Going to the spa isn’t the only way to get beauty benefits! This collection of affordable home spa treatments are wonderful anytime and easy enough for kids to prepare themselves for Mother’s Day too.
Whether you are wanting some home spa pampering, planning a fun girls night or are looking for a special way to celebrate Mother’s Day, this list of ideas is perfect.
This collection originally started with the goal of creating a set of home spa treatment options that really work using ordinary food and household items that would be easy enough for kids to create themselves for Mother’s Day.
But you don’t have to be a mom or wait for a holiday to do them.
These affordable ingredients are available at any grocery store. Their natural properties deliver benefits and relaxation.
So pick your favorites and feel pampered!
Mother’s Day Home Spa
Every mom loves some pampering and what fun to create a special spa experience for her without breaking the bank.
I really think kids feel such a sense of pride and gratification when they can do something for their mom by themselves and surprise her too (Dads, are you listening?!).
Any of these fun ideas will make for a special day to remember and even if you aren’t a mom, these are great options for your own beauty regimen.
They are things I’ve learned about over the years from natural facialists or massage therapists that remind one that expensive products are not the only way to get a great beauty result or some relaxation!
DIY Home Spa Day Treatments
Honey is naturally anti-bacterial and gentle to the skin making it a wonderful cleanser or nourishing mask.
How to Apply:
- Apply 1-2 teaspoons of honey to a clean face and allow to sit on the skin for 10 minutes.
- Moisten fingertips and rub in a gentle circular motion to help exfoliate the skin.
- Allow the honey to sit 5 additional minutes and wash off with a clean washcloth.
Coconut Oil Hand Treatment
Coconut Oil is a wonderful oil to add to foods and for the body.
A simple moisturizing hand treatment is to coat the hands with coconut oil and then put on disposable vinyl gloves (powder free) which are sold in boxes of 100 for around $8 in most drug stores, home improvement stores or online.
Make the Treatment even Better! If you have a heating pad, that can be warmed up and placed over the hands to help the oil soak in. Remove the gloves after 10-15 minutes to find supple hands!
Lemon Elbow Treatment
Rough elbows a problem? Cut a lemon in half and rub each half on the elbows.
With arms bent, the elbows can be placed in each half to sit while other treatments are going on too for extra help.
Cool Cucumbers for Tired Eyes
Placing cool cucumber slices on the eyes is known to reduce puffiness, help with dark circles and they are revitalizing and refreshing.
Rose-Scented Milk Foot Soak with Cornmeal Scrub
Soaking in milk baths dates back to Cleopatra and they’ve been revered through time as moisturizing treatment.
The lactic acid is believed to help get rid of dead skin while the fats moisturize.
Adding a few drops of rose-scented essential oil and rose petals make the experience all the more special.
To follow up an exfoliating scrub of cornmeal which was traditionally used by the Native Americans to cleanse and exfoliate dead skin.
It is also very invigorating especially on tired mom-feet!
Printable recipe can be found at the end of the blog post.
Relaxing Lavender Spray
Lavender Essential Oil is great for making things smell lovely and helping to relax as well.
Just mix a few drops of lavender essential oil and water iin a small (clean) spray bottle.
Spray for a nice, refreshing and relaxing scent!
Simple Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
No need to buy pricey lip scrubs. This DIY lip scrub is easy and inexpensive to make. And tastes great too!
Just two ingredients of honey and brown sugar are all you’ll need!
Mix the two together and apply to lips. Massage in and then wipe off or rinse off for smooth lips.
DIY Moisturizing Hair Mask
This moisturizing mask soothes the scalp and hydrates the hair. It smells great and is all natural. NOTE: do not use if you have banana allergies.
What you’ll need:
- 1-2 large bananas
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil (softened)
- 1 egg
Mash everything together in a bowl or blender. Apply to hair and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with luke warm water.
Homemade Face Masks
Face masks are easy to make with foods that really produce results! Facials at home are easy and fun.
Banana Honey Yogurt Face Mask
What you’ll need: 1 banana (ripe so it’s soft but not spotted), some honey, and yogurt.
In a bowl mash the banana, then mix with a little bit of honey and a little bit of yogurt. Apply to the face and allow to sit.
Strawberry Honey Mint Face Mask
This homemade facial mask helps tone, moisturize, and cleanse the skin.
What you’ll need:
- 3-4 large strawberries
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 3 mint leaves, chopped or torn
Mash the strawberries in a bowl. Add the honey and mint leaves and mash together with a fork.
Apply to clean skin and allow to sit 10-20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat skin dry.
Cucumber Mint Face Mask
Cooling cucumber is especially nice in the hotter months. Their naturally high moisture content and soothing aroma deliver relaxation.
What you need:
- 1 cucumber, peeled
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves
- 2-3 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 egg white, beaten
Combine the cucumber, mint leaves and yogurt in the blender and puree.
Stir in the egg white. Apply to clean skin and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
Rinse with warm water followed by cold water.
Easy Spa Food Recipes
To make a Day Spa at Home complete, add in some light, fresh ‘spa food’ for a treat. Here are some easy favorites:
Drinking fruit and vegetable infused spa-water is hydrating and relaxing.
The combinations are endless however some favorites are: cucumber and lime, mint, orange.
Simply place a few slices of your favorite fruit, vegetable or herb in a large pitcher of water or a large glass to serve as a relaxing drink during or after the spa treatments.
Fruit Flavored Ice Cubes
Add some mashed strawberries and a bit of water together. Place in ice cube trays to freeze.
Once frozen, pop out and add to a tall glass of sparkling water.
Banana ‘Ice Cream’
Literally this is one ingredient: frozen bananas.
Peel and freeze bananas ahead of time. Chop them up, add to a blender and blend.
They turn into a creamy, sweet ice-cream like treat.
Plant-based Milk Smoothie
Another great refreshing drink option would be a plant-based milk smoothie.
A favorite of mine is a Banana-Peach Almond Milk Smoothie.
The smoothie recipe uses my favorite smoothie method too; using a frozen banana to make it like a creamy milkshake with no ice.
OR go for Green Smoothies! They are packed with great flavor and delicious flavors. Use your special mom’s favorite ingredients!
Whipped Cream and Strawberries
For a touch of simple decadence, have a bowl fresh strawberries and whipped cream for dipping!
Rose-Scented Milk Foot Soak with Cornmeal Scrub
- A soaking container large enough to hold feet and ½ gallon of milk without spilling over
- ½ gallon Whole Milk
- Rose-scented Essential Oil
- 1-2 Roses petals removed
- 1 cup Coarse Ground Cornmeal
- Coconut Oil
- Clean Cotton Socks
- Warm the Whole Milk on the stove top or in the microwave (probably a job for Dad!). NOTE: The milk should not be boiling but comfortably warm as Mom will soak for about 15 minutes. Pour the milk into the soaking pan/container and add 2-3 drops of Rose-Scented Essential Oil and the rose petals.
- After feet have soaked for 15 minutes, use a handful of dry cornmeal to scrub the feet focusing on any dry skin. Rinse the cornmeal off in the milk bath, and then with clear water from a second container of warm water or with washcloths.
- Coat feet with Coconut Oil and dry clean cotton socks to allow the coconut oil to be absorbed.