Hot damn the Holiday Season gets hectic, doesn’t it? With all the parties, family dinners, homemade baked goods, and spiked just-about-anything-you-can-drink, this time of year can really wear a girl down. So much so that what we really need is a good ol’ fashioned pamper sesh at our favourite spa.
Unfortunately I asked for this a little too late and Santa had already sucked it in and wiggled his way down my chimney, sans spa package!
Now I have no choice but to say ‘screw you Santa!’ and create my own pamper sesh with these 3 quick and easy DIY spa treatments.
I know, making your own spa treatments doesn’t sound as relaxing as having someone slather you up with all sorts of yummy-smelling lotions and rub you down, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do if she wants to max and relax after all the chaos subsides.
So how does one make their own DIY spa treatments? Simple, you follow my instructions!
I don’t know about you but I can’t think of one day at the spa where I haven’t been scrubbed, sloughed, and scoured with some sort of luxurious exfoliating scrub.
Not only does it help to get rid of that dry, gross, scaly skin but it helps to awaken your senses, open up your pores, and get them all primed to absorb the spa-quality goodness that you are sure to be doused with.
Sure, you could buy a regular old store-bought scrub but where is the fun in that? Instead, stick with the DIY spa treatments theme and try making your own! The process is simple, all you need is:
- 2 cups of raw Sugar
- 1 cup of Coffee
- 1/2 cup of finely ground Coconut
- 2 cups of Coconut Oil
Once you have all your ingredients rounded up, simply:
- mix all of your ingredients together in a big bowl
- stir until evenly combined
- scoop into a clean glass jar
- take a big scoop and spread onto rough areas such as legs, arms, stomach, elbows, knees, shoulders, feet, and even your back
- rub the scrub into your skin firmly but not so much it hurts
- after about 2 minutes of scrubbing rinse off
Not only will this exfoliate away the dead, dry, flaking skin, but the Coconut Oil acts as a natural moisturizer. The Coffee, on the other hand, helps to increase blood circulation and can actually fade the look of cellulite! Talk about a dual purpose spa treatment!
Now, you may notice you feel a little oily but don’t fret, we will fix that with a nice long soak.
Now let’s keep it real, an at-home pamper sesh is not a pamper sesh without a big tub full of hot water, bubbles, relaxing scents, sea salts, mellow music, and a tall glass of….wine! I mean, what’s the benefit of indulging in an evening all about you if you can’t soak in a tub with a bottle of wine right beside you?
Suddenly an at-home spa night isn’t sounding like such a bad idea!
All you have to do is:
- reach for your favourite bottle of wine and fill your glass right up
- grab some sea salt and sprinkle about 1/2 cup into your tub – you could also use Epsom Salts
- fill your tub up with as much hot water as you can stand
- add in about 10 drops of your favourite essential oil – scents such as Lavender, Jasmine, and Rose are known to trigger stress relieving reactions in our brains
- turn on your favourite tunes
- step in, sit down, lean back, and relax
Not only will this salt water soak help to calm you but salt water can clear up many different skin conditions as well as leave your skin feeling as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Side note: I always wondered where that phrase came from because I can honestly say I have never compared my skin to an infant’s bum.
But I digress.
Once you are finished soaking and all dried off, you need to lather up and lock that skin-smoothing moisture into your skin.
To trap in all that awesomeness you just infused into your skin you’re going to need a solid moisturizer that is free of synthetic chemicals…after all, why undo all that ‘hard’ work you just did?
Of course if you have a good natural moisturizer, use it, but if you’re struggling to find one you really like why not make your own body butter OR grab yourself some Coconut Oil, some Vitamin E Oil, and follow these steps:
- in a medium bowl add 1 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil with 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil (or break open a few capsules)
- using a hand mixer (or a standing mixer) whip your ingredients together in the bowl
- continue to mix for about 7 – 8 minutes or until you have a creamy consistency
- pour your mixture into a clean glass jar
- scoop a bit out and slather yourself with it
If you find your mixture is a bit too greasy for your liking you can try mixing in some Beeswax.
Not only is Coconut and Vitamin E oil amazing for your skin, but it helps to lock in the hydration, and costs far less than buying a new moisturizer every few months.
Both ingredients should be easy to find, but if you’re having trouble finding the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil you can order some here.
It’s an uber-simple and good-for-you way to hydrate your skin and give you that I-just-left-the-spa-after-spending-hundreds-of-dollars look…even though you didn’t.
Et voila! 3 quick and easy DIY spa treatments you can make at home that will help you to relax, rejuvenate, and indulge in a little ‘me’ time…which means you can drink a wholllle lotta wine! That, my friends, is my post-Christmas gift to you. *wink*
Have a few DIY spa treatments recipes of your own? Share them in the comment section below…a girl can never have too many options.