24 home spa treatments that won’t break the bank

Who doesn’t look forward to a day of spa treatments? Massage, facial and steam bath.

Every moment is so luxurious, except for the moment you get the bill. Sometimes this is preceded by pressure to buy big-brand products.

The spas and all the services they provide are very expensive. But you can create that pampered feeling yourself for much less money. After all, insulating a bathroom with hot water is a good start to your DIY home spa.

With just a few affordable ingredients—you likely already have plenty in your pantry—you can easily recreate an unforgettable spa day at home. And a few small purchases can turn your ordinary bathroom into the perfect location for a luxurious spa experience at home.

14 ways to create spa treatments at home

Here are some of our favorite ways to pamper ourselves at home.

1. Everything you heard about coconut oil is true. Skip the expensive body wash and deep conditioner and use this low-cost alternative instead.

cost: A jar of coconut oil costs about $7 and lasts for months.

2. Apply an avocado or egg mask to your hair at the beginning of your spa routine, then wrap your head in a warm towel. Let it work its magic for at least 20 minutes.

cost: One egg costs you 10 cents, and an avocado is between $1 and $1.50.

3. Korean sheet masks, the cotton sheets that address many skin care issues, make your skin look great, but they can be pricey. I picked up a bunch from my local dollar store for every dollar and discovered that they work just as well as the more expensive brands. If you buy in bulk, you can save more.

cost: Sheet masks can be found online or at dollar stores for just $1.

4. Speaking of masks, if you use Lush cosmetics or know someone who does, comment on those little black utensils and bottles that the products come in. You’ll get a free face mask when you run five clean vacuums. That’s a saving of at least $9.95!

cost: The cost of the five products.

5. Get rid of blemishes and reduce fine lines with a bowl of plain yogurt! Whether you use it alone or use it with add-ons like a dash of honey or oatmeal, your pores will thank you.

cost: A small package of plain yogurt can cost anywhere from 60 cents to $1.

6. After rinsing off the mask, I like to give myself a five minute facial massage. It is surprisingly comfortable.

cost: Totally free!

7. Give yourself a lip scrub to get rid of dead skin. Your lips will feel soft and refreshed.

cost: The main ingredients – olive oil and sugar – are likely to be present in your kitchen. As well as additives you can use to season it, such as cinnamon, brown sugar, and coffee.

8. A luxurious and exfoliating homemade sugar scrub. Add your favorite essential oil, such as eucalyptus, to get rid of dead, dry skin, leaving behind a light cleansing with a luxurious scent.

cost: Less than $1 for sugar, coconut oil, and salt, plus about $10 for eucalyptus essential oil.

9. For a change of pace, I like to mix things up and exfoliate my skin with a three-ingredient coffee scrub that you can make using ground coffee left over from your morning beverage. It is said to also reduce the appearance of cellulite. (Don’t tell me if this is just an old wives’ tale – I don’t want to know.)

cost: Free, if you are a coffee lover.

10. Sometimes my skin isn’t ready for harsh peeling. That’s when I turn to a recipe like this one from WholeElise on YouTube. Instead of salt or abrasive sugar, this scrub uses oats, water, and glycerin (or honey).

cost: About $3.50 for oats (free if you already have it in your pantry and $5.50 for glycerin.

11. If you plan to shave during the spa period, try dry exfoliation first to prevent ingrown hairs and bumps caused by shaving. It’s also great for keeping your skin soft in the harsh winter months.

cost: A good dry brush costs about $7.50

12. Give your hands some love. This lemon and sugar scrub is easy to make, smells great and is perfect for making your hands silky smooth. After rinsing it, apply a little hand lotion and take a minute to enjoy, handwork.

cost: Lemons are about 50 cents, and you probably already have sugar and oil in your pantry

13. Do you know why every spa movie scene depicts someone with cucumber slices on their eyes? Because they work! You can use leftover cucumber water to create a great “I’m at the spa” feeling.

cost: About $1 for an option.

14. Treat your feet to a gentle soak with whatever gentle bath lotion you have on hand. Follow with a homemade foot scrub. Simply stir one part coconut oil into two parts sugar and scent with a few drops of the essential oil. A dash of lemon juice adds extra oomph. To kick things up a bit, apply some lotion and cover your fingers with thick socks while the moisturizer works its magic.

cost: Peppermint essential oil costs about $8, or you can use eucalyptus oil if you have it on hand. The rest of the ingredients will likely be in your pantry.

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10 easy ways to relax in your surroundings

While planning your fun day, don’t forget to design your own relaxation grotto. Give your bathroom a deep clean and then:

  1. Take a soft, thick towel.
  2. Pick up some pretty containers from the dollar store to hold all the scrubs and potions you make.
  3. Treat yourself to a fluffy bathrobe to wear while relaxing.
  4. Get some inexpensive candles to create ambiance during bath time – or make your own.
  5. Put a plant or flower vase in the bathroom, because green makes everything better.
  6. Cover a bathroom window with frosted contact paper to distribute bright sunlight that could damage your mellow.
  7. Place a few eucalyptus sprigs on the corner of the bathtub to create a clean, fresh scent when you turn on the hot water.
  8. Buy a bathtub drain cover so you can fill the tub extra depth and soak it up to your chin.
  9. Line up this awesome Spotify playlist.
  10. Use the cucumber you bought for your eyes to prepare some water infused with cucumber and lemon to drink during the spa.

Want more DIY spa ideas? Learn how to make sea salt spray, body wash, and more.

Writers Katherine Hills and Lisa McGreevy are contributors to The Penny Hoarder

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