A day at the spa can be just what the doctor ordered after a particularly stressful week at the office. If you don't have a ton of money to drop at a spa, though, this can cause more stress. Never fear, because you can get a lot of the same treatments at home for very little money if you're willing to perform these services yourself.
Manicures and Pedicures
Nothing makes you feel prettier than having your nails painted perfectly. A spa manicure and pedicure is even better because you leave with hands and feet feeling as smooth as a baby's bottom. You can get this feeling at home, too. Just rub a little bit of your favorite oil or Vaseline onto your hands and feet. Cover them with gloves and socks and let them sit for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight. When you take the socks and gloves off, your feet will be unbelievably soft. Get that perfect nail polish look by buying stick-on nail polish. It's easy to use, and won't leave a mess around your fingernail.
Facials are great for cleansing your pores and toning your skin. Make your own facials for a variety of purposes and apply them in the comfort of your own home. For treating acne scars, mix some lemon juice with honey, plain yogurt, and an egg white. Spread this over your face and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it off. Using skim milk powder as a face wash is a gentle way to promote smooth, silky skin. Honey and olive oil mixed together also make a great moisturizer for your face.
Giving yourself a massage can be easy with all of the different products on the market. Buy an inexpensive vibrating massage tool and use it on your back, legs, arms, and feet. You will feel instantly relaxed, and you can use it over and over again, whenever you need to relieve tension in your muscles. Of course, you can always have your spouse or partner give you a massage, which can be a romantic addition to a spa-at-home weekend. Just remember, though, you have to give one back!
Our hair can easily be stripped of nutrients, which can make it lack the shine and luster we so desperately want. In order to get this glossy, just-cut look, try using vinegar instead of conditioner. This will cleanse your hair of any particles that are making it look dull. Instead of vinegar, you can also use baking soda, which will double as a shampoo and clean your hair really well. You can also put old coffee grounds into your conditioner. This makes your hair super shiny. Olive oil also works really well as a conditioner. Massage it into damp hair, cover, and leave for about half an hour. Then rinse it out.
Old coffee grounds also work great as a body scrub. The caffeine wakes up your skin, and when you mix the grounds with oil, you get a great moisturizing effect, as well. Putting some sugar or sea salt in a bit of olive oil will make a great scrub for your feet. This will get rid of dead skin and calluses. Applying oil such as olive oil or baby oil all over will moisturize your skin unlike any lotion, and these ingredients can make great massage oils, too.
There are all sorts of websites devoted to spa treatments at home. A quick Internet search will turn up all sorts of options for you. So relax and enjoy!