Splurging at the spa after a job well done, a promotion at work, birthday, or celebrating just about anything is incredibly tempting. After all, spas allow us to drift into a tranquil environment while we indulge our bodies with treatments designed to boost our appearance and free our minds of the stresses of everyday living. Yet, massages, facials, paraffin treatments, hair care, and my personal favorite, manis and pedis, can easily add up to thousands of dollars spent each year.
Although at-home spa treatments may not provide the same allure of going to a super posh spa, just think about all the thousands of dollars that can be saved. You can put what you've saved toward more desirable purchases such as an exotic vacation, a designer handbag, or even a new car. Here are seven spa treatments that can be done in the comforts of your own home for a fraction of the cost.
Gel Nails: Thanks to several at-home systems, sleek gel nails can be achieved without the aid of a salon professional. Sephora has a fabulous at-home LED system as well as a line of its namesake gel polishes. Sally Hansen also has an expansive line of gel colors to achieve this look for a fraction of the cost.
Gel Toes: Gel pedicures are even pricier than gel manicures. Use the same gel polish/UV light system you’ve purchased for your at-home gel manis to achieve sleek long-lasting color and gorgeous looking feet.
Massage: After a long grueling day at work, nothing beats a massage. But oftentimes, professional massages come with a hefty price tag. Ask your significant other for a massage in exchange that you will do the same, or invest in a massage cushion, which can be purchased for under $50.
Smooth Hand/Foot Treatment: Paraffin treatments are not as costly as many other salon services, but for a fraction of the cost try this alternative. Use a pumice stone on feet while taking a hot bath to remove dead skin cells. After, coat feet in Vaseline, wrap in plastic, and put on your most comfy pair of socks before bed. The same treatment can be done to the hands (minus the pumice stone).
Sauna: Saunas are pretty common at most fitness centers and salons. Don’t have a gym membership? Fill a hot bath, let the bathroom fill-up with steam, and place a washcloth over your face/body to open up pores and moisturize the skin.
Hair Mask: Oftentimes called “boosters” at the salon, these treatments typically cost $20 a pop. Instead, give your hair the extra moisture it needs or tame tresses by whipping up a hair mask at home. Depending on what kind of results you’re trying to achieve, thousands of recipes can be found on the Internet. My personal favorite is for dry hair. Mix together 1 egg white, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, and apply to hair for 30 minutes. Voila, hair is smooth and moisturized!