We know that the holiday season isn’t all sunshine and smiles for everyone. Stress, anxiety, and depression can be at an all time high during this time of year. That’s why it’s more important than ever to be mindful of your recovery journey and to take care of yourself. Self-care keeps the threat of relapse at bay by alleviating those negative feelings without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Christmas is over; Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are just getting underway. Now is the perfect time to treat yourself a little with some DIY spa treatments! Gather up a few simple supplies and give these a try:
As a DIY spa treatment, bath bombs are a popular and fun way to make baths fun again! But what exactly are bath bombs?
Densely compacted colored powder infused with essential oils, pleasant scents, and your favorite colors, bath bombs are great if you like soaking in the bath to destress and relax. When the powder is introduced to water, it fizzes, releasing a plumb of color scent to help you promote the tranquility you need to get through the frenzy of the holidays. Safer and less cumbersome than scented candles, bath bombs are the perfect thing to keep on hand as part of your self-care regimen.
But how do you make your own bath bomb? You need:
- 8 ounces of baking soda (just under a cup)
- 4 ounces of epsom salt
- ½ a cup of citric acid
- ¾ a cup of cornstarch
- Food coloring in your favorite color(s)
- 1 tablespoon of water
- 3 tablespoons of oil: almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil work best
- 20 to 30 drops of essential oils (learn more about them here)
Combine your dry ingredients in a large bowl, using a whisk to break down the larger clumps. Mix the wet ingredients in a sealable container like a mason jar and shake to ensure they blend evenly. Slowly introduce the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients while continuing to stir- if you pour too quickly, the mixture will begin to fizz. If that happens, mix a bit faster to fix it. Once that is done, your final product should be able to hold its shape when pinch. If it still crumbles, at a bit more oil until it does.
Now you’re ready to mold! Use a muffin tin and pack it tightly- silicone and other soft molds don’t hold the form well enough. Once the bath bomb has it’s form, remove it from the tin and allow to dry overnight! Store them in plastic bags and use them as you please! Be aware, though, the effervescent effects may wear off the longer they are in storage.
Face masks are a staple when it comes to DIY Spa treatments! Our skin is our first barrier against infection, so taking care of it is important to protecting your improved health. Addiction can take a huge toll on Preparing to make your own is easy, too, because you can do multitask while grocery shopping!
What are the best ingredients for face masks?
- Bananas moisturize the skin, leaving it softer and more youthful. Combine them with plain ½ a cup of yogurt and two tablespoons of honey for an added acne treatment. Create a paste and spread it evenly across your face. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
- Vinegar is an all natural skin toner that has been used since ancient times. It cleanses and tightens the skin when used to Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and two cups of water and use it as a rinse following face washing. For a face mask, up the apple cider vinegar to ¼ cup and reduce the water to the same measurement. Apply gently and let it dry.
- Egg on your face is actually good for you- in the form of a face mask. For dry skin, separate the egg whites and whisk the yolk. Use it to hydrate your skin for added softness. If your skin is oily, use the egg whites and add lemon and honey. Use the whole egg for normal skin to boost elasticity and youthfulness. Apply your mask, relax for half an hour, then rinse!