Taking some time out of the hectic pace of everyday life is an important way of centering yourself and keeping yourself grounded, but the cost of most beauty or relaxation products can make even covering the basics seem too pricy, let alone anything extra. Luckily there are quite a few luxurious products that you can make relatively inexpensively, all while feeling like you’re getting the best spa treatment. Here are five awesome DIY beauty and relaxation hacks!
1. Bath Bombs
Bath bombs exude extravagance and are a must-have for any self-care experience. There are countless out there for sale, but they can cost a pretty penny and are actually pretty easy to make yourself! Here is a basic homemade bath bomb recipe, which yields 4 bombs:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup Epsom salt
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- Coloring pigment (optional)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons almond oil or melted coconut oil
- 3/4 tablespoon water
- 12-15 drops essential oil
- Shaping molds
Mix the dry ingredients with a whisk, adding the coloring pigment if you’d like. In a separate bowl mix together the wet ingredients, and then very slowly add the wet into the dry ingredients. Going too quickly can make the citric acid fizz up, and you don’t want that to happen until you’re in the bath! Once the mixture resembles wet sand, you can fit it into your shaping mold and let the bombs dry for 24 hours before use.
While there is some initial upfront cost for the supplies, all are relatively inexpensive and can create many more bath bombs as opposed to the cost of premade.
2. Face Masks
Another staple of a luxurious spa treatment is a nice facial mask or scrub. Once again, you can make a great DIY version pretty cheaply, and oftentimes using ingredients you already have! Take this simple oatmeal mask recipe for a spin:
- ½ cup hot (not boiling) water
- ⅓ cup plain oatmeal
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 small egg white
Mix the hot water with the oatmeal, allowing it to settle for 2-3 minutes. Then add the yogurt, honey, and egg white. Mix well, then apply a thin coat to your face. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and wash off with warm water.
3. Hair Mask
Our hair often needs just as much, if not more, love and repair as our skin! Deep conditioners or repair masks are great for frizzled or dried up locks, and it is easy to make your own at home. There are quite a few super-simple recipes! Here is one for protecting and nourishing your hair follicles:
- 2 to 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Combine and work into clean, dampened hair. Cover hair with a cap or plastic wrapping for 30-60 minutes before shampooing out.
Additionally, you can try out this recipe if you’re struggling with oily hair:
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- Juice from one whole lemon
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Mix and work into clean, damp hair. Cover hair with cap or plastic wrapping for 30 minutes before shampooing out.
4. Skin Moisturizer
Dry, damaged skin is something nearly everyone has dealt with in their lifetime. Little do many people know that you can craft your own homemade skin moisturizer with just three ingredients!
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Optionally, you can add some drops of essential oil for a fresh scent.
- Add all ingredients to a high-sided glass bowl. Bring a pot of 2 cups water to a low simmer on your stovetop, and gently rest the glass bowl on top once it has reached a simmer. As the oils melt, mix and combine them fully before removing from the water bath. Pour your mix into a jar for storage, then allow to cool in the fridge until it solidifies. Once it has, you can then store it at room temp.
5. Lip Balm
Dry, cracked lips are no fun and can be quite painful. With simple ingredients and roughly ten minutes, you can make your very own at home lip balm!
- 3 Tbsp. Beeswax Pellets
- 2 Tbsp. Shea Butter
- 4 Tbsp. Coconut Oil or similar (Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil)
- Essential oil or flavoring oil optional
In a microwave-safe container melt the beeswax, shea butter, and oil in 30-second increments, stirring after each time. Add in the essential oil or flavor oil if you’d like, and then once fully mixed carefully pour into containers to cool before use.