After a long, hard week of work it’s always nice to soothe your mind and body with a relaxing spa treatment. Unfortunately, going to the spa after work every week isn’t realistic, but you can still pamper yourself at home with these 10 homemade spa treatments.
There’s nothing better with which to scrub away the dirt and grime than a sea salt body scrub. The sea salt will act as an exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and thereby leaving your skin soft and glowing. To make this body scrub, mix a fourth-cup of sea salt with two tablespoons of olive oil and three teaspoons of lemon juice. Massage the mixture into your skin, particularly on any rough, dry areas, and rinse off with warm water.
It’s not always possible to drink the proper amount of fluids during the day, especially at work. Because the skin on your lips retains less moisture than the rest of the skin surface, your lips can dry out easily, particularly if you don’t drink enough or live in a dry, cold climate. To help your lips retain the moisture they need, create your own cocoa butter lip balm, which contains natural ingredients that will hydrate your lips.
Simply combine one-half teaspoon each of cocoa butter and honey with two teaspoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of grated beeswax. Heat the ingredients until melt and add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour the contents into a small container, let it cool and apply to your lips whenever they’re feeling dry.
If you work with your hands, they probably deserve a little extra care. So soften them up with a brown sugar scrub, which will remove dry, dead skin and leave your skin smelling good enough to eat. Simply combine one fourth-cup of brown sugar and enough baby oil to make a paste. Massage the mixture onto your hands, then rinse it off with warm water.
After you’ve softened your hands, add moisture to them with this luxurious cream. Just heat three-quarters of a cup of sweet almond oil, one fourth-cup of avocado oil and two ounces of beeswax in a double boiler. Pour the mixture into a blender and add one cup of warm water and a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Blend until the mixture has thickened and then apply the cream. Store the rest in a small jar or container and use it whenever your hands are in need of a good moisturizer. If you need a moisturizer for you face, see Best Homemade Facial Moisturizers For Dry Skin.
During a long workweek, you probably won’t have time to get your nails done. So take a minute to do them yourself, starting with this citrus soak. Just combine one-half cup of warm water with one teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of lemon juice. Stir the mixture well until all ingredients are combined. Soak your fingertips in the solution for 5 to 7 minutes. Rinse your hands in warm water, dry them and gently push your cuticles back with a cuticle stick. Massage some lotion onto the cuticles and complete your manicure with your favorite nail polish.
It wouldn’t be a spa day without a face mask, and this egg white and peach face mask will leave your skin feeling tighter and smelling sweeter. The egg whites are what will tighten your skin and they are also great for cleansing the skin and the clearing it of acne. The peach will add moisture to the skin as well as a sweet scent. Just whip one peeled and stoned peach with one egg white in the blender and apply the mixture to your face. Leave the face mask on for 30 minutes then rinse off with tepid water and pat your face dry.
If your skin is a little on the oily side, you may need to unclog your pores with a good astringent. The vitamin C is this orange astringent will also help to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Simply squeeze a few drops of fresh orange juice into a cup of mineral water. Wash your face, then apply the astringent with a cotton ball.
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Take a load off and wiggle your toes in a refreshing foot bath. Fill the foot bath, or your bathtub to ankle height. Add one-half-cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the water and let the salts dissolve. Relax your feet in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes, then dry and moisturize them.
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If your eyes need a rest, soothe them with this eye treatment. First, make a pot of chamomile tea. Steep the bags, then squeeze out the excess liquid from the bags. Set the bags aside and let them cool. While they’re cooling, place two cucumber slices on your eyes and relax for 15 to 20 minutes. Replace the cucumbers with the tea bags and relax for another 15 to 20 minutes. The chamomile will soothe tired, overworked eyes. If you don’t have chamomile tea, you can also use darjeeling, which can firm the skin.
No homemade spa treatment is more soothing or relaxing than a bath. To make this bath, sprinkle one-half cup each of lemon and orange peels into your bathwater along with two cups of milk powder and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Make sure that all of the ingredients have mixed into the water, then get in and relax. The citrus will soften and exfoliate your skin.
Even if you can’t make the time for a spa day every weekend, try to incorporate one spa treatment after work each day. It’ll give you something extra to look forward to and will be a great way to cap off the day.