Spa Indulgence: Pampering for Pennies

Posted on 28 August 2012 by admin

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming, whilst doing something entirely mundane (like washing dishes!), and wishing life would whisk you off to somewhere peaceful, relaxing and warm? Well, so do I, but life as we know it doesn’t exactly grant the majority of us the time and money for that! Whilst a spa weekend away is music to our ears, it’s right at the top of the ‘living the life of luxury’ list, and right at the bottom of our priorities lists…

So for those of us who can’t afford the price tag of a rural retreat, our bath tub is just going to have to make do. If you think this is a bad thing then think again because there are plenty of ways to bring the luxury of a spa to your home and to indulge in some quality ‘me-time’. Let the pampering sessions begin!

Firstly, I want to show you some really good DIY ideas, this is all pretty much free although you may need to buy some of the ingredients!

1. Coffee Scrub

A cup of coffee in the morning is a must-have for many people as it wakes you up and helps you to feel energized… A coffee scrub does the same thing but for your skin! They’re used all over the world in spas but it’s very simple to make at home!

What you need:

  • Coffee, Sugar, Olive oil, Honey

Most of us have these somewhere in our cupboards at home so should be completely cost-free! If you don’t have these ingredients, though, then you don’t need to fork out for an expensive brand – value products will do the trick!

Put all your ingredients in a bowl and stir until blended with a mixing spoon or your hands. You can tailor this product to suit you so it doesn’t matter how much of each ingredient you use, although I’d always use more coffee and sugar than oil. You can at this stage also use honey as it smells great, is natural and helps to stick everything together. Apply when having a warm shower and always remember to rinse thoroughly.

2. Cucumber Eye Soother

The skin around your eyes is really thin and sensitive, and struggles to avoid puffing up and becoming red when we’re tired, stressed or not eating well. Getting rid of the redness and puffiness can take a whole heap of make-up, when all we need is nature! The easiest and best answer to this problem is cucumber!

What you need:

  • Cucumber

Cut two slices of cucumber and rest on a bed of ice, this isn’t necessary but helps to really cool it. Cucumbers contain vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help to reduce swelling.

If you DON’T have cucumber, you can place spoons into a glass of icy water and let them cool before gently pressing them to your eyes.

3. Lip Scrub

Click for How-To Make This Scrub

I think this is a one of the best ideas out there! For my 21st last week I was doing my make-up and realised my lips were quite chapped, with only an hour to spare I grabbed my nearest body scrub and used that… And nothing has ever worked as well. So if you’re strapped for cash at the moment then I definitely suggest doubling up your body scrub, but if you’re willing to spend just a little then here’s my guide for a really tasty lip scrub.

What you need:

  • Old Lip Balm, Sugar, Olive Oil

This is probably the most cost-effective way but there are thousands of other options to make great smelling lip scrubs. For this just get a teaspoon full of old lip balm and mix with sugar and a little olive oil. Scrub on your lips for 30 seconds et voila!

4. Facial Steam

My sister has asthma and uses a homemade steam quite a lot, as recommended by her GP. The facial benefits of steaming, however, are enormous and if you had some herbs you can turn the steam into a relaxing and tranquil experience at no cost at all! DIY Spa at it’s best!

What you need:

  • Dried Lavender, Geranium Essential Oil

You need less than half a cup of the dried lavender and only a few drops of the essential oil, pour into a teapot and add boiling water. Leave for 10 minutes. Fill a sink with hot water, but only half way and then add the herbal infusion to the sink. Pull up a chair in front of your bathroom sink and drape a towel over your head (as in the picture). However this can be customized. Chamomile helps to soothe skin, whilst rosemary helps to balance oily skin.

Article by Isabella of    Regards, Isabella    <– Click to visit her blog and read more ideas on pampering for pennies

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