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Do It Yourself Home Spa Treatments

Updated on April 28, 2015

Create a Spa Experience Right in Your Own Home!

What do you think of when you hear the word "Spa"? The main thing that comes to mind for me is relaxation . . . but the next thing would be "expensive"!

An alternative is creating a spa experience in your own home. Pamper yourself, invite a friend over for a spa day, or create special memories for you and your daughters.

Homemade spa items can be put together along with some candles and a fluffy towel to create a wonderful gift basket for women.

Below you'll find everything from homemade facial masks to information about aromatherapy.

Prepare for Your Home Spa Day

  • The first thing you'll probably want to do is clean your bathroom to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Have your favorite candle burning, or create a room spray with essential oils (see my section on essential oils).
  • Have some fluffy towels, a personalized robe and slippers on hand. These will help you feel extra pampered!
  • Pick which treatments you are going to do. You'll want to make sure you have the ingredients available. Prepare all treatments before starting your spa day at home.
  • Figure in about an hour for each treatment from start to finish. Relax and enjoy - don't rush through it.
  • Turn on some music. Pick your favorite relaxing music, whether it is classical or nature sounds.
  • Brew up some tea or make a healthy fruit smoothie to sip on while you enjoy your relaxing spa day at home, or indulge in a gourmet chocolate treat. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and lowers your blood pressure

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong

Aromatherapy

Creating a soothing atmosphere.

You've probably heard the term "Aromatherapy" before, but maybe weren't sure what that meant.

Aromatherapy is the practice of using plant oils for psychological and physical well-being. It is believed that different smells can influence our moods. Aromatherapy starts with essential oils. Products that use essential oils are votive candles, reed diffusers, oil burn pots, room sprays or bottles of the pure oils.

To create a spa-like environment, you may want to include aromatherapy. Here are a few examples of the scents and their effects:

Calm

* Chamomile

* Rose

Soothe

* Lavender

* Vanilla

Relax

* Clary Sage

* Neroli

Clarify

* Rosemary

* Peppermint

To make a room mist out of pure essential oils, add 7-8 drops of each essential oil to a 1 ounce glass misting bottle filled with spring or distilled

water. Shake well before each mist.

Click here to learn more about essential oils and their effects on mood.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Products

Unwind in the Bath.

Unwinding and destressing could be as easy as a luxurious soak in the tub. You can make products at home to soften your skin and lift your spirits!

FRAGRANT MILK BATH

INGREDIENTS:

2 cup dry milk powder

1 cup cornstarch

1/8 tsp. Fragrance Oil of your choice

Blend together all ingredients in a blender. Add 1/2 cup mixture to hot bath water.

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PEPPERMINT MILK BATH

(Invigorate your body and mind!)

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup powdered milk

1/2 cup cornstarch

2 cups hot water

1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil

DIRECTIONS:

Mix ingredients together with a whisk until powdered milk is dissolved then pour into running bath.

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HONEY MILK BATH

(Great moisturizing and softening bath soak!)

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbs Honey

1 Cup Hot Water

2 tbs of milk power

DIRECTIONS:

Dissolve honey into the hot water and then stir in the powdered milk. Pour the mix into a running bath.

This mix will last 1-2 days in the fridge, but it best used when made.

Benefits of Honey in skin care.

1) It is a great anti bacterial agent.

2) Honey contains antioxidants.

3) Honey is a humectant - which means it makes a great moisturizer.

At Home Facial Mask Recipes

With a few ingredients from you home, you can create luxurious face masks! Before applying mask, clean skin thoroughly then pull hair back into a pony tail or with a head band.

DEEP CLEANSING FRUIT MASK

(Helps unclog pores. Great for sensitive skin.)

INGREDIENTS

6 or 8 oz plain yogurt

1 carrot

1/2 peach

1/2 cucumber

DIRECTIONS

Chop the carrot, peach, and cucumber into small pieces. Place in food processor and mix into a paste. (It's okay if it's a little runny.) Apply and let sit on the skin for 10 minutes. Rinse.

