Amid the hustle and bustle of holiday season, a little self-care is in order. You can take some time for you with a DIY spa day. You just need a little bit of creativity and some recipes to make whatever you don’t have.
- You are not allowed to use the same towel that’s been hanging in the bathroom since … what day is it again? Make sure you have a fresh set. For extra luxuriousness, warm them in the dryer just before you get started
- Tidy up your “spa” a bit. Tripping over your makeshift home office is not relaxing.
- Prepare some spa snacks. Many spas have little dishes of dried fruit, nuts, and tea. You could also prep a light salad or chill a bottle of white wine.
- Gather supplies from around the house. Start with cotton gloves and socks, scented candles or essential oils, and a device to play spa music on. A soft bathrobe and slippers might be nice, too.
Dig through the bathroom cupboards for spa essentials like nice soaps and thick lotions. You might have free samples, forgotten purchases, or old birthday gifts. The forgotten items I found included a lavender eye pillow, a facial cleansing brush, a jar of green charcoal facial mask, a sample of a hydrating hair mask, and the power cord for a portable speaker.
No old birthday gifts or free samples in the cupboard? Not a problem. Just move your search to the kitchen. Brown sugar, oatmeal, almond milk, vanilla, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, cinnamon and coffee grounds can all be put to use. Find a recipe that works for your needs and what you have:
My dry ends could use a trim, but a hydrating hair mask was next best. You can easily whip one up in the kitchen, too. Find the recipe for you whether you’re dealing with dullness, flakes, damage, or irritation. Make sure to give yourself a revitalizing head massage as you work it in and rinse it out.
Let your hair mask work while you enjoy luxurious bath. If you don’t have a bottle of store-bought bubbles, liquid soap or shampoo works. Add in a bit of Epsom salts or sea salt from the kitchen to help ease tension. If you found essential oils on your search, you could add a few drops. Make it your own with a book, spa music, or something to sip.
Now’s the chance to finally use that tube of stuff the salesperson at Sephora convinced you to buy. Start your at-home facial by washing your face and neck with the fanciest facial soap you can find and warm water. Use a gentle, circular motion to massage lightly working your way up. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity levels, you can exfoliate or steam carefully. Then apply a mask. After you rinse, apply a toner and moisturize.
Our poor hands have been exposed to harsh sanitizing products and slathered with alcohol-based hand sanitizer for months. They need some extra love—to feel nice and prevent cracking that gives bacteria an entry point. At the end of your spa day, give your hands a wash, pat dry, and cover them in hydrating lotion, Vaseline, or coconut oil. If you found a pair of cotton gloves, slip them on to let the hydration soak in. If you want to give your feet some love, you can do the same and slip on a pair of cotton socks. Just be sure to do your feet (and finish your snacks!) before you put on your gloves.
Wrap up your spa day with a little massage, foam rolling, a lavender eye pillow, yoga breathing, and some gratitude for the hair stylists, manicurists, estheticians, physical therapists, fitness trainers, and massage therapists who usually take care of us.