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DIY Spa Day at Home: 6 Easy Treatments to Pamper Yourself

Don’t have an extra hundred bucks for a day at the spa? No worries! Treat yourself to a luxurious spa day at home with these easy and affordable DIY treatments. From salt scrubs to facial masks, indulge in some self-care without breaking the bank.

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DIY Salt Scrub Recipe

Why spend a fortune on a jar of salt scrub when you can make your own at home for just a buck? Create a DIY salt scrub using Epsom salt and almond oil or baby oil. Massage over wet skin in the shower for instant exfoliation and silky smoothness during your spa day at home.

Here’s all you need:

  • Epsom salt
  • Almond oil (better) or baby oil (cheaper)
  • Aromatherapy-grade essential oil, optional

If you’re feeling extra sweet, you can substitute sugar for Epsom salt. Just don’t blame me if you attract ants instead of relaxation!

How to make it:

  1. Find a small glass jar or container with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Fill the container about 3/4 full with Epsom salt.
  3. Slowly pour in almond oil or baby oil while stirring until the mixture resembles wet snow.
  4. Optional: Add a few drops of your chosen aromatherapy-grade essential oil for a lovely scent. Lavender is a great choice!

To use, massage the salt scrub over wet skin in a hot shower using your hand or a washcloth. Rinse off thoroughly after use. Scratchy, scaly skin is suddenly gorgeous!

Note: Avoid using the scrub on broken or freshly shaven skin.

Homemade Facial Mask

Skip the pricey commercial clay mask facial treatments and make your own with (don’t panic) a generic brand of 100% clay, non-clumping cat litter.

If you’ve ever had a pricey clay mask facial treatment you know that natural clay has the ability to gently draw out impurities and excess oil that can dull skin and clog pores. Clay is known to improve healthy circulation, tighten pores, and tone your complexion.

Here’s what you need:

  • 100% clay, non-clumping cat litter
  • Warm water

How to use it:

  1. In a small bowl, combine two tablespoons of the cat litter with enough warm water to create a paste-like consistency.
  2. Apply the mask evenly to your face and neck, avoiding contact with the eyes.
  3. Allow the mask to dry completely on your skin.
  4. Gently remove the dried mask with a wet washcloth.

Who knew cat litter could be a beauty secret? But trust me, it’s cheaper, better, faster than those fancy commercial clay masks. Give it a try for your spa day at home, and don’t forget to share your experience in the comments below. Let’s see if your skin purrs with delight too!

Treatment for Troubled Skin

EC Reader Karen J. received a Gift Certificate to visit an exotic day spa for a massage and facial. During the procedure, the technician taught her how to care for her troubled blemish-prone skin at home, for less: Buy a bottle of milk of magnesia. Yes, you read that right – the same stuff you’d find in your medicine cabinet.

Here’s the scoop: Smooth milk of magnesia over blemishes before bed, and a little more over your face in the morning. Then, rinse off the residue in the shower. Voila! Clear, smooth, and soft skin without the hefty price tag.

Karen swears by this budget-friendly home treatment, but remember, always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before attempting self-treatment for any medical condition.

Apple Cider Vinegar Skin Toner

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (ACV) has amazing natural healing and soothing properties. And none better than for aging skin (tell me, whose skin is not aging?!)

Here’s what you need:

  • Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • Filtered, distilled, or bottled water

How to use:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a glass or plastic container using the ratios below for your skin type. While a spray bottle is convenient, it’s not necessary.
    • For sensitive skin: Mix 1 part ACV with 4 parts water.
    • For normal/dry skin: Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water.
    • For oily skin: Mix equal parts ACV and water.
  2. Begin your spa day at home by cleansing your face thoroughly and rinsing with water.
  3. Saturate a cotton square with the ACV toner.
  4. Gently rub the soaked cotton square over your face and neck, or spritz a light mist directly onto your skin for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  5. Allow the toner to dry naturally on your skin. Don’t worry – the vinegar scent will dissipate quickly.

Note: No need to refrigerate, as vinegar makes it shelf-stable.

TLC for Elbows

Our elbows endure plenty of wear and tear, and unfortunately, they tend to show it. Here’s the perfect way to give them the attention they deserve and pamper them back to smoothness.

Cut a lemon in half and rest one elbow on each section for at least 10 minutes. Yes, you might look a tad ridiculous, but I promise it’s worth it. Just maybe save this step for when you’re not in the middle of an important meeting or seated in church. The lemon juice works wonders in removing the stains that can make elbows appear dirty.

After your lemony soak, hop into the shower and proceed with your regular routine. Use the lemon halves to do a final body scrub during your shower.

Towel dry your skin and follow up with your favorite moisturizing lotion. Trust me – you’ll emerge feeling as though you’ve just visited an expensive spa.

DIY Foot Soak

Say goodbye to dry, callused heels and hello to baby-soft feet with this incredible homemade treatment. Not only is it a convenient alternative to salon pedicures, but it’s also lighter on the wallet!

What you’ll need:

How to prepare your foot soak:

  1. In a foot basin, foot bath, or any container large enough to comfortably soak your feet, combine the warm water, apple cider vinegar, and mouthwash.
  2. Submerge your feet in the DIY foot bath and let them soak for at least 15 minutes. Feel free to multiply the recipe for a larger basin or if you’re treating multiple pairs of feet!
  3. After soaking, rinse your feet thoroughly with water and pat them dry with a firm terry towel or microfiber cloth.
  4. Grab your favorite foot exfoliation tool – whether it’s a pumice stone, foot rasp file, or loofah sponge – and gently slough off the softened dead skin.
  5. Rinse your feet once more to remove any remaining residue from the soak.

* Pro Tip: Opt for a yellow or amber antiseptic mouthwash to avoid potential staining of your feet, as green or blue variants may leave unwanted marks.

Indulge in a Spa Day at Home

You don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a rejuvenating spa experience. With these easy and affordable DIY treatments, you can pamper yourself from head to toe without ever leaving the comfort of your own home. From salt scrubs to facial masks, and even unexpected ingredients like cat litter and milk of magnesia, you’ll find everything you need to unwind and refresh your skin.

So why wait? Treat yourself to a little self-care and embrace the luxury of a spa day at home. Your skin will thank you, and you’ll emerge feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world – all without spending a fortune. After all, there’s nothing more valuable than investing in yourself.


Question: What’s your favorite way to unwind and pamper yourself at home after a long day? Let me know down below!

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  1. Dianna L Sadler says:

    Hi Mary,
    I just refer to you as my friend Mary. Years ago I subscribed to your Cheapskate Monthly. For reasons I don’t recall, I lost contact with you. I happened to run across you a few months ago when I wasn’t even looking for you. I believe it was a God thing. I feel like I’ve connected with an old friend. I talk about you to my friends, but you are always referred to as my friend Mary. Thank you Mary for your faithfulness. Love you, Dianna

  2. Linda Radosevich says:

    To add to Susan’s comment…if you don’t fully close your container, water or humidity can sneak in and cause the sugar to melt or harden!

  3. Susan says:

    I love salt scrubs – be careful if you substitute sugar! I didn’t close mine securely one time and returned after a long weekend to find my bathtub filled with ants!
    Thanks Mary for your site, our family refers to you as my Cheapskate friend.


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