Balancing work and personal life is stressful; from responsibilities to family time, to meetings and more, we hardly ever have a minute to ourselves. Our days are consistently overscheduled, but even with a crazy busy lifestyle, it is important to take the time to de-stress and relax whenever possible.
Many people find spa trips or pampering helpful, however, this method can get costly. These DIY spa recipes will help you turn your bathroom into a relaxing spa retreat without breaking the bank. To get started, all you need are a few ingredients from your kitchen!
Vanilla Coconut Sugar Body Scrub
This homemade sugar scrub is a great natural moisturizer and exfoliant. Sugar may not be good for your body, but it has amazing benefits when applied to skin. Here’s what you need:
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together. Rub on skin in shower, massage and rinse for a super-moisturizing experience.
Moisturizing Avocado Face Mask
Healthy fats in avocados are great for moisturizing your skin. Antioxidant vitamins C and E fight free radicals that damage skin and can protect skin against UV damage from the sun. Here’s how to make this amazing mask:
1/4 cup ripened avocado
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup honey
Cucumber slices – just a couple for your eyes
Mix ripened avocado, plain yogurt and honey in a bowl until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to face and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse clean. Place cucumber slices over your eyes while masking for extra relaxation. Enjoy!
Grace is a wife and a mommy of two amazing children, Kahlea and Tommy. She is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a featured blogger at A Healthier Michigan. She is a lover of food, Detroit sports, dance, music and everything Justin Timberlake. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. (Go Green!) Grace has also earned a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. Mrs. Derocha has a number of certifications to help her educate people regarding how to live a healthier lifestyle, including a weight loss management certification and experience as a group fitness instructor. Grace is very passionate about helping the world become a healthier and happier place.