DIY Everyday Spa Treatments

by July 16, 2012
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Not everyone can afford to go to the spa whenever the urge strikes, but there’s no need to fret. Most of the ingredients for facial masks and foot soaks are available in your own kitchen or from your local grocery store! Here are some recipes for luxurious spa treatments you can make at home. Remember to always test a small amount on sensitive skin, like the inside of your wrist, to be sure you won’t have an allergic reaction.

Since the summer sun is beating down on us, we are more vulnerable to its rays. Sensitive and burnt skin can use a cooling mask to help it feel better.

Peach and Honey Face Mask:

6 tablespoons of ground apricot
6 tablespoons of honey
Mix together well. Apply a thin layer to skin and leave on for about 20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and gently dry with a soft towel.

Or to sooth a nasty sunburn, try this skin-cooling soak:

Lavender and Milk Bath:

1 cup powdered milk
10 drops of lavender essential oil

Shake the ingredients in a jar and let sit for a day before pouring into lukewarm bath water. Then sit, soak and sooth.

Another sunburn remedy is to use black tea and fresh mint. The tannic acid in the tea pulls the heat out of the burn, and the mint cools the skin.

Black Tea and Cool Mint Toner:

4 cups boiling water
2 cups fresh mint leaves
3-4 black tea bags

Pour the boiling water over the tea bags and mint leaves. Let sit for 10 minutes, then strain. Let cool and transfer to a glass jar. Apply to sunburned skin with a gentle cloth or cotton balls. It will keep in the fridge for a few weeks, and chilling it will make it all the more soothing to sun burned skin.

Here is a refreshing recipe for a zesty facial scrub. Not only will it exfoliate your face, but the lemon is perfect for a pick-me-up before going out. It’s also great for oily skin.

Lemon Facial Scrub:

1 part lemon zest
1 part powdered milk
2 parts almond meal
½ part fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Apply to your face and neck in circular movements. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

Puffy eyes from that all-nighter you pulled? No worries! Try these tricks for your tired peepers:

Puffy Eye Remedy:

Leave 2 spoons in the fridge overnight. Or, if you don’t have time put them in the freezer for a few minutes, then hold them on your closed eyes for quick relief. If you have time, try some chilled cucumber slices. Or take 2 chamomile tea bags soaked in cold water, pat them dry and place them over your eyes.

Want that soft glowing skin? Try a brown sugar body scrub for an all over exfoliation.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub:

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground oats (use a food processor or coffee grinder and grind until a sandy consistency)
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon olive oil or almond oil

Scrub all over your body in the shower, or use on those troublesome dry spots.

This facial mask is fantastic for stressed out skin, acne, and redness. It also smells great and leaves your skin soft, and smooth while soothing away your worries.

Sweet Facial Mask:

2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix all 3 ingredients together then apply to your face. Let the mask sit for 30 minutes then gently wash it off with lukewarm water, scrubbing softly in a circular motion for exfoliation.

Drink coffee? Here’s a tip for your lovely locks:

Coffee-coloured Highlights:

Instead of tossing used coffee filters into the trash, rub them into wet hair to add shine and soften your tresses. They will add beautiful highlights to brunette hair.

Summer time also means having to deal with bug bites. Here is a quick remedy:

Bug Bite Remedy:

Mix a small amount of baking soda with water to form a paste and apply directly to the bite. You can add a few drops of lavender, peppermint or tea tree oil to help relieve the itching and inflammation.

Mmmm… a relaxing spa day is the perfect way to unwind after a weekend camping trip or a long day in the hot summer sun. Enjoy!

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