Winter is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a home spa day! As the season ices over, your skin dehydrates, your hair feels duller and overall you feel cold and unwilling to venture out and do crazy activities (don’t worry, we’ll bookmark them for Summer.) So why not ditch the cold for comfort and treat yourself to the ultimate staycation. The best part of a homemade spa treatment is that the treat can be for you alone (hello me time!) or you can invite some gal pals and make a day of it. Here are our tips on how to create the perfect spa sensation in your own living room:
- Let’s face it:
When you think spa day, you instantly think facials. If you haven’t got a store bought sheet mask or clay scrub at home then why not get the creative juices flowing and make your own? My personal favorite is the honey and strawberry mask. All you need is one strawberry and 1 tbsp. of honey. Mash them together and apply to your face. After 15 minutes, wash it off with warm water and admire your radiant glow (it’s also great for sun damage and uneven skin tones.) Another tried and tested favorite is the yoghurt mask: add 1 tsp. of plain yoghurt with the fresh juice from ¼ of an orange, plus orange pulp and 1 tsp. of aloe. Leave the mixture on your face for 5-10 min and wash off. Viola, tighter pores and clean skin. For more ideas look here: https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/homemade-facial-masks-recipes/
- Please don’t give me lip!
Winter can cause chapped lips. To get rid of the dry and rough and bring in the soft and beautiful, try a lip scrub. Lips also need exfoliating TLC. An easy recipe is honey and thick brown sugar. Mix the two together and rub onto your lips in small circles until smooth. Then rinse off and apply lip balm. For an extra kick add some coconut oil to your scrub.
3.You put your left hand in…
Our hands and feet suffer the most during winter. They peel, they get callouses and they can be dreadfully dry. Here’s a fab hand and foot scrub that is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. Add two cups of almond milk with two cups of coffee grounds into a bowl. Next use the mixture in slow circular movements on your hands and feet. Rinse off the mixture and moisturise. Now you can sneak in a mani-pedi or put on some thick socks and enjoy a nice cup of tea.
- Tea off!
Speaking of tea, a spa day isn’t just about treatments; it’s also about treating yourself to yummy snacks and drinks. With the cold weather outside why not try a warm cup of herbal tea? Different flavours have different results. For example: chamomile tea helps you to sleep and green tea helps with detoxing and can make your skin flawless. For a full list of tea choices and their benefits check out this website: https://www.developgoodhabits.com/herbal-tea/
- Hairy situation:
During winter I always pedantically apply hair masks to keep my hair shiny and hydrated, but hair masks can be very expensive and a great mask can be hard to find. So here’s a recipe or two for you to make your own. After you shampoo your hair, opt to add a tbsp. of coconut oil instead of conditioner. Leave it in for 10 min and then rinse it out. It stops frizzing and gives you a glow (be careful not to use too much coconut oil, it’ll leave your hair feeling oily and overworked.) Another recipe is avocado and olive oil. Mix two tbsp. of each into a bowl and work it through your hair. Leave it in for an hour (yes, you’ll look like a bowl of guacamole, but trust me here) and wash it out with shampoo. Then rewash your hair as you normally would (shampoo and conditioner) and enjoy!
I hope these five DIY treats leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the cold. Psst the best part is: they’re all organic so if you get hungry, you can turn some of the treatments into snacks.
Check out which DIY spa style treat is a favorite of our BLVD ladies:
For me, it’s all about the oils! I apply Amla Oil (you can find it at Clicks or Dischem) to the roots of my hair, massage it in and then sleep with it on overnight. After a GOOD wash in the morning, my hair shines like the sun. I also love to pop on some baby oil after my shower (while I am still wet), just to hydrate my winter skin a bit more.
Tiyana: [Fashion & PR Co-Ordinator]
My DIY treatment is a lip scrub – my lips are always SO chapped, so when lip ice doesn’t help, I use this scrub: coconut oil + brown sugar + organic honey – works like a charm.
- Mix the coconut oil and honey
- Add the brown sugar and lukewarm water to the mixture
- Rub the mixture on your lips in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
What are your fave DIY spa day treatments? Let us know in the comments below: