10 DIY Home Spa Hacks
Need pampering now?! No worries 🙂 Here’s how…
3 Spa Hacks for Gems On a Budget
Pampering yourself is oh so important. Self care gives you confidence, helps you relieve stress, and provides rituals that ground you in the moment. However, sometimes the high costs that accompany high-end beauty products and expensive treatments can make your head spin. The solution? Bring the spa to you.
Give Yourself a Mani-Pedi at Home
There is nothing better than getting a professional mani-pedi… looking fresh and fabulous with your recently exfoliated heels. Well… maybe one thing: saving forty dollars and doing it at home. Sometimes you need to “treat yo’self” without overdrafting your checking account.
Here’s a complete guide to getting salon-quality digits with minimal dollar commitment.
There are so many upsides to gel nail polish. It stays put (chipped nails, begone), it comes in a ton of colors, and it saves you a lot of time. And as several bloggers have pointed out, it’s removal-resistant formula makes it the perfect “dry erase board” for your own nail art. If you’re a huge fan of the gel nails, but hate the salon price tag, fear not. New formulas, like this kit from Sally Hansen, make it possible to do your own gel nails at home.
Before you start, assemble your materials. You will need, at minimum, nail clippers, a nail file, something to exfoliate, toilet paper, and some nail polish remover.
To exfoliate, fill the bathtub with warm water and soak your feet. Take a pumice stone and slough off the dead skin. Dry and follow with lotion.
Next, clip your nails, file them into shape, and push back your cuticles. Start with a clear base coat. After that, apply several thin coats of the desired color to each hand. Keep cue tips and polish remover handy for mistakes. Also, to separate toes, you don’t need those fancy foam salon separators. Simply take a long strip of toilet paper, roll it into a thin line, and use weave it in between your little piggies. This way, you can paint with ease.
Use the Shower Steam for Skin Care
Open your pores naturally using the steam from a warm to hot shower. Once you’ve done that, either apply a mask (the open pores will help the active ingredients penetrate) or perform extractions using a stainless steel extraction tool. (Note: only do the latter if a blemish is absolutely ready to pop. If it’s not, apply hot compresses until the pore has opened to the point where the blemish is protruding from the surrounding area (sorry for the graphic deets).
If you’re unsure about what kind of facial mask to invest in, consider hunting for one with either salicylic or lactic acid. These will exfoliate your skin chemically.
Deep Condition Your Hair
Using a DIY mask made of mashed avocado and honey, deep condition your lovely locks. Slather the concoction all over your strands, slap on a shower cap (optional), and sit for 30 minutes to an hour, letting the formula nourish your scalp and mane. Afterward, rinse and shampoo/condition as you normally would.
Contributed by the lovely and talented Cassie Brewer
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