A trip to the spa is the ultimate luxury to many of us. The pampering aromas and soft tunes have us drifting away to somewhere calm and peaceful, where all that matters is to breathe and relax. Unfortunately, the experience is expensive and not exactly our everyday indulgence; learn to do it yourself, however, and enjoy a spa session whenever you feel like it. Invite your friends over, treat your bae to a soothing treatment – or just put your feet up and enjoy it yourself.
Here is everything you need for the ultimate spa night, from nourishing facial care straight out of your fridge to the kind of hair masks that will leave your hair soft and glossy.
Setting the scene
Sure, you can always throw on a face mask, wander around in your robe and call it a spa night, but it’s not quite the same. Invite some of your friends over to enjoy the pampering as well, get some snacks ready – such as this ultimate veggie platter, diffuse some lavender oil for a calming effect and find the kind of music you’d easily have a nap to. The music doesn’t have to be authentic spa tunes for you to enjoy the evening, though, and make sure to ask your friends what kind of music they’d like as well.
Consider buying some fancy herbal tea and serve it up in a glass kettle if you’d like to go all out. Alternatively, pop a bottle of wine, or hydrate with some regular water with cucumber in – you know, instead of putting it on your eyes.
Choose whatever facial mask you’d like, of course, but remember that anything DIY will cost you a lot less – especially if you’re having people over to enjoy your spa night. If your skin is slightly dry, mix one whole avocado with two tablespoons of honey, apply it all over your face and neck before leaving it one for around ten minutes and washing it off with face cloths.
Since it’s summer, you may want to treat yourself to a cooling berry mask instead to take care of some of the damage the sun has made these last couple of months. Mix two tablespoons of plain yoghurt with a handful of ripe blueberries until the texture is kind of smooth. Apply to your face, soak up the berry scents, leave it on for around twenty minutes and try not to eat the face mask.
For extra relaxation, ask someone nicely to apply the mask to your hair. You can pretend like it’s easier for them to get everything covered – but it’s really just so that you can close your eyes for a second and enjoy the care. For dry and brittle hair, use the rest of the avo you have and mix it with one egg yolk.
Wrap it all up in a shower cap and let it work for about twenty minutes before you wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner.
If your hair is thick and luscious rather than fine, you can try this coconut and olive oil mask instead; mix two tablespoons coconut oil with one tablespoon olive oil, wrap it up in a shower cap again and leave it to work for around twenty minutes. Remember to wash everything out with shampoo and conditioner.
Some people find an oily mask to be a bit heavy on their hair, so feel free to choose one that you think will work better for your hair type.
A miniature manicure treatment is simple enough if you know what you’re doing. Start by taking care of your cuticles and give them a massage for a couple of minutes, using vaseline or olive oil. It’s great to have someone do this for you so that you get to enjoy a hand massage for a bit as well.
Remove the excess oil with nail polishing remover afterwards, apply a softening hand moisturiser, add a layer of nail polish as you please – and voila! You’re ready to hit the town – or just to lean back with a good movie and call it a day.
Spa nights don’t have to cost much at all if you know how to treat yourself with what you can find in nature – or in your fridge, that is. Sip some herbal tea while waiting, swap it out with wine if you’re more into that, and look forward to a completely relaxed and renewed you.