DIY At-Home Spa Day Essentials

Don’t have the time or the money to spend a day at a luxury spa (or in their gift shop)? Luckily, there’s more than one day to practice self care. Buying the biggest jar of a high end bath scrub might sound appealing, but even the most expensive of scrubs have the simplest ingredients – of which you can find hiding in your kitchen cabinets or at the back of your fridge. That being said, here are some quick, easy, and cost-effective ways you can create your own spa day in the comfort of your own tub.

THINGS YOU’LL NEED:

calming music, non-irritated candles, do-not-disturb, a few hours of alone-time

EDIBLE FACE MASK

This fall-inspired face mask is perfect for the seasonal glow! Think you bought too much pumpkin for Thanksgiving dinner? Think again. This pumpkin pie face mask is great for removing dead skin cells, unclogging pores, exfoliation, and hydration! Plus, it’s easy  to make (and delicious).

What you’ll need:

¼ cup full-fat Greek yogurt

1 tbsp. raw honey

¼ cup pumpkin puree

1 tbsp. ground flaxseeds or flax meal

Stir these ingredients together and apply directly with your fingers. Leave it on your face until it’s dry to the touch, then rinse with warm water. The best part about this mask (besides the incredible smell)? It can be used for up to a week if refrigerated.

Why we love it: It gives you an excuse to buy more pumpkin.

REFRESHING BATH SALTS

With today’s bath bomb culture, it’s no surprise that bath salts have become an underused and under-talked-about bath time essential. There are countless combinations of bath salts out there that fit any of your self care needs. Here is one of our favorites, Eucalyptus and Vanilla:

What you’ll need:

1 cup Epsom salt

1/2 cup baking soda

3 drops eucalyptus essential oil

8 drops vanilla in jojoba oil

In a bowl combine epsom salt and baking soda. Add in half of the essential oil drops, mix, then add in the remaining drops. Mix together and store in an air-tight container

Why we love it: Eucalyptus acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent, while Vanilla helps to moisturize your skin!

SWEET-SMELLING BODY SCRUB

Once you realize how easy it is to make your own sugar scrub, you’ll be making a new one every week! It’s a super cost-effective way to ditch those dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling soft and fresh. Plus they make great gifts 😉

What you’ll need:

1/4 cup of honey

2 tbsp. of your favorite oil (coconut, olive, jojoba etc.)

1/2 cup brown sugar

Warm a jar of honey in the microwave until it becomes a tad runny. Pour 1/4 cup of honey in a small bowl and add your oil of choice. Mix in the brown sugar. Whisk together and voila!

Why we love it: It’s 3 ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen already! If not, well, it’s still only 3 ingredients.

STRENGTHENING HAIR MASK

Now we know what you’re thinking, avocados aren’t cheap – but they are rich in natural oils and vitamins (see what we did there?) This hair mask will help to lock in moisture, protect hair follicles from environmental damage, and keep the ends from splitting.

What you’ll need:

1 ripe avocado

1/2 cup of milk of your choosing

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 jar of honey

2 drops of an essential oil of your choosing (optional)

Add the avocado to a blender (without the pit pls). Drop in the milk and honey and blend until smooth – but not super runny. Finally, add the drop of essential oil and blend again. Apply directly to dry hair and comb through. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Why we love it: This hair mask doesn’t discriminate – as long as you have hair, it works wonders!

We know you must be here because you love DIYs. But customizable self-care products are just as good. Hydrate your skin during your at-home spa session with a face moisturizer that’s made just for you. 😉