Ahhh…. Valentine’s Day- the ultimate spa holiday. What better way is there to show your special someone how much you appreciate them? That is, of course, until you see the price tag that goes along with all that pampering. But wait! There are ways to indulge you loved one and not spend your entire life savings: home spa treatments.
You can create a spa in the comfort of your own home while using simple ingredients found in your pantry. While there is no substitute for a well-educated and trained spa service provider, the act of taking time for oneself will simulate the effects of visiting a relaxing spa. Go even farther and create the mood: play relaxing music, light a few candles, and slip into a comfy robe. Try one (or all) of the recipes below for a wonderfully relaxing Valentine’s Day.
Deep Conditioning Hair Mask:
- 1 egg yolk
- Coconut oil (amount depends on your length of hair)
Mix together and apply to hair. After 2-3 hours rinse out and enjoy silky soft locks.
Hydration Face Mask:
- 1 tablespoon cold heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon yogurt (the less sugar the better)
- 1 ½ tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
- ½ an avocado
Mix together. Apply using a makeup brush or fan painting brush. Let sit until hardened. Rinse off with warm water.
*For a complete spa experience: dampen hand towel and heat in microwave for 10 seconds and remove mask with heated towel.
*Dealing with rough spots or dark areas? Add lemon juice to the mask.
Dry Skin Body Scrub:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup raw oatmeal
- 1 cup olive oil
Mix together ingredients. Apply in a circular motion all over body (not on face). Rinse off with warm water.
*Battling cellulite? Add 1 tablespoon each of coffee grounds and cocoa powder.
Tired Feet Foot Soak:
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- Juice of 1 lime
- Fresh mint leaves
Roughly chop mint leaves and add to other ingredients. Drop mixture in warm water and soak feet.