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6 Inexpensive Ways To Have A Home Spa Day

There’s nothing like a relaxing trip to the spa. But sometimes time or money constraints can make getting there hard. When that happens, host your own home spa day! It’s easy with these inexpensive tricks.

DIY Bathroom Steamer

Take a washcloth and douse it in your favorite essential oil. Turn on your shower to its hottest setting. Leave the washcloth near where the water is running, without it being under the stream of water. Let the shower run until you get a decent steam worked up (it should only take a few minutes). Then when you shower, you’ll have a steamy experience that also smells great.

Tip: Use eucalyptus oil to clear out your sinuses. Breathe deep from the washcloth for extra scent. Also, if you’re big on atmosphere, opt for doing this while surrounded in natural candlelight.

Homemade Face Masks

Recreate the soothing face masks of the spa by making your own. There are tons of recipes out there, but one that works great is two parts yogurt to one part olive oil, a dollop of raw honey and an egg white or two. Mix up and leave on your face for a half an hour.

If you want a more traditional spa mud mask, mix one part bentonite clay to one part raw honey to one part water. You can also use a few drops of your favorite essential oil for scent and added skin benefits. Leave on until it has hardened, or for 10 minutes if you’re in a hurry. The clay will tone and detoxify skin, while the honey will moisturize it.

Hair Hydration

Wet your hair, and apply pure coconut oil to it. Massage the scalp with the oil for 15 minutes, and then comb the oil through your hair. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Then rinse out and wash like normal. You’ll be treated to a tropical scent and moisturized, manageable locks.

Home Rosewater

There’s nothing like harnessing the best of botanicals to make yourself feel like you’re at the spa. Get a cup of fresh rose petals, steep them in two cups of hot water until cool and then spread the mixture on your face. Rosewater is a wonderful natural toner, and the smell will be divine in your home spa.

DIY Exfoliating Scrubs

Scrub away those dead skin cells for a fresh appearance using homemade, cheap skin scrubs. One part brown sugar to one part olive oil will have you exfoliating and nourishing your skin in no time.

Home Hot Packs

Don’t exactly have the resources for those fancy heated rocks they have at spas? Make your own heat pack! Start by cutting the sleeves off an old sweater or shirt. You can also use socks and leg warmers. Sew up one side, if needed, and put long grain uncooked white rice into the sleeve.

If you want, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for scent, distributed throughout the rice. Alternate between adding a cup or two of rice and a couple drops of oil until the sleeve is full. Sew the end of the sleeve, and put the pack in the microwave for a minute. Then place it wherever you are sore.