Indulge luxuriously without breaking the bank or leaving your house
When life gets hectic, which can be a regular occurrence in the life of a single mom, the first thing to go is often the time and effort we should be putting into pampering ourselves. We feel good if we’ve managed to shower, get the kids ready for school, and get to work looking presentable enough. But who wouldn’t want a luxurious spa day on a regular basis?
I know, I know—it’s expensive. Beauty treatments and spa services are indulgent and not always accessible. Don’t worry, I’ve taken the liberty of researching and trying the best homemade beauty treatments. Now you can create your own spa experience right at home!
How to prepare for your spa day
First thing’s first: get rid of those kids. That’s right, I said it! For you to fully enjoy and engage yourself in some rejuvenation, you’ll need to be free of parental obligation, just for a little while. Perhaps there’s a sleepover in the works? Maybe it’s bedtime, and you’ve got an hour or so of quiet time? Maybe it’s a rare day off from work when the kids are at school? Get creative. The point is to minimize distractions and interruptions as much as possible. This is a time to invest in yourself.
Next, you’ll need to gather some items that are probably right in your kitchen. That was not a typo, and you might be surprised to know that some of the most lavish spa and beauty ingredients are, in fact, pantry staples: sugar, salt, oatmeal, herbal tea bags, coconut oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil can all do wonders for your skin!
Sugar, salt, and oatmeal are all natural exfoliators, and they accomplish the task of scrubbing off dead skin cells, unclogging pores, and helping skin absorb moisture and nutrients while buffing your skin and balancing its oil production. Once you incorporate these all-natural exfoliants with simple oils such as coconut, olive, and grapeseed (which are all light enough to moisturize your skin), you’ve really gotten to the heart of what our skin, hair, and body need; you’ve already created the products for a yummy, restorative experience.
You can make several facial and body scrubs by combining these exfoliating blends with essentials oils (such as lavender or peppermint) or extracts (such as vanilla or almond). The website Homemade Gifts Made Easy provides a comprehensive list of various products you can make with things you probably have on hand already.
How to enjoy your spa day
Now that you’ve gathered your products and decided what you’ll need, here are some tips for creating an optimal spa experience:
1. Set the mood. It can be hard to transition from work mode or “mommy” mode into relaxation mode. Light some candles, find a spa music playlist, and pour yourself a nice hot cup of herbal tea or a glass of red wine—whatever you fancy.
2. Do a steam treatment. Start with a boiling pot of water and add a few drops of essential oil or a tea bag with an aroma you love. Grab a towel, and cover your head and the pot to trap the steam. Take some deep breaths. This will be soothing and open your pores; it will also help ease any tension headaches or sinus pressure. Steam for about five to 10 minutes.
3. Use your all-natural mask or scrub. After you combine any of the ingredients you have along with a recipe from above to create a facial and/or body scrub, use them. Depending on how much time you have, I’d recommend indulging in both. Face and body scrubs have a way of giving your skin an ultimate glow, killing off dead skin cells in the process. It’s a total win-win.
4. Take a hot bath. This is probably the easiest, quickest way to rejuvenate your body. A 20-minute soak in a bathtub does wonders to ease tension, eliminate toxins, and give you peace of mind. For an optimal experience, add a little bit of Dr. Teal’s lavender Epsom salt, which can be found in any drugstore. The magnesium in Epsom salt softens muscle tissues, and the essential oil lavender is a great calming agent.
5. Get some rest. By now you might be feeling refreshed but also tired. The perfect way to cap off your at-home spa day is by getting a good night’s sleep. But don’t forget to do these treatments on a regular basis! You’ll be glad you did.
Former Solo Mom VersAnnette Blackman-Bosia, ESME’s Resource Guide for Domestic Violence, is a painter, published poet, speaker, and facilitator. Through her business, Soul Revival Healing Arts, she offers original paintings and products, and teaches workshops. Her first poetry collection, Butterfly Spirit, was published in 2015. VersAnnette is passionate about empowering women, eating great food, and traveling the world. She and her family currently reside near Chicago.
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