Your 10 Step Guide to the Ultimate DIY Spa Night with Natural Beauty
Sunday evening is one of the BEST times to spend some quality time with Numero Uno.
That’s you Sista!
Mark this evening in your calendar once or twice a month for the ultimate self-care DIY spa night date wit yo self.
This is THE evening to catch up on all the beauty pampering you’ve been putting off.
Give yourself a couple of hours to get the whole shebang executed, but with a side of sexy music and rosé.
Here’s a loose guide to adapt to your beautifying needs in recommended order (but you do you girlfrend).
#1 Set the Scene (5mins)
Now, before you get all hawt and heavy with your romantic evening for one, take a few minutes to set the scene:
- Dim the lights in your bathroom
- Diffuse some sensual essential oils
- Light some scented candles
- Pour yourself a liquid companion of choice (herbal tea, G&T, wine, whisky, whatever floats your boat…)
- Put on a romantic Spotify playlist (something like this will do just fine, or just play this guy on repeat)
- Get your kit off
#2 Hair Mask (5mins)
Start with applying an oil based hair mask to deeply nourish your locks. Applying this first up allows you to carry on with the other steps while it seeps in.
Don’t have a hair mask handy?
Try this quick and easy recipe:
- 2-3 Tbsp of coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil
- Optional: 7-9 drops of essential oils (any combination of peppermint, geranium, lavender, rosemary, and clary sage are great options for glossy locks and a healthy scalp)
- Simply whip all ingredients in a mixing bowl to a thick and creamy consistency
- Work the oil through clean dry hair and leave in for about 15-20mins by tying your hair into a tight bun and popping on a sexy shower cap (lol jks that does not exist)
#3 Face Scrub & Steam (5-10mins)
Boil a kettle of fresh water. While you’re waiting for it to boil wet your face with warm water and use a natural face scrub to exfoliate. A quick DIY version of this is a tsp of caster sugar with some lemon juice or lemon essential oil and honey. Apply to damp skin and allow the sugar crystal granules to melt into the skin. Leave on for a couple mins. The glycolic acid naturally found in sugar will act as a “chemical” exfoliant. If you haven’t done this before you will be obsessed with how soft it makes your skin feel!
Rinse off your face scrub and pour the boiled water into a large bowl. Pop in a few drops of essential oils suited to your skin type (tea tree for oily skin, lavender for sensitive skin, rose or jasmine for dry skin). If you don’t have any essential oils, some tea bags will also do the trick (think chamomile, peppermint, rooibos).
Place your face over the bowl and pop a large towel over your head covering the bowl to trap the steam in and around your face for about 10mins (stay a safe distance from the bowl – it should feel comfortable, not burning). Your pores will open right up ready for step 4..
#4 Face Mask (5-10mins)
Now your face is primed for a face mask. There’s a few options for ingredients here, all of them good. Pick your skin concern and get busy channeling your inner alchemist. You can’t go too wrong, just google a recipe for some guidance if needed.
- Natural Clay: Pure clays like bentonite and pink clay are wonderful for deep detoxification and purifying.
- Raw / Manuka Honey: The nectar of the gods and naturally antibacterial, honey is perfect for healing and also promotes a natural glow.
- Essential Oils: Add a couple drops of essential oil for a concentrated boost of plan power. Frankincense is know to be the ultimate beautifying oil.
- Kefir / Natural Yoghurt: The lactic acid in these two make them a great gentle exfoliant, while the probiotics kill off blemish causing bacteria.
- Turmeric: High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory make this gold dust a super healing skin food (just beware the stain).
- Charcoal: Brightening, detoxifying, hawtifying.
#5 Dry Body Brush (5-10mins)
Face mask is on, now it’s time to wake your lymphatic system the eff up! The act of brushing your dry skin with a natural bristle brush encourages blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which can help with releasing toxins and metabolic wastes. Word on the street is dry body brushing is also a solid plan of attack against nasty cellulite, ingrown hairs, and clogged pores. It also stimulates skin cell renewal by helping to shed those loitering dead skins cells.
