A spa visit is a real luxury, but you might not have the time or cash to book a trip to your local spa. Of course, there are some, mostly medical, spa treatments you can’t recreate at home, CoolSculpting being an excellent example, but the more traditional experiences can be recreated at home. Use the following suggestions for the next time you feel like a pampering session at home, or you have a girly night planned with friends.
Create a Spa Atmosphere at Home
Traditional spas are relaxing, a true escape from the rest of the world, but this isn’t always so easy to recreate at home. There is no way you are going to relax properly if the kids are running riot and the telephone is ringing off the hook. For a more relaxing atmosphere, unplug the phone, send the kids to their grandparents for the weekend, draw the blinds, light some scented candles, and pop a chill-out mix on your iPod.
Facials are a staple treatment in most spas. It’s an excuse to have your face cleansed, exfoliated, and moisturized while you lie back and relax. To recreate the same relaxing experience, make some delicious face masks and exfoliating facial scrubs using all-natural ingredients such as sugar, sea salt, honey, cucumber, oatmeal, and avocado. Play around with different recipes and see which ones you like the best.
Hot Steam Treatments
Unless you are lucky enough to have a sauna or hot tub in your backyard, this one is harder to pull off. However, you can recreate the effect by running a hot bath and having a soak for 20 minutes. Add some lavender oil to help you relax. To target your face with hot steam, fill a bowl with boiling water and once it’s cooled down a touch, place a towel over your head and soak up the steam. It’s great for opening up the pores and clearing the sinuses.
Hot Oil Massage
You need to encourage your partner to get involved with this one, as massage is best done with a partner. Lay towels on the bed and take it in turns to give each other a soothing massage. Use aromatherapy massage oil and take your time. You know your treatment has worked if your partner falls asleep on the bed mid-treatment!
Manicure and Pedicure
Invite a friend over for a spa session and give each other a manicure and pedicure. Soak your hands in hot oil to soften the cuticles. Use a nail file to shape the nails and apply nail polish. You could even experiment with nail effects using glitter and other decorative additions.
Spa Hair Treatments
Soak your hair in warm olive oil and then wrap it up in an old plastic shower cap. Leave your hair to soak while you try some other DIY spa treatments. By the time you wash out the oil, your hair will feel soft and nourished.
Have fun with these DIY spa treatments and let us know how you got in on the comments section!