Continuing our blog series of self-care and at-home spa treatments during the COVID-19 safer-at-home quarantine, we have added to our list of spa-like treatments to help care for your skin and body while nurturing your mental health through relaxing activities.
Enjoying a steam facial is a great way to cleanse your pores and prep them for an at-home, DIY facial. To create the facial steam bath, boil water and pour into a large bowl. You can add a few drops of essential oils to enhance the steam facial (tea tree oil is great if you are battling acne, lavender for oily skin, rose absolute for dry skin, etc.). Lean over the bowl and cover your head completely with a towel—this will trap the steam and allow it to get to work on your pores.
Softening Hand Treatment
Make your own moisturizing hand scrub by mixing one tablespoon olive oil, one tablespoon sugar, and a teaspoon of almond oil (grapeseed oil can be substituted). Massage the mixture into your hands using circular motions for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water until most of the oil is removed and then pat dry. Finalize the treatment by applying a moisturizing lotion.
Milk Bath Treatment
This can be quite the indulgent treatment—with real life benefits, especially if you have dry skin, eczema, or psoriasis. The lactic acid of the milk softens the skin, which is a soothing relief for those with skin afflictions. To create your milk bath, add 4 cups of whole milk (can substitute with milk powder) and a few drops of essential oils. To up the soothing properties, you can add honey to the bath. Float some rose petals to add to the indulgent feel.
Skin Brightening Treatment
Make your own Antioxidant (Ageless) Facial at home with the use of papaya and pineapples. These fruits contain alpha hydroxy acids making them ideal ingredients in a facial treatment meant to exfoliate, tighten, and brighten the skin. Blend papaya, yogurt, and honey together and apply like a mask. Wash off after 10 minutes. Another method is freezing cubes of pineapple juice or chunks of pineapple overnight and then massaging the frozen treats over your skin. Let the melted juice sit on your skin for five minutes and then wash off.
Soothing Eye Treatment
The cucumber over the eyes in movies isn’t just an aesthetic. Cucumbers cool and soothe the area around the eyes. Chamomile tea bags and potato slices will also provide the same soothing relief. So, set the stage: dim the lights, light an aromatherapeutic candle, put on relaxing music, don your favorite facial treatment—cucumber and all—and relax for a few minutes!