Who doesn’t wait for a spa day?
The massage, the facial, the steam bath.
Every moment is so luxurious, right up to the moment your bill is delivered.
Spas and all the services they offer are expensive expensive. But you can create that feeling of pampering for a lot less money.
These are some of my favorite ways to indulge myself in the comfort of my own home.
14 ways to start your DIY spa day
1. Everything you’ve heard about coconut oil is true. Skip the expensive body lotion and deep conditioner and use this inexpensive alternative instead.
Cost: A bottle of coconut oil costs around $ 7 and will last for months.
2. Apply an avocado or egg mask to your hair at the beginning of your spa routine, then wrap your head in a warm towel. Let it work its magic for at least 20 minutes.
Cost: An egg will cost you 10 cents and an avocado between $ 1 and $ 1.50.
3. Korean sheet masks, cotton-based sheets that address various skin care issues, make your skin look amazing, but they can be outrageously expensive. I bought a handful at my local dollar store for a dollar each and found that they work just as well as expensive brands. If you buy in bulk, you can save even more.
Cost: Foil masks can be found online or in dollar stores for as little as $ 1.
4. Speaking of masks, if you wear Lush cosmetics or know someone who uses them, stick with those little black jars and bottles that the products come in. You will get a free mask when you deliver five empty clean containers. That’s a savings of at least $ 9.95!
Cost: The cost of the five products.
5. Eliminate blemishes and reduce fine lines with a container of plain yogurt! Whether you use it on its own or spice it up with extras like a dash of honey or oatmeal, your pores will thank you.
Cost: A small container of plain yogurt can cost between 60 cents and $ 1.
6. After rinsing off the mask, I like to give myself a five minute facial massage. It is surprisingly relaxing.
Cost: Totally free!
7. Give yourself a lip scrub to remove dead skin. Your lips will feel like a pillow, soft and fresh.
Cost: The basic ingredients, olive oil and sugar, are probably in your kitchen. So are the add-ons you can use to spice it up, like cinnamon, brown sugar, and coffee.
8. This homemade eucalyptus and sugar scrub is energizing and effective. You can make a batch to peel off dry, dead skin, leaving a clean tickle that smells luxurious.
Cost: Less than $ 1 for sugar, coconut oil, and salt, plus about $ 10 for eucalyptus essential oil.
9. For a change of pace, I like to mix things up and exfoliate my skin with this 3-ingredient coffee body scrub that you can make with used coffee grounds left over from your morning brew. Reportedly, it also reduces the appearance of cellulite. (Don’t tell me if it’s just an old wives’ story, I don’t want to know).
Cost: Free, if you are a coffee drinker.
10. Sometimes my skin is just not ready for a strong scrub. That’s when I make this gentle scrub that rinses off easily with warm water. (Tried it without wheat germ and it still works great.)
Cost: About $ 11 for the oat bran, $ 6 for the essential oil, and $ 8 for the almond oil, and you can use all of these for other purposes as well.
11. If you plan to shave during your spa time, try dry brushing first to avoid ingrown hairs and razor burns.
Cost: A good dry brush costs about $ 7.50
12. Give your hands a little love. This lemon sugar hand scrub is so easy to make and it smells amazing. After rinsing it off, apply some hand lotion and take a minute to admire your, er, construction site.
Cost: A lemon costs about 50 cents and you probably already have sugar and oil in your pantry.
13. Do you know why every movie spa scene shows someone with cucumber slices over their eyes? Because they work! You can use the leftover cucumber-infused water to really amplify that luxurious “I’m in a spa” feeling.
Cost: About $ 1 for a cucumber.
14. Pamper your feet with a nice soak with whatever soothing bath you have on hand. Follow up with a homemade foot scrub. Simply mix one part coconut oil to two parts sugar and perfume with a few drops of essential oil. A dash of lemon juice adds an extra touch. To improve (ha!) Things, slather on some lotion and cover your toes with thick socks while the moisturizer works its magic.
Cost: Peppermint essential oil costs around $ 8, or you can use eucalyptus oil. The rest of the ingredients are likely in your pantry.
10 easy ways to spa-ifing your surroundings
As you plan your indulgence day, don’t forget to design your own relaxation grotto. Give your bathroom a deep clean and then:
- Splurge on a thick soft towel.
- Buy some nice containers at the dollar store to hold all the scrubs and potions you make.
- Enjoy a fluffy bathrobe to wear while you relax.
- Get yourself some inexpensive candles to set the mood for bath time, or make your own.
- Put a plant or flower vase in the bathroom, because greenery makes everything better.
- Cover your bathroom window with frosted contact paper to diffuse bright sunlight that could damage your softness.
- Put a few sprigs of eucalyptus in the corner of the tub to create a clean, refreshing scent when you run the hot water.
- Buy a bathtub overflow drain cover so you can fill the tub more deeply and submerge it up to your chin.
- Queue up this laid-back Spotify playlist.
- Use the cucumber you bought for your eyes to make some cucumber-infused water to drink while you spa.
Want even more DIY spa ideas? See how to make your own sea salt spray, body lotion, and more.
Lisa McGreevy is a former writer for The Penny Hoarder.