If you need some relaxation, rejuvenation and spa-like beauty treatments, but can’t afford a trip to the spa, do it yourself at home with these homemade beauty products and helpful hints! These easy-to-follow, at-home spa secrets will help pamper your body and save you money at the same time. You should be able to find the ingredients for most of these at-home beauty recipes right in your kitchen! For more than ten great at-home spa secrets to try at home tonight, keep reading!
Fix Flawed Skin
If you can’t afford a facial but need to do something about your acne or blotchy, uneven skin, consider the produce and dairy department! Garlic has natural anti-bacterial components that can help clear your pimples and keep skin cells healthy. Simply peel and crush two cloves of garlic and work into a paste, and apply directly to your face. Leave on for ten minutes before gently wiping away and rinsing with cool water. If garlic is too strong a smell for you to wear as a face mask, you can also spot-treat zits with a paste of baking soda and lemon juice.
Raw, beaten eggs are also great for conditioning your skin and hair. Apply before showering, wait ten minutes, and wash clean. Avoid getting raw egg in your eyes and mouth. If you don’t like the idea of massaging raw egg into your hair or on your face, use mayonnaise!
Want to help your skin from the inside out? Start each day with a glass of water with lemon in it, and drink green tea at lunch for the incredible anti-aging properties! Avoid sodas and alcohol.
Exfoliating Body Scrubs
To slough off the dead cells of the Winter months and show off your new Spring skin, try an at-home body exfoliant! Combining a cup of regular white sugar with a few teaspoons of honey and massaging the mixture into your skin gently in circular motions will help reveal healthy, new skin!
Avocados are also great for skin, both on the face and body. The natural fats and oils in the fruit may help restore a healthy glow to skin, making it an ideal part of the next at-home spa secret formula: simply mash an avocado with a bit of honey and lemon and massage into skin. The avocado will moisturize and condition while the lemon juice with help to lighten dark spots or uneven patches in your complexion. For more exfoliation, add a few pinches of sugar to create more of a scrub, but be careful as the acids in the lemon juice can increase skin sensitivity.
Dry Hair Scare
To help condition dry and damaged hair at home, look no further than your fridge! A cup of mayonnaise applied to your hair will soften and condition your hair naturally because of the oils and Vitamin E it contains. Olive oil can also be used, though use it more sparingly due to cost and much higher ‘grease factor’. Leave either application on for 10-15 minutes before washing out with a gentle, moisturizing shampoo.
If you suffer from dry hair regularly, be sure to avoid any shampoos with the words “clarifying” or “purifying”, as these products will likely strip your hair, and are designed for people with oily hair. Use these types of shampoo only once every few weeks to control build-up, and opt for daily care products with words like “moisturizing”, “restoring” and “protectant”.
Brittle Nails Be Gone
Want to know a fabulous at-home spa secret that will help your nails look and feel stronger and healthier? Eat your Jello! Gelatin contains proteins because it is derived from animal collagen, and it is thought that eating at least a few servings of gelatin a week can promote stronger nails and even better looking hair! (Note: whipped cream won’t improve your nails, but it will improve your bowl of Jello!)
Tired, Aching Feet
Do your piggies need to be pampered, but your budget dictates you create the spa experience at home? While nothing gets the job done like a good old-fashioned foot rub, you can indulge your feet in a homemade foot soak to loosen muscles and relieve tension. If you don’t have a portable foot spa ($15-30, retail stores), you can use a large mixing bowl or your bathtub. Just mix several cups of water with one cup of milk and a half cup of honey for a sweet-smelling, milky relaxation soak.
Need an invigorating foot scrub? Combine a half cup of brown sugar with a generous squirt of your favorite body wash! Dead skin will slough off, revealing softer, sweet-smelling feet. Stinky feet? Freshen up with a spritz of homemade deodorizing foot spray. Just mix distilled water with a few drops of tea tree and/or peppermint oil in a spray bottle and mist feet after bathing. Allow spray to completely dry before putting on socks or shoes.