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DIY At Home Spa in 5 Steps

Posted by Alexandra C. | Thursday February 21, 201310 comments

I don't know about you, but my experience in spas has pretty much been limited to two chair massages and one body massage where I spent the entire time terrified that I was, at any moment, going to flash my butt cheek (or worse). 

That doesn't mean, however, that I don't know how to pamper myself. Whenever my skin needs a bit of a pick me up and I don't have the time or funds to make it to a spa, I have an at home DIY spa! 

It's easy to do and you probably already own everything you need. Also, it's a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon for some me time, or bonding with a girlfriend or family member (hint hint: Mother's Day is coming up!). 

Here's how: 

Step #1: Exfoliate 

Start your spa experience with an exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and to improve your skin's appearance. 

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to create a scrub at home is to add baking soda to your favourite cleanser. You can also create a scrub with a few ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard like sugar and honey. Here's a great DIY recipe for a scrub. 

Step #2: Steam 

After exfoliating, open your pores with an old fashioned steam facial. While you can purchase steaming machines like (top right) HoMedics Facial Refresher Facial Sauna (C$29.99) or (bottom right) Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Steamer Solutions (C$125.00), you could also try the bare bones version of hot water and a face cloth. Or, let the steam of a freshly boiled pot of water open your pores by (carefully) putting your face over top and putting a towel over you. This is also a great remedy for clearing the sinuses!  

Step #3: Masks

My skin loves a good mask/facial. I like to picture my skin cells doing a little jig every time I use one. That's how much my skin loves masks. 

After opening your pores, give your skin a little TLC with a mask catering to it's needs. If you are acne prone with oily skin, try a clearing mask made with uncoated Aspirin. Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is the active ingredient to help with acne. 

For those looking for extra hydration and soothing properties in a mask, we recommend this warming oatmeal and honey mask.

For a glowing complexion, try this deep cleansing cocoa and coffee mask or this pumpkin mask which has apple cider vinegar in it. The apple cider vinegar acts like glycolic acid and helps reduce dark spots. 

Step #4: Toner 

I'm not a huge fan of toner. I rarely use it, and instead just swipe a bit of witch hazel on my skin. However, this DIY toner is great to have on hand because it helps with break outs. It contains tea tree oil (i.e. my acne secret weapon) and green tea to help soothe.

Step #5: Prep and Moisturize 

Before I moisturize, I use a vitamin C serum which gives me a more radiant and even skintone. Here's a simple DIY version for you to make! If you need to spot treat blemishes, I recommend dabbing on some lemon juice to dry it outAs a final step in your at home spa, moisturize your skin using a rich oil like argan or coconut oil. 

Note: While I know plenty of people who swear by coconut oil, I've found it a bit too heavy for my skin (which means breakouts) so I stick to my regular, everyday store bought moisturizer.

Do you spa often or are you a DIY'er spa lady like myself?
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on February 28, 2013  Racenhawk  2,689 said:

great way to save money too!

on February 25, 2013  Becky  13,113 said:

All this sounds amazing. I always want to but never seem to find the time... Maybe next weekend?

on February 22, 2013  shanaz  5,961 said:

I loveeeee at home beauty treatments!

I especially LOVE layering face masks. Glam Glow Korres' Sleeping Facial = SKIN HEAVEN!

on February 21, 2013  smiley_gen  9,832 said:

Very neat! I love using lemon with a bit of honey. Just rub it on your face wait 10 minutes and rise your face. Your face feel so refreshed! :)

on February 21, 2013  LissaG  6,010 said:

These are great! I love DIY spa stuff, so relaxing to take a few hours to pamper yourself.

on February 21, 2013  takoda  28,648 said:

I don't do it near enough, but I should and I sure could use one right about now!

on February 21, 2013  fredamans  12,237 said:

Going to try some of the masks.

on February 21, 2013  Bren  25,731 said:

I make DIY spa items quite often there always fun and natural..... I've been hearing about pumpkin masks lately they are getting really popular I love the idea of the apple cider vinegar in it.I have a big bottle of Braggs and its like a miracle in a bottle there are so many uses..I want to try that one....Thanks Alex great ideas!I love these DIY beauty ideas....

on February 21, 2013  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

This sounds pretty easy to do! I personally love going to the spa though - Love being pampered!

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