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.
- You can also keep distilled water 5l at hand and can use it instead of using regular water for the cleaning process. The lack of minerals might benefit your skin more than mineral-filled water would be able to.
- 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. Make use of your bathtub, soak in it for some time and relax your muscles. In case you do not have a bathtub, consider installing one with the help of a plumbing service provider like Stillwater Plumbing & Heating. It would be a great addition to your bathroom and a good investment in the long run!
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. Also, it goes without saying, you need to wash your scalp clean before using the mask. So, try using Purple shampoo on dry hair before starting the hair mask regime!
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. Exfoliation is used to remove dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. Scrubs or more effective procedures such as dermaplaning can be used to gently exfoliate your skin. Dermaplaning is a dermatologist-only procedure that involves gently pulling a blade along your skin. Dermaplaning, which was originally an in-office procedure, has now been adapted to be safe for at-home use, though it may require some initial guidance. So, if you want to perform the procedure at home, you may first want to look for online courses available on websites similar to https://www.evo-academy.co.uk to learn the dos and don’ts of the same, and only then get started. These courses may be extremely beneficial for women who want to pursue careers in the same field. You could assist your clients in overcoming their skin problems and regaining their confidence. For this type of exfoliation treatment, a surgical scalpel is used with steady pressure to remove layers of dead skin cells and peach fuzz. After the procedure, the skin gets exfoliated, and the hairs that trap debris and oils are removed, hence, using a hydrating mask after a dermaplane treatment may allow hydration to penetrate the skin and nourish and moisturize it.
So, you can apply a mask, primarily hydrating one. 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.