Treat Yourself with These At-Home Spa Hacks
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of everyday life, but don’t forget that self-care is important! In fact, we’d argue that resting up and taking care of yourself is the most important thing you can do during life’s busy seasons. A DIY spa night at home is just what the doctor ordered for your physical and mental wellbeing.
And don’t worry—planning your DIY spa night is easy! Why give yourself extra stress and anxiety over trying to relax, right? Don’t shell out the big bucks for a fancy store-bought at home spa kit. It’s easy to make your own scrubs, essential oil blends and DIY spa recipes at home—and we’ve found that making these spa products can actually help you loosen up as well. Gather your gal pals (or settle in for a stress-free night by yourself!) and get ready to unwind. We’ve got all the homemade skincare recipes, pedicure tips and DIY spa party ideas you need for the most relaxing evening ever.
DIY Body Scrubs
One of our favorite ways to recharge and refresh is by making DIY body scrubs. Homemade body scrubs can be made with salt or sugar, but salt scrubs have a few extra benefits. Salts like Epsom salt or Himalayan pink salt will help draw impurities from your body while also relaxing your muscles. Plus, you can actually tailor most scrubs to fit your skincare routine. Create a hydrating body scrub by adding coconut oil, or focus on creating a homemade body scrub for dry skin with a scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes. Play around with aromatherapy by adding your favorite oils to the scrub (lavender, chamomile, bergamot, and cedarwood are our favorites for relaxation). Plus, using oils in the scrub will help you relax while you make the mixture, not just while you’re using it! Use our DIY salt foot scrub recipe to make your own batch.
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of essential oils by now, but did you know there is research to suggest that use of essential oils is actually one of the best natural remedies for relaxation? According to Mayo Clinic, the benefits of using essential oils in aromatherapy include relief from anxiety and depression, improved sleep and pain relief. The natural scent of these oils stimulates receptors in your nose, which actually calms your nervous and limbic systems. You can use essential oils by dabbing the oil directly onto your wrists and behind your ears, or place oils and water in an essential oil diffuser—many diffusers are fairly inexpensive and work by dispersing the scent into the air. Purchase individual oils or make your own DIY energy-boost serum.
This DIY spa night idea is great for solo nights in, or really any time you hop in a hot shower! You might have seen the latest essential oil trend, which involves hanging a eucalyptus branch in your shower. It might seem crazy, but hear us out—it actually works. The combination of hot steam and a big bundle of eucalyptus leaves releases the plant’s natural oil, which is one of the best for increasing relaxation. Plus, its our go-to during the winter months because the oils released can actually clear congestion. Learn how to hang eucalyptus in the shower and attach it directly to the shower head like Hilary Fetch from PraticallySensible, or look for eucalyptus shower spray or shower bombs that release scent when they come in contact with water and steam.
Getting a professional pedicure can be seriously relaxing, but it can be seriously pricey too. Learn how to do a pedicure at home without the hefty price tag (or the urge to giggle every time the technician accidentally tickles your feet). Soak your feet in a bowl of warm water (you can also use the tub) and exfoliate with a salt scrub before giving your toes a fresh coat of polish. Get ready to dip your feet into a DIY pedicure soak and read up on the best pro secrets for healthier nails.
DIY Bath Bombs
Trust us, these DIY bath bombs are worth the extra effort. Skip the store and mix up your own batch of fizzy bath bombs. Our bath bomb recipe uses Epsom salt and essential oils for a seriously relaxing bubble bath. And we can tell you from experience, your whole kitchen will smell delightful after you’re done filling the bath bomb molds with your homemade mixture.
Homemade Body Butter
Body butter with coconut oil is one of our favorite natural skin care remedies for winter, but it’s a great addition to your year-round skin care routine. Homemade body butter tops store-bought lotions and creams because you can control exactly what goes on to your skin. Skip the chemicals and ingredients you can’t even pronounce, and make your own DIY body lotion scented with essential oils or other natural scents. Learn how to make our whipped coconut oil body butter recipe and checkout these other totally worth-it skin care splurges.
What you put in your body is just as important as the products you put on it. Whether you’re getting in a quick weeknight bubble bath or hosting a DIY spa night for your squad, have a few healthy snacks or drinks on hand. Make our no-bake energy poppers, or choose a recipe that uses one of these foods proven to reduce stress. If you don’t have time to make or bake something, opt for one of our quick and easy fruit-infused water recipes.
Homemade Shower Bombs
Shower bombs are basically bath bombs for the shower—and our recipe has a secret healing ingredient. Shower bombs work like bath bombs in that they dissolve on the shower floor while you’re in the shower (often releasing essential oils and calming scents), but you can also add a secret ingredient for an added kick. If you’re starting to feel the familiar tickle that indicates the beginning stages of a cold, you can add Vicks VapoRub to your shower bombs and experience the decongesting power of hot steam and healing scents. Get our ultimate shower bomb recipe and simply swap out the Vicks for plain coconut oil if you're not feeling sick.