While our favorite spas and salons remain unavailable for the time being, it’s okay to admit that we miss these luxuries. And with this lack of access to our favorite luxuries, there’s been a rise in the popularity of DIY experiences. One thing that’s at the top of this list: DIY spa days!
We found a ton of stuff online about DIY masks, moisturizers, and even foot baths, all using common pantry/kitchen ingredients. We then chose the most interesting ones and gave them a try! Here are the ones we tried, with our honest opinion on each!
TIP #1 Exfoliate your hands and feet
Exfoliation isn’t limited to just the face and neck; our hands and feet are in MOST need of some lovin’ too!
At-Home Sugar Scrub- Personal rating of 5/5 stars
-Coconut oil or virgin olive oil
-Soothing essential oil (lavender, lemon, orange)
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
- Apply to hands and feet
- Use warm water tor rinse
TIP #2 Try a DIY hand and foot mask
Masks can help hydrate, as well as lighten unwanted scars, seal in the moisture after exfoliation, and give them a rejuvenating glow after––just like face masks!
If you don’t have slip-on hand/foot masks in your drawer, whip up your own from ingredients you can find in your pantry for this DIY spa idea:
Hand and Foot Mask– Rating of 4/5 stars
We gave this 4 out of 5 starts because it is definitely hydrating and soothing, but the honey makes it a little tricky!
You will need:
1 large mixing bowl
2 cups of ground rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup of honey
½ cup of olive oil
- Pour 2 cups of ground rolled oats, 1 cup of all-purpose flour, ½ cup of honey, and ½ cup of olive oil into the large bowl.
- Mix it up a little and add essential oils like lavender, tea tree, or peppermint into the foot mask to add a pleasant aroma.
- Combine the ingredients together until you get a grainy, thick, gooey texture. If you find the mask is too thick add more oil; too runny? add more oats.
- Place in a container and use right away! If you have any gloves or old socks, you can put these on after you apply the masks to help lock it in.
TIP #3 Moisturize your hands and feet
These work great as natural remedies for hand/foot moisturizers for your DIY spa experience:
Coconut oil- 5/5 stars
Coconut oil contains saturated fatty acids. These acids are made up of emollient properties, which act as super effective moisturizers.
Aloe Vera- 5/5 stars
Aloe is extremely hydrating. If you have an aloe plant outside or in your house, pick off a piece and apply as much gel as you want! We also suggest this organic Aloe Vera Gel for only $6.
Honey 3.5/5 stars
Okay, this is only if you don’t mind the stickiness. Honey is hydrating for your skin and also carries anti-inflammatory properties. It’s healing and gentle, so it’s a great option for a natural moisturizer. But it’s no surprise that it’s also kind of a pain to use.
Olive Oil- 4/5 stars
Olive oil is high in vitamin E, which makes it both hydrating and naturally healing to the skin. Many people enjoy using this as a face and body moisturizer because of its smoothing texture.
Olive oil is said to be one of the harsher natural oils, so check with an expert before you use it on your skin daily or very often. But for the purposes of an at-home spa day, it’s a perfect addition!
TIP #4 Relax your feet and your mind with a foot soak
Okay, this one may sound odd. But according to Medical News Today and a ton of blogs and posts on Pinterest, Listerine and vinegar make for one of the most popular natural foot soaks. But does it work?
According to a few different articles, there is apparently no scientific research to back up the long-term effects of Listerine and vinegar on your feet. BUT, there are a ton of people online who swear by the hydrating properties and ability to remove dead skin!
And after trying this one for our DIY spa, we can definitely confirm that it is soothing and relaxing, and also immediately helps remove dead skin.
Listerine and Vinegar Foot Bath- 3.5/5
We gave it a 3.5 out of 5 because although it is very relaxing and smells really good, it seems like something you’d have to do on a regular basis to really see long lasting results.
You Will Need:
- An empty basin
- 2 cups Listerine (try the amber-colored one, because the blue/green has been known to stain skin!)
- 2 cups vinegar
- Warm water
Instructions to make the foot soak:
- Add warm water in the foot tub, enough to cover your feet up to the ankles or slightly above.
- Add the Listerine and soak your feet for a maximum of about 25 minutes.
Do you have other pamper tips? Share it with us via the comments section 🙂