So, I have a confession to make- I’ve never set foot inside a spa. For one, the strong smell of perfumed products makes me nauseous. Second, I don’t like spending a small fortune on over-priced (often toxic) products. Does this mean I don’t pamper myself? Heck no!
I make my own spa- The All-Natural, Products-Are-Amazing, Use-Only-Real-Ingredients, Make-Me-Feel-Awesome Spa! Here are my favourite recipes for you!
Hydrating Honey Facial Mask
2 tsp raw honey
Yup, just honey. Trust me! Warm honey on your fingertips, then rub in gentle circular motions on your face and neck, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes or so, then rinse off with lukewarm water. Pat face dry and be amazed at how soft your skin feels! Honey is a humectant, meaning that it pulls moisture to it, leaving your skin super soft. Raw honey is also full of antibacterial properties, making this the ideal mask for dry or acne-prone skin.
Soothing Body Scrub
1/4 cup Epsom salt
1/8 cup oil (olive, sunflower, sweet almond or grapeseed work nicely)
optional essential oils, use 10 or so drops until you like the scent. I love citrus scents, (lemon, sweet orange or lemonbalm) for when I want to be uplifted and sensual scents (rose, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli, geranium, ylang ylang) for relaxing.
Mix salt and oil together. Stir and add essential oils, if using. To make this really decadent, draw yourself a warm bath. Then sit on the edge of your tub and start rubbing your scrub into your skin. Use more pressure on rough bits, like heels and elbows. The course texture of the salt will scrub off dry skin, while the oil moisturizes. You could use any type of salt for this, but here’s my favourite part of this scrub- when you’re done exfoliating, slip into the tub and let the Epsom salts dissolve into your bath water. You can add more Epsom to the bath water for good measure. Epsom salts are high in magnesium, the wonderful mineral that lets our muscles relax. Having a soak in Epsom salts soothes muscles and eases aches and pains. Sigh . . .. When you’ve finished soaking, rub some gently warmed oil (think warm, melted coconut oil infused with vanilla or sunflower oil with rose) into your skin and be amazed at how soft you feel!
Sugar Facial Scrub
2 tsp finely ground sugar (brown sugar works well)
1 tsp oil (olive, sweet almond or grapeseed is nice)
optional- 1/2 tsp vitamin E
optional- essential oils
Mix sugar and oil. Add vitamin E and essential oils, if using. Rub into the face and neck, avoiding eye region, using gentle circular motions. The sugar will remove dead and dry skin and the oils will moisturize. Rinse off with warm water. Apply toner and moisturizing oils to seal in goodness!
Balancing Toner for Oily Skin
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup filtered or distilled water
Mix and store in jar or bottle. Will keep in fridge for up to 1 week. Shake before use. Apply to face after cleansing and before moisturizing. You can spritz it on if you have a misting bottle, or you can dab it on. Apple cider vinegar helps to rebalance skin’s pH, cleanses excess dirt from pores and seals in moisture for squeaky clean and soft skin.
Soothing Toner for Dry or Irritated Skin
1/2 cup filtered water
1 Chamomile tea bag (or 1 tsp loose-leaf)
2 tsp rolled oats
Boil water and steep tea. Add oats and allow to cool completely. Strain and store liquid in a bottle or jar. Stores in the fridge for up to 1 week. Mist or dab onto face after cleansing to soften skin, remove redness and soothe irritation. Oats are rich in nutrients that soothe, heal and nourish the skin. Chamomile will reduce puffiness and redness.
Who says you need a fancy spa and a fat wallet to treat yourself! I hope you like these recipes and would love to hear some of your favourite spa recipes to make at home.