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We all have those days where the only appointment we want to make is with a bubble bath. Heading to your local spa means spending a small fortune, and who even knows what’s in most of those store-bought beauty products? What if I told you that you probably have everything you need for the perfect at-home spa day… right in your kitchen?

That’s right. You might be surprised to find that you’re already stocked up with all the makings of a five-star spa day. Today, we’re talking about DIY beauty treatments made with all-natural ingredients that are probably tucked away in your pantry as we speak, from body scrubs to face masks. 
It’s settled then. Cancel your plans, grab a fluffy towel, and get ready to indulge in the ultimate relaxation retreat from the comfort of your own home.
Honey & Oatmeal Face Mask

Been a while since you last exfoliated and have a desperate urge to feel refreshed? You need a honey and oatmeal face mask! DIY face masks feature all your favorite benefits of top beauty brands without all the unpronounceable chemicals. 

2 tablespoons of oatmeal (ground works best)
1 tablespoon of raw honey
2-3 tablespoons of plain yogurt

Instructions: Mix together and apply to a clean face. Keep on for about 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water, dry, and moisturize.

Oatmeal: Soothes irritation and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great natural exfoliant for people with sensitive or acne-prone skin.
Honey: Boasts natural antibacterial and moisturizing properties. It not only helps cleanse and hydrate your skin, but it goes a step further by balancing your skin’s pH.
Yogurt: Your favorite probiotic food also contains lactic acid, which exfoliates and smooths skin while also helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Brown Sugar & Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Looking for an all-over body exfoliant that also moisturizes? Add brown sugar and coconut oil to your skincare routine and kiss dry skin goodbye!

½ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of coconut oil

Instructions: Mix together and apply the scrub to damp skin. (We recommend doing this just before you shower.) Focus especially on rough areas like your elbows and knees. For best results, scrub in circular motions, then rinse off with a warm shower.

Brown Sugar: The active ingredient in brown sugar is glycolic acid, a natural gentle exfoliant. It’s a great way to get rid of dead skin cells without causing skin irritation. (Brown sugar is also gentler on your skin than regular cane sugar.)
Coconut Oil: This natural moisturizer will not only nourish and soften your skin, but it also boasts antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Avocado & Honey Hair Mask

Got split ends or a neglected scalp? Looking for hair treatments that won’t break the bank? Avocado and honey to the rescue! These hair masks are especially good for dry, color-treated hair (or any hair that just needs a little love).

1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Instructions: Mash up the avocado and mix it with a little honey and olive oil until you get a smooth paste. Apply this mixture to dry hair from root to end. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and then shampoo it out.

Avocado: This fleshy fruit is rich in vitamin E and B, both of which nourish and stimulate hair growth.
Honey: It might be a little sticky but this powerful ingredient acts as a humectant that retains moisture in your hair, which enhances its natural luster.
Olive Oil: Want to strengthen your hair follicles, prevent damage, and soothe your scalp all at the same time? Olive oil is the perfect way to do all 3!

Cucumber & Aloe Vera Eye Gel

When you need to even skin tone and reduce the puffy circles under your eyes, there’s no better time than now to add this cucumber and aloe vera eye gel to your beauty routine. 

½ cucumber
2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

Instructions: Blend the cucumber until smooth and then mix it with aloe vera gel. Gently apply the mix under your eyes (careful not to get it IN your eyes). Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water.

Cucumber: For years, cucumbers have been a staple of spa days, and there’s a good reason why. They contain antioxidants and flavonoids that reduce inflammation, but their high water content also helps to hydrate skin.
Aloe Vera: Known for its soothing properties, aloe vera also helps reduce inflammation and provides moisture to the thin layer of sensitive skin around the eye. 

Soothing Banana and Honey Foot Mask

Have your feet seen better days? This banana and honey foot mask is a great at-home treatment for those of us with dry, calloused, and even cracked feet. 

1 ripe banana
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of olive oil

Instructions: Mash the banana in a bowl until it’s no longer lumpy. Then add in the honey, lemon juice, and olive oil and mix into a smooth paste. Apply this mask to your feet and let sit for 20-30 minutes to allow it to penetrate deep into the skin. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Follow it up with your favorite moisturizer.

Banana: As a natural moisturizer, bananas also contain vitamins A, B, and E, which help to hydrate and repair cracked skin.
Honey: Yup. Honey again! As a natural humectant, honey attracts moisture to the skin and is also antibacterial, so you get the perks of cleansing and soothing simultaneously.
Lemon Juice: The acidic nature of lemons gently exfoliates away dead skin cells and reduces that rough texture that tends to plague the balls and heels of our feet.
Olive Oil: This secret ingredient adds a little extra hydration and nourishes the skin with vitamin E and healthy fats.

Why are natural ingredients good for home spa treatments? Natural ingredients are generally safer and gentler on your skin than many commercial products that may or may not contain harsh chemicals. They’re also packed with beneficial nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that rejuvenate skin naturally and gently. As an added bonus, using ingredients from your own kitchen is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly!
Can these DIY treatments cause skin reactions? While most natural ingredients are generally safe, there are some people with allergic reactions to certain food ingredients, so it’s important to conduct a patch test on a small area of your skin 24 hours before your home treatment, especially if you intend to apply it to your entire face or body. If irritation occurs, rinse off immediately, and do not continue use.
How often should I use these DIY beauty treatments? It depends on the treatment and your skin type. When using face masks, like the honey and oatmeal one, you won’t need to use it more than once or twice a week. Body scrubs should also be used up to two times a week at max. For hair masks, once a week. Using any treatment too often may throw off your body’s natural pH and oil levels, so be sure to listen to your body, and adjust your usage based on how your skin and hair respond.
What should I do if I don’t have one of the ingredients? These DIY recipes are super versatile and a lot of the ingredients can be substituted. For example, if you don’t have any coconut oil for your body scrub, you can use olive oil or almond oil (as long as you’re not allergic to these ingredients). Just make sure to perform a patch test with these ingredients before applying to your whole face, body, or head.
Will these work for all skin types? Most of these ingredients are okay for a wide range of skin types, but everyone’s body is different. For those with super sensitive skin, skip ingredients like lemon juice and essential oils to ensure no irritation occurs. For dry skin, focus more on moisturizing ingredients like avocado and honey.
How long can I store these homemade beauty treatments? Because they contain no preservatives, it’s best to use your homemade beauty treatments immediately.
Can I replace my regular skincare and hair care products with these treatments? While homemade beauty treatments are beneficial, they may not give your hair and skin everything they need. They are meant as an enhancement to your regular beauty regimen.
What else can I do to have a successful DIY spa day at home? For a super relaxing spa day at home, atmosphere is everything. Put on some soothing music, light some candles (but practice the utmost fire safety), put on some comfy clothes, make your space serene and tranquil, and maybe even prepare a small platter of healthy snacks like fruits or nuts. Wrangling all of your ingredients and tools head of time will also help you to stay in the zone.
Can I adjust these recipes to my specific needs? Definitely! Feel free to experiment! Adjust ingredient quantities to fit your needs and do your research on other natural and beneficial ingredients that are suited for your skin and hair type. Just make sure to do a patch test with any new ingredients to ensure they’re not irritating to your skin.
Now It’s Time to Relax
We hope you loved this guide to DIY home beauty treatments using items from your fridge or pantry! Do you have any favorite homemade beauty secrets? If so, we’d love if you shared them with us in the comments! 
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