So you bought presents for everyone on your list, but Santa forgot to spring for that spa day you so dearly deserve. How are you supposed to feel all “New Year New You” without a good scrub and rub at the spa?
I know, I’ve been there.
Well, excellent news, my spa-starved friends. You can still lock yourself in the master bathroom with these eleven everyday products you already have and pamper yourself to high heaven. Also? It’s guaranteed to be non-toxic and oh so green.
Open Your Cabinets 1 of 12
It's time to get your spa on.
Is There Anything Honey Can’t Do? 2 of 12
Brown Sugar Scrub 3 of 12
Brown sugar makes a great scrub -- it's non-abrasive and can be used on sensitive areas like lips. Mix with honey to create a super-moisturizing scrub experience.
Image courtesy of rockindave1 on Flickr.
Kiwi Mask 4 of 12
Sea Salt Scrub 5 of 12
Cut a potato in half and dip in it coarse sea salt to remove calluses and dry skin. (You'll have to actually rub it on your feet/elbows, etc. Just dipping the potato in sea salt gets only you a salty potato.)
Image courtesy of TheBoth on Flickr.
Avocado Facial 6 of 12
Green Tea and Lemon 7 of 12
Olive Oil to the Rescue 8 of 12
Garlic Nail Treatment 9 of 12
You can rub raw garlic gloves on your nails to strengthen them. Also, they're good for keeping away vampires. (If you like vampires, you can remove the smell by rubbing your hands on stainless steel under running water. Like a pot. Or a pan. Or one of these.)
Image courtesy of richard_north via Flickr.
Coconut Oil Primer 10 of 12
You can use coconut oil in place of primer under your favorite makeup. Apply half a tsp to your face, and using a wet washcloth, massage it in in a circular motion. Pat skin dry and apply makeup as usual.
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Cucumbers! 11 of 12
It wouldn't be right to leave out the trusty cucumber when talking at-home spa treatments. Even legit spas use them both to moisturize and lighten under eye bags and create calming, scented water for guests. Bonus? They caan also be mixed with witch hazel and water to create a toner.
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Milk Cleanser 12 of 12
Plain old milk makes a nice moisturizing cleanser for dry skin. Just wash, rinse, and go! A little in the tub can help you stay moisturized all over.
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