Nothing 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.
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.