Let’s get real – going to a spa is one of the best things known to female-kind. It involves getting into a car, driving away from your home (where you get to leave behind screaming kids, or a mess that no one wants to clean up), plopping down on a firm yet comfy chair (how has some god managed to create a chair that is both hard AND soft at the same time? I want to meet this person and shake her hand), while someone else does all the work to beautify you. All while you sit back and drink cucumber water. The one pitfall? THE MONEY. It costs way too much to be able to keep up with any kind regular spa treatments.
So here I’ve rounded up the best do-it-from-home spa treatments that give onsite spa treatments a run for their money. No, you can’t get away from the kids, and most likely you won’t have that spa chair (instead settling for the recliner that also doubles as your dog’s bed), but you can make yourself a nice glass of cucumber water.
Himalayan Salt Therapy
Salt therapy is a popular therapeutic practice that simulates natural salt cave climates, to treat respiratory and skin conditions. Salt therapy spas are popping up around the country (over 300 and counting), and now, with Pure Enrichment’s Himalayan Salt Lamp and Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser you can reap those benefits in the comforts of home. Not only are the powerful effects of salt therapy being diffused, but it is also combined with aromatherapy essential oils, for the ultimate in respiratory system treatment and relaxation. Plus, it’s sleek look is very eye-catching – a beautiful statement piece to add to your home décor. MSRP $89.99
Seaweed benefits are truly amazing. It can detoxify to help rid your body of impurities, remove dead skin while moisturizing and strengthening with essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and aid in the rebuilding of your skin’s elasticity (goodbye, cellulite!). My idea of a perfect day involves sitting in the Spa at Ritz Carlton’s ultraluxe round bathtub, soaking among the seaweed, but hey, we all can’t be millionaires. The make-it-at-home version includes The Seaweed Bath Co. Whole Seaweed Detox Bath plus warm water, plastic wrap, and a bathtub that you had to clear bath toys out of before getting started. MSRP $12.99
Rose Quartz Stone Treatments
It’s all about the healing rocks nowadays. And rose quartz, a beautifying stone specially designed to enhance natural beauty by supporting natural circulation to de-puff and visibly sculpt your face, is the current flavor of the week. A Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Gua Sha is a nice at-home solution for fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness in skin. Gua Sha tools are historically used in traditional Eastern treatments for long-term skin benefits, helping ease tension, stress, and anxiety, promoting feelings of well-being. Using the Rose Quartz Heart, gently massage your face and neck in an upward and outward motion starting from the neck area, moving along to your chin, cheeks, and around to the eye area. For additional healing and relaxation benefits, and to reduce inflammation, place the stone in the refrigerator for a few minutes or run under cold water. The stone is naturally cool, but this extra temperature reduction will aid your efforts to increase circulation, expel toxins, and stimulate collagen production. MSRP $58.00
Volcanic Foot Mask
Ahh volcanic ash, one of the most-used spa ingredients since the dawn of time. The volcanic foot mask, which draws out deep dirt to remove rough skin, leaves soles feeling soft and smooth. Foot masks have lasting benefits for all skin types, helping seal and retain the moisture and prevent daily wear and tear. How can you do this at home? So glad you asked! Use Lush Volcano Foot Mask - apply a thick coating all over feet and wrap them in plastic to keep the product from drying out. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off. This foot mask uses cleansing and essential oil to deodorize against odor and will keep your feet smelling fresh, so better share this with the hubby as well. MSRP $25.95
You can’t go through the complete spa experience without a good steam. Bring on the staple spa-like experience with this professional quality Dr. Gross Facial Steamer. A luxurious micro-steam technology hydrates and purifies the skin in one simple step—revealing a dewy and soothed complexion (my face transformed in just ten minutes). An ideal way to begin any at-home facial, the steamer benefits any skin care regimen. It leaves the skin primed for exfoliation and product application, accelerating the absorption and effectiveness of products that follow. MSRP $149.00
Now go out there and be the best, most beautiful version of yourself!