Thursday Thrifty Throwdown: New Year, New You Challenge #3
Another Thursday in 2012 means another New Year, New you Challenge. Over the past two weeks, we started saving money by making coffee at home and brown bagging it. Now it is another area of our life that we can control and really make a difference in our budget...and it has mostly to do with us, the ladies. I'm talking spa time. Some of us head to the spa once a month, maybe more. And while some of those trips don't cost much, others do cost quite a bit. For this Thursday Thrifty Throwdown, it is Challenge #3: at-home spa treatments and ideas that you try to save you money!
Okay, instead of heading to the salon or spa for a facial, why not get some great products that are on the shelves now that give you the same results as having treatments done at a spa. Check out some of Keihl's products, like their Over-Night Biological Peel: it is pricey at $42, but that is for at least five or six peels for a fraction of the price of one peel at a salon. Also look at Neutrogena Hydrating Facial Cloth Mask; for $14.99, you get four cloths that make your skin glow.
Even better, try some of the recipes for DIY masks and rubs:
Homemade facial mask -- Especially in the wintertime, our skin can get dry and crackly. Grab your blender and add some basic cheap cold cream, yogurt, honey, avocado and aloe vera gel. Slather it on, let it dry for about 20 minutes then rinse it off. Huge moisturizing for a small price.
All Natural Body Scrub -- Slough off old skin and let the new ones shine through and glow. All of the ingredients for this one are in tour kitchen right now. Take 1 medium cucumber, peeled and grated, 1 cup buttermilk, and 1⁄2 cup sea salt or kosher salt. In a small bowl, mix the cucumber and buttermilk. Add the salt and blend into a thick paste. Relax in a warm shower for 5 minutes, allowing the heat to open your pores. Apply the scrub, paying special attention to dry areas like elbows and knees, then rinse.
Depuffing Eye Treatment -- After no sleep and too much computer time, your eyes may be tired and puffy. Try one of this at-home remedies to take care of the puff: Lay thinly sliced cucumber or damp used tea bags on your eyes. On top of the cucumber or tea compresses, lay an unopened bag of frozen peas over your eyes.
Create a spa experience -- Don't underestimate the power of mood lighting. Turn off the lights, fill up the tub with steaming water, pour some bath oil in it, and light a few scented candles. The calm, quiet soak by candlelight may be all you need to rejuvenate yourself for mere pennies.
What at-home beauty treatments do you love?