Is there anything better than pampering yourself when you need to regenerate and refresh? When life is getting you down, or you manage to get a moment to yourself, lying back and enjoying a massage or having your nails done is the best. I love taking the chance to treat myself to a special treatment. It’s just the thing to make me feel great about myself. But it can be expensive, especially if you want to have several treatments at once. Visiting a spa can be an indulgent luxury, and one that not everyone can pay for. Even if I have the money, I don’t always want to spend it – or leave the house! The next best thing is doing your own spa treatments at home, and luckily there are lots that you can do yourself.
Here are some of my favorite spa treatments to do at home. They’re cheaper and more convenient that booking an appointment at a spa or salon.
Manicures and Pedicures
One of my favorite salon treatments you can do at home is a manicure. It’s so easy to look after your hands and nails and to show them some special care. You might not have the skills of a professional nail technician, but you can still get soft hands and beautiful nails. Start by achieving smooth skin on your hands and around your nail beds. Before moisturizing your hands with your favorite cream, exfoliate them first. Then moisturize and push back your cuticles to prepare your nails. File them into shape too, before you apply polish.
You can stick with simple blocks of colour, but if you want something fancier, there are lots of easy designs you can try. Don’t forget to apply a base coat to keep your nails hydrated and healthy, and then seal in the colour with a clear top coat. The key to an excellent manicure is to be patient and let each layer dry. And then you can do the same thing again when you give yourself a pedicure.
The idea of a chemical peel at home might sound a bit frightening. The word “chemical” can sound scary when you’re not a chemist or a beautician, and you feel like you don’t know what you’re doing. But everything is made from chemicals, and anyone can use a chemical peel at home. The key thing to remember is always to read the instructions. Many peels are made for you to dilute before you apply them, so don’t make the mistake of using it directly if that’s not what you’re meant to do. A chemical peel will help your skin to recover from several problems and blemishes. However, be careful when you select your product, as you need a strength that’s suitable for your skin.
Facials and Face Masks
Making your own face masks or even just buying one to use at home can be a quick and satisfying spa treatment. You can put one on before you get in the bath or after you get out, while you’re doing your housework or when you’re lounging around. Just let it work its magic and then either wash or peel it off. There are all sorts of masks to choose from, so select on that’s right for you. You might like a peel-off one to help you remove blackheads and other blockages in your pores. You can find them with different purifying ingredients or natural cleansers. And you can make your own from things you have in your kitchen. If you want to mix your own mask, you can use bananas, either mashed on their own or mixed with yogurt and honey. Another great recipe you can use involves mixing powdered milk and water to make a thick paste to refresh your skin. Other ingredients you can regularly find in at-home face masks include egg whites, sugar, avocado, oats and vinegar.
Hair Masks and Deep Conditioning
Having your hair played with can be one of the best things about going to the spa. You can indulge in luxurious wraps and other treatments or have your hair trimmed and blow dried. But you don’t have to go to a salon to give your hair some special care. If your hair needs rescuing or you just feel like a little indulgence, you can do a treatment at home. A homemade hot oil treatment is an awesome thing to try and will breathe new life into your dry and damaged hair. One recipe calls for half a cup of soybean oil, plus eight drops each of sandalwood, geranium, and lavender oils. By gently warming the oils, and making sure the mixture doesn’t get too hot, you can create a fragrant oil treatment that you just wash out with shampoo when you’re finished.
A lot of women go to beauty salons to have their legs, bikini line or other areas of their face and body waxed. But if you’re brave enough, you can do it yourself at home. But the trick to a good at-home waxing session is the find the best kit and use it correctly. Before buying a waxing kit, read some reviews to see which ones other people prefer. You may want to try some different ones. Before you wax, moisturise and exfoliate to prevent ingrown hairs. And make sure you’re not trying to wax hair that’s too short or too long.
One of the best things about going to a spa is when there’s a hot tub or spa pool to relax in. But if you have a bath, you can have a long and luxurious soak at home – and there’s no need to wear your swimsuit! Transform your bathroom with low lighting, candles, soft music and some aromatherapy and you’ll enjoy it much more than an everyday bath. If you lie back and add some more warm water now and then, you can stay in for as long as you want and make the most of it.
You don’t need to spend big bucks on expensive treatments if you want to pamper yourself. Stay home and use some home remedies to get the effect you desire.