Spa treatments can be relaxing and luxurious, but they also end up putting a dent in your wallet. It’s pretty simple to recreate a spa in your house. Not only will you save money by having a mother-daughter spa, you will also end up bonding over it. You could plan just a few treatments, or make a full day of it and get head-to-toe glam.
Let the relaxation begin!
- Make Sure The Setting Is Right
Dim the lights, and set up a playlist of zen music that will make your experience as authentic as possible. Good options are ocean sounds or Hawaiian (instrumental) music, or soothing instrumental music. Use whatever works with your theme. Don’t forget to decorate the place. Drape colorful sheets over couches, and clear plastic or painter’s drop cloths on floors to add to the ambiance, and to protect the floors and furniture.
- Bubble Up Her Bath
Start out with a bubble bath that includes all the fixings. First, pour some soap or body salt into your bath water. Add a tablespoon of honey, olive oil, almond oil or milk to it. Then, add one egg white to it—this will help the bubbles stay big and strong instead of popping the moment you get in the tub. Many home-made bubble baths don’t last longer than a few minutes, and adding egg white makes all the difference. Finally, add five drops of the essential oil of your choice (we personally love lavender), and mix it all up.
- Smell The Roses
The simplest way to make an effective toner with astringent properties? Use roses. Here’s the recipe: Pour two cups of boiling water into a pot or pan, and add one (firmly packed) cup of rose petals to it. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain, squeeze out the liquid from the petals and refrigerate the rose water in a sterilized jar between use. Not only does it smell wonderful, it also has cooling and moisturizing properties.
- Blend, Blend, Blend
Make a hydrating facial mask by throwing in a little cold cream, yogurt, honey, avocado and aloe vera gel into a blender till it’s a paste. Use a foundation brush to paint it on your faces, let it dry for about 15-20 minutes, and rinse. You could bottle this up in a cutesy jar, and use it later as well.
- Exfoliate With A Sugary Scrub
Mix one cup each of brown sugar, raw oatmeal and olive oil, and your at-home body scrub is ready! Apply on dry skin, using your hands, performing slow circles as you go. After scrubbing gently all over, she just needs to step into the shower and rinse off.
- Pretty Feet
Tired feet need relaxing pedicures, and it can’t get better than a home-made one. All you need are simple ingredients found in the pantry: cornmeal, coconut milk, Epsom salt, olive oil, rosemary sprigs, and honey. Mix everything in a small bowl, and pour into a large bowl filled with hot water. Soak your mother’s feet for a few minutes, then reach your hand into the mixture and exfoliate the rough spots on her feet. After rinsing, mix half a cup of almond oil with four drops of peppermint oil and massage her feet and legs. Finish by painting her toenails. Here’s to some TLC she’ll remember, and love you for.