5 Great DIY Spa Treatments

Beauty/Skincare, Featured Article
on April 22, 2011
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Want to show your skin a little spa-like love? Try these recipes from top beauty bloggers.

Strawberry Coconut Scrub

From: Karley Ziegler Mott, Chic & Green

chicandgreendaily.com

Best for: Exfoliating/moisturizing hands, arms, legs and feet

Ingredients:

  • 1 strawberry, leaves removed           
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Up to 1/2 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons turbinado sugar or brown sugar

Directions:

  1. In a small chopper or food processer, puree the berry and coconut oil.
  2. Pour into a small mixing bowl.
  3. Next, stir in a very small amount of sunflower oil.
  4. Stir in sugar to desired thickness (a thinner solution works best).

 

Minty Margarita Soak

From: Kristin Cotte, The Grapeseed Company, Green Skin Care Blog

greenskincareblog.com

Best for: Soaking tired feet

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon epsom salt
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 limes

A handful of fresh mint leaves, or 2 bags of peppermint tea 

Directions:       

  1. Cut 1 lime in half, squeeze juice into the basin with water and salts.
  2. Thinly slice the remaining lime and add.  If using fresh mint, muddle leaves with mortar and pestle.  
  3. For mint tea, rip open tea bag and pour herbs into basin.
  4. Soak for 10 minutes.

 

Coffee Foot Scrub

From:Gio Guazzarotti, Beautiful With Brains

beautifulwithbrains.com

Best for: Removing calluses from feet

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons ground coffee

  • 3 tablespoons epsom salt (or sea salt)

  • 3 tablespoons almond oil (or olive oil)

  • 3 tablespoons corn meal (or ground oats)

  • 2 drops lavender oil (relaxing) or peppermint oil (energy booster)

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together into a paste and massage into feet.
  2. Rinse off with warm water.

 

DIY Bath Salts

From: Susan Barclay-Nichols, Swift Crafty Monkey

swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com

Best for: Bathtime!

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 ounces Epsom salts
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon essential oils (see below on recommendations)

Directions:

  1. Mix the Epsom salts and essential oils together.
  2. For a relaxing bath, try 3 parts lavender to 1 part rosemary essential oil. For foodies, considering blending 3 parts key lime to 1 part vanilla for a key lime pie experience.
  3. This also works well with orange, tangerine and lemon. 
  4. For a foot bath, consider using equal parts peppermint and spearmint essential oil or equal parts peppermint, eucalyptus and camphor. (Do not use these in a regular bath as the tingle can get a little much for some tender body parts!). Use half of the recipe per bath.

 

After-Bath Oil

From: Susan Barclay-Nichols, Swift Crafty Monkey

swiftcraftymonkey.blogspot.com

Best for: Rehydrating dry skin

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons sesame seed oil (or sunflower oil)
  • 2 tablespoons hazelnut or grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil 
  • 1/5 teaspoon essential oil

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a container, then transfer to a bottle.
  2. Use after your bath or shower to lock in moisture. Keeps for three months.