DIY Spa Recipes to Help You Relax

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:

Ingredients:

1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

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:


Ingredients:

1/4 cup ripened avocado
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup honey
Cucumber slices – just a couple for your eyes

Instructions:

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 Derocha

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.

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