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Being a woman nowadays can be a struggle. If you are like me, you have to prioritize every aspect of your life. Jobs, family obligations and life itself can often push things to the side that really should have a bigger priority in your life.
Taking care yourself should be high on your list. Yeah, right you say. Who has time? Setting aside a block of time to go to the spa, the nail salon or hairdresser is usually a LOW priority for the modern woman. I fell into that trap big time. Being a mom for over 20 years has trained me to put others first, my needs second.
The problem with that is that you slowly take away your ability to be your best person. You owe it to the people in your life. Not taking time to de-stress and relax can make your anxiety higher, your health to decline and your moods to be very irregular in my experience.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money or precious time to pamper yourself at home. Your spa day can be a quick moment in the shower or at the sink. I have found a few tips and tricks, including using AVEENO® products to refresh yourself without majorly disrupting your life or take time away from your obligations.
At Home Hacks: DIY Spa Day For The Busy Woman
Honestly, it’s way easier than you probably think! I get everything I need from my local Walmart. I am there shopping for everything else for my family so I make sure I add a few things for myself (and both my daughters too. They both reap the benefits of my DIY beauty hacks also!)
Tools you need to beautify yourself the right way at home:
Every woman needs Epsom salt in her life. It cures sore muscles, is a great exfoliator and comes in so many smells that add the aromatherapy to your routine. My favorite Epsom salt is rosemary and mint. If you are stressed or exhausted, it helps erase a lot of your tension. We also use it for tired feet and to rid dead skin on our feet by soaking them in a large bowl with hot water and 1 cup of Epsom salt.
Epsom salt also works great on dry skin in other places like elbows, knees, and hands. Just make sure if you use it in the bath that you have a bottle of water with you. It can be dehydrating because it pulls toxins out and sometimes it can pull too much water out of your body too.
AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® 60 SECOND IN-SHOWER FACIAL
My older daughter and I LOVE this product. Neither of us have time to do the full blown facial that takes like 2 hours so this product has been a lifesaver. I stumbled upon it while perusing my Walmart’s beauty/face care section.
This fantastic product transforms dull, tired-looking skin to brighter, more naturally radiant and velvety soft skin in just 1 minute! Really! One Minute! It works 4x faster than at-home masks and peels that we have tried and the results have been pretty fantastic.
AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® 60 SECOND IN-SHOWER FACIAL uses the steam of your shower to deeply but gently exfoliate dirt, oil and dead skin. It’s amazing.
You can also use mineral salts to create the BEST bath salts. I have perfected the ratio and ingredients to create the absolute most calming bath salts I have ever used. It helps with the cellulite on my legs, relaxes my muscles and the aroma calms my mind 100%.
To make two portions of the bath salts you need:
- Lavender, chamomile and menthol mineral salts – ⅓ cup
- Ground oats (use a coffee grinder that hasn’t been emptied – the grounds mix with the outs and make the perfect cellulite fighter!) – ⅓ cup
- Powdered milk, full fat – ⅓ cup
- Baking Soda – ⅓ cup
Grind the oats and mix with the baking soda/powdered milk on a paper plate. Fold the paper plate then layer the salts and oat mixture ¼ of an inch at a time. This will create 2 enough for two small mason jar! It last me a few weeks. You just sprinkle it in and enjoy.
AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash
I cannot shower without this product. My family has THE WORST sensitive skin. This makes it very difficult to buy any type of soap or body wash. I have been using this body wash for a while and I absolutely love the way it makes my skin look and feel.
AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash is super creamy body wash that gently but effectively cleanses while leaving itchy, dry skin feeling soothed and moisturized. The unique formula works with your skin to remove dirt and impurities without disrupting skin’s natural moisture barrier for skin that is soft, smooth and healthy-looking. That’s EXTREMELY important for people like me and my skin condition. It has a new look and even gentler formula, is fragrance-free, gentle, hypoallergenic, dye-free and soap-free.
Luckily, my Walmart always has it in stock. I don’t know what I would do if I ran out!
We also use it watered down to wash our hand at the sink since most other soaps are too harsh and dry out our hands like crazy.
I use a battery operated pumice stone for my heels and elbows. Because I have arthritis it’s sometimes hard for me to use a traditional one. Once you buy one – you will never go back! It works awesome if you use it with my Lemon Oil Sugar Scrub below.
Lemon Oil Sugar Scrub
- One small mason jar
- ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup of sugar
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
My nails get really yellow because of the arthritis and getting older and this mixture works awesome!! It also takes hair dye off fantastically. I have purple hair and my hands tend to look tie-dyed for the first week after I dye my hair.
Quality Towels and Applicators
Don’t skimp on any tools you use. 100% cotton and organic sponges make all the difference. Your products work so much better when you are not using a product that falls apart. Make sure you are replacing the items at least every few weeks because bacteria and product can build up and cause irritation.
Last but not least, add a little fun. I like to have little quirky, fun prints in the areas that I relax in with reminders of how to be the best me.
In my bathroom I have my favorite Bob Marley quote “Love the life you live and live the life you love.” It’s a daily reminder that life is short so make the best of the time you are given.
You can download your own copy here! I hope it makes you as happy as it makes me.
So take a little time for yourself. Set aside a few minutes of you day to take care of yourself, de-stress and create your own DIY Spa Day right in your bathroom. You’re worth it. Your family and coworkers will thank you and you can live your life a little fuller.