Create an at-home spa
If you don’t want to splurge on a spa treatment, turn your bathroom into a sanctuary and indulge at home. Light a scented candle. Breathe in the aroma and feel the stress drift away. Use a body scrub and loofah to exfoliate from head to toe. Get happy feet by soaking them in a tub and using a pumice stone to smooth rough patches and boost circulation.
Take a bath
Treat yourself to one long, luxurious bath a week. If you view your tub as nothing more than a place to get clean, you’re missing out on a world of pampering possibilities. Take the phone off the hook, hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign (make one if you have to) on the door and give yourself a seriously relaxing soak. For a true spa experience, add some bubble bath, attach a bath pillow onto the back of the tub to support your head and neck and feel the tension melt away.
Use your head
Nothing releases pent-up tension like a good scalp massage. Turn yours into a hair and scalp treatment by adding conditioning hair oil: Warm a cup of the oil in the microwave for no more than 20 seconds (test it first with the very tip of your finger to make sure it’s not too hot), then massage onto a dry scalp for up to 10 minutes. After using a wide-tooth comb to distribute the oil from the scalp to the ends of your hair, wrap your head in a warm towel for at least 10 minutes (you can heat the towel in the microwave for up to a minute). Tip: When it’s time to rinse, apply shampoo and work into a lather; then rinse. (Wetting the hair first makes oil harder to wash out.) Shampoo again to remove any remaining greasiness.
It’s hard to feel fresh faced when you look like something the cat dragged in. Dull skin emphasizes lines and wrinkles and makes you look tired. But when there’s no time or money for a professional peel or microdermabrasion, at-home masks or peels can help bring back that inner glow.