How is 2021 so far? Pretty sure everyone of us is experiencing a lot of stress. Whether if it is from work or school, stress will be there. So, it would be proper to give yourself a break from time to time. Since it is still not necessary to be going out for no particular reason, visiting your favorite spa would not be appropriate. If you haven't, it's time for some serious self-care! Take a day to yourself and call everything off for a staycation. But no need to worry, you can still give yourself a well-deserved spa day at the comforts of your home. This is a fun activity for yourself and it will give your mind and body a very relaxed state. A fun bonus is you will be able to not spend as much as you do when you are out in an actual spa. Let us discuss how to create your own spa day at home, shall we?
Create a spa mood by lighting candles, playing soft music and having lemon water and healthy snacks on hand. Skipping the spa doesn’t mean you have to skip the spa atmosphere. Before you get started, take a few minutes to prepare your bedroom or bathroom for your DIY spa day. Light some candles, put some essential oils in a diffuser and put on some spa music. Make sure the room is dimly lit and warm. If you have a fireplace, or even a space heater, put it to use. Put out a pitcher of water with sliced lemon and cucumbers in it, as well as some healthy snacks, like nuts and fruit. The smell of citrus will lift your spirits, and the almonds, which are packed with magnesium and B vitamins, will assist the production of serotonin. Aside from this, there are a few recipes you can do yourself that would make you feel like you are in an actual spa.
Raw honey lemon facial cleanser. If you have combination skin, a honey lemon facial cleanser can help balance it. Honey is naturally healing and antibacterial, and the citric acid in lemon washes away acne-causing bacteria and tones skin. Whisk together 2 t raw honey with 1 t fresh lemon juice. Warm it between your hands and smooth it onto your face and neck. For a deep pore cleanse, leave it on until it dries. Wash it off with warm water.
Oatmeal and brown sugar facial scrub. In a grinder or food processor (a coffee grinder will work fine), grind 1 T oatmeal with 1 T brown sugar. In a small bowl, combine ground sugar and oatmeal with 1 T raw honey, 1 T olive oil, and 3-5 drops of essential oils of your choice. Using a little bit of warm water, apply to your face and slowly massage it into your skin in a soft, circular motion. Leave the scrub on for 5-10 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. The brown sugar will exfoliate your skin, while the olive oil nourishes it and the oatmeal soaks up dirt.
Aloe and cucumber eye gel. If you are pressed for time, this is a great one to mix up and keep in your fridge for a little treatment after an extra-stressful day. Cucumbers have hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties, and aloe cools and soothes tired and worn-out skin. Place ½ large, peeled and diced cucumber in a food processor. Process until it is liquid, and then strain through a fine sieve. Place 5-8 T aloe vera gel in a bowl and whisk in 2 T of the cucumber water. Let chill for 1 hour. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
Eucalyptus bubble bath. No spa day is complete without a bubble bath! In a mason jar, combine ½ cup distilled water with ½ cup eucalyptus liquid castile soap, ¼ cup vegetable glycerin and 5-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Shake gently (ingredients will separate) and pour a bit under running warm, water.
Coconut oil moisturizer. This one requires no additional ingredients! Just take about 1 T of high-quality coconut oil and gently massage it into your skin after your bath. Apply to cracked feet, dry elbows, your lips – anywhere you especially need some extra hydration.