With National Relaxation Day right around the corner (Aug. 15), I’m planning on taking full advantage of the day to treat myself with a little well-earned TLC. With all the craziness of everyday life, taking a moment to relax and unwind is absolutely necessary. While I love heading to the spa for a facial, nail treatments and massage, the royal treatment can become ridiculously expensive.
However, pampering yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. Below are a few of my favorite ways to get that spa glow at home without breaking the bank.
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Refreshing Lemon Water
If you want to get the full spa-like experience, iced lemon water is a must. I prep a carafe with ice, water, lemon slices and a few sprigs of mint, and then pour the mixture into a fancy glass to keep me hydrated as I soak, pamper and relax the day away. Don’t forget to set the scene with soothing music and some lit candles.
Milk baths are amazing for the skin. This bath combines milk, honey and essential oils (lavender is my favorite), and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. The lactic acid in the milk gently exfoliates, while honey and essentials moisturize and smell great. I simply add 4 cups of milk, a few tablespoons honey and 10-20 drops of lavender to my bath. Relax, rinse and then glow.
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
I skip the expensive hair treatments and work some coconut oil into wet hair. Coconut oil is a penny-pinching beauty lover’s BFF, as it’s ultra moisturizing for skin, hair and nails. To use, I work it into my hair (avoiding the scalp), let it sit a bit and then rinse it out extremely well. Coconut oil is great for strengthening and smoothing tresses, leaving my hair silky smooth.
If you head down the beauty aisle, there are so many facial masks available to purchase, but they can be so expensive. I’ve been DIY-ing beauty masks and absolutely love using products that I already have around the house. My go-to is a hydrating avocado mask that’s ready in minutes. It’s packed with moisturizers, and the honey has great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that leave my skin moisturized and diminishes redness. Simply mix 1/2 of an avocado, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon of yogurt, and apply. Rinse after 10 minutes.
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Homemade sugar scrubs are my absolute favorite. They are so affordable, simple to make and they leave my skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom. To make, I mix 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of oatmeal (you can pulse in a food processor a few times to create a better consistency) and 1/2 cup of olive oil. I scrub away (taking special care to focus on drier spots like knees and elbows), rinse, and I’m left with gently exfoliated skin for next to nothing.
These DIY beauty hacks are so simple and cheap that there’s no reason not to pamper yourself a little this National Relaxation Day.
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