Do It Yourself Spa Treatments At Home: Facial, Manicure and Pedicure
While every woman loves the feeling of having just left the spa, most can go without the sinking feeling that accompanies forking over tons of money for spa treatments. Our At Home Spa Treatment guide is designed to offer you easy-to-follow tips at how to get spa results without spa prices. You can give yourself your very own spa treatments!
Here's how to give yourself a professional and relaxing facial:
- cleanse your skin using a gentle cleanser in order to remove surface oil, dirt and germs. If you have oily or combination skin, use a stronger cleanser; if you have dry skin, look for a creamier blend that won't dry out your skin
- exfoliate. Using circular motions, gently rub in your exfoliator or exfoliating cream in order to remove dead skin cells. Focus on the areas of your face that tend to be oiliest; these areas are usually the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin)
- steam. This version is much gentler than that used at the spa. Fill your bathroom sink with warm water, dip your washcloth in the water and press to your face gently. Repeat two to three times
- apply a mask. If you have oily or combination skin, use a clay-based mask; for dry skin, look for a hydrating mask. Apply mask to the skin, being careful to avoid the eye area (this can lead to sagging skin). Leave mask on for 10 to 20 minutes or as directed
- moisturize. Apply a light moisturizer in order to prevent dehydrating the skin. Look for a moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher in order to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays
At Home Spa Treatment: Manicure
No spa treatment is complete without a manicure! Our at-home manicure takes about 30 to 35 minutes and will leave your nails and hands looking beautiful!
Follow these simple steps for the perfect at-home manicure:
- remove old polish using a gentle nail polish remover
- file your nails. The modern look for nails is to keep them on the short side with a straight shape and slightly-rounded edges
- soak your hands in warm, soapy water. Let soak for a few minutes in order to soften cuticles. Use a gentle soap that won't dry out your skin
- apply a few dots of cuticle cream and rub in gently
- using an orange wood stick, push your cuticles back gently. Never cut the cuticles, as this can lead to damage and even infection
- massage hands with a creamy hand lotion. Rub in for a couple of minutes in order to fully hydrate the skin, particularly if you are suffering from dry winter skin
- wipe nails on a damp cloth in order to remove excess oil
- apply a base coat before adding two coats of your favorite shade of nail polish. Always start on the side of the nail and use three strokes to fully coat each nail. Follow with a top coat, which will lock in your nail polish for longer
At Home Spa Treatment: Pedicure
An at-home spa treatment is best when topped off with a relaxing, invigorating pedicure. The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps per day, so taking care of your feet is a must.
Here are some simple steps that'll let you pamper your feet in 30 minutes or less:
- soak your feet for about ten minutes in a pail or plastic bowl filled with warm water and a few drops of chamomile and lavender (which have excellent relaxing properties that will soothe your tired, aching feet)
- apply a cuticle softener; after a few minutes, push back the cuticles gently using an orangewood stick
- use a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells
- use an exfoliating paste; then apply a moisturizing cream in order to hydrate the skin, as well as improve flexibility and promote relaxation. Don't forget your toes!
- apply a base coat, then add two coats of your favorite nail polish color, as above. Follow with a topcoat. Only use nail polish on alternating weeks in order to avoid nail discoloration
And voila! Your perfect at home spa treatment. You can even make this spa routine a weekly event and invite your closest friends to your very own spa parties at home. They'll thank you for introducing them to such an inexpensive, fast beauty routine. Enjoy!