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If you’re the kind of person who can’t live without regular trips to the salon or spa, your world has probably been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. Around the world, businesses closed, leaving countless women out of luck when it comes to their normal beauty regime.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to incorporate DIY self-care ideas to your own spa-quality beauty routine –– you probably already have all the ingredients you need to make most of your own products.
See The Contents
- 0.1 DIY Self-Care Ideas & Beauty Hacks
- 0.2 Hack #1: DIY Cuticle Treatment
- 0.3 Hack #2: Homemade Honey Face Wash
- 0.4 Hack #3: DIY Steam Facial Treatment
- 0.5 Hack #4: Green Tea Detox Bath
- 0.6 Hack #5: Homemade Hair Mask
- 0.7 Hack #6: DIY Acne Scar Removal
- 0.8 Hack #7: At-Home Hair Growth Treatment
- 1 Get Our Style Guide On 'How to Always Look Put Together'
DIY Self-Care Ideas & Beauty Hacks
Check out the easy hacks below and be sure to take a look at the DIY self-care ideas and beauty hacks from Coupon Chief for some more inspiration!
Hack #1: DIY Cuticle Treatment
This easy trick will leave your hands feeling soft and your nails looking fresh! The DIY cuticle treatment comes recommended by Rachel Talbott, a YouTube beauty guru with over one million subscribers!
- Vitamin E oil– When you apply vitamin E oil straight on your cuticles and nail beds, you can improve your nails’ health with time, preventing them from turning yellow thanks to its antioxidants.
- Coconut oil– Incorporating coconut oil into your nail routine will hydrate and strengthen your nails, amp up nail growth and because of its moisturizing properties, it is great for treating brittle and cracked nails as well as damaged cuticles. (Source)
- Essential oil of your choice
To make the cuticle oil, simply mix equal parts vitamin E oil, coconut oil, and an essential oil of your choice! Apply to clean, unpolished nails and massage gently for best results.
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Hack #2: Homemade Honey Face Wash
Running out of your favorite facial cleanser? No sweat! Use this great-smelling honey face wash instead! It’s hydrating and will leave your skin silky smooth and spotless.
- Honey. Read more on the great benefits of honey for your skin here.
- Avocado oil or rosehip oil
- Lavender oil– Lavender oil’s anti-inflammatory properties make it great for soothing and healing skin that’s irritated or reddened from the sun.
Soften the honey over heat and a little water. Add the oils and mix thoroughly.
Apply the wash to your face like you would any other cleanser, but let it sit for five to ten minutes before washing away with warm water.
Jamie from The Herbal Spoon says, “her face wash lasted for 3 weeks so far.
Essential oils have antimicrobial properties, so they help preserve the product, as does the honey. If you wanted to add another natural preservative you could use rosemary extract from Mountain Rose Herbs, but I don’t use preservatives so I can’t advise how much to use.
You could also cut the water from the recipe and store it in a jar, just make sure your face is very wet before applying.”
Hack #3: DIY Steam Facial Treatment
This next hack comes highly recommended by mega-influencer Jackie Aina. As glamorous as Jackie is, this DIY steam facial is about as simple and easy as it gets! It opens up pores and will leave your skin feeling hydrated and absolutely glowing.
- Boiling water
- Bath towel
- Essential oils (optional) – you can start with the calming lavender.
To benefit from this simple facial, boil tap or distilled water in a regular cooking pot. Drape a towel over your head and use it to block steam from escaping above you as you lean over the boiling water.
Let the steam roll over your face for five minutes or less, being mindful to stay far enough away from the hot water and steam –– you don’t want to burn yourself!
For even more benefits, one or two drops of an essential oil into the water can be added.
When you feel like you need a skincare upgrade, try Vanity Planet’s Aera iconic facial steamer. I shared a complete review of the steamer here and I love it!
Hack #4: Green Tea Detox Bath
If an evening bath is your favorite way to destress, this trick will be right up your alley. It’s perfect for rejuvenating stressed-out skin and relaxes the mind, too!
