One of life’s luxuries is going to a spa for a bit of rest and rejuvenation, getting treated with special mixtures and scrubs to repair your skin and get it feeling softer than ever. It’s always a unique gift to be able to soak in soft smells and feel the benefits of special masks, spending a bit of time just to focus on your skin. During the pandemic we might not be able to get out to the spa, but so many of those luxurious remedies are still within our grasp. Many of the best ingredients for skincare can be found in your local grocery store, which means that your next spa day could be right around the corner. From sugar scrubs to honey hand masks to natural skin brighteners, here are some ingredients for DIY skincare you can make at home at a fraction of the cost.
DIY Exfoliants for Soft Skin
Some of the best exfoliants are ingredients you already have in your pantry. Brown sugar combined with olive oil makes a great soothing scrub that smells amazing. If you add a bit of water to oatmeal, you get a soft but cleansing exfoliant you can use any time. If you want to level up your at-home spa day, you can replicate a $300 skin treatment by combining grape skin, raw honey, and lavender buds ground into a coarse powder. This mixture will bring peace and calm as it softens and exfoliates.
Natural Skin Brighteners
Some fruits available in your local grocery aisle are full of alpha hydroxy acids that can keep your skin bright and healthy. Mixing papaya with organic honey and yogurt creates an aromatic mask that cleans and brightens. Pineapple juice is another natural brightener— you can easily create a pineapple juice mask by freezing some into cubes and passing it over your skin to coat it. Leave for five minutes before rinsing and you’ll see your skin glow right away.
If you’ve got essential oils, you can give your skin the gift of a cleansing steam facial. Boil water with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and lean your face over the water, using a towel to trap the steam. If you don’t have a favorite essential oil, you can select one suited for your skin type. Tea tree oil can help clear up acne, rose oil can hydrate dry skin and lavender clears up oily skin.
DIY Hand Skincare
Our hands can endure a lot of abuse over the course of the day, and more frequent washing for COVID safety can make our hands more prone to dryness and cracking. You can make a simple moisturizing oil for your hands using a mixture of sugar, olive oil, and either almond or avocado oil for easy absorption. After the scrub, you can create a homemade hand mask by coating your hands in some warmed honey and covering with a clear wrap for thirty minutes. Your hands will come out feeling softer and firmer, and you’ll get the benefits of a restful day at the spa without spending any money.
Natural Body Scrub
If you’re looking for a full-body exfoliant that’s gentle and luxurious, coffee grounds are a great place to start. Mix coarsely ground coffee with either sugar or sea salt and an oil like sunflower or jojoba and rub it into your skin. This homemade scrub will clear away dead skin, nourish dry spots and provide an energizing wake-me-up.
Puffy Eye Treatment
Any number of factors like seasonal allergies, lack of sleep, and high stress might be giving you bags under your eyes. Cucumber slices are the usual spa staple for a reason; they’re great for cooling and providing relief from inflammation. If your eyes are feeling hot or tired, taking a couple of chamomile tea bags and resting them under your eyes can help soothe and refresh.
DIY Foot Remedy
Our feet are so important; remembering to give them proper care and treatment can help keep us at our healthiest and happiest overall. A good epsom salt soak is always helpful for soothing aches and pains, but a few household ingredients can make for a cheap mask to keep your skin feeling healthy and fresh as well. Combine oatmeal, corn meal, sea salt, olive oil and aloe vera gel with a few drops of peppermint essential oil. This mixture will smell great and feel amazing on your feet, exfoliating, nourishing, and freshening.
Treatments to keep your hair healthy and shiny can get expensive, but a few items from your pantry can have amazing results. Working avocado into your hair and leaving it for a few minutes before rinsing can help to hydrate and nourish your follicles. Using a beaten egg as a hair mask can give your hair a dose of protein that’ll keep it shiny and strong at almost no cost.
DIY skincare is a great reminder that self-care is more about time and intentionality than it is about access to exclusive spas or expensive treatments. Nature has provided us with many of the best skin products on earth, making it easy for you to take advantage of its gifts and make some space for yourself to relax and recharge.