The result is smoother, brighter, plumper skin and a renewed zest for life. It’s also a good idea to give your body plenty of appreciation and love as you do this, from your toes, to your thighs, to your lady bits – repeat affirmations and words of gratitude like “thank you,” “I love you,” ….”you are a sexy beast” to reap even more self-care benefits. You can look up the best step-by-step body brushing technique online, but rule of thumb is to begin at the ankles and brush in long gentle upward strokes towards the heart (the direction lymphatic fluids flow).
#6 Full Body Scrub (10mins)
Next step, get in the shower and scrub yourself silly with a natural body scrub. You can whip up a quick and easy DIY coffee scrub or buy yourself a batch of the original coffee scrub from the dirty babes at Frank Body. If you’re doing it yourself, here’s a rough recipe to adapt to your preferences:
DIY Coffee Scrub:
- About a double shot of used ground coffee beans (if you’re a coffee drinker, this shouldn’t be hard to come by).
- 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil.
- A few drops of your fave essential oils like peppermint (perky and fresh), frankincense (ultimate ancient beautifier), lemon (uplifting and zesty). I use doTERRA oils for their purity (hit me up if you’re interested in learning more about these).
- Sprinkle of ground sea salt.
Stay in the shower coated in your scrub for about 5-10mins to allow the oils to soak in and do all their magic.
#7 Teeth Whitening (2-5mins)
While you’re waiting for the oils to soak in, whip out your tooth brush and dip it in some activated charcoal powder to give your teeth a natural whitening treatment. I like My Magic Mud natural charcoal teeth whitener, which naturally brightens your smile sans chemicals.
Feel free to sit for 5 mins while the charcoal whitens your teeth and just relax with some deep breaths. Alternatively, use this opportunity to give your heels a much needed scrape of dead and dry skin using a pumice stone or foot scraper tool thingo. This is deeply satisfying work.
#8 Rinse & Remove (5-10mins)
This is one of the best parts! Right now your coated in all manner of oils and concoctions including hair mask, face mask, coffee scrub and teeth mask. Time to rinse and purify. First rinse of the scrub under water. Your skin will still feel oily and lubricated so now’s a good opportunity to shave your legs and other bits.
Then use a shower glove or loofah with some natural soap or body wash to scrub off the residue. Rinse the charcoal out your mouth, wipe your face mask off with a hot towel, and double shampoo your hair with a natural shampoo to remove the oil mask. Conditioner is optional, but you’ll probably find your hair is quite silky and nourished without it.
#9 Apply Beauty Products (10mins)
The hard work is done chicken. Now that you’re squeaky clean it’s time to feed your skin with some more natural goodies. While skin is still warm and moist massage some coconut oil (again, feel free to infuse with your fave essential oils) into the skin for seriously soft dewy skin. Spray or apply a toner to your skin. I’m a big fan of raw rose water like this. Then apply your go-to face oil – jojoba and good ol’ rosehip oil is the best IMO.
Do any final primping: floss, trim your nails, pluck your eyebrows, and apply blemish treatments as needed. You will feel like a goddess at this point. Shimmer your way back into your room and slip into a soft silky somethin’ somethin’ and caress your soft skin if you feel so inclined cause you will be one smooth ass mutha at this point.
#10 Paint Your Nails
Finish up with an episode or two of your guilty pleasure TV show while you give your nails and toe nails a buff and a coat of nail polish.
Spending time like this with yourself trains you to see your body as a thing to be loved, admired, pampered and cared for, not something to be “fixed” out of obligation or fear of not being pretty and sexy enough.
You’ve been up and close with yourself for a good hour or so, leading to a respect for the body you’ve been blessed with. Not to mention, you’re soft, you’re glowing, and you smell amazing.
So relish it honey. Of course this can be practiced as often as you like. You certainly don’t need to wait for a special occasion to give you temple a revamp.