Self-care may seem luxurious, but it’s essential for mind/body health and doesn’t have to be expensive if you try these soul-soothing, at-home treatments
Having a total body, mind and soul reset is something that everyone can use now and then — and that can be accomplished through self-care.
The good news is that many treatments overlap in terms of helping the interconnected parts of yourself.
Even better, many of these treatments can be done at home without the cost of professional spas or procedures. If you are looking for some effective and easy self-care treatments to nurture yourself, here are five suggestions:
1. Hair Mask
Our hair is one of the first things people notice about us since it frames our face and is almost always on display. One way to give your hair some special attention during your next self-care session is a hair mask (something you can easily make yourself) with common, inexpensive ingredients.
Typical ingredients that you will find in various types of hair masks include:
- Coconut oil
- And other common household ingredients
The reason this is a great treatment is that these masks are quick and easy while also being potent and highly effective. You get fantastic results for minimum time and effort (a great quality for those of us with busy schedules) because most hair masks can be completed in about 20 minutes. Hair salons might cost an arm and a leg for these types of treatments but doing it at home is easy and cost-efficient!
2. Hot Towel Scrub
If you are looking for the feel of a luxurious spa day without the price tag, a hot towel scrub can be a great way to simulate your very own. Body scrubbing with a hot towel can be done at any point throughout the day with just hot water and a small towel or standard washcloth.
The main benefit of this treatment is that it activates the lymphatic system, calms the mind, reduces tension in your muscles while relieving stress.
Additionally, it can help promote circulation and open up your pores (a great way to release toxins and also get a deeper cleanse).
All you need to do is follow these steps:
- Fill your sink with hot water
- Add a few drops of essential oil (optional)
- Place towel in the hot water and wring it out
- Begin to gently scrub your skin while the towel is still steamy
- Scrub until skin becomes slightly pink
- Reheat the towel after completing each section of your skin (hands, arms, shoulders, neck and face, chest, back, abdomen, and so on)
Whether you do this in the morning to help you wake up or in the evening to help you relax, it’s a great self-care treatment to nurture your body, mind and soul on a regular basis.
You’ve likely heard about at-home facials before, and perhaps you’ve even tried them out yourself. That said, there’s nothing wrong with returning to a familiar friend in the self-care department, especially since facials can leave your skin not only looking more radiant, but also feeling much cleaner and healthier.
Whether you want to try out some DIY face mask recipes or pick up some reliable brands from the store, just try to keep in mind the basics of skincare:
- Moisturize: Hydration is critical in keeping your face soft and healthy. Not moisturizing enough may not only lead to dry and flakey skin but also to blemishes like acne, dark circles or redness. This can easily be avoided with conscious moisturizing on a regular basis.
- Exfoliate: If you let your pores remain clogged with dead skin cells and other debris, you will likely be wasting your time with any products or masks you use since they can’t properly penetrate deep into your skin. Make sure to exfoliate on a regular basis so that your pores stay clean and clear.
Once you make sure you are consciously maintaining both of these things, you are good to go with really any type of face mask that properly targets your unique concerns and skin type.
4. Saran Wrap Foot Treatment
Stay with me on this one, because I know it definitely sounds weird! I was hesitant to try it myself, but it actually works like a charm and leaves my feet feeling smoother and more refreshed than ever.
All that you need to do this treatment is large socks, Saran wrap (or other plastic wrap), a moisturizer of your choosing (standard lotions, coconut oil, paraffin wax, etc.) and a towel. Before going to bed, take extra care to wash your feet with hot water and then towel dry them. After that, simply apply generous amounts of moisturizer, wrap in the plastic wrap, pull the socks over and go to bed! You can leave the towel under your feet as you sleep to make sure you don’t accidentally cause a mess, but if you secure everything properly, this shouldn’t be an issue.
This is an especially wonderful and nurturing treatment if you are short on time because it does pretty much all of the work and deep moisturizing while you are sleeping, so it doesn’t cut into your day at all!
5. Beverages for Detox
This is one of my favorite self-care treatments that I discovered through my personal love for both hot and iced tea. I’ve had a lot of struggles with bloating, fluctuating weight, and generally sluggish digestion. It wasn’t something that I wanted to readily talk about with friends, so I just carried on with the assumption that it was normal.
Dr. Sarah Bennett, a naturopathic physician in Scottsdale, actually recommended hot ginger tea or hot water with lemon to me when an interview turned towards more personal conversation: “I have a lot of consultations with people regarding concerns about things like weight, digestion and internal concerns. Sometimes, it requires an intensive reworking of diet and lifestyle habits. Other times, it can really be as simple as knowing what natural ingredients will stimulate healthy digestive activity by detoxing your body.
“Things like lemon and ginger are actually some of the best ingredients for this, and they can be delicious in tea or hot water. It can leave you not only feeling better in a literal sense, but also looking less bloated and worn out.”
Since reading this, I always make sure to incorporate lemon ginger tea or simply hot water with lemon into my morning and nightly routine. It’s a great way to start and end the day, and it’s incredibly inexpensive and easy to stick with!
We all want to make sure that we stay on top of self-care so that we are relaxed and as healthy as possible, but sometimes that can seem like an expensive and/or time-consuming concept. All of these treatments can be done on a regular or even daily basis, so incorporate them into your daily routine as often as you see fit! After all, you deserve it.
You may also enjoy reading 3 Steps to Love Your Body: A Morning Ritual to Expand Self-Love by Dain Heir