For years I prided myself on the fact that I was not a “girly” girl. I didn’t get manicures, only cut my hair once a year, and purchased all of my make-up at Target. Then I was part of my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding and completely fell in love with pampering.
The day spa was amazing–so calming and relaxing. I couldn’t get enough of the citrus water, the foot massage and pedicure, the lotions, the music….Ahh. It was heaven.
But, spa days are not within our current budget. In fact, manicures and pedicures are not within our current budget. Actually, even the kinds of fancy lotions or in-home spa treatments that you can buy at the store are not within our current budget. And, I’m ok with that. I am fully committed to staying within our budget, paying cash for expenses, and paying off our debt.
So I decided to experiment with DIY spa treatments. Some worked wonderfully, others not so much! I thought I would share my favorite recipes with you today so that you can have your very own DIY frugal spa day. Also, at the end of the post you will find a FREE printable with these recipes and a possible spa day routine. Enjoy!
1. Egg White Mask
This is by far the simplest mask I’ve come across, but it is surprisingly effective. Simply separate an egg. Rub the egg whites on your face. After a minute you will feel the whites harden. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, rinse in warm water. This helps firm your skin and leave it super soft.
2. Banana Yogurt Mask
Mix 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 Tbsp honey, and 1 medium mashed banana. Apply to your face and let sit 15-20 minutes. Rinse in warm water. Leaves the skin looking and feeling softer.
3. Brown Sugar Scrub
Sugar is great for exfoliating the skin, and honey (particularly raw honey) actually has anti-bacterial properties and can help with acne. For this scrub, combine 1 Tbsp brown sugar with 1 Tbsp honey. Rub a small amount on your face, applying in a circular pattern. Rinse. You can store the remainder in an airtight jar or bag.
1. Olive Oil and Lavender
For a relaxing, luxuriant bath, simply add some olive oil and lavender essential to warm running water. The heat and the scent will completely relax you while the olive oil leaves your skin incredibly soft.
2. Epsom Salt
One of the most relaxing, beneficial baths you can take is an epsom salt bath. The magnesium is absorbed into your skin, helping soothe aching muscles and even regulating blood pressure. Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of epsom salts and 10-20 drops of an essential oil (peppermint is wonderful) to warm water.
3. Oatmeal Bath
If you have dry, itchy skin, an oatmeal bath can be just the thing. Even if you don’t, oatmeal helps soften your skin and relieve any irritation (including bug bites). Simply take 1 cup of rolled oats and blend them to a fine powder. Add to a warm bath and soak. You can add essential oils for additional relaxation.
1. Sugar Scrub
Sugar scrubs are fantastic for exfoliating dry skin, especially on your feet and elbows. They are also some of the easiest things to make! Just combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup olive oil. You can add essential oils if desired. (Peppermint is my favorite!) Mix and store in an airtight jar.
2. Brown Sugar Vanilla Scrub
This is one of the best smelling scrubs around! Combine 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup olive oil, and 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract. Store in an airtight container. Heavenly!
I’ve created a printable for you with the recipes and a sample Spa Night schedule. Have fun!
Now, enjoy this printable with the DIY Spa Recipes and One Spa Night Schedule.
What spa recipes do you use?
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