Last I checked, all women love going to the spa. But what do you need for a spa day at home? We’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need for an easy DIY spa day.
From a full spa day experience to DIY spa treatments that can be done in as little as 10 minutes. What woman doesn’t love a little pampering or want to look and feel her tip top best?
Problem is, spas require money and time.
The DIY spa ideas, included below, will care for the hair on your head, your pinky toes, and your soul. We’ve got everything your mind and body need, as well as our favorite “good for you” products and recipes.
Bonus: Everything can be done with little to no money and in hardly any time. Win!
Your Spa Time…
With the kids just getting back to school, we know you deserve a minimum of 10 minutes “just for you“.
Got a little more time?
Invite friends over and have a “spa” party or even better…set an entire day (or at least a couple of hours) aside and give yourself a full spa day treatment.
No matter which spa treatment you choose, start by scheduling it on your calendar and deciding what you want out of your spa treatment.
Your spa treatment could be used to draw closer to God, take a hard earned nap, relieve aching muscles, or to pamper your beautiful self with a facial or pedicure.
After you’ve decided what spa treatment you’re going to do and scheduled it on your calendar, make sure you have the needed products and supplies.
Gather the things you already have and put them into a basket so they look pretty.
- Robe, slippers, towels, candles, a body scrub or loofah, things for a manicure and pedicure, an exercise or yoga app or dvd, bible, journal, your favorite relaxing music
To recreate a multi-hour or full day spa experience, include exercise, healthy food, a pampering spa treatment (or two), rest, and above all – time with God.
Your Worth It ~ Spa Day Options
DIY Spa Treatments
Spa Day Recipes
Here are a few of our favorite healthy “spa” friendly recipes
Spa Day Exercise
How much and what style of exercise you do on your spa day will depend on your current fitness level.
It could be as simple as a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or as invigorating as a boot-camp at your local gym.
You just want to move your body and work your muscles.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be strenuous.
If you don’t have time for exercise and a “spa” treatment, pick the one that’ll mean the most to you.
Me, I love long walks where I can spend time talking with God and looking at the beauty of His creation. My perfect limited time spa day would include a 15 minute walk and a bath.
Here are some easy exercises to warm up your muscles:
1. Go for a long walk.
2. 10 minute HIIT workout for Beginners
3. 20 minute Yoga for Beginners
4. Feel Good Stretching Routine
10 Minute Facial
1. Wash. Clean your face very well. You don’t want dirt getting in your facials way.
2. Steam. Steam opens up your pores and hydrates your skin. From what I’ve read, facialists highly recommend this step.
- Add boiling water to a large pot or bowl; then wait a few minutes so it can cool down slightly (you don’t want to risk burning your skin).
- Sit about a foot away from the water,
- drape a towel over your head, and lean over the water allowing the steam to rise to your face.
- Sit for four-five minutes while the steam opens your pores and moistens your skin.
For an added bonus, add a few drops of essential oils, like lavender, to your water. You could also spend your steam time thanking God for all He’s done over the last week.
3. Exfoliate. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that might be dulling your complexion.
- Gently scrub in slow, circular motions, with a warm, wet washcloth, across your forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and neck.
Remember, being too aggressive or pushing too hard on your skin could do more harm than good!
- Then rinse your face with lukewarm water.
4. Mask. The mask you use will depend on your skin type. You can pick one up from the drugstore or make one at home.
Here are a few easy DIY mask recipes:
5. Tone. Applying toner makes sure all your prior work doesn’t go to waste. It helps seal in all the good stuff you just did to your face by closing pores and removing any residual mask ingredients.
The type of toner you use will, again, depend on your skin type and what you want to achieve. If you already have a favorite toner, use that one.
If toners aren’t part of your daily routine, the easiest to find, least expensive, safest for all skin types toner is good ‘ol Witch Hazel. Two I use and love are
6. Moisturize. After all that good stuff you’ve just done for your face it needs some moisture (grab yourself some infused water or tea while you’re at it). Even oily skin needs moisture.
Use your normal moisturizer or make your own with this recipe from Crunchy Betty (she’s got tweaks so this 3 ingredient recipe will work for anyone’s skin).
30 Minute Bath & Body Scrub
There’s nothing better than using common kitchen ingredients to pamper yourself. For this spa treatment, start by making one of these body scrub recipes:
Now that you’ve made your scrub,
- Draw a warm bath,
- light a few candles,
- pour a glass of wine or steep a cup of tea,
- add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and some epsom salts to your bath,
- start your favorite relaxing playlist, or
- grab a book you’ve been meaning to read since forever ago.
Before getting into the tub,
- rub your body scrub all over.
You want to rub hard enough to work it into your skin but not so hard you turn yourself red. Once that’s done, get in the tub and relax.
This is all about you right now.
Some great essential oils would be:
- Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Roman or German chamomile, Rosemary, Helichrysum, or Marjoram are good for relieving pain and reducing inflammation. Pick one or a combination for sore muscles.
- Lavender oil is known for its ability to calm and relax. Great for stress and tension.
- Clary Sage, Cypress and Sandalwood help to relieve tension and swelling.
- Bergamont, Lemongrass, Neroli, Lemon, and Yuzo are all good for stress relief.
