The spa is a great way to relax and de-stress, but it is time consuming and very expensive to go to a real spa resort, or even just get a pedicure. However, you don’t have to go without the relaxing feel of a spa just because it’s a little out of your price range. There are many ways to get the feel of the spa at home, and you can start easily by just playing soothing music, lighting some candles, and drinking some cold lemon water. Here are a few treatments worthy of any spa that you can make happen in your own kitchen and bathroom.
Olive Oil Scrub
Sugar, oatmeal, and olive oil are the three main ingredients to make a really nice exfoliating scrub for your skin. There are plenty of variations on this mixture, including a simple sea salt and olive oil mix. Olive oil has better moisturizing capabilities than most lotions that are sold in stores, and it has a really nice smell to it. The granular nature of the sugar and salt will help clear up your pores and the oatmeal will give it some substance, which will make it easier to put onto your body.
Tomato Avocado Facial
The acidic properties of tomatoes are wonderful for getting rid of acne and treating all matter of blemishes and burns. It even helps skin that is too oily, as its acidic nature helps clean out the pores of your face, and will even shrink them. Avocado on the other hand, is a gentle moisturizer that will help make the dry parts of your face smooth and glowing. This paste like mix is a great facial for any skin type, including those with dry and oily combination on their face.
Coconut Oil Conditioner
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer for both your skin and hair. You can put plenty of it in your hair to give your hair a silken sheen and a soft touch. Simply coat the hair in coconut oil, like you would use conditioner. Don’t be afraid to go all the way to the roots of your hair. Leave in the sweet smelling oil for up to a few hours, and then simply wash it away. The results are almost instantaneous, and will leave your hair smelling and feeling lovely. You can also use it as a natural lotion, especially on your legs and arms. It has a pleasant lotion like texture and rubs in easily.
Rubbing simple lemon juice on old scars and blemishes will help them to fade away, and lemon is known to tone and moisturize oily skin. Lemon juice also has the added benefit of brightening your skin, and it makes your skin shine. It may sting a little due to its nature as an exfoliator, and should not be used on dry skin, as it can make the condition worse. You can mix yogurt with lemon juice to make a softer substance to apply to the skin.
Steam Room Shower
Just as it sounds, this is a simple way of turning your bathroom into a sauna like steam room. Turn off the vent in your bathroom and block the bottom of the door with a towel before turning the water on hot. If your water is scalding, wait to shower, as you don’t want to burn yourself. Your bathroom will start to steam up nicely, and you can even scatter bath salts on the floor of your shower that will release a nice scent while you are in your steam room. Turn the shower down to an acceptable heat and enjoy your warm steam shower.
Making your own soothing foot baths can be really simple, and it’s easy to take them from simple to pretty fancy in your own home. Your footbath can be anything to warm water with baking soda in it to a concoction of bath salts, essential oils, and flower petals. Either way, a foot bath is an awesome way to prepare your feet for any kind of foot care, such as moisturizing them or just clipping your nails.
Heated Towel Rubs
Simply warming a small towel with hot water can do wonders for your sore muscles, especially after moisturizing your skin. You simply soak a towel in hot water and then wring it out so it is simply damp when it goes on your skin. It will feel like a warm piece of cloth that just came out of the laundry. Massage your calves or legs gently through this towel and let your muscles relax.