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1. Use a Steamy Shower to Open Pores
Mimic salon-quality facial steamers with the powers of a hot shower. This is the perfect time to chemically exfoliate--Lactic-acid is a great option--and slap on a DIY mask. It’s also the perfect moment to perform and blackhead removal or pop any nasty zits. In order to do so safely, invest in a stainless steel, dual ended extractor tool. Remember, it’s best just to leave it alone. However, if you must pick, do so safely.
2. Make a Pantry-Inspired Facial
Many common kitchen items are perfect for making your own mask. Mix in healthy ingredients like ground oats, yogurt, and honey. Avocado also makes a great hair mask! Egg whites are great for oily skin and hair. Just be sure the eggs are fresh and organic.
3. Whiten Your Teeth at Home
Mix strawberries and baking soda for an all-natural whitening treatment. Or, if you want a daily approx, swish with hydrogen peroxide in lieu of white strips. You can actually makeyour own toothpaste by combining baking soda, a dash of fine sea salt, and peppermint extract.
4. Have a Pampering Party
Bad at doing your own nails? Want someone to wear masks with? Consider inviting a close friend over for relaxation, pajamas, and wine. Touch up your roots and deep condition your hair to get gorgeous locks. Treat yourself to some healthy, beauty eats like quinoa with blueberries or a green smoothie, and watch your favorite flick!
In order to get long-lasting, chip-free nail color, consider doing your own gel nails at home. Sally Hansen and other drugstore lines allow you to apply gel nails in the privacy of your own home. Save time and money, and get long-lasting color!
5. Purge Your Medicine Cabinet for a Streamlined Routine
Take this opportunity to ditch cosmetics that have expired and experiment with unused items, aka that new Korean skincare buy you just HAD to have! There are tons of hacks for streamlining your morning routine. Use mason jars to store makeup brushes, and use a multi-tiered cake display to showcase products with pretty packaging.
6. DIY a Luxurious Bath
Make your own lavender infused bath salts:
● Mix epsom salts with lavender extract and blue and red food coloring.
● Add dried lavender flowers. (These can be found at most health-food stores)
● In a large bowl, mix the ingredients together and add a quarter cup coconut oil.
● Take a hot, infused bath! Put a quarter cup directly into your bath water. (You might have to rinse out the dried lavender petals at the end.)
● Feel absolutely marvelous!
Remember, some things ARE better off left for the professionals.
These include facials that involve lasers or intense peels, hair removal like waxing (too messy at home) a great haircut, and deep-tissue. Save by DIYing the easy things, so you can save up for the good stuff!
Have any at-home spa tips? Leave them in the comments section below. Happy pampering.