- Ylang Ylang, Valerian, Roman Chamomile, Neroli, Cedarwood, and Lavender will help make you sleepy. Perfect if a nap or bedtime is following your spa bath.
Here are my favorite epsom salt brands:
The Perfect Bath Soak
Don’t have time to make a body scrub and soak in a hot bath? This bath soak will leave you feeling just as pampered.
Baths are probably my favorite way to relax (second to a walk) and they’re an easy way to spoil yourself.
Here’s what I love for my spa style baths.
You also need somewhere to put all of this stuff.
Natural Hair Treatments
Every once in a while your hair needs some extra “spa style” TLC.
Sun, temperature changes, hair products, the food we eat, stress, sickness, and so much more can all negatively impact our hair.
We’ve found DIY hair masks for all hair types. All you need to do is
- pick the mask,
- whip it up,
- grab a book or your Bible,
- something to drink,
- sit down, and relax.
This would be a great addition if you’re already planning to soak in the tub.
Pedicures & Podcasts
Me, I’m not a nail painter and to be quite honest, my mom and sister are frequently reminding me to push my cuticles down. That said, I may not be the right one to be talking about pedicures.
Thankfully, Sarah has stepped in to guide you.
I’ll admit, I am not the nail polish connoisseur that I once was. High school me would have had plenty of tips and tricks for fabulous nails, but post-college me has worked several food service jobs (which completely suck the joy out of having painted nails, btw) and developed a nasty habit of biting her cuticles.
But, I do always like to have my toenails painted because
- it’s much easier to paint your toes than your fingernails – none of that opposite hand stuff
- feet are weird so a fun color makes them a little more bearable and
- let’s be honest girls, our hands do enough work that a chipped nail by the end of day one is unavoidable.
And do chipped nails drive anyone else crazy? Alright, enough of my ranting. Let’s dive into this pedicure business.
Before we get into the actual feet part, I would recommend finding a favorite podcast episode or sermon to listen to.
I’m a Bible nerd, so my two favorite podcasts to turn on are:
Hannah jumping back in with my favorite Christian, health, and nutrition podcasts :
Podcasts are the perfect length of time for the pampering you’re about to embark on, so grab your supplies, press play, and enjoy!
Lucky for us, Hannah has already compiled a great list of tools we can use for a pedicure!
I would recommend scheduling this time right after that relaxing bath you took, but a simple foot soak will also do the trick. You want to soften your skin and nails to make your feet easier to pamper.
Here’s the steps for the best DIY pedicure ever:
- Mix the recommended Epsom salts and don’t forget some essential oils (hello lavender and peppermint) that’ll allow your body to relax – because after all, that’s the point of this spa time, right?
- After soaking for 5-10 minutes, use the foot pumice stone recommended above to get rid of those calluses.
- Follow this up with a rinse and then moisturize. Better yet, grab your hubby (if applicable) and see if he’ll give you a good foot massage.
Here’s my recommended products for a foot moisturizer:
has a cracked heel repair just in case, like me, your heels need some serious TLC. You can buy it at Ulta but I’ve also seen this brand a lot at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, so keep your eye out for it.
Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme is a winner because
- coconut. Need I say more?
- it’s a clean product so you can feel good knowing you’re not applying any harsh or dangerous chemicals to your skin and
- you can find this product at Target! Woohoo!
If we’re being real honest, I’ve never pushed back the cuticles on my toes before. I’ve always figured no one’s looking that closely anyway, right? If you’re interested in this step Burt’s Bees also has a Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream you can pick up along with the Coconut Foot Cream. Then,
- with your fingers soft from soaking and moisturizing, all you have to do is push back your cuticles with a soft washcloth. No fancy or scary tools here.
- Finally, it’s time to paint.
Please ladies, do your research here. Nail polish (and remover) is known to be one of the most toxic beauty products on the market.
Paying $3 for that bottle comes with a whole host of ingredients that are harmful to your body.
Putting all of these resources together for you has made me and Sarah want some spa time. You can rest assured that a 30 minute Bath & Body Scrub happened right after I hit post.
What I truly pray is that you realize you’re worthy of some “you” time. That you’re purposeful about setting aside a little time every week for you.
To make that “you” time as valuable as possible, be sure it includes your Abba Father. No matter which of the “spa day” activities you choose, there’s a place for God.
I’ll leave you with some suggestions.
- Spa Day Recipes (kitchen time is perfect for podcasts, online sermons, or worship music)
- Spa Day Exercise (put some worship music on and meditate on God while you’re moving those muscles)
- 10 Minute Facial (perfect time for listening to a Christian podcast or sermon)
- 30 Minute Bath & Body Scrub (read your Bible or put some worship music on and spend time in worship and prayer)
- The Perfect Bath Soak (read your Bible, a devotional, or a Christian self-help book you’ve been wanting to read)
- Natural Hair Treatments (read your Bible or a devotional while your hairs being treated)
- Pedicures & Podcasts (listen to a Christian podcast or your favorite worship music)
Woman of God, you are worthy.
Take care of you the same way you’d care for a priceless gem that belonged to God. You are that priceless gem.
If you didn’t read our last post on worth, go back and listen to or read it here.
Until next time…