INGREDIENT BENEFITS

Carrot

* Soothing power

* Anti-inflammatory

Cucumber

* Refreshing and moisturizing

* Softening effect

Peach

* Emollient

* Soothing effect

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OATMEAL BLUEBERRY MASK

This easy mask, used once or twice monthly, will both deep clean and exfoliate your face. It's particularly beneficial for oily skin, as it has a drying and pulling effect.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon honey

5-6 almonds, whole

DIRECTIONS:

Puree all ingredients in a blender until finely blended. Spread mixture over your face, and allow to set and dry (10-15 minutes). Rinse with warm water, and splash your skin with cool water or toner.

This mask may be stored in your refrigerator for up to one week, covered tightly.

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CHOCOLATE FACIAL MASK

This decadent mask is actually an excellent moisturizer -- it leaves your skin baby soft. Recommended for normal skin.

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup cocoa powder

3 tbsp. heavy cream

2 tsp. cottage cheese

1/4 cup honey

3 tsp. oatmeal

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all ingredients together (a bullet blender is ideal) and smooth onto face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.

Get this and other great facial recipes here.

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At Home Body Scrub Recipes

Body scrubs are great to use about once a week. By scrubbing off the top layer of dead skin cells your skin will feel smoother and your moisturizer will penetrate easier. Rub in a circular motion toward the heart for increased circulation.

BROWN SUGAR BODY SCRUB

(Sugar is a natural exfoliant)

INGREDIENTS:

* 2 cups brown sugar

* 1 cup honey

* 3 Tbs. lemon juice

* 2 tsp. ginger

DIRECTIONS:

Grate fresh ginger, or use the powdered variety if fresh is not available. Mix all ingredients then take into the shower with you and apply handfuls at a time to skin in a circular motion to polish the skin. Rinse off and pat dry then apply your favorite body lotion.

* Note: Should keep for several days in the refrigerator in a closed plastic container.

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COFFEE BODY SCRUB

(Caffeine is known to tone and firm skin)

INGREDIENTS:

* 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee

* 1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt

* 2-3 T massage oil

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all ingredients together. Take a hot shower to moisten your skin and open your pores. Using wide, circular motions, rub the coffee scrub onto your skin with strong, even pressure. Shower off, pat skin dry, and apply a thin layer of your favorite body lotion.

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SALT SCRUB

This takes a few more ingredients that you may not have on hand, but has luxurious results.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup oil (sweet almond, grapeseed or rice bran oil)

1 cup sea salt (You can also substitute sugar, which is gentler)

5 drops essential oils. (The oil you choose for your body scrub depends on the result you want. See my section on essential oils)

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the oil and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add essential oil and combine well. To use, apply to dry skin using circular strokes to exfoliate the skin. Sit on the side of the tub to keep the scrub from making a mess. Don't use a salt scrub if you have any cuts in your skin. Shower off or follow with a warm bath, then apply your favorite lotion.

More Great Ideas for Homemade Spa Products

Foot and Hand Soaks

Rejuvenate your tired hands and feet!

Our feet and hands do a lot of work for us during the day. Use the following recipes to pamper them!

Great essential oils that invigorate are peppermint, eucalyptus and lemon.

BASIC FOOT SOAK

(Use essential oils to pamper your feet!)

INGREDIENTS:

Enough water to cover your feet (should be hot.)

1/2 cup of Epsom salt (or sea salt)

2-3 drops of essential oil of your choice

DIRECTIONS:

Add Epsom salt to water then add essential oil of your choice. Soak feet as long as you want. Pat dry then moisturize.

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Citrus Foot Soak

INGREDIENTS:

Enough water to cover your feet (should be hot.)

1 cup of sea salt or kosher salt

5-10 mint leaves

1 lemon or lime sliced

DIRECTIONS:

Mix salt, crushed mint leaves and sliced lemon or lime into water. Let your feet soak for awhile and relax. Pat dry and apply moisturizer.

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SOOTHING HAND TREATMENT

INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp. honey

1 tsp. olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

Apply a mixture of honey and olive oil to hands, then place them in small plastic bags for 15 minutes. The heat helps the treatment penetrate. Rinse hand then moisturize.

Take time out for yourself.

I know it's hard, but it's very important to take time out to pamper ourselves. Not only is it good for our bodies, but also our minds!

If you want to take the time for a spa day at home, but don't want to make the treatments yourself, you can always buy pre-made spa gift baskets. They also make great gifts for friends and family who could use a little pampering!

Enjoy!

Stop by and say hi! What do you do to pamper yourself?

