Pampering yourself every now and then is a must. You definitely need that face mask, body scrub or bath soak. Trust us, it’s a great way to take a time-out and give yourself a little love. But a spa day usually means spending the big bucks at one of the city’s popular offerings. But, why not indulge at home, and save that money for something better? Besides, you can make everything you need using ingredients you’ve already got around the house.
From coffee body scrubs and lip exfoliators to soothing face masks and bath salts, these DIYs will help you unwind in no time.
Coffee body scrub
While we do love store bought coffee scrubs, you will be surprised at how easy it is to make it yourself. This DIY coffee scrub is perfect for the mornings when you need a wake up boost. Just don’t freak out about the mess it makes, it washes right down the drain.
• 2/3 cup coffee grounds
• 1/2 cup raw sugar
• 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or olive oil
• 2 tsps vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together and store in a jar. This works well before you step into the shower. Simple moisten your skin, take a generous amount of the scrub (enough for your body surface), and gradually rub all over, scrubbing away dead skin cells. Wait for five minutes before rinsing it off in the shower. If you don’t want any oily residue, simple wash it off with a shower gel.
Vanilla lip scrub
Lips feeling dry and flaky? Try applying this homemade lip scrub made using sugar, vanilla and coconut oil, and gently exfoliate with your finger. Warning: try not to eat the whole tub.
• 2 tbsps brown sugar
• 2 tbsps white sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbsps melted coconut oil
Combine all the ingredients well and store in a small jar. To use, take a pea sized amount in your palm, and solwly apply the mixture onto your lips, scrubbing in tiny circles. Simple rinse and pat dry after five minutes.
Avocado face mask
Avocado is the best. On toast, in chocolate mousse, in salads and, as it turns out, in beauty products. The creamy, thick quality of avocados lends itself perfectly to face masks, while the added honey gives it a sweet boost.
• 1 ripe avocado, mashed
• 1 tbsp honey
Simply mix two ingredients together and get slathering. Rub evenly and let it sit for 10 minutes, before rinsing it off with tepid water.
Yoghurt hair mask
Our locks need some love too and this natural hair mask does the trick. Made using yoghurt, avocado and coconut oil, it creates a thick, nourishing mask to help hydrate your hair.
• 3 tbsp natural or Greek yoghurt
• 1/2 ripe avocado, mashed
• 1 tsp coconut oil
Combine ingredients well, and liberally apply to hair and massage. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, while covering with a hot towel. Wah and conditon your hair as usual.
Lavender bath salts
There’s nothing better than sinking into a steaming hot bath after a long, stressful day. It especially helps when you add bath salts, which may help to relax tense muscles and relieve stress. Bliss.
• ½ cup Epsom salt
• ½ cup rock salt
• 1 tbsp baking soda
• 10 drops lavender essence
Mix all ingredients together until well combined and store in a jar. Use whenever you feel a relaxing soak is in order. Two to three tablespoones will suffice.