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How to give yourself a little spa day on the cheap

We’ve all been there. Stress from work, stress from other things; a little spa day would sound like heaven, yes? It can get pretty pricy, and sometimes painful. When I think of the last time I mistakenly agreed to a little microdermabrasion therapy… still have nightmares about it.

So here are a few suggestions on how to do a little spa session that won’t break the bank, and isn’t painful.

Here are a few items I used:

Mask and Foot Soap found for about 5 bucks each; Tea Tree Oil was part of a Body Shop set I bought, but can be found at health food stores for about 5 bucks also. Tea was ordered online but you can use your favorite.

Mask and Foot Soap found for about 5 bucks each; Tea Tree Oil was part of a Body Shop set I bought, but can be found at health food stores for about 5 bucks also. Tea was ordered online but you can use your favorite.

 

So the first thing I did was make a Facial Steamer. I boiled water on the stove (about 4-6 cups I guess), and added a few drops of my favorite essential oil, Tea Tree. You can use any essential oil you like for this. For Camomille’s astringent properties, I added one tea bag to the boiling water also and let the whole thing steep for 5 minutes (cover with a lid):

1 teabag + a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil, and let boil for a few minutes.

1 teabag + a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil, and let boil for a few minutes.

 

I then took the pot of water over to the kitchen table, grabbed a towel, and draped it over my head with my face several inches away from the water. The next six minutes was aromatherapy bliss with an added bonus of open, detoxed pores. Follow the treatment up with a mild astringent of your choice and your face will feel clean as a whistle.

Since I had some time, I followed this up with the clay mask. In addition, as I still had the water from the steam treatment, I added it to a package of the Johnson’s foot soap to my foot soak tray, a few ice cubes to cool the water some, and then let my poor feet soak for 10 minutes.

Johnson's Foot Soap + water from the facial steam bath. Bonus: Buy a standard litter box (obviously never used) for foot baths. It's just the right size for this. Price: 4-6 bucks.

Johnson’s Foot Soap + water from the facial steam bath. Bonus: Buy a standard litter box (obviously never used) for foot baths. It’s just the right size for this. Price: 4-6 bucks.

The whole house now smells like a spa, and that’s not such a bad thing.

So there you have it; a whole spa treatment for about 10 bucks, and you can get multiple sessions to enjoy. Doesn’t hurt your wallet or your face, and that’s all to the good.

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