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    • najoslin profile image

      najoslin 4 years ago

      You forget the best tip - have a wife who is a licensed massage therapist : ) - she does some amazing work. I don't mind being her test subject at all!

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      ladybuglove 4 years ago

      I love all of these ideas it is so cool

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      DurbanMobileSpa 4 years ago

      Home spa treatments are a beautiful alternative to going to the spa/salon. I love the list and the uses of the aromatherapy oils. These are the common essential oils that are not contra indicated to many ailments. People must remember to mix them with vegetable oils. Thank you for the hard work in putting this.

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      BodyWrap 4 years ago

      "Expensive" is definitely turn off! Your cost-effective pampering tips are much appreciated :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      it good for our bodies, but also our minds!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      relaxing spa day at home is great idea

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      FashionAndrea 4 years ago

      I don't have a lot of time to relax between work and my kids, but I love just relaxing with a good book and sipping on some coffee or hot chocolate. Although I may have to try one of your spa recipes above now.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love that foot soak. It's great that we can have our own "spa" at home.

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      EricaShops 4 years ago

      I love using fragrant oils in my baths. So relaxing and much healthier than bath products with chemicals in them. Thanks for some great new ides!

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      fluffywings 5 years ago

      I feel relaxed just reading your lens. Brilliant.

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      pimbels lm 5 years ago

      Love the hand and foot soak recipes. Great lens, thank you.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Fantastic lens! Pinned it to my Pinterest "Spa Secrets" board. I love a hot bath or to unwind with a movie.

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      ExperiencesDaySpa 5 years ago

      Fantastic Ideas...see how Spa therapy can become a lifestyle.. Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing :)

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      This is great information.

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Great lens, lots of fun.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      Really nice recipes.

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      Pics4merch 5 years ago

      I'll try some of the ideas to de-stress.........when I can find some time ;)

      Thanks for the great info though!

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      debra-kupchok 5 years ago

      I like to combine essential oils with gemstones for healing and relaxation. I enjoyed your lens. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Home spa days are the best.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I usually have a relaxing foot massage bath in epsom salts. It is so very relaxing.

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Lovely Lens and great ideas to de-stress. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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      laurenrose lm 5 years ago

      A really great lens and very enjoyable. I also have a lens about a spa treatment if you ever need some more information

      Again great lens, thanks

      https://hubpages.com/style/the-pain-of-pedicures

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      CarolynWhitley 6 years ago

      A good lens for those people who are busy and no time for visiting spa clinic.

      Thanks,

      Spa San Francisco

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      I need a spa night, and i think this is the best way to go!! My favorite part is aromatherapy, i love it!

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      Funflower 6 years ago

      I totally agree you should take time out for yourself. I just published a lense on the exact same topic. Interesting how many ways there are to pamper yourself. Just take time to do so. My lense is called "How to pamper yourself"

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      Chocolatealchemy 7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Lovely ideas and recipes to pamper! Thank you, you've made a great lens!

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      J_Edwards 7 years ago

      Your lens is coaxing me to pamper myself. Hmmm. Great lens.

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Really nice lens. I've never been to a spa, but, years ago when I lived alone and had an apartment with a Roman tub, I remember scrubbing down my bathroom, lighting a bunch candles and taking a long bubble bath with music playing and a glass of ... well, it was probably ginger ale .. at the side of the tub. I hadn't thought of that till now.

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      Christene-S 8 years ago

      Nice lens :)

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      strayspay 8 years ago

      Loved the lens and am certainly going to try some of these.

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      Dgerdin 8 years ago

      This is awesome, I am always looking for ways to pamper myself !! Thanks

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      Kim 8 years ago from Big Lake, MN

      I can't wait to try some of these ideas! Thanks for the tips, this is a perfect lens for me - thrifty and in need of some relaxation!

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      I'm sold! 5 stars and thanks for joining The Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Group!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a terrific idea for a lens, and I feel so relaxed already, just reading it! LOL Some great ideas for doing it "ourselves". 5 pampered stars! - Kathy

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      The last time I went to the spa, I spent something like $100 for a honey body polish which was great - it left my skin so soft and my hands looking the best they have in years. But I just can't bring myself to spend that much money on a regular basis so I'm looking forward to giving some of these ideas a try! Great lens and a well deserved 5*.