With the ongoing pandemic and safer-at-home orders, many individuals are cooped up at home. While this is important to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus, it can still throw off regular schedules and lead to a lack or reduction of self-care.
To help provide an outlet for individuals who are staying home and missing their regular spa treatments—or who are interested in starting a new self-care regime—we have created a list of activities to bring the spa home to you, and with ingredients you likely already have at home.
Start with an Aromatherapy Bath/Shower
Baths can be a more relaxing setting for a spa-like treatment; however, you can still enjoy this experience in the shower. For baths, fill the tub with hot water and add in a few drops of lavender essential oil or choose your favorite relaxing scent. For showers, add the drops of essential oils to a sponge or washcloth and set at the bottom of the shower. The steam of your shower will release the scent.
Add an Exfoliating Body Scrub
Exfoliating is an important regular step of skin and body care to remove the dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin. Treat yourself during your aromatherapy bath or shower by using a homemade or store-bought body scrub over just your loofa and body wash. To make your own body scrub, mix 2-parts brown sugar with 1-part olive oil. If you have dry skin or acne-prone skin, adding a tablespoon or two of manuka honey can help nourish and treat your skin. You can also keep the aromatherapy going by adding in a few drops of citrus-based essential oil—the citrus scent is great for uplifting and putting the mind in a great mood.
Don’t Forget to Deep Condition Your Hair
No need to splurge on expensive hair care treatments—just check in your fridge! A mashed avocado serves as a quick and convenient way to nourish and moisturize your hair. Looking for a protein-rich hair treatment? Beat an egg, apply it to your hair, and let it sit for about 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cool water.
After a shower or facial steam is the best time to apply a facial for optimal results while the pores are open and primed for treatment. If you already exfoliated with the homemade body scrub above, then skip right to applying a DIY Honey and Yogurt Facial Treatment. If you have specific skin concerns, check out our other facial recipes to see which will help you to best care for your skin care needs. After rinsing away your facial mask, give yourself a facial massage with grapeseed or almond oil—this will help nurture your skin, boost circulation, and leave your skin soft and vibrant.
Post-Shower Foot Mask
Now that you have exfoliated and primed your feet, they are perfectly primed for a foot mask. Mix equal parts of oatmeal, sea salt, corn meal, and olive oil with 2-3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel (this will create a “mask-like” consistency). Top off the foot mask with a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Massage into your feet, then kick back and relax for a few minutes with the foot mask still applied. Wash off with luke-warm water.