Beauty, DIY


DIY: 6 Easy Ways to Have a Spa Day At Home

Posted on 23-10-2015 by Denise Gow

 

Egg white mask

Yes, the humble egg that you have as a basic ingredient to your everyday food can be used for your very own facial too! More specifically, what we’re looking at is the egg white. This key ingredient may just be the answer to looking youthful!

 

The power of egg white:      

- Maintains the elasticity of the skin      

- Reduces fine lines      

- Fights acne bacteria      

- Lightens scars and blemishes      

- Tightens pores      

- Repairs damaged skin      

- Contains proteins, amino acids and high vitamin E (often used to overcome oily skin)

 

Now that you know all the magical properties that egg whites can bring to your skin, let’s move on to the important part - how to make your very own egg white mask! It’s rather simple actually, all you need are 3 simple ingredients that you can find at home - 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of honey.

 

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1.    In a clean mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white and lemon juice until the mixture becomes frothy/ foamy

2.     Add ½ teaspoon of honey to the mixture and stir well.

3.    Wash your face with warm water to open up your pores. Using clean hands or a cotton ball, apply the mixture onto your face (avoid the sensitive areas around your mouth and eyes)

4.    Leave the mixture to settle and dry on your face for 15 - 20 minutes.

5.    When the mixture has completely dried on your face, wash it off with warm water and pat your face dry.

 

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Tips to take note:

 When applying the mixture, work upwards from your chin to your forehead in a gentle circular motion. I recommended to do this face mask once a week. (done too many times and it may dry out your skin). If you have dry skin, please refrain from using this drying and tightening face mask. Instead, try out an egg yolk face mask recipe.

 

 

There have been many good reviews for this simple home remedy but you’ll never really believe it till you try it for yourself, so what are you waiting for? Give this a try! You can thank us later! 

 


 

Tea bags

Tea gives us magical health benefits, we all know that but what do you do after you’ve enjoyed your tea? Don’t throw away the tea bags yet. You may not know this, but your tea bags can be used as facial too? Tea bags are fully loaded with goodness even after being used as tea! It is rich in caffeine and antioxidants that are perfect for reducing dark eye circles. It helps get rid of puffy and tired-looking eyes, making you appear fresher and better than before!

 

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All you have to do is to drain out your tea bag/s (preferably 2) after you’re done with it, pop them into the refrigerator and leave them to chill. Once chilled, place them on your eyes for a good 15 to 30 minutes. You’ll notice that any kind of swelling or irritation will soon disappear like magic! Repeat this process whenever possible and you'll see significant change in your complexion! 

 


 

Green Tea Body Scrub

Yes, it is the same green tea that I have been talking about previously because seriously, the benefits of green tea are endless! Not only can you drink green tea, you can use the tea bag to enhance your face, and you can also use it as a body scrub! How? Read on!

 

Ingredients:      

- 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar      

- 1/8 Cup of Olive oil      

- 1/8 Cup of Brewed Green Tea (cooled)      

- 1 dry bag of Green Tea

 

Instructions:

1. Combine and mix all ingredients together in a bowl. (Add the brewed tea a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency that you prefer)

 

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2. Pack the mixture in your jar/s and you may choose to leave it in the refrigerator to keep it cool.

 

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aaandd you’re done! Well, could that get any simpler? 

 

Tips:

We would recommend using this scrub within a few days however if you wish to extend it’s shelf life, take away the step that adds brewed tea (Just add the tea contents straight from the bag).

 


 

Raspberry Lemon Sugar Scrub

Tight on cash with no budget to get yourself one of those store-bought body scrubs? Then this is for you! It’s hard not to love this DIY sugar scrub because who could refuse a cheap alternative to your very own scrub that is packed with just as much goodness.

 

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What you need:

- 1/2 cup of  granulated sugar

- 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted (preferably organic)

- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp raspberry extract

- 1/8 to 1/4 tsp lemon juice

- red food coloring (optional*)

- Sealable Jas/ Containers

 

Instructions:

1. Mix all ingredients together (excluding the food colouring) in a medium sized bowl. We suggest starting with the minimum amount of raspberry and lemon juice and add more according to your preference.

2. While mixing, add food colouring a drop at the time until you’ve reached your desired colour.

3. Once your scrub is fully mixed and you’re satisfied with the consistency and colour, scoop it into a jar.

4. Leave it in the freezer for about 30 minutes to set the consistency.

5. Once it’s done, you’re ready to use and enjoy your DIY body scrub.

 

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How to use it?

