Everyone needs a little R&R from time to time, and where better to get it than at the spa? Spa treatments are as good for the soul as they are for the skin, but who can afford to hit the spa on a regular basis for certain treatments?
Whether you rely on the spa to keep your skin bright and healthy or smooth, soft and hair-free, there might be some lower-cost alternatives. However, there are some things you should leave to the pros. Here are the DIY dos and don’ts you need to know!
DIY Do: Chemical peel
If your skin seems dull or rough, you may be in the market for a chemical peel. You don’t need to go to the spa or salon for this, though. Many kits make this process super easy to do at home. Try Hydroxatone’s Revitalizing Microdermabrasion with the Microsonic Facial Brush to polish away dull, dead skin – plus wrinkles and age spots! The Bliss Incredi-Peel Kit is another good one to try. This kit contains pads with glycolic acid and witch hazel to renew and refresh your skin while soothing and hydrating it.
If you’re looking to slough away those dead skin cells from your whole body, you can do it yourself at home, too. Rub cut up oranges on your knees, elbows and heels to get rid of rough skin, or make your own exfoliating scrub with coffee grounds, sugar or oatmeal.
DIY Don’t: Skin resurfacing
If you are looking for serious resurfacing on your skin, leave it to the pros. Dermatologists and spa technicians have special tools and use certain chemicals to actually peel away the outermost layer of your skin, which is not something you can (or would want to do) by yourself!
DIY Do: Waxing
Okay, maybe waxing isn’t the most relaxing of spa treatments, but it’s certainly a good one. Whether you head to the spa to remove hair from your eyebrows, lip, legs or elsewhere, at home versions can save you money and can be just as effective as the spa treatment. Try a waxing kit like Sally Hansen’s Simple Spa Wax Warmer Kit – it contains miniature versions of the tools spa technicians use so you get a similar experience. Bliss’s Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit has all the fixings to remove hair from your eyebrows to your toes.
DIY Don’t: Brazilians
The one place you shouldn’t wax yourself is your bikini line – especially if you like the Brazilian look. The risk of burning sensitive areas with the hot wax or making another mistake is too high – and will be too painful – to try yourself. As a rule of thumb, don’t wax anywhere you can’t see easily.
You can make your at-home spa just as relaxing as the professional facility, too. Remember, it’s the little details that make the spa experience so fabulous. Light some lavender candles to set the mood, and warm up the products you are going to use on your face and body on the heater before applying them. Play some soothing music and treat yourself to lemon water while you’re beautifying, too. Making your own rose toner or other herbal face masks can make the experience even more soothing.