- 6–10 bags of plain green tea – enjoy soothed skin with green tea thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, because of its high content of polyphenols called catechins. The catechins in green tea reduce irritation, redness, and swelling.
- Essential oils (optional)
As you’re drawing your bath, add the tea bags to the hot water. Soak for as long as you like –– you’ll practically be able to watch life come back into your skin!
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Hack #5: Homemade Hair Mask
Is your hair looking tired and lackluster without your go-to hairstylist? This hair mask will help. It’s ultra-moisturizing and will keep your locks flowing smoothly, even if you can’t get into the salon right now.
- Honey– Honey has both emollient and humectant properties, making it a great hair moisturizer.
- Coconut oil– it helps lock in moisture in your hair giving it a gorgeous glow and shine. The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles.
- 1 Avocado, 1/2 banana, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 egg (optional)
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Combine the honey and coconut oil in equal parts to make your mask. Apply it to your hair, working from the tips to the roots. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes –– feel free to throw it into a bun or wrap it with a towel!
Finally, rinse out your hair with warm water and finish with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.
Hack #6: DIY Acne Scar Removal
If you were in the middle of acne scar treatment before the pandemic shut things down, you may be panicking without your usual treatment. Not to worry! This simple recipe can help you bide time until you can get back into the dermatologist.
- Lemon juice (avoid using lemon juice alone but with other ingredients. Read more on using lemon on your skin for acne)
- Honey. Honey is best for soothing red, inflamed blemishes thanks to its calming properties. (Source)
- Olive oil. Read more on using olive oil for acne.
- Tea tree essential oil– it is naturally antibacterial and has anti-inflammatory properties great for acne-prone skin. However, tea tree isn’t as great for sensitive skin. (Source)
- Frankincense essential oil– as a natural astringent, it helps regulate sebum and will soothe and reduce inflammation and can also help prevent acne forming thanks to the boswellic acids it contains which are capable of killing bacteria associated with acne. (Source)
- Helichrysum essential oil– Studies have suggested that helichrysum essential oil can help promote healing, fight infection, and reduce inflammation. (Source)
Mix the ingredients together and apply the solution to your face. Wait 10–15 minutes, then wash thoroughly with warm water.
Continue this process for 8–10 days, but discontinue or switch to every other day if you notice any discomfort or redness.
Hack #7: At-Home Hair Growth Treatment
Trying to grow out your hair but running up against tired locks and split ends? Try this easy hack! It uses the power of apple cider vinegar to bring new life to your hair and encourage growth.
- Apple cider vinegar– ACV, helps lower pH and brings hair health back into balance. It also praised for being rich in vitamins and minerals good for hair, like vitamin C and B.
Combine apple cider vinegar and water in a cup or jar. Shampoo your hair with your usual product, rinse it thoroughly, then pour the apple cider vinegar mixture onto your hair slowly, ensuring the entire scalp is covered.
Massage your scalp for two to three minutes, then rinse with lukewarm or cool water. Repeat this once weekly for shiny, strong, longer hair.
Hack #8: DIY Highlighter
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Feel like wearing makeup? This easy highlighter gives the perfect glow to your skin without feeling oily, sticky, or gooey. It calls for cult-favorite Nivea cream or Nivea Post Shave Balm, but your regular moisturizer or Vaseline works as well.
- Shimmer (from an eye shadow) – adds the desired color and shine to your higlighter.
- Nivea Cream– forms the base of your highlighter, helping it stick to your skin and also adds a dewiness to the complexion thus, the highlighter lasts long.
- Vitamin E oil– it is hydrating and also helps the highlighter last long. You can also use baby oil.
To prepare, add your cream in a clean container then add your Vitamin E oil. Choose your favorite eye shadow color from the palette and add to the rest before mixing them to a clear consistency.
To give yourself a healthy glow, pop this highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and on your cupid’s bow for best results.
Which of these DIY self-care routine ideas have you tried?