oil (optional) together in a small bowl. Store in the fridge for 5-10 minutes until it hardens. After cleansing the skin, apply the DIY mask on your face and leave on for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse well and follow with a light moisturizer.
While all of these natural, DIY treatments are easy as can be and require little-to-no energy, since most of the ingredients you already have in your home, they don’t always yield the most drastic results. So if you’re looking for a treatment that will produce impressive results with no downtime, talk to your dermatologist about TempSure™ Envi, a noninvasive procedure that helps fight fine lines and wrinkles, tightens skin through soft-tissue coagulation, and even improves the appearance of cellulite.
Making your own masks and scrubs is more than just fun. You’re doing right by your skin, your hair, your nails when you take the extra time to care for them. With these at-home spa treatments, and maybe a little extra, you’ll be feeling pampered and radiant in no time.