Dim the lights and play some zen music. April Spa Week (the 11th to the 17th) begins tomorrow, meaning local spas are offering amazing deals on everything from full body massages to hour-long facials. But sometimes $50 to $100 still isn’t in a college-friendly budget.
However, you can create spa-quality treatments right at home for just a few bucks. You may even already own some of the ingredients. So skip the pricey rub down and relax in the tranquility of your own home every night of the week.
Monday, April 11
Start your week off right with a #ManicureMonday. Be sure to toss in a pedi too, if time permits. You’ll be feeling fresh and ready to tackle every day knowing you can look down and see perfectly manicured hands and feet. Use warm olive oil to soften cuticles, but be sure to rub your nails down with rubbing alcohol to dry them. This’ll help your polish adhere better, lasting longer.
Tuesday, April 12
Get a good night’s rest with a simple aromatherapy session. Chamomile tea will help relieve tension, while lavender will help you fall asleep. Lastly, sandalwood will help calm and balance your emotions. You can make your own essential oil by soaking any botanicals in olive or coconut oil for 24 to 40 hours. When ready, warm the oil and apply it to pressure points like your temples, shoulders and inner wrists.
Wednesday, April 13
7 a.m. wake-up calls got you down? Pop on a refreshing face mask to re-energize you for the home stretch.
Blend together a handful of mint leaves, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt and a pinch of turmeric. Apply in the morning after rinsing your face with cold water and leave it on while you eat breakfast.
The turmeric will help clear bacteria from the face, while the coolness of the yogurt and the fresh scents of mint and lemon wake you up. Wash face thoroughly to remove.
Thursday, April 14
If you’re someone who doesn’t like to wash her hair everyday, it’s likely you’ve got a buildup of dry shampoo. And if you’re someone who just has to use heat on the daily, your ends are probably begging for moisture. So spend the evening with a moisture-packed hair mask.
Take the rest of the Greek yogurt from yesterday’s face mask and half an avocado, and mash them up in a bowl. Add a couple teaspoons of honey for it’s antibacterial properties (this’ll help break down airborne pollutants) and apply it to your roots, working it down to your ends. Then, tie your hair up and Saran wrap it. You’ll look crazy, but this’ll help lock in heat and open the hair follicle. Rinse it out in the shower after about 30 minutes.
If putting food in your hair just isn’t for you, hit up your local Lush store. They have plenty of products for all haircare needs, and they’ll last you a few uses.
Friday, April 15
It’s the end of the work/school week, call on your roomie for a much needed back massage. Just expect to repay the favor. Kick on the heat so you’re not chilly sans shirt and warm up some coconut oil. Have her (or him) work from the base of your spine, moving up and out using the pads of the thumbs, palms of the hands and knuckles. Just be sure not to massage directly on the spine; this can cause more harm than good. For more moves, hit up YouTube.
Saturday, April 16
Scrub off this past week and get ready for tonight with a jolt of caffeine from an exfoliating body scrub.
Take the coffee grounds from your morning pot o’ joe (or about a half cup of fresh coffee grounds), a quarter cup of raw sugar, a tablespoon or two of melted coconut oil and a half teaspoon of cinnamon and mix it up.
Scrub your entire body – shoulders and down – in the shower, sloshing off dead skin and the stress of the week. You’ll be feeling fresh and ready to conquer the night in just a matter of minutes!
Sunday, April 17
Welcome the new week with soft hands and feet.
Simply take your favorite lotion, warming it between your hands, and apply it liberally to your hands and feet. Then, wrap them in Saran wrap (just like you did your hair on Thursday) and cover them with fluffy socks and mittens fresh out of the drier. The warmth will really help the moisture soak in. Sit in a dimly lit room and play some soft spa music for a truly relaxing treatment.
Word to the wise: Your roommate might come in handy again when putting on the wraps and covers.