DIY Spa- Treatments from your Kitchen Cupboard
What do the rich and famous get to do quite often that the rest of us don’t normally get to do? Well a lot of things, but one thing in particular is something we too can do…just not quite in the same way. The well-to-do get to go to spas and have regular spa treatments. But visiting spas and getting professional spa treatments is very expensive and those of us who aren’t quite as privileged don’t typically get to go unless we’re given a gift certificate or allow ourselves a trip maybe once a year. The good news is…we don’t have to wait for those rare occasions…we can simply treat ourselves to the pleasure right in our very own humble abode.
So why should we give ourselves spa treatments from home? There are many reasons, including but not limited to; It’s much less expensive. It’s a whole lot of fun. They are ridiculously therapeutic on so many levels (including revitalization of beauty, mind and body). And you’ll know exactly what ingredients you’re putting on your skin.
Here are a few of my favorite DIY spa treatments that are superb in efficacy, therapy, affordability and ease of use.
• Slice an orange in half and use it as a body exfoliator. It’s great for clarifying the dead skin cells and debris from your heels, elbows and knees.
• Don’t throw away your used coffee grounds tomorrow morning. Use the recently brewed ground up beans for a terrific body scrub. Simply place your used coffee grounds in a bowl with some olive (or avocado) oil, along with some coarse sugar and a few drops of your favorite essential oil (depending on desired aroma-therapeutic effect). Then scrub and rinse thoroughly. Your skin will be left clarified, soften and moisturized.
• Chilled cucumber slices for a soothing eye refresher. Placing the sliced cukes over each eye for about ten or fifteen minutes will reduce puffiness and refresh those tired eyes and make them appear bright eyed and bushy tailed.
• Spa worthy bath- After receiving a free bath salts sample packet at a hotel spa and finding out how incredibly therapeutic it was after a week of horrific stress…I put myself on a mission to find out how to formulate them for myself at home. If you don’t have Epsom salts already at home…pick some up the next time you’re at the store. A nice sized container costs as little as $1.50 for some brands. Epsom salts (aka magnesium sulfate) is used for a number of therapeutic needs in terms of beauty and wellness. A soak in a tub laced with Epsom salts provide better buoyancy for relaxation, a sensational soothing of sore muscles and a revitalizing sense of well-being. Additionally, the body can actually replenish itself of the essential mineral simply by relaxing in the therapeutic bath. To make the soak more decadent and spa-like, simply add about 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil to the salts before you put them in the water. About two cups of the salts added to a hot bath makes for a lovely treatment. Soak for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint or chamomile all make for added zest should you choose to add essential oil to your salts.
• For added hydration and softening of the skin, apply coconut oil. The oil hardens into waxy beads until it’s rubbed between your hands or applied onto the body.
• Tea bags that have been steeped and refrigerated-cooled are stellar for their anti-inflammatory and astringent effects. Kick back and place one over each eye and relax for about 10 minutes.
So light a beautiful scented candle, dim the lights and put on some relaxing music and visit your new home spa!