Creating Your Personal Spa: 3 Easy DIY Recipes for Self Care
How many times have you told yourself you’ll make time for a massage, a facial, a visit to the spa? And how many times has it actually happened?
Sometimes, the “good life” can seem so out of reach. Not enough money, not enough time to spend on yourself & actually feeling good- physically, mentally & emotionally.
But the truth is, self-care doesn’t have to come from a spa, a salon or a therapist (although all three are absolutely amazing & budgeting them into your schedule at least quarterly will do you a world of good!). Maybe you can you commit to once a week for yourself. Can you pencil in 1 or 2 hours on a weekend or a Tuesday evening to do YOU? I believe you can & I believe you will be much happier with your life if you do.
So, how about creating your own personal spa?
At home, in your space, on your time, and within your budget. In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to 3 simple ways to create personal spa time in your life. I will share the recipes, as well as my favorite sources for the minimal supplies needed to amp up your self care ritual in a major way.
First, pick a day & time when you won’t have any interruptions. Mega Important: Turn off your cellphone & put it somewhere out of reach. I mean it.
Lighting some pleasantly scented candles always helps set the mood for peace & reflection. Be mindful of placing candles somewhere safe where they won’t be knocked over or catch onto fabric.
Recipe 1: Restorative Bath or Shower Steam
Draw a hot bath. Fill your tub with water at just the right temperature, whether you like it piping hot or just this side of warm. While the tub is filling, dim the lights and light some candles. Beyond that, you can help yourself relax even further by doing a few of your favorite things. For example:
Pour yourself a glass of wine, juice, tea, fruit punch or some infused water.
Play chill music. Try searching the web using keywords such as "spa playlists" or "spa music".
Light some incense.
Set out a fluffy towel or bathrobe.
Add bath salts, essential oils & other ingredients to your bath. This is a great way to enhance your bath and give you the benefits of aromatherapy as well. While Heart & Arrow offers divinely scented handcrafted bath salts, you certainly don’t have to limit yourself to bath salts. Feel free to add bubble bath, bath oils, bath beads, bath bombs, and anything else that helps you relax.
You could add milk and oatmeal to your bath, since these have a moisturizing effect and are great for dry skin.
Or try adding almond oil, jojoba oil or even a spoonful of coconut oil. You’ll come out of the bath with baby-soft skin.
Massage your sore muscles as you soak. With all the hard work you do between spa days, you might have a sore back, legs, arms or neck. Take time to knead your muscles with your fingers to loosen yourself up in the warm water.
Exfoliate your skin. Use a loofah or a body scrub to completely exfoliate your arms, legs, and torso. Your skin will feel soft, smooth and healthy when you get out of the tub.
Use gentle circular motions to slough off the dead skin.
If you’d like, shave your legs and other body parts after you exfoliate.
Dry your skin & apply a nourishing lotion. Use a towel to pat your skin dry, then seal in the moisture by applying a lotion or body cream to your arms, legs, and torso. After your body is covered in lotion, put on your bathrobe to give it time to absorb into your skin before you get dressed.
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Recipe 2: Give Yourself a Facial. That’s Right…
Gently exfoliate your face. Wet it with warm water and use a washcloth or a facial brush to scrub away the dead skin. Be sure to use a gentle circular motion instead of applying pressure, since your facial skin is sensitive and could stretch and wrinkle if you handle it roughly.
Facial scrubs also work well. Buy one at the store or make your own by mixing up the following ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon ground almonds or ground oatmeal, and 1 teaspoon water. Use it to scrub your face, then rinse it off with warm water.
My favorite Facial Scrub is by Circle Herbals & it works wonders!
Give yourself a steam treatment. Fill a small pot with water and heat it on the stove until it begins to steam. Drape a towel over the back of your head and hold your head over the pot to allow the steam to caress your face. Hold it there for two to three minutes to get the full benefits of the steam.
Be sure not to hold your face so close that it feels extremely hot. Your face should feel very warm, but not uncomfortably hot.
Increase the pleasure of a facial steam by adding a few drops of essential oil to the pot. Lavender, tea tree oil and rose water all have a relaxing effect. Heart & Arrow’s Floral Facial Steam is a botanical mixture that will elevate your steam to heavenly.
Do a face mask. Doing masks at home is a lot of fun, and they leave your face as soft as a baby’s skin. Use a facial mask from the store or mix up a recipe using household ingredients. Apply it to your face for fifteen minutes, then wash it away. Here are a few popular mask options:
For dry skin: Mix 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon olive oil
For regular skin: Mix 1 teaspoon honey and 1 smashed banana
For oily skin: Mix 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon cosmetic clay
Moisturize your face. Trap in the moisture from your facial treatments using a good cream on your face to end the process. You can use either a storebought cream or a little facial oil, like jojoba, argan, or almond oil. These oils balance your skin without causing acne.
My absolute favorite facial oil is Celeste Botanical’s ‘MoonDrop Beauty Oil’ for Sensitive Skin.
Recipe 3: Bend & Stretch
I love to whip out my purple yoga mat & well, not do yoga. Due to physical injury I have in my right shoulder, I can’t do Downward Facing Dog without paying for it in pain points. So my go-to video is ‘Bend & Stretch’ with Melissa Krieger, one of the many talented Yoga instructors on DoYogaWithMe.com, a free site with instructional yoga videos for all levels & all time commitments. It’s only 30 minutes long & leaves your body feeling stretched & limber in all the right places.
Equally importantly, your mind will feel refreshed & better able to focus on the day ahead.
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There you have 3 easy ways to create a personal spa experience for yourself, as many times a week as you like, costing you minimal investment. Remember though, ladies, investing in yourself & in quality natural goods that aid in your self-care will always be one of the best things you can spend your hard-earned money on.
You are enough & you are absolutely worth it!
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