DIY spa day

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

DIY spa dayNothing beats a day at the spa, right? But living with a budget means it’s not always possible to splash out on hours of relaxing treatments and soft-footed therapists waiting on your every need.

But don’t be disheartened. While the DIY version might not provide all the bells and whistles, it can go some way to helping you relax (while you close your eyes and pretend!)

Here are a few luxe body treatments that you can do at home, which will leave you feeling pampered while remaining strictly within budget…

DIY apple skin polish treatment

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is more than just an annoying phrase that your granny uses. It’s actually got a lot of truth in it. Apples are 85% water and high in vitamins like A and C, but they also contain an exfoliating enzyme called malic acid, which is good for removing dead skin cells.

Make your own scrub by mixing:
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp fresh apple purée
A pinch of cinnamon

Climb into the shower and apply to your body in slow, circulation motions using a face cloth or bath glove. You should feel tingly and refreshed all over. Finish off with lots of body lotion and a large glass of chilled water.

TIP: If you want to use it on your face, leave out the granulated sugar, which is a bit rough for the delicate skin around the eyes and mouth.

A fruity facial treatment

If your skin is feeling dull and in need of a facial there are loads of DIY versions you can try out. We love this one for tired, dry skin that’s seen too much sun and needs a refresh.

You’ll need
A scoop of cold cream
A slug of plain yoghurt
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp avo
A squeeze of aloe vera gel

Chuck all of these ingredients into a blender and whisk them up until they are mixed. Then use a foundation brush to paint it onto your cleansed face. For added effect dim the lights, tie your hair up in a towel and lie on the bed with your eyes closed for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off the mixture and your skin should feel refreshed and moisturised.

Aromatherapy bath time

A bath is the ultimate, easiest and most affordable way to relax and unwind. We might take it for granted, but by adding a few aromatherapy oils and some chilled music you can transform it from functional into therapeutic.

When adding aromatherapy oils to your bath use about five to 10 drops in a tablespoon of carrier oil (like olive oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil). These oils ensure the scent of the aromatherapy oil isn’t too overwhelming, and they also nourish and moisturise your skin.

TIP: Relaxing aromatherapy scents include: basil, bergamot, chamomile, frankincense, juniper, marjoram, oranges, rose and rosewood, sandalwood, sage, ylang ylang and lavender.

Image: Shutterstock.com

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Emily Pettit-Coetzee is a freelance writer and a blogger of lovely things. She spends her days writing about everything from corporate finance to teen fashion and has a weakness for vintage fashion and red lipstick.

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  1. AndreaM

    Wow these sound so good, Im going to be doing this once a week most definitely.

    5 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    Mmmmm I SO need some Aromatherapy bath time right now!!

    6 years ago •

  1. Empress

    I am a bubble bath girl.I just add candles, face mask and lots of bubbles or bath salts and come out ever so relaxed.

    6 years ago •

  1. TJK

    I’m definitely going to try a few of these

    6 years ago •

  1. mashigoane

    Trying out the scrub, i love DIY treatments ;-)

    6 years ago •

  1. Cindy.M

    Im soo going to try it. This hustle and bustle life is taking its toll on poor body. Thanks

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Going to get my girls together and have a spa day now! Can do this at any time of the month. Would be great to try out during the winter vacation! Can’t wait!

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Ah wish spa day could be NOW! This sounds amazing!

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    I printed this and will be trying this on the long weekend. Funds are low so this will definetely do. Can’t wait very excited.

    6 years ago •

  1. Nettie

    thank you for this tips – will definitely try them over a weekend and on the plus side it wont even cost me much .

    6 years ago •

  1. Larissa B

    These are must try tips, i have used 10 drops of lavender and chamomile in my bath which was amazing and a few drops less in the bath for my kids aged 5 months and 6 years, they always have the best night sleep.
    The local library also has some interesting and wonderful reads on how to whip up a storm of body and mind, uplifting spa home remedies and recipes naturally.

    6 years ago •

  1. zozo.twenty

    Definitely need to take this on this weekend. Need a pamper session to revive after a crazy week.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pulane

    Aromatherapy bath, am definitely trying this 1

    6 years ago •

  1. may-may 22

    sounds like a good time with the ladies

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    the aromatherapy bath sounds wonderful am so going to try it.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Love the tips, sure it will smell divine also

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I love DIY. Thank you so much :-)

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    This is so awesome!!! I love DIY beauty stuff! One day I am going to make beauty stuff for a living

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Love the aromatheraphy bath idea!

    6 years ago •

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