Many of us are stuck at home due to the C********** (I’m not spelling it out to prevent being penalized by Google!) While social distancing is necessary to keep the virus contained, it does require a burst of creativity at home in order to avoid cabin fever. Even though our favourite spas or nail salons have closed down to protect the public, that doesn’t mean we have to neglect our regular beauty routine. It just means we have to DIY. Here are a few ways you can enjoy a spa day at home.
I usually visit a nail salon for a pedicure about every three months (two months in the summer) and then in the winter, I often give my feet a DIY pedicure. No, it doesn’t look quite as gorgeous as a professional pedicure, but it still keeps my feet looking and feeling good. Here are the items you’ll need for a home pedicure:
- Pumice stone or wooden foot file – You should be able to find one at Sally Beauty, your local drugstore or Walmart.
- Emery board
- Nail polish clear base and top coat – I use Sally Hansen’s Double Duty, which can be used for the base and top coat so you don’t have to buy two separate bottles.
- A good quality nail polish such as Essie or O.P.I. or if you really want to splurge, Christian Dior (which lasts forever) or Paul & Joe.
- Foot lotion – I use Raluca Skincare’s Double Mint Foot Butter .
DIY Pedicure Instructions:
- Soak your feet in warm water for about five minutes.
- Pat your feet dry with a towel and use a pumice stone or foot file to scrub dead skin from your heels and bottoms of your feet.
- Using scissors, trim dead skin from toenail cuticles.
- Cut toenails to desired length.
- Apply foot lotion to bottoms and tops of feet.
- Apply base coat to toenails.
- Apply one or two layers of your favourite nail polish to toenails.
- Apply top coat to toenails.
DIY Face Mask
I love using Strivectin Multi-Action Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask because it leaves my skin glowing. If you don’t have a commercial face mask to use for your spa day at home, you can make one yourself. The added bonus is you know exactly what you are putting in your face mask. I have included instructions to make two DIY face masks below, depending on what ingredients you have on hand. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse your face before applying your face mask. After removing your mask, use a toner to remove any remaining impurities and seal up your pores and then apply your moisturizer.
Green Tea & Yogourt Face Mask
Green tea is a wonderful ingredient for a face mask since it is high in antioxidants. (I have Teaology’s moisturizer made with green tea, which I absolutely love!) Yogourt contains probiotics that are not only good for your gut but for your skin as well since they help reduce inflammation ad redness.
2 Tablespoons plain yogourt
1 1/2 Tablespoons dry oatmeal
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
3 Tablespoons strongly-brewed green tea
- Combine 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 1/2 Tablespoons of dry oatmeal;
- Add 2 Tablespoons of plain yogourt and stir;
- Add 1 teaspoon of honey and mix;
- Add 3 Tablespoons of strongly-brewed green tea and stir. The mixture should form a paste;
- Apply to cleansed face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes;
- Remove mask with lukewarm water and a washcloth.
Avocado, Oatmeal & Honey Face Mask
Avocados are great for your skin since they contain minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, copper and magnesium, as well as Vitamins A, E, B and K. Honey will help clean your skin due to its antibacterial properties, as well as brighten your skin.
1/2 ripe avocado
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional, for extra skin brightening!)
- Remove skin and pit from avocado and mash 1/2 avocado into a pulp;
- Add 1/4 cup of rolled oats and stir;
- Add 1 Tablespoon of honey and stir;
- Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice if you have it and combine into a paste;
- Apply to cleansed face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes;
- Remove mask with washcloth and lukewarm water.
Making DIY face masks and doing your own pedicure will not only make you feel better during these turbulent times, but you’ll also save money! I hope you enjoy your spa day at home.
Spa at home is definitely what I need in current situation! Should try this face mask today because I love avocados a lot!
I love DIY face masks! They are so easy to prepare and you can ensure that they don’t contain any unsafe ingredients! Cheers, Lori
These are helpful and timely tips. I recently had a DIY pedicure a few days ago. Having time out is not a bad idea at all but would have been more fun if didn’t have to take a virus to keep us indoors.
I agree…time out is great, but the reason for it is not! Cheers, Lori
Great tips! i work from home so not that much changed but I do feel mentally pressured into staying in. great tips!
I also work from home so yes, not a lot has changed for me either except not being able to attend blogger events or personal appointments! Cheers, Lori
What a lovely idea! I’ve got loads of products I’ve amassed but not had time to use (until now!) and you’ve inspired me to dig into my stash (and maybe share it with my husband, he loves a sheet mask!) x
I also have a lot of beauty products at home so I am making sure that I use them every day! Cheers, Lori
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Love these ideas as I am really due for a pedicure. Making my own facemask sounds so interesting and would love to try. Thank you for sharing this.
I was due for a pedicure too so I did a DIY one. Yes, I love making my own face masks too! Cheers, Lori
I think self care is important during times like this. We tend to forget that these things still need to happen. Great way for Moms to to take a break too!
Oh yes, we still need to take care of our beauty needs! Cheers, Lori
Oh these are some cool ways to pamper our self at him at this time when we can’t go out in the parlor.
Yes, the nail salons and spas are not essential services so they’re all closed here! Cheers, Lori
My avocadoes are for my poor man’s guac and tummy lol. They cost a bomb here. Thankfully, I’ve enough masks and sheet masks to last me through and I use my pumice daily in the shower. Now, manicure, I gotta dedicate time for soon.
I understand…avocadoes are a bit pricey here too! Sounds like you have a great DIY beauty routine. Cheers, Lori
I am here for this! My birthday is next week and this is a great idea!
Sounds like a great idea! I’m sure my kids would love to do a spa day at home. What a nice treat!
Yes, a spa day at home can be a lot of fun, as well as a nice break from the stress! Cheers, Lori
Thank you for these suggestions for a spa day at home. We are on community quarantine and I am finding ways to pass the time. These would not only pass the time, it will also make me feel good!
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