It’s getting warmer outside, and that means we can soon start shedding our winter gear and sporting more dresses and flip flops. With the dreariness of winter starting to dissipate, we no longer have to bundle up every time we walk outside.
This means it’s time to get ready to sport a springtime look by treating yourself to a home spa day. Rejuvenate your skin and brighten up your nails with our relaxing recipe for the ultimate home spa day—you’ll look and feel prepared for spring.
Invite friends so you and your squad can get ready for springtime weather together. Check out the Stola Essentials Case to easily transport all the necessities for your get together.
Starting Off Your Home Spa Day
No treat yourself day is complete without some relaxing necessities. First, start with the refreshments. Use this easy recipe for some refreshing lemonade to enjoy throughout the day. It’s enough to make a delicious pitcher.
1 ¼ teaspoon stevia powder
7 cups water
- In a small saucepan combine the stevia with one cup water and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, stir to dissolve the stevia.
- After the stevia dissolves, remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
- Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about an hour.
- While chilling, cut the lemons in half and remove any visible seeds.
- Squeeze the lemon halves over a bowl to collect the juice—or use a juicer.
- In a pitcher combine the chilled mixture with the lemon juice and stir together with the 6 remaining cups of water.
Now that you have a tasty refreshment all set, you can start with the pampering. Your spa day begins with a nice foot soak to treat dry skin. Here’s a great DIY recipe to help your feet recover from the winter weather. Just mix all the ingredients together and let soak for about 20 minutes.
2 tablespoons Himalayan bath salts
1 cup apple cider vinegar
4 cups hot water
The Essential DIY Face Mask
Now that you’ve had a nice soak and are enjoying your lemonade, time for the next treat: a DIY face mask! This is another DIY recipe meant to help with that pesky dry skin that’s plagued us due to the winter cold.
First, we have honey, which helps the skin retain moisture. Natural yogurt and papaya both help to remove dead skin cells and exfoliate your skin. Mashed avocado and oats will help to nourish and moisturize your skin.
Simply mix all these ingredients together in a bowl, apply to face, and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes for more hydrated skin.
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
¼ cup papaya, mashed
½ avocado, mashed
¼ cup oats
Mani/Pedi Tips to Treat Yourself Right
With your face properly moisturized, time to focus on those nails. If you’re more for solid color nail polish, consider choosing a light pink, yellow, or green to celebrate the spring. My favorite style is the French Mani/Pedi, so we’ve come up with some tips for how to perfect yours. Classically, this is a pink and white look, but if you’re going for more of the trendy French dip, mix it up with some darker colors.
First, you’ll want to prep your nails—start by using a cuticle pusher to make your cuticles less noticeable, pushing them down to only slightly outline the nail. This is especially useful if you’re sticking with clear nail polish. Round your tips with a nail file and buff your nails for a smooth, even surface. Now you’re ready to apply one clear base coat.
Next apply your color—neutral, clear, or pink—to your nails in just three strokes. Only one coat for this as well. After that dries you’ll apply the white tip (or whatever color you choose). There are a few ways to do this, but it’s easiest to use a stencil to trace the tip onto your fingernail. Last, complete a clear top coat for that salon-esque finish. Leave ample time for your nails to dry so you don’t mess up the look.
Bath Bombs: The Best Ending to a Home Spa Day
After a long day of pampering yourself, nothing is better than a nice, long bath. Of course, a bath bomb is the best compliment to soaking away your stress. For an easy fix, check out Lush’s bath products. Alternatively, if you want to keep rolling with the DIY theme, try this bath bomb recipe. Use a bath bomb mold to easily form the shape. This recipe is for one bath bomb, but you can multiply it to make as many as you want.
¼ cup baking soda
2 tablespoons citric acid
2 tablespoons Epsom salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 drop food coloring
2 teaspoons water
3 teaspoons sunflower oil
½ teaspoon fragrance oil
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together until blended.
- Whisk the food coloring into the mixture. The recipe only calls for one drop, but you can add as much as needed to get the desired coloring.
- Mix the water and oils together in a separate small bowl.
- Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine until you get a wet, sand-like texture.
- If you have a silicone mold, fill it with the mixture, firmly packing it into the mold. Let it dry for 24 hours in the mold, pop it out, and you’re ready to go.
- If you have a plastic mold, you’ll firmly pack the mixture into that as well, then let it sit for a few minutes. Gently pull the mold apart to remove the bath bomb. Let it dry for 24 hours before using.
How Will You Treat Yourself This Spring?
Spa days, massages, shopping trips—there are many ways to treat yourself this spring. I hope this post helps if you decide to go with a home spa day. Comment below to let us know what you’re most excited to try.
Written and Published by Jessica – Writer at HMS Mfg. Co. for the Stola™ brand
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