DIY At Home Spa Day


Photo courtesy of Caroline Wilking.

A face mask for your DIY spa day.

Caroline Wilking, Staff Writer

Feeling a little stressed and want a way to relax? Wishing you could take a trip to the nail salon? Wanting refreshment and cleansing for your skin? Stay safe and save money by creating a spa day at home with materials you already have!

Start off by choosing where you’ll host your spa day — likely in your bathroom or bedroom. Any space can be turned into a relaxing temporary salon with scented candles, dimmed lights, music from your favorite calming playlist (or some meditative music online), and a mat, towel, or blanket to lie on. Make some tea, hot chocolate, or water with lemon to drink. Wear a robe or other comfortable clothes for maximum relaxation.

Many treatments can be made at home with ingredients you might already have in your kitchen. The following are some recipes for face masks (not the medical kind this time) with minimal and easy-to-find ingredients, but many more can be found online with different ingredients and skincare focuses.

For Dry Skin: Mash 1/2 of a very ripe avocado until smooth and blend in 2 tbsp. of honey and 1/2 tsp. of coconut oil. Apply to face for 10-15 minutes and then wipe off or rinse, making sure to avoid the eyes.

For Oily Skin: Mash together 1/4 cup of strawberries (no stems), 2 tbsp. of lemon juice, 1 tbsp. of yogurt, and 1 tbsp. of honey. Apply to face for 8-10 minutes and then wipe and rinse with cool water.

For Sensitive Skin: Mix together 2 tbsp. of rice flour and 3 tbsp. of either rose water or green tea. Apply to face for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Exfoliating Mask: Mash together 1/4 cup of grapes, 2 tbsp. of ground oatmeal, and 1/2 cup of yogurt. Apply to face for 10 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Soothing and Healing Mask: Mash together 1/2 of a cucumber, 1 tbsp. of aloe vera gel, and 1/2 cup of yogurt. Apply to face for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Moisturizing and Refreshing Mask: Mix together 2 tbsp. of oatmeal powder, 1 tbsp. of raw honey, and 2 tbsp. of milk. Apply to face for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

Aside from face masks, here are some other spa products that can be made at home:

Sugar Scrub: Mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1/2 a cup of oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil. Optional additions include 15-20 drops of essential oils, cocoa powder (for a chocolatey scrub), raw honey, dried rosemary, or ground cinnamon. Use this to exfoliate skin in the shower and be sure to store it in an airtight container.

Lip Scrub: Mix together 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tsp. of honey, 1 tsp. of olive oil, and (optional) one drop of peppermint essential oil. This is used similarly to a sugar scrub, but is specifically for exfoliating lips. Store in an airtight container.

Bath Salt: Mix together 1 1/2 cups of epsom salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 4-5 drops of lavender oil, and 2-3 drops of peppermint oil. Pour into a hot bath to activate.

During your spa day, use these DIY treatments alongside lotions, hair products, and any other skincare products. Do an at-home manicure and pedicure and spend some time relaxing and listening to music. Another idea is scheduling a Zoom or FaceTime with friends during the spa day to catch up and destress together or doing these treatments with siblings. However you do your spa day, have a relaxed and stress-free day!