Do you have those midwinter blues? I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring and warmer weather that will stick around longer than one day. To help break me out of my wintery funk, and to check another item off my 30 Before 30 list, I decided to treat myself to a spa day at home this weekend. Unfortunately, due to a tight budget this month I opted to treat myself at home.
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Below I have provided my full indulgence spa day treatment. The best part is it is easy, affordable, and beneficial. But before you get started, no spa day is complete without a big, fluffy robe!
Get in the mood.
You can’t just jump into relaxing, or at least I can’t. It takes me some time to wind down after a stressful week. Slip into your favorite plush robe, turn on some relaxing music, and sip on a herbal tea or Champagne. Let your body and mind wind down so you can enjoy the experience.
Facial steam helps to get you into a relaxed state further, and it helps open your pores and prepares you for the treatments that follow. I simply heat a pot of water on the stove, and then pour the hot – not boiling water – into my sink and drape a towel over my head. Feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oils, fresh herbs or tea to the water. You can also use a facial steamer if you do not want to stand over a sink. Breathe in deep and steam for about 10 minutes before moving to the next step.
Body and face scrub.
For this step, move to the shower and use anybody scrub recipe that you love. I love to use the sugar scrub recipe below because the olive oil really hydrates rough winter skin. You can also use exfoliating gloves if you’d prefer. Exfoliating after the steam is a great way to help diminish those pesky blackheads and prepare your skin for the facemask.
Sugar Scrub Recipe
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
Optional: essential oils of your preference
1. Mix all ingredients and store in an airtight glass container.
3. Use scrub on face, feet, hands, or any rough patches of skin that need an exfoliating or hydrating boost.
I prefer to do DIY hair masks with ingredients I have at home (I like the avocado and egg masks), but I also love this hair mask for the days I’m feeling lazy. After applying your hair mask, just wrap it in a towel and let it sit during the next step.
It’s time to slip into a warm and relaxing bath. Dim the lights, light some candles, turn on some relaxing music and slip into bliss. When it comes to my baths, I prefer some bubbles added to the mix. My go-to is Dr. Teal’s lavender Epson salts and foaming bath kit. I also like bath bombs and love this one from Da Bomb. Can you tell I like lavender? Another good thing to add to your baths are bags of green tea as it is an antioxidant and soften skin.
After your luxurious bath, I hope you are starting to feel all relaxed. Take a quick rinse-off shower and use a clarifying shampoo or hair rinse to remove your hair mask.
After getting out of your bath, get back into your robe, and apply your face mask. Pick a mask that works for you, but below are some of my recommendations based on problem areas.
- Dull or uneven skin? Try Yes To Grapefruit Mask.
- Dark circles or bags under the eyes? Try Yes To Cucumbers Eye Kit.
- Clogged pores? Try Formula 10.0.6 Pores Be Pure Mask.
This step is the cherry on top that truly makes you feel like you are at a spa. While you are letting your face mask set, apply some foot cream or homemade treatment to your feet, and wrap them in plastic wrap. Then wrap them in a warm towel and leave for 10 to 15 minutes.
Remove your face mask and foot masks with warm water. Slip into your comfy pajamas, apply your night moisturize, and I dare you not to fall asleep.