DIY Spa: Pamper Yourself At Home

Many of us only consider a trip to a spa when a special event is coming up. But why wait for that special occasion when you can create an easy, inexpensive spa experience at home with food you already have in your kitchen? Follow these 5 easy steps to create a relaxing, revitalizing spa evening for yourself that even the pros would envy.

Step 1: Treat yourself to a smoothie that contains ingredients that improve the health of your skin.

It wouldn't be a spa experience unless you started with a drink designed to improve the health of your skin. These two smoothies are rich in antioxidants and healthy fats, which battle the aging effects of free radicals and work to plump the skin. Pick your favorite of these two smoothies and enjoy it while taking a relaxing rest before starting the spa treatments.

Green Goddess Smoothie

Blend together the following ingredients and chill before consuming:

Cucumber3–4 inches peeled and sliced
Celery2 stalks cut into chunks
Baby spinach, kale, or chard1 packed cup
Dandelion leaves½–1 cup
Ginger1” peeled chunk
Milled flaxseed1 tbsp
Chia seeds1 tbsp
Sprouted raw pumpkin seeds2 tbsp
Avocado1/3 of whole
Coconut water8 oz
Spring water4 oz

Very Berry Smoothie

Blend together the following ingredients and chill before consuming:

Berries1.5 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries
Baby spinach1 packed cup
Organic plain fat-free Greek yogurt or kefir1 cup
Milled flaxseeds1 tbsp
Chia seeds1 tbsp
Hemp seeds2 tbsps
Coconut oil1 tsp
Coconut Water4 oz to dilute (optional)

Step 2: Give Yourself a Sea Salt Body Scrub

A full-body sea salt scrub is a popular – and expensive – treatment in spas worldwide, but particularly easy to do at home. It effectively removes dull, dead skin cells, revealing the vibrant, smooth, soft skin underneath. Plus, the rubbing improves circulation, giving the skin an added glow.

To create the salt scrub, pour 1 cup sea salt into a bowl and drizzle in a light oil like almond oil. Mix with a spoon, continually drizzling until the mixture takes on the texture of a paste. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for scent – we particularly love peppermint, sandalwood, and lavender. Take a shower or bath to moisten the skin, and then rub all areas of your body with the paste in a circular motion. When done, shower to rinse off the salt. Note that this scrub is too harsh for facial skin.

Step 3: Exfoliate Your Face with an Almond Meal Scrub

This recipe is particularly simple. Put some finely ground almond meal into your palm and wet with water until it forms a paste. Dampen the skin on your face and rub the paste gently into your skin in small circles. Rinse with water. Like the sea salt scrub, this scrub will slough away dead skin cells and improve circulation for a wonderful glow.

Step 4: Enjoy a Yogurt & Honey Mask

This balancing mask uses the probiotic power of yogurt to keep healthy microbes present in your skin, and accesses raw honey's wealth of benefits. Honey is a natural humectant, helping the skin to absorb and retain water, and it is a known antioxidant that can fight pro-aging free radicals. Also, honey is often used for healing, making it perfect to help speed along the skin's recovery process if it's recently experienced a sunburn or an acne breakout.

To make this mask, mix 1/4 cup full-fat yogurt with 1 tbsp of raw honey. Apply it to the face and let sit 5–10 minutes. Rinse off with water.

Step 5: Moisturize with Healthy Oils

High-fat oils help to boost the fatty acid and moisture content of the skin, which promotes smoothness and plumpness. To make a homemade oil moisturizer, mix equal parts avocado and almond oils and apply to the skin sparingly. These two oils have low comdogenic ratings, so they won't clog pores, and they will leave your skin feeling moist and smooth.

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