5 DIY Home Spa Treatments under $30

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

 

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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)

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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

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Abby Walker is a Toronto-based freelance writer obsessed with DIY’s, staying healthy, and keeping up with her gym-obsessed friends. She is a graduate of Centennial College’s Lifestyle Media program and is the brains behind the bi-monthly publication Dare to Be Magazine. When Abby's not Photoshopping, she can be found indulging in her Pinterest addiction late into the night and, since we’re being honest- most mornings.

7 Steps to becoming more productive and hate mornings less

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As I give side eye to those extra peppy morning goers on the train to work at 7 AM, I fantasize about thoughts of naps and fluffy pillows. The worst thing about morning people is that they assume everyone else is a morning person. I have never understood people who can be fully functioning member of society before 10 AM. Now that I have a 9 to 5 job, I find that I need to move further outside my comfort zone, actually needing to function at the break of dawn.  As an adult, early mornings is just one aspect that we need to come to terms with. If you’re like me and struggle with early starts too, here are 7 steps to help you be more of a morning person this New Year:

 

Step 1 Set a bedtime

Do you remember when you were a kid and your bedtime was at 8 PM? You hated it, but you were always bright eyed and bushy tailed for school the next morning. Our mom’s had something right! Going to bed so you can get at a full night’s sleep, is essential to a productive day. The national sleep foundation recommends adults (ages 18-64) sleep around 7-9 hours a night. So set a bedtime that works for you and stick to it.

Chelsea, from wellness blog Inspiration Indulgence, recommends to start incorporating earlier bedtimes in intervals throughout a 3-week span. The first week that “You plan on changing your routine, go to bed half an hour earlier than you normally do. The second week, increase it to an hour. The third week, increase your time by another 15 minutes.” By the end of the month, you will be sleeping at your goal bedtime!

Step 2 Turn off electronics before you lay down to sleep

After I close my laptop for the night, I always browse Facebook or Instagram on my phone in bed. It seems like I’m always staring at a screen.  Supposedly I’m not alone in this habit.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, this late night exposure to screens, causes “Both mental activity and light exposure [that] promote wakefulness.”

Sleep experts Helene Emsellem, MD and Taylor Bos, BA, say that “Photoreceptors in the retina sense light and dark, signaling our brain about the status of the outside world. This signaling of light and dark helps us to be alert in the morning and be able to fall asleep at the appropriate time at night.” When we look at our electronics at night, we tell our brains that its daytime. Even “Our small electronic devices emit sufficient light to miscue the brain and promote wakefulness.”

Put down that phone when you’re getting ready for bed. Picking up a book or magazine before you sleep instead. This is a great alternative to scrolling through social media feeds. Chelsea of Inspiration Indulgence recommends having a nightly routine to help you wind down from the day. Keeping “the same routine every night will eventually become habitual and will calm your brain.”

Step 3 Stick to a schedule

I’m a repeat offender of this one. I hit snooze for at least 30 minutes before I reluctantly roll out of bed. I can’t seem to pry myself away from my body pillow and flannel sheets -- especially when it’s cold out.

The Sleep Foundation recommends to “Make sleep a priority. You must schedule sleep like any other daily activity, so put it on your "to-do list" and cross it off every night. But don’t make it the thing you do only after everything else is done – stop doing other things so you get the sleep you need.” In order to form a healthy habit your body needs consistency. Make sleeping at your bedtime every night a priority (yes, even on the weekends)!

Step 4 Establishing a morning routine

Creating a set of tasks to do every morning makes it easier to get up and go, even when you’re half asleep. Knowing you have a set list of to-dos in the morning will also help you feel less rushed and prepared to start your day. 

One of the most effective ways to start off your morning routine is so simple: open your blinds and curtains to let in some natural light. Your brain will know its time to get up and the rest of the tasks will fall into place like clockwork. If the sun isn’t out yet, consider artificial sunlight.

Step 5 Put down the wine glass

Ok, I love a glass or three of wine before I go to bed after a tough day. But alcohol isn’t the best thing to consume before bedtime.  Although a little wine at the end of the night can make you feel sleepy, it may cause more damage than good in the long run.

PH. D Russell Rosenberg says that “Using alcohol for sleep is a bad idea because it can affect sleep stages, lighten sleep and cause abrupt awakenings. Chronic use of alcohol may lead to needing higher and higher doses to achieve the same sleep-inducing effect. Alcohol generally acts as a sedative and a small amount can and will induce sleepiness.” So to avoid going too overboard, stick to more natural ways to falling asleep.

Step 6 Incorporate exercise into your daily routine

Whether you decide to stretch, do some yoga, or do a full on fitness routine; being more active will help you feel more balanced in your day. You can break a sweat in the morning, which will give you a boost of endorphins starting your day with a kick of energy. Or you can work out in the evening, tiring your body out just in time for bed which helps reduce restless nights. Either way, you can’t go wrong with leading a more active life.

 

Step 7 Take a Shower

Aside from being apart of your general hygiene routine (hopefully), this simple tip can help you with your quest in training your body for early mornings.  Taking a shower before or after bed can help you either wake up or fall asleep depending on the temperature. Save the cold showers for the morning, and warm for the night.

Not a morning person either? Well according to the Huffington Post research, morning people are happier, get better grades, are more productive, are more thorough, have a lower risk of depression and may even be nicer. You can’t knock it until you’ve tried it. You don’t need to completely change yourself, but you can adapt some of your bad habits to make it easier a little easier on yourself in the mornings.

Abby

Abby Walker is a Toronto-based freelance writer obsessed with DIY’s, staying healthy, and keeping up with her gym-obsessed friends. She is a graduate of Centennial College’s Lifestyle Media program and is the brains behind the bi-monthly publication Dare to Be Magazine. When Abby's not Photoshopping, she can be found indulging in her Pinterest addiction late into the night and, since we’re being honest- most mornings.