Everyone deserves to feel pampered and polished, but having a spa day can cost a fortune. To save yourself some time, travel, and money, why not attempt a few spa treatments from home? There are plenty of relaxing and rejuvenating activities that can be carried out using products you likely already have around the house. From massages to scrubs and facials, these DIY spa treatments will have you taking care of yourself from head to toe on a daily basis.
1. Scalp massage
Can anything give you full-body chills quite like a lengthy scalp massage? Probably not. The Kikkerland Copper Head Massager allows you to get an other-worldly scalp treatment all by yourself. It stimulates sensitive nerves, relieves stress, and won’t transfer oils to your hair from your hands.
Should you prefer the feel of fingertips, the Head Massage 101 App will teach you the proper technique used by experts.
2. Aromatherapy relaxation
One of the best parts about booking any spa treatment is feeding your senses with soothing aromas. Whether you prefer candles, incense, or heated oils, it’s vital that you start practicing aromatherapy relaxation at home. We particularly love TO112, which has the most incredible range of handmade incense and candles. If you prefer sprays, EccoBella’s Natural Perfumes are a true feast for the senses. Their Organic Lemon Verbena and Organic Lavender scents are our favorites.
3. Facial mask
One of the easiest DIY spa treatments to do on a regular basis is an at-home facial. Amala’s Hydrating Yogurt Mask is a truly spa-grade product that’s worth every penny. It will hydrate and restore your skin’s natural radiance, working to leave it silky smooth, strong, and taut. With rich, natural ingredients, this mask is perfect for the days you notice your face looking a bit dull, dry, or uneven.
4. Body scrub
You don’t need to travel to Morocco to get an incredible hammam! Scrub yourself at home with Kopari’s Coconut Crush Scrub, which is infused with small pieces of Tahitian coconut shell and brown sugar to buff off dead skin cells. After using the scrub on your entire body, you’ll emerge from the bath with skin that looks hydrated and renewed.
5. Deep hair conditioning treatment
If you’re someone who regularly uses hot styling tools, it’s definitely worth doing a deep hair conditioning at home. These types of products have extreme cleansing, hydrating, and repairing properties, so they’re worth the investment. You’ll also want to leave the conditioner in for around 10 minutes so that it can properly absorb. Some of our favorite deep-conditioning products include Kevin Murphy’s Re.Store, Leave-In. Repair, and Young. Again. Masque.
6. Dry brushing
The benefits of dry brushing are many, which is why your masseuse will often dry brush your skin after a massage or scrub. By using a bamboo-bristle one like this option from Mio Skincare, you can exfoliate your skin, unclog pores, drain your lymph nodes, boost circulation, and reduce cellulite. Once you try this supermodel beauty secret, you’ll never turn back.
7. Facial steaming
You don’t need a fancy sauna to open your pores because it’s easy to steam your face right at home simply by pulling back your hair and filling a basin with boiling water. Next, lean forward (do NOT touch your face to the scalding water!) and let your skin react to the steam. For a more intense sensation, cover your head with a towel to trap the steam in front of you.
8. Hair removal
If you’re feeling brave, it’s worth practicing at-home waxing to save yourself some uncomfortable interactions in the future (if you’ve gotten a Brazilian, you know exactly what we mean). And don’t worry, you’ll soon get used to the momentary pain. For those new to at-home waxing, the Completely Bare Bikini & Body Wax Kit is perfect for beginners, so you can always be ready for a beach vacation.
Micro-needling may seem intimidating at first — after all, no one particularly likes the sound of rolling hundreds of tiny needles onto their face. However, this treatment is nowhere near as painful or scary as it sounds. Dermarollers cause microscopic injury to the skin, Reader’s Digest explains, i.e. invisible puncture wounds on the top layer of the epidermis. These tiny injuries stimulate your skin’s healing process, thereby generating new, healthy skin.
You don’t need to book a spa treatment to get perfectly polished nails. Instead, save your time and money by investing in manicure tools that will serve you at home. This simple manicure guide will teach you exactly how to achieve salon-level nails from the comfort of your own bathroom. And believe it or not, you probably already have all the supplies you need.
We’ll admit that spa pedicures are especially heavenly, as they usually come with a glorious foot massage and soak. But we promise you can make your feet look and feel just as good on your own. Recreate the procedures used by professional nail technicians by filling a foot bath, like Conair’s Foot Spa, with Dr Teal’s Mineral Soak & Foaming Bath, then massage your feet using a foot roller. Once you see how easy it is to thoroughly care for your feet at home, you’ll want to soak on a daily basis.
12. Acupuncture treatment
While we certainly don’t recommend pricking your body with needles at home (it’s best to leave that job to a professional), you can still get an acupuncture treatment outside of the spa with acupressure mats. They won’t harm your skin, but work similarly to acupuncture by stimulating your pressure points.