Cover: To Vogue or Bust
to go out and splurge on a full spa package when you can just pamper yourself at home, for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few budget-friendly DIYs to rejuvenate your body this winter season:
1. Lip balm ($30)
The frigid winter winds are not the only things that can chap your lips during the winter months. The air conditioning and saliva from licking your lips can also be just as drying.
For this treatment, all you’ll need is 3 ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, and an essential oil. Make sure that you’re using a premium-grade essential oil to get the full nutrients it provides. I recommend Saje Wellness' 100% pure peppermint oil. Buying the best quality ingredients will definitely show in the results!
Melt the coconut oil and beeswaxes in a metal bowl over a pot of water on very low heat. Once the mixture is liquefied in a bowl, add a few drops of your essential oil and stir lightly. Take the bowl off the heat and let it stand for a few minutes to cool slightly. Pour the balm into a small container and let sit. Once it’s at room temperature, it will become solid and ready to use!
Give your nose a little love too! This balm can also be used on an irritated nose. Whether you find yourself blowing your nose too often or dry from the harsh weather, put a tiny amount on your nose too!
2. Facial Steaming ($28)
The skin on our faces is the most sensitive skin on your body, but it tends to take the brunt of the damage that winter causes. It’s so important to maintain the health of your skin during this time to prevent signs of premature aging!
Preparing a homemade facial steam treatment is a quick and cheap fix! All you will need is a big bowl full of steaming hot water (be very careful not to burn yourself!), a few towels (one placed under the bowl and one to drape over your head), a few lemon slices, as well as a few drops of Eucalyptus and Patchouli essential oils.
Eucalyptus oil stimulates and regenerates your skin. it is also known to help soothe respiratory discomfort, which is great since you will be breathing it in! Patchouli oil is also amazing for your skin, known for relieving acne symptoms, skin inflammation, and dry skin.
Hold your face over the defused hot water mix, with the towel over your head for 10-15 minutes at a time. Make sure to breathe deeply and relax. And don’t forget to take breaks in between. Rinse your face with cold water to close your pours at the end of this treatment. Remember to moisturize when you’re done.
3. Massage Oil Treatment ($30)
Source: Mountain Rose Herbs
All you need for this DIY message oil is 1 part essential oil and 2-part pure carrier oil ( for example almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil). Rosemary oil works wonders because it's stimulating and warming. It’s known to relives the feelings of stress and soothes the skin. Relaxing tension, rosemary remedies aches and pains!
Combine Rosemary oil with a bit of Jasmine oil for an extra kick of relaxation! Jasmine is an aromatherapy oil that helps relieve the feeling of nervousness and restlessness. It promotes muscle relaxation, as well as to help relieve dry and irritated skin.
4. Clay Facial Mask ($30)
Source: Glossier Instagram
Don’t forget to focus on those pours! Nothing says luxury more than a clay mask with a few cucumbers on your eyes. Bentonite clay in itself has numerous nutritious benefits including boosting probiotics and removing toxins. It even allows the cells on your face to absorb more oxygen. Basically, using this as a base for any mask is a good idea!
Adding a little apple cider vinegar and Lavender oil only boosts the power of this mask. Apple cider will actually soften and exfoliate your skin, reducing red spots and balancing your skin’s pH level. Lavender oil will calm and soothe minor skin inflammations.
Here’s what you will need for this simple at-home clay mask:
1 tbsp Bentonite Clay
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1-2 drops of Lavender Oil
5. Mix Your Own Humidifying Air Freshener ($28)
Source: Rose City Style Guide
Releasing soft soothing oils and moister into your air is the best way to combat the drying nature of this season. There is nothing worse than being cold and dry outside and coming inside to be warm and even dryer from the AC.
All you really need is a diffuser, some water, and a few oil drops. I recommend a combination of Lemongrass oil and Clary Sage oil. Both of these oils cleanse and helps the body feel more relaxed. They also have properties that relieve headaches. This duo will be sure to make your home even more of an oasis from the winter weather outside.
How do you treat yourself during the winter months? Let us know about any DIY spa treatments we missed
Sponsored by Saje Wellness