I’m making everything into an extravaganza these days. First food, now spas, and there will be more. My mom and dad took care of themselves and their skin, and I talk a lot about needing to relax and take care of yourself. Spa treatments are one way to do it. I’m a spa person and have been since I was young. I try to go once a month for a massage at least but have been slacking lately. So, I thought it’s about time to create an at-home spa day.
- Bonus 1: It costs next to nothing, and you can probably use most of the items you already have at home.
- Bonus 2: It’s all natural.
- Bonus 3: You can do it alone, with someone else, for a date, or if you have a family, why not involve everyone!
I sometimes need to rush in and out of a spa (I know it defeats the purpose, but I’m time-crunched most of the time). But when I don’t, I like to do a few things. So I created my perfect spa day.
The full spastravaganza menu
You can do the full menu or choose what you have time for or for your preferences. I recommend not the preparation part below, even if you’re choosing one or two things.
Get yourself ready
You want to start with a relaxed mind. If you have a robe, put one on, if not, wear your most comfy clothes. Play some music and make yourself herbal tea or pour some bubbly, I have mentioned I love Prosecco. Or, Prosecco flavored tea has made it to the market. Why am I just finding out about a tea that tastes like Prosecco?
You want to start by opening your pores. Boil water in a small pot and let it cool down until it’s just hot. Add a few drops of coconut oil, a handful of fresh herbs or drop in a package of herbal tea that you have on hand. Place a towel over your head to help trap the steam and lean over the pot and inhale and exhale deeply through your nose. Do this step for about 10 minutes.
Body and face scrub
Next, you want to exfoliate your face and body. Exfoliating after a steam is an excellent way to help reduce blackheads, and it prepares your skin for your facial mask. Mix a half-cup of white or brown sugar with enough olive oil to make it into a paste. Apply it to your face in a circular motion and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wash it away with warm water in a quick shower. Note: sugar is better than salt because the granules aren’t as harsh on the skin, particularly for people with sensitive skin.
Heat two tablespoons of olive oil and apply it on your scalp and hair. Gently massage it in for a few minutes. Wrap your hair in a towel and leave the oil in for the next steps. The longer you leave it in, the better it works, especially if you have dry or damaged hair.
Prepare a healthy lunch ahead of your treatment for this step. I love having lunch at the spa when I go for a full treatment. Something about lounging around in my robe and slippers, sipping on Prosecco and eating makes me happy! I will post a recipe for a spa lunch menu tomorrow. Update: now posted!
Bath or steam shower
I’m admittedly not a bath person, It’s something I accepted a long time ago. So, I opt for the “DIY steam shower.” Dim the lights, light candles and play your music. Don’t forget to bring your tea or bubbly with you. I made the spa mixture from what I had on hand, which would work for you too: 125ml coconut milk, 2 tablespoons of almond oil, and a few sprigs of fresh mint, blended until smooth.
- For a bath: Fill the tub with warm water, add the mixture, and soak for as long as you like. Rinse off in a quick shower, including the olive oil from your hair, and then use a leave-in conditioner.
- For a shower: Use a sponge to apply the mixture to your skin and rub in. Rinse off, including the olive oil from your hair and then use a leave-in conditioner.
Get back into your robe or comfy clothes. It’s time for a facial mask! Apply it to your face for 20 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.
- For acne or discoloration: Make a lemon and honey mask. Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice, and add a teaspoon of honey.
- For oily skin: Blend 1 fully ripe banana, 1 tablespoon of honey and an orange or lemon.
- For dry skin, also for anti aging: Blend 1/2 ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- For combination skin: Blend 1/2 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal
- For normal skin: Blend 1 apple and 2 tablespoons honey
- For razor burn: Mix 1/2 a cucumber, peeled and chopped, and 1 tablespoon full-fat Greek yogurt
While your mask sits, give yourself a massage. If you’re doing your spa day with someone else, have them do it for you.
To make the massage oil: Take 1 cup of organic coconut oil and add a teaspoon of almond oil. Blend until it’s the consistency you want.
Massaging your neck
Sit upright in your chair or lie down on the floor on your back. Put your feet flat on the floor and bend your knees. Apply some oil to your hand, and reapply as needed throughout the process.
- Use your right hand on your left shoulder and work your fingers gently but firmly, beginning with your shoulder blade. Move up toward the neck and include your scalp. Repeat this motion four times and then repeat the whole massage on the right side, using your left hand.
- Massage the muscular part of your shoulder at the base of your neck, using a circular motion. Gradually increase the pressure. Use your right hand on the left shoulder and your left hand on the right shoulder.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2.
Massaging your feet
- Sit on a chair or the floor. Apply some oil to your hand, and reapply as needed throughout the process. For this massage, you can use a foot roller instead of your hands and just roll your feet up and down the roller. Amazon sells one made for ballet dancers.
- Place one foot on the opposite thigh. Use your thumbs and rub the full length of your foot, from the heel to your toes and back. Repeat this motion several times.
- Wrap your fingers around the top of your foot and wrap your thumbs around the bottom of your foot. Start at the arch of your foot and squeeze with your thumbs. Move up to the toes and repeat this motion several times.
- Take each toe between your fingers and gently roll them back and forth. Rub the area between the toes.
- Support your ankle with one hand and your toes in the other. Rotate your foot first in one direction and then in the other.
Rinse off your facial mask with warm water. Apply your usual moisturizer and eye cream, and voila! Your spa day is complete.
If you decide to try it, I hope you like it! Let me know some of your ideas for a DIY spa day. I’ll post the spa inspired lunch menu tomorrow.