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By Rachel Miller, NewsCastic
We all deserve a little pampering every now and then. From a shopping splurge session to dining at your favorite restaurant, everyone needs a little “me time”.
Sometimes your schedule can get a little too hectic and you don’t have enough time to treat yourself. Have you ever thought about having some rejuvenating “me time” at the comfort of your own home?
We’ve scoured the web to find 12 amazing at home remedies that won’t require you to take a trip to the spa or salon. Kick back, and enjoy.
1. Create Your Own Sauna
You can use your shower and transform it into your very own sauna. Simply turn the shower on and let it run on its hottest temperature for about 20 minutes. While the water is heating up, grab a washcloth and use a few drops of a relaxing oil of your choice such as peppermint, lavender, vanilla, etc.
Then, step into the hot, steamy shower, place the washcloth on your face and enjoy the aromas from the oil and relaxing, comforting steam from the shower.
2. Exfoliate Your Lips
Tired of having super dry and chapped lips? Well, you can soften your lips with this homemade exfoliation.
What you need: 1 tsp of raw cacao powder, 1 Tbsp of raw honey and 1 Tbsp of white sugar.
Instructions: Combine all the ingredients together and apply a thin layer to your lips. Let this sit on your lips for about 10 minutes, and then rinse it off.
Your lips will be feeling soft and brand new.
3. Easy Manicure
If you wash your hands a lot, chances are your hands could be extremely dry and your nails are brittle. Give yourself an easy manicure at home by using just a few ingredients.
What you need: One lemon and half of a cucumber.
Instructions: Slice the lemon and half a cucumber into a container filled with cool water. Then soak your hands for about 10 minutes. Push your cuticles back and paint your nails any color you’d like.
The lemon helps bleach any nails stained from old polish or foods, and the cucumber will help soothe any dry hands.
4. Create an Avocado Face Mask
Nothing says “spa day” like a refreshing face mask. Face masks will make you feel like a brand new person all while cleaning your skin.
What you’ll need: 1 tsp. of plain organic yogurt, 1/2 ripe avocado, and 1 tsp of honey.
Instructions: Mash the avocado until the texture becomes soft. Mix in the honey and yogurt until it forms a smooth paste.
Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes, and then wash it off.
5. Get Whiter Teeth
Looking for an easy and natural way to get whiter teeth? This homemade remedy will help do the trick.
What you’ll need: Lemon juice and baking soda.
Instructions: Combine some lemon juice and baking soda together and rub the paste onto your teeth. Leave the paste on for no more than one minute. Brush the paste with a toothbrush.
Doing this for at least twice a week will help make your teeth whiter and cleaner.
6. Deep Condition Your Hair
Your hair definitely needs some tender, loving, care after a hard’s day work. Take care of your hair by giving it a deep conditioning treatment.
What you’ll need: 1/4 cup of olive and 1/4 cup of honey.
Instructions: Mix the honey and olive oil together and apply the mixture to your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic cap or conditioning bag for about 20 minutes. Rinse the mixture out of your head and style your hair as usual.
The honey and olive oil combination will help add moisture to your hair, and will penetrate the hair shaft.
7. Get Rid of Blackheads
Tired of having random blackheads popping up and ruining your day? This easy hack will get rid of them in a hurry.
What you’ll need: A slice of lemon.
Instructions: Rub the slice of lemon onto your face.
Lemons have antibacterial properties that will help clear your face and get rid of those pesky blackheads.
8. Puffy Eye Treatment
Do you have bags under your eyes? Will the puffiness just not go away? Well, this puffy eye treatment will get rid of all of those woes.
What you’ll need: A damp tea bag.
Instructions: Lay the damp tea bag on top of your eyes, then lay an unopened bag of vegetables on top of the tea bags.
This will help soothe your eyes from any strains you’ve had throughout the day and will de-puff them.
9. Get Bouncier Hair
Tired of having dull, flat hair. Then you’ll love this amazing remedy to help create healthy, bouncy hair.
What you’ll need: Lemon juice.
Instructions: Rub lemon juice onto your scalp and let it set for 15 minutes and wash your hair as you’d normally would.
This concoction will help strengthen your hair roots, making it bouncy and shiny. It will also help get rid of any dandruff you might have in your hair.
10. Create a Bath Detox
Bath detoxes are a great way to help ease body pain. This apple cider vinegar detox will help soothe any inflammatory bod aches, arthritis, and gout, just to name a few.
What you’ll need: 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar.
Instructions: Pour the apple cider vinegar into your bath water. Then soak in the bathtub for at least 30 minutes. Please be sure you use hot bath water as this will help detox your body by opening the pores of your skin.
After taking the bath detox, drink plenty of water to replenish your body.
11. Create a Salt Glow
Want amazing, glowing skin like Oprah? Try this salt glow remedy.
What you’ll need: 1/4 cup coarse salt, this could be either kosher or sea salt, 2 Tbsp. of virgin olive oil, and 3-4 Tbsp. of lemon juice.
Instructions: Mix together the salt and oil, and add the lemon juice. Massage the scrub onto your skin while showering/bathing. Rinse the scrub off, dry your body and apply your favorite lotion or moisturizer.
This salt glow scrub will leave your body feeling soft and looking glowy.
12. Exfoliate Your Feet
Do you have tired, achy feet? Try this foot exfoliation to help ease your foot pain!
What you need: Olive oil, brown sugar, and Epsom salt.
Instructions: Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt for about 10-15 minutes. Then mix two parts olive oil to three parts brown sugar in order to create the exfoliation scrub.
Rub the scrub onto your feet and rinse thoroughly. Afterwards, apply cream or lotion for smooth feet.
Bonus Tip: Use Science to Help Get Over the Plateau
Want to keep that spa-like appearance all the time? If traditional weight loss hasn’t worked and you’re having issues with specific areas on your body, you may want to consider iLipo Laser Lipolysis.
The out-patient procedure is available through Total Med Solutions in Dallas and Plano. iLipo Laser Lipolysis is one of the most advanced cellulite reduction technology on the market. It works by emitting low levels of laser energy, which send signals to the fat cells stored in the body. This signal, in turn, breaks down the fat cells. Triglycerides found in those fat cells are then converted into fatty acids and glycerol — energy.
So not only are you shaping your body, but you’re gaining energy while doing so — energy you can put toward living a healthier (and youthful) life leaving you more time to take care of yourself.