Feeling unappreciated, worn out, and just un-pampered? Don’t let life get you down. Stop off at the store and pick up some simple, inexpensive items that will help you create a Spa experience right in your own home. Following this article is a shopping list and a recipe list to help keep you organized, (please refer back to the article for recipe directions.) It is a busy world out there these days, making time for yourself close to none.
So why not kick those heels off, untie your cinched waist and wiggle your nose into an evening of relaxation and reflection? There are so many treatments to choose from, so many ways to pamper yourself right into oblivian. All you need is about an hour maybe more depending on how long you enjoy soaking in the tub. Here is my regimen for a “Pamper ME” night in my very own HOME SPA!
First you will need to make the Witch Hazel Toner, the recipe can be found below. Combine ingredients, then pour from mixing bowl into a squeezable bottle for repeated use. Prior to each use you must shake the bottle well to re-mix. You will also need to gather several small mixing bowls, one medium mixing bowl, and a fork. Cut five slices of cucumber, two for your eyes during the bath and facial mask portion of your HOME SPA and place the other three in a tall glass of filtered water, to drink. You may want to gather these things ahead of time to save time and valuable energy.
You will also need at least one wash cloth, a hand towel, a large bath towel, a counter full of all your gathered and prepared ingredients, a lit scented candle, and a bubble bath to start off the treatment. Take your time in there, relax and enjoy your peaceful YOU time! When your done get out, wrap in something warm yet with short sleeves, like a night shirt. Leave the water in the tub, you ‘re going to need it again. This way you are also keeping your steam and heat in the room as well as allowing for a place to rinse your hands and feet during the treatment.
To begin your facial treatment start by hanging your head over the sink as you allow the hot water to run. You can even place the large towel over your head and shoulders creating a barricade, keeping the steam in, to open your pores. Close the drain, and turn the water off once the sink is full. Sit in this position for as long as you can stand it, or at least 5 minutes, adding more steam as needed. In doing so you are not only opening your pores but your lungs as well. Breathe in deeply and take in the smell of your candle, and bubble bath. Isnt that nice? As soon as you are through with the steam part of your treatment begin washing your face with the Homemade Facial Wash. Which is literally some milk and fresh lavender on a hot wash cloth rubbed into your face using gentle circular motions, massaging the face while avoiding the eyes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry.
Next render the Oatmeal Facial Exfoliate. Only exfoliate the skin on your face and neck once a week to avoid damage to the skin. Make sure the almonds and oats are very finely ground before mixing all ingredients together. Once ingredients are blended, carefully smooth the entire concoction over your face and neck in a circular motion, avoiding the eye area. Gently smooth onto skin, sloughing off dead skin cells for at least one minute. Rinse with warm water, pat dry.
Next is the Wrinkle Delayer Mask used to induce relaxation, moisturize, fight wrinkles and unclog pours. Begin this part of the treatment by mashing your avocado and beating the egg, blend those with the honey and Heavy Cream. Once all ingredients are together use it to cover entire face and neck, leaving a small circle around your eyes for the cucumbers. Now climb back into the bath, place the cucumbers over your eyes, and relax. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Get out of the bath, but once again leave the water for one last step. Rinse the mask off your face at the sink with cold tap water, or a cold, damp wash cloth. You can also get an ice cube and run it over your face and neck to close the pores, pat dry with a clean hand towel.
Find your premade Homemade Witch Hazel Toner and a cotton ball or cotton pad. Dispense the toner onto the cotton and apply in gentle upward strokes to face and neck. Allow to dry and examine skin. At this point depending on your skin type you may feel tight or dry, if so use your everyday facial moisturizer to even out the difference. Most people experience the smoothest skin from this treatment and need nothing else but the ME SPA treatment.
The very last step in your spa treatment is the Oatmeal Foot & Hand treatment. Whisk the egg with a fork, and blend ingredients until moist. Smooth over hands, forearms, feet and ankles, focusing on the cuticles, nails, or other dry areas. Allow treatment to sit on your skin for at least five minutes. Rinse off in bath water, pat dry. Apply a skin moisturizer or use olive oil as needed as a moisturizer. Leave oil on for 5 minutes. Then wash feet and hands thoroughly with a moisturizing soap.
After an evening of pampering yourself, go light a nice fire or curl up with a good book and focus on you, for once. You know you deserve this kind of treatment at least once a week. Just set a day, add these items to your shopping list, get started on loving yourself. You are the only one who can control how much YOU time you get with yourself. Don’t miss out on the opportunity, to feel appreciated, relaxed, loved, and rejuvinated. It’s as simple as an inexpensive trip to the grocery store, or quite possibly your very own kitchen.
Here is your shopping list:
- fresh lavender leaves or flowers, or dried lavender pre softened with warm water and drained
- small plain yogurt
- 1 cucumber
- 1 egg
- 1 Avocado
- Aloe Vera gel
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Finely ground almonds
- ground instant oatmeal
- coconut oil
- petroleum jelly
- Witch Hazel
- lemon juice
- olive oil
Here is your Recipe List:
Homemade Facial Wash
use a hot wash cloth and a bit of milk
Witch Hazel Toner
- 1 cup Witch Hazel
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1 cup filtered water
Oatmeal Facial Exfoliate
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tbsp ground instant oatmeal (dry)
- 1 tbsp finely ground almonds
- 1 tbsp Aloe Vera gel
Wrinkle Delayer Mask
- 1 egg (wrinkle delayer)
- 1 avocado
- 2 tbsp Honey
- ½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream (for normal skin)
- or ½ cup yogurt (for Oily Skin)
- or a combination of cream and yogurt (for combination skin)
Oatmeal Foot & Hand Treatment
- 3 ½ teaspoon ground instant oatmeal
- 2 ½ tsp olive oil
- ½ cup lemon juice