DIY Spa Day Ultimate Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Head to Toe Home Spa Treatments

These treatments are mix and match, so use as many or as few as you want. We have given them to you in the order to complete them, so you have a full schedule for an at home spa day routine.

  1. Soak your feet
    Start off with a Listerine foot soak – yep, you heard that right.

    For those who don’t hang out on Pinterest, a Listerine soak is said to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, plus it helps remove dry, dead skin for super soft feet.

    Simply mix equal parts white vinegar and Listerine, with an equal amount of water in a bowl, and relax with your feet submerged for 10 – 15 minutes.

  2. Apply a hair mask
    While your feet are soaking away, apply a hair mask through the mid sections and ends of your hair.
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    If you’re not using a store-bought hair mask, there are so many DIY alternatives you can make using simple kitchen ingredients.
  3. For a DIY hair mask for dry and damaged hair, try mixing a teaspoon of olive oil with a 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Apply the mixture to dry hair; don’t wash or wet it first.

    Alternatively, ½ tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp of honey, and one egg combined makes a nourishing hair mask that’s suitable for all hair types and will leave your crowning glory soft and shiny without feeling weighed down.

    This mask can go on either wet or dry hair but might be easier to apply to hair whilst dry.

    When you’ve combed your choice of mask through thoroughly, wrap it in either saran wrap or a towel. You want to wrap the hair so that it’s off your face, and the heat will help the active ingredients to work more effectively.

    You can rinse the mask off after 20 minutes, but I like to let mine sit while I’m completing other spa treatments and rinse at the end. When it comes to at-home hair masks, the longer you leave them, the better.

  4. Give yourself a mini spa pedicure
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    For a super-simple at-home pedicure, trim and file your toenails, and scrub your feet all over with some pumice or a foot file, to get rid of rough skin.
  5. File your toenails in one direction only; go from the outer edge towards the middle, and then from the middle to the opposite edge.

    Don’t file back and forth in different directions or you will risk damage. You can paint your toenails now, however, the steam from the bathroom may interfere with your nail polish drying, so I recommend leaving this step until last.

  6. Make like the pros and double-cleanse your face
    Salon facials start with a double cleanse. Use whatever cleanser you like, but the first step is to remove makeup and surface dirt, then you repeat so the cleansing magic goes further.
  7. On dry and normal skin, coconut oil (applied with a cotton pad) makes a great DIY makeup remover. For oily skin, a mixture of equal parts castor oil and aloe vera gel, applied with a cotton pad, removes makeup easily and naturally.

  8. Exfoliate your face
    Manual exfoliation – where you scrub away at the dead skin – is way too harsh for your face.
  9. It’s easy to get carried away and find that, instead of having a supermodel-like glow, you look like you’ve been to war.

    Instead, let the natural exfoliating power of fruit acids do the work.

    If you’re looking to buy a mask, we recommend this favorite from Drunk Elephant, it’s not cheap, but worth it for special occasions.

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    Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

    Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

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    Alternatively, to make a DIY exfoliating mask mix the juice of 1/4 grapefruit with 1/4 a cup of yogurt and 1/4 a cup of cornmeal. Apply to your face and wait 15 minutes before rinsing.

  10. Tub time
    While you’re waiting for your exfoliant, run the taps or shower at their hottest setting so the room fills with steam.
  11. It won’t replicate the steam rooms of luxe spas, but it will still release toxins from the skin on your face and body. If you sourced the eucalyptus stems earlier, you’ll be thanking yourself that you did.

    Once the room has filled with steam, turn down the water, and run a bath. – If your bath is too hot, it will dry your skin out. – If you’re a shower-lovin’ gal, wait until after your face mask before hopping under the water.

    Bathtime is when you can really go to town. Use a couple of drops of essential oils, a bath bomb, fancy bubble bath, whatever feels good. For at-home spa bath ideas, use Epsom salts or magnesium salts which are both brilliant for sore muscle aches and pains.

  12. Apply a face mask
    While you’re soaking, apply a face mask.
  13. LA PURE Korean Face Mask

    LA PURE Korean Face Mask

    For a simple homemade mask, mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp of raw of manuka honey (not the squeezy kind you put in your oatmeal), and 1 tbsp plain yogurt. Once thoroughly combined, apply to your skin and leave for 15-20 minutes.

    Oily skinned folks can mash 1/2 banana, with 1 tbsp yogurt and 1/2 tsp turmeric. Mix thoroughly and rinse after 15 minutes.

    For both masks, place cucumber slices over your eyes – yes, they really do work.

    Immerse yourself in a book, listen to your chilled soundtrack, or even meditate while the stress melts away.

  14. Do a full-body exfoliation spa treatment
    Before you leave the bath, exfoliate the rest of your skin with a DIY sugar body scrub.
  15. Mix one cup of brown sugar with 2-3 tbsp of jojoba oil or coconut oil. The result is a DIY body scrub that gives patchy skin its marching orders. Pay special attention to knees and elbows or areas of dry skin.

    When it comes to spa treatments at home, it’s all about looking after neglected areas. So, before you finish exfoliating, give yourself a soothing head massage and exfoliate the skin on your scalp at the same time.

    Mix 2 tbsp of sea salt with 1 tbsp of lemon juice and 2 tbsps of olive oil or jojoba oil. Rub the mixture all over your head for a scrub that will leave you tingling in the best way.

  16. Rinse routine
    Now get under the shower: rinse the treatments and wash your hair and body fully. End with a blast of ice-cold water all over if you can. Spritz a nourishing skin spray made from natural rose water on your face to stay hydrated while you complete the next steps.
  17. Apply a thick moisturizer to feet and put on moisturizing socks. We love these silicone cuties that lock in extra moisture for a great price, but thin cotton socks will also do.

    Moisturizing Gel Socks

    Moisturizing Gel Socks

    Use a nourishing lotion all over your skin. Coconut oil makes a brilliant moisturizer but some people find it greasy, so use what works best.

    If you suffer from dry skin or Kerotosis Pilaris, try this lactic acid emollient for eradicating dryness and those annoying skin bumps.

    No spa night would be complete without a fluffy robe or your best pajamas and some slippers. Make sure slippers are new, soft, and comfy ones, not the worn and tired ones you put on every morning.

  18. Finishing skincare touches
    Massage serum and then moisturizer into your face using fingers or a massager. 
  19. Skincare pros swear by jade rollers and this one is hard to beat. For a basic routine, we love this super easy jade roller tutorial.

    Makady Natural Jade Roller

    Makady Natural Jade Roller

    Apply lip balm, and slick some castor oil over your lashes and brows with an old mascara wand – it’s the perfect lengthening and thickening treatment for at home spa day.

  20. Don’t forget your hands
    While your skincare is soaking in, repay your hands for all their hard work with a relaxing exfoliating massage using the sugar body scrub.
  21. Apply hand lotion, paint some DIY cuticle oil on your fingernails, and leave to absorb.

    You can let your feet stay in the socks overnight for intense moisture. Or you can wipe away excess moisturizer to paint your toenails. You can always pop the socks back on for an overnight treatment once your polish is dry.

  22. Now, get comfy in your bedroom with low lights and restful sounds.

Drift off to dreamland. Leave the cleaning up ’til tomorrow.

We hope you enjoyed this ultra-relaxing spa routine, but stay put, we’ve got more tips for enjoying a fun spa day with friends and loved ones!

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