So, money’s tight. You need a break, somewhere to go to get your mind off of this economy. A relaxing day at the spa is in order! But, did you know a day at the spa can span anywhere from $200 to $8000? How can you be expected to relax when you just made a UFO sized dent in your monthly budget?
Here are some tips for a full, at-home, do it yourself spa treatment that won’t make you cringe when you whip out your checkbook.
Your manicure will look much better if you start with soft, healthy hands. Here’s an easy 3-step process to get them!
Step 1: Exfoliate
Create a thick bath of warm water and salt or sugar. Rub this mixture all over your hands with moderate pressure to remove dead skin, then rinse.
Step 2: Soften
Coat your hands in a thick layer of Vaseline and wrap them in saran wrap. After 10-15 minutes, rinse well with warm water.
Step 3: Even
Coat your hands and fingers in your favorite lotion. Then, take a toothbrush and brush over your nails with the bristles. This will even and soften your nail surfaces so you get an even coat of nail polish. Then, rub in the rest of the lotion, and your fingers are ready for painting!
We traipse around all day in shoes that are too high, too big or too small. You owe your tootsies some love! Before you get to the nail polish, though, you need to exfoliate. If you live by a beach, take a relaxing walk in the sand. The coarseness of the sand will exfoliate your feet better than a pumice stone! If you have clay baths along your beach, rest your feet in there and give them a quick massage. This will make your feet silky soft after the exfoliation!
If you don’t live by a beach or you’re without a clay pit, no worries. You can whip up an exfoliant right in your kitchen! For a Minty Foot Scrub, use the following recipe:
1/2 c. coarse salt
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
A handful of fresh mint
Scrub your feet with this mixture, rinse and rub a dab of olive oil on your cuticles for good measure. Once they are fully rinsed and dry, apply your color of choice, and wiggle those toes for all to see!
Over the counter face masks can be outrageously priced. Besides, you can’t even pronounce half of the ingredients! Do you really feel comfortable letting phenoxyethanol and polysorbate 20 seep into your skin on a weekly basis? Instead, hydrate your skin with a mix of freshly squeezed citrus juice, a drizzle of olive oil, and a mashed up banana or avocado.
If you have ultra sensitive skin and feel uncomfortable with masks and peels, try a facial steaming. Simply drape a towel over your head and lean over a pot of boiling water. The towel will trap in the steam, which will open up your pores and rid your skin of dirt and other particles. For something a tad more relaxing, add green tea or rosemary to the water!
Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment
I’ve heard about a multitude of treatments that make your hair super soft and shiny, but none have done much for my hair except one: the beer treatment.
No avocado, no honey, no mashed almond paste and yeast, just a tall glass of Bud’ll do ya. Start by shampooing your hair like normal, then pour your beer of choice over your hair like a cream rinse. Wrap your hair in a towel for an hour so the beer has a chance to set in, then rinse your hair with cold water (the colder the water, the shinier the hair). Plus, you can drink the leftovers!
Just because the economy is rough doesn’t mean your feet should be. Grab a friend and create a spa day incorporating these treatments, and you can have all the benefits of a professional spa treatment without the sticker shock!