After the holiday brouhaha is over, you’re dead tired from the daily traffic gridlock, you’re over-fatigued from over-shopping, you’re sick of lines and crowds, and you’re probably in need of a good spa trip.
Here are home spa hacks that you can recreate at the comfort of your own home. Rejuvenation, relaxation, minus the traffic and crowd!
1. Coconut and Salt scrub
For this scrub you need to use pure coconut oil. Just mix half a cup of salt and three tablespoons of coconut oil. If you would like to add a scent to this scrub just add any fragrant oil. Scrub this all you’re your feet and wash off with warm water. This scrub is effective for calloused feet, removing any excess skin, softening the soles and moisturizes your dry and cracked feet. What’s also good about this scrub is that it keeps up to three months! Just store it in a jar at room temperature.
2. Salt and Baking soda scrub/soak
This pantry mixture can be used as a scrub and a soak. For soak, just add equal parts of salt and baking soda into a bowl of warm water. You can also add any fragrant oil for moisture and scent. If you want a scrub mixture, take a handful of salt (you can add more depending on the surface of the scrubbing, it takes a little bit more for your feet) and add three tablespoons of salt. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and mix until you achieve a paste-like texture. Scrub this all over your feet or hands to remove excess skin and reduce your callouses.
3. Brown sugar and olive oil scrub
This foot scrub is so easy to make and you can use it regularly just before you take a shower. Mix a tablespoon of olive oil, brown sugar, and baking soda together. The brown sugar exfoliates and the olive oil moisturizes your skin, while the baking soda is effective in removing excess skin and dirt that can also make your skin whiter. You can also use this scrub on rough skin areas such as your knees and elbows.
4. Basic Bath Salt recipe
The essential ingredient to bath salts would be, of course, the salt! You can try a lot of kinds of rare salts from all over the world and their benefits and effects vary. I suggest using Epsom salt and sea salt which are available in many groceries. Once you get your hands in the salt you just need baking soda and any essential oil or fragrance oil that would depend on your preference. The mix would be 3 cups of Epsom salt, 2 cups of sea salt, 1 cup of baking soda, and ½ ounce of essential or fragrance oil. First, mix the
salts and baking soda together. Always make sure to break up clumps. It’s better to do this on a wide stainless bowl. Add the fragrance or essential oils. Mix everything well. This can keep up to a month in an air-tight jar or container.
5. Sugar and honey/lemon face scrub
Just mix squeezed juice from a lemon or three tablespoons of honey with a handful of sugar and this scrub can exfoliate your skin removing dirt, and excess skin. If you use lemon juice, it can help lighten your skin and improve skin tone.
6. Olive Oil
Just olive oil. This simple household ingredient does wonders to your skin by moisturizing and adding that soft glow everyone wants. Just massage your face with a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. This magical oil removes dead skin cells and clears you pores of dirt you get from the daily city excursions. By unclogging your pores, you make your skin glow.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar truly has many properties that makes it useful inside and outside of the pantry. It can be used to condition your hair, flush out the toxins in your body and of course, it can also be used as a body scrub. All you need to do is to apply apple cider vinegar all over your body until you can feel that the day’s dust and dirt that clung onto your skin starts falling off. After you wash yourself up from the apple cider vinegar, you will feel a lot more refreshed than before. So stack up on this pantry item for it will always come in handy! The smell might take a lot to get used to but just remember how it will help your skin feel always be refreshed and you can get used to it in no time and remember to put apple cider vinegar before taking a shower you can easily mask the smell it might give you!
8. Heat your lotion!
If you want something that will make you feel refreshed at the same time relaxed, here’s a home spa hack that you need to try: heating your lotion! Heating your lotion before applying it to your body will give it a more relaxing effect. All you need to do is find a source of heat that you can place your lotion bottle on top so that you can heat it up. When you apply warm lotion to your body, it would feel better on your skin and you would truly feel relaxed with this very easy home spa hack that you can do every day!
9. Spa Towel Wrap
Spa towel wraps are very easy to make especially in the comfort of your home. It will have that real spa-feel while you can still enjoy while lying on your bed or relaxing on your comfy couch. All you need to do is heat a hair towel and you can apply your choice of oil, may it be lavender or chamomile so that it will make you feel very relaxed after a very long day. Having a spa towel wrap at home is a nice way of capping the day off and forgetting about all the stress that the day has brought you because this is your time to rest so wrap that towel around your head and relax!