With the holidays approaching, money can be tight and your stress levels can be high. Between family and work commitments and budgeting to buy gifts for everyone for Christmas, a day at the spa sounds lovely but it is difficult for most of us to fit the cost into an already restricted winter budget. Pampering yourself doesn’t need to be expensive so here are a few DIY tricks to create a spa experience at home for you and the family.
For Your Hair
Between coloring our hair and the dry winter air, most of us have hair that is damaged and dry and needs some extra TLC. Try a DIY hair mask that you can make at home. There are plenty of recipes online to find a variety of different ways to whip up hair masks and most call for ingredients you already have around the house such as coconut oil, yogurt and honey, or (if you really are not afraid of making a mess) soaking your hair with egg yolks.
For Your Face
Daily exposure to the elements can really take a toll on our skin and often times result in dull and dry facial skin. Spa facials can be expensive and the results typically seem to fade after a week. Dr. Surbhi, a dermatologist, recommends daily care of your face and even recommends a couple of homemade facials, which can be done once a week.
For Your Legs
Summer may be over but hair removal season is always in full swing. Instead of spending the money on waxing at spas, there are some DIY methods that you can do in the privacy and convenience of your own home. To go a razor free route, you can invest in gadgets such as an epilator or buy a waxing kit. There are also online methods for eliminating leg hair by using ingredients like almond oil and white pepper.
For Your Feet
Even though your tired feet will be hidden away in cozy socks and winter boots until spring, you still need to pay attention to the care of them. There are many ways to give yourself a foot soak on a budget. Much like a hair mask, you will find many foot soak ingredients already at your disposal in the pantry. Some foot soaks require simple ingredients like Listerine and warm water, salt and baking soda or brown sugar and olive oil. A relaxing foot soak awaits you in the aisles of your local grocery store.
So next time you are feeling the stress of the holidays or checking the balance of your bank account, skip the spa and look in your kitchen. All that you and your family need for your next spa treatment may just be waiting for you there.