With a tablespoon-sized portion, rub your scrub on wet skin in a circular motion until the sugar has dissolved. Repeat all over your body and rinse off in the shower as usual. (We do not recommend you to use it as a face scrub as it might be too harsh for your skin.)

 

This scrub is an amazing for anyone with a desire to pamper one’s body with little budget. The scrub exfoliates and sloughs off dead skin cells and the coconut oil replenishes and moisturizes your skin. Have heaps of fun making this scrub and pack it into little mason jars and it’ll be the perfect gift for anyone.

 


 

Listerine & Vinegar Feet Soak

Yes, I know what you’re thinking… “eww? really?” Well apparently this unlikely combination has been the talk of the town when it comes to feet. Do you have coarse, dry and ugly looking feet? If you do, then this is just perfect for you! Your poor feet have been bruised, strained and overworked for as long as you’ve been walking, it's time to give them a treat! All you need are 4 simple items that you probably already have at home.

 

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All you need:

- 1 cup of Listerine (or any antiseptic mouthwash)

- 1 cup of Vinegar (apple cider works well)

- 2 cups of warm water

- Container big enough to soak your feet in (You may choose to increase the amounts to fit whatever container you’re using, but do keep the same ratio. )

 

Instructions:

1. Mix all 3 ingredients in your feet sized container

2. Soak your feet in the mixture for 10 - 15 minutes

3. Once the time is up, use a wet cloth or foot file to rub off the softened dead skin

 

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All the dry skin should be falling off easily and now you’re free from dry, cracked feet! If you’re still little skeptical, the best way to prove yourself wrong is to try it out for yourself! There’s nothing to lose really, at the least you’ll be giving your feet a nice, warm, well-deserved soak. Cheap? Easily accessible? Relaxing? Easy to do? What’s not to love!

 

Call your friends over and throw a spa day party to pamper yourselves and it’ll be a day like never before! 

 


 

Bath bombs  

Bath bombs have been the talk of the town over the last season and it isn’t that hard to see why. Who wouldn’t love to add some fun and colour into their daily bath routine? But the sad part is that most of you don’t have the luxury of a bathtub in your home, not to mention the huge amount of money that you’ll have to spend just to buy one bath bomb. If this applies to you, my friend, you’re in luck.

 

Why spend money on overly priced bath bombs when you can easily make it yourselves – and at a much lower cost! 

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Here’s what you’ll need for your DIY Bath bomb:

- 1 cup citric acid (1/4 cup of Cream of Tartar can be a substitute) (can be found at Phoon Huat or your local grocery store eg. Sheng Siong, NTUC etc.)

- 1 cup baking soda

- ½ cup cornstarch

- ½ cup melted coconut oil

- 8-10 drops of essential oil(s)

- Food coloring (optional, but come on, that’s where all the fun comes from)

- Silicone molds or paper cupcake liners

 

 

1. In a medium size bowl, mix together citric acid(or Cream of Tartar), baking soda, and cornstarch (dry ingredients) and set it aside.

2. Add in your drops of your food coloring to the mixture. Mix it up and stop when you’ve reached your desired colour intensity.

3. In a separate bowl, combine your oils (coconut oil, essential oil). Stir gently and gradually pour the mixed oil into the bowl of dry ingredients. Pour steadily and slowly to avoid a reaction with the citric acid.

4. Using your hands, knead everything together inside of the bowl until your ingredients start to clump together. The result should feel almost like damp sand.

 

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5. Pack the mixture tightly into whatever size and shape you desire. You could opt to use a mold to get a more regular shape.  The back of a spoon works perfectly to press your mixture in place.

6. Leave your bath bombs to dry for at least 24 hours and you’re done!

 

With this amount, it is estimated that you’ll be able to make around 4 medium sized bombs. Also, since there are no preservative ingredients added, it is recommended that you use it within 2 weeks. 

 

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Since it is so easy to construct, make these bombs when you know that you’ll be enjoying a bath anytime soon, be it at your own home or in a fancy hotel that you’ll be staying in when you travel in a few days! These bath bombs also make great gifts, I mean, who’s not going to love a cute little handmade bath bomb that is made with such love and sincerity?  

 

Handmade? Cheap? Customizable? Lots of fun to do? Easy? How can it possibly compare to those store-bought ones! Light some candles, play some music and get ready to have fun at your very own DIY spa! 

 

Let us know how you feel in the comments after trying them out for yourself! We’re excited to hear from you!

 

 

 

 



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Denise Gow
Denise is a contributor here on The 15th District, she especially loves quirky DIY projects and lying in bed indulging in episodes of Pretty Little Liars.

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