I love going to the spa, but it’s an expensive indulgence that doesn’t always fit into my budget. Not to mention, sometimes (especially in winter), I’d rather just stay home. Enter these simple and fun at-home treatments:
I love eye masks. I get frequent headaches and my prescription for ridding myself of the pain generally includes two Advil, a dark room and something cool on my face. A washcloth works — until it doesn’t — but eye patches are geared toward reducing puffiness and dark circles. I’m a fan of Sephora’s Instant Depuffing Eye Mask, which you wear over your entire eye area. It’s seriously cooling and feels almost futuristic to wear. I also like these smoothing cornflower patches from Klorane. They adhere (gently) to the sensitive area below your eye. I pop them in the fridge for an added boost.
Whenever I go to the salon, I get a deep conditioning treatment. It instantly revives my hair and I can feel a difference. But since I can’t afford a standing appointment, I often do deep conditioning treatments at home. SheaMoisture has some great deep conditioning masques — I like this raw shea butter and kelp treatment and I’ve also used this curl-enhancing smoothie for the days I keep my flat iron under wraps. I keep a few of these conditioning caps around at all times so I can let the masques do their work. For an even more budget-friendly treatment, reach for this nourishing coconut-infused protein pack from Palmer’s.
Spa scrubs are expensive (and pretty awkward) treatments, but the idea is golden, especially in winter. That’s why I love doing scrubs at home. I highly recommend the hip E Chick scrub I tested last October. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a DIY scrub — there a ton of “recipes” on Pinterest. The best part? They make fantastic gifts. After your scrub, make sure you seal in the moisture with a great lotion or body oil. I’m a fan of this rich cream from Farmhouse Fresh. I also love their Ageless Body Oil, which is infused with agave and smells like pure spun sugar. So, amazing.