It is absolutely necessary to be able to relax and take some time off once in a while. It’s not only because you deserve it (you know you do, you busy you), but also because your body and mind needs it. Whenever you feel off, weak, haggard or sleepy, that’s actually your body telling you to slow down so it can catch up. With all the things that are going on in your life right now, you might not have the luxury to go to a spa or on a vacation. How can I still achieve relaxation and down time? You ask. Well, the best remedy for that is putting up your own spa—at home! Here’s a list of quick, cost-effective, DIY home spa ideas guaranteed to keep you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed after a long, tiring day.
1. Hot Packs
This is a great way to relieve those sore muscles without hiring a masseuse! You can create your own hot pack by using clean socks/legwarmers, rice and essential oils. Get your sock, fill it with rice, add a few drops of pure and therapeutic-grade essential oil over the rice (it will spread naturally), close the ends by sewing it tightly. You can use your DIY hot packs over and over by heating them in your microwave oven. Ideal oils you could use are: Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Sage, Lemon, Lavender, Vanilla, etc.
2. Moisturizing Facial Mask
It is ideal to use natural and organic ingredients especially for products you apply on your skin or face. So, if it gets really cold and your face is feeling really dry and flaky, head to your kitchen and blend your own facial mask! All you need is a blender, cold cream, yogurt, honey, aloe vera gel, cucumber and avocado. Apply it on your face with your hands or use a brush. Let it dry for 20 minutes. It will leave your face feeling refreshed and moisturized after!
3. Foot Soak
One of the most crucial parts of our body that we often use and abuse is…you got it right, our FEET! Give your feet some love and make it smoother in the process by making a DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub. It’s so easy to concoct! Just add ¼ cup of Almond oil to 2-3 cups of granulated white sugar and mix until you see a nice, soft consistency. Add a few drops of Lemon essential oil afterwards to give it that theraputic essence.
4. Cucumber Eye Gel
Stress and age can be quickly seen through a person’s eyes, that’s why it’s important to treat your peepers with extra care. There are a lot of brands that promise to fix your concurring eye problems, but you always end up disappointed. Why not just create your own? All you need is aloe vera gel and cucumber to create your own eye gel which could be 100x more effective than your drugstore brands. Blend 1 or ½ cucumber until its liquid, strain the juice and mix 2 tbsp with the aloe vera gel. Whisk them well until it’s mixed evenly and pour into a small container. Put it in the fridge to chill for an hour. Apply the finished product over and under your eyes before sleeping.
5. Body Scrub
Exfoliate and remove dry skin at least once every 2 weeks by means of a relaxing body scrub! You only need a few ingredients, which you could just get from your fridge. Mix 1 cup of brown sugar, raw oatmeal and olive oil together and apply to dry skin using your hands. Take your time and scrub in a circular motion. Step in the shower after to rinse it off. You will instantly feel renewed and radiant afterwards.
6. Shower Sauna
Nothing provides relief and relaxation quite well like a hot, warm bath. Make it extra special by using essential oils! How? Run your hot shower for 20 minutes to build steam, take a warm washcloth, spray it with your favourite essential oil (lavender, chamomile, vanilla or rosemary), put the towel up to your face and inhale the soothing, oil-scented steam. It not only de-stresses, but it also clears up your sinuses.
7. Hot bath
If you’re not the shower type, then just run a relaxing hot bath to unwind! Light some candles to set the mood, grab your favorite wine, your favorite book, and use your aromatherapy oil diffuser to diffuse the perfect relaxing blend. There are lots of essential oils with different uses—relaxation, better breathing, more energy, longer sleep, calming etc.
8. Hair Treatment Mask
You need not spend a few hundred dollars for hair treatments anymore! You could actually treat your dry and damaged hair straight from your home by using ingredients you might already have. Just mix 2 tsp of Virgin Coconut Oil and 1 tsp of honey until you get a smooth paste. Heat until the oil melts. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil in the melt. Apply it on damp hair and wrap in a towel to seal in the moisture. Leave it there for 30 minutes, then shampoo & rinse after. This solution promoted hair growth and strengthens the hair!
There you have it! The perfect steps to creating your own spa-like experince from right in the comfort of your own home. Be sure to get the proper amount of rest needed to help your body function properly and to make sure it remians healthy. Have a wonderful relaxing spa day, you deserve it!