Oh how we’ve missed spending some pamper time at our go-to spa. Now, while we wait for the resumption of normal operations, we can do our favorite spa services right in the comfort our own homes.
We know what you’re imagining—one booking of a spa appointment and you’re good to go. But oh, that’s nothing more than wishful thinking at this point. Besides, how do you choose to relax during this pandemic? If it almost sounds a little impossible to literally sit down and relax even just for a few minutes, we suggest you still inject your habitual spa appointment during your stay-at-home period, which is slowly becoming our new normal. And since this me-time still requires us to follow the safe 6-feet distance away from each other, it’s time to take charge of our own foot and hand spa, as well as an assortment of other pampering activities.
It doesn’t mean that just because we’re spending most of our time indoors, we neglect a little R&R. Taking a moment for a much-needed foot and hand spa doesn’t just mean moisturizing and exfoliating your feet, it also improves blood circulation, eases tension, and could even be a good mood booster.
D.I.Y. Foot Soaks
Whether in your bathtub or in your couch, once you’ve found the most comfortable spot in your house to have your foot spa done, start preparing the basic necessities. Get yourself a dry towel and two shallow washbasin that has enough allowance with the size of your feet placed under a bath mat. Each washbasin should be filled in with proper amount of warm and cold water. Starting with a clean feet, soak your foot in warm water for a minimum of 15 minutes to a maximum of 1 hour. Afterwards, rinse your feet under cold water.
If you’re targeting exfoliation, get at least 3 lemons, 3 cups of apple cider vinegar, 3 cups of Epsom salt. In your basin of warm water, pour the apple cider vinegar and the lemon juice. Then, soak your feet rubbed with Epsom salt. To achieve a softer and smoother toes, prepare 1 cup of honey, 1 cup of coconut milk, and 1 tsp. of cinnamon powder. Mix in the honey and coconut milk in a boiling water. Pour the mixture into the tub of water and dredge some cinnamon powder.
D.I.Y. Nail Soaks
Here’s a fact we probably glaze over: As we age, our nails become brittle. For picture-perfect nails every day, we have to always prevent our nails from breakage and soften cuticles. Aside from our usual mani and pedi, it’s best to give your nails a good soak before painting your own nails. But not right after. Let your nails sit for a while before having manicure. Prepare these ingredients that are surely readily available in your kitchen.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. organic honey
- 1/3 cup jojoba oil
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
Combine all the ingredients in a small basin and soak your nails for a good 5 to 10 minutes. Massage your tips for a full therapeutic effect.
D.I.Y. Face Masks
If you have not stocked up enough face masks, don’t panic, because it’s not a problem, really. Using more organic ingredients, you can still get that natural, glowing skin with a D.I.Y. face mask. This banana face masks works gently on all skin types, keeping it healthier amidst the hot summer weather. For the banana face mask, you will only need:
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tbsp. orange juice
- 1 tbsp. honey
Mash the banana in a bowl and add in the orange juice and honey. Mix everything until you get a good paste. Gently and evenly apply the mixture on your face and leave it for 15 minutes. After rinsing your face, don’t forget to moisturize it and you’re done.
Feeling fine, fresh, and fantastic? See, we told you it can be done. You’re welcome.