You’ve had a long, busy week at work. You go home tired and stressed, and in need of some serious unwinding. Why not relax at home in your very own day spa? Students, if you just finished a hard week of midterms, this is the perfect solution for you.  Pamper yourself with these easy, inexpensive ways to create a spa experience in the comfort of your own home.

Soak in a Relaxing Lavender Honey Milk Bath

Milk Bath

For a relaxing bath, just add milk.

Honey milk baths have been around for ages, and with good reason. It leaves the skin soft and smooth, and can be very relaxing.  All you need is whole milk, honey, and a couple of tablespoons of dried lavender (you can find this in the spice section or specialty stores). Mix 1½ cups of whole milk and 1/3 cup of honey. Pour the honey milk mix into your hot bath, and toss in some of the dried lavender to give your bath a soothing aroma. Simply hop in and soak for as long as you want!

Refresh with an Avocado Mask Facial

Avocado

Good for your skin, inside or out.

Getting a facial is one the most fun and refreshing things to do at a spa. You can do it yourself by making an all-natural avocado skin mask. All you need is half of an avocado (mashed), and one egg yolk. Beat the egg yolk until light and foamy. Mix the avocado and egg yolk together with a blender or a whisk to create your mask. You do not want the mixture to be too thick. If you have oily skin, add an egg white and a splash of lemon juice.

Be sure to wash your face with your daily face wash before applying the mask. After you have washed your face and dried it, you are ready for your mask. Using your fingers, apply the avocado mixture to your face and neck evenly, massaging your skin as you go.  Lie down and relax for about half an hour. For an extra relaxing experience, place chilled cucumber slices over your eyes to get rid of puffiness. After 30 minutes, rinse your mask off with cool water to reveal your revitalized skin.

Deep Condition That Hair You Pulled All Week

Deep Condition

Treat your hair like an athlete and condition well.

Take time to deep condition your hair and untangle all those worries of yours. You can make an all natural deep conditioner with two easy ingredients! Use the other half of that avocado you used for your facial and one cup of mayonnaise. The natural oils in both the avocado and mayo will moisturize your hair and leave it soft and smooth. Mix the two together until you have a minty green color.

Before you deep condition, make sure to shampoo and rinse your hair.  Detangle your hair with a wide-toothed comb to keep from damaging you hair. Organize your hair by separating it into quadrants using hair clips to pin it up. Working quadrant by quadrant, apply the avocado-mayo mix to your scalp. Work a thin film of the conditioner from your scalp to your ends, concentrating on your ends if your hair is especially damaged.   Pile your hair on top of your head, using hair clips, and cover your head with a shower cap, or you can even use plastic wrap!  Leave the conditioner in for 15-20 minutes. Use this time to relax and sip on a cup of tea or watch your favorite TV show.  When you are ready to rinse, be sure to rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water. Cool water will help to close the hair shaft, trapping in the moisture your hair craves.

Treat Yourself to a Manicure!

Manicure

Make sure to have back-up files, just in case.

What can be more rewarding after a long week of chewing your nails than a manicure?  Get your nails back in shape with these easy steps. Be sure to work over a towel to catch any nail clippings or dust.

  1. Remove your nail polish, making sure to wash your hands with soap and water afterward.
  2. File your nails by running the emery board under the nail. Angle the board for a curved shape.
  3. Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Dry them with a lint free towel.
  4. Using an orange stick, push back the cuticle of your nail and then rub with cuticle oil.
  5. Clip dead skin as needed with nail scissors.
  6. Polish nails with your desired color, making sure to apply a sealant when you are done.

So take a breather and pamper yourself this weekend! Remember, your home day spa is supposed to help you relax and unwind. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Put on some relaxing music, and enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of soothing green tea as you indulge in these easy spa treatments.