Every now and then we want to feel pampered. I mean who can blame us? School is stressful, work is stressful, life is just generally stressful. However, if you’re like me, you may not have the money to shell out for professionally done facials, pedicures and manicures. Being broke doesn’t have to mean you walk around life un-pampered. Everyone deserves a little TLC. I’ve found ways how to cut corners and I pamper myself on the cheap. Here’s how:
Whenever you have time to pamper yourself make it an event. If you want you can even invite a couple friends over and make it a girl day. It’s totally up to you. Set the right mood with scented candles if that’s your thing or just some music.
Facials: Professionally done facials can leave your skin feeling smooth and wonderful……so I’ve heard but you can recreate this at home. I do this by making masks or scrubs. There are tonnes of masks to make. Since it’s almost pear season, you can use them with banana,water and an egg yolk or just with honey and water. You can also try oats with honey and water. Just put it on your face and leave it for a while then wash it off when you’re ready. Scrubs are used for exfoliation so you can make a sugar scrub and rub it gently on your face. Make sure you pair it with a carrier oil like olive oil for example. Moisturize after, I personally use shea butter for that. Soft,supple skin, just like that, using things you probably already had at home.
Tip: You can get face scrubs for as little as $500 JMD from Earth elements. They also sell carrier oils and shea butter which you can get for less than $1000 JMD.
Pedicures: I give myself the full salon treatment with these. For the pedicure, heat water and throw it in a container or you could use your bathtub. Make sure the water isn’t too hot before you plunge your feet in. Leave them to soak for about 10 minutes or so. Get one of those ridiculously cheap foot files, and rub away all the dead skin. Afterwards get a nail clip and a file and shape up your toenails. Make sure you get all the trash out of your toenails and if you have a cuticle pusher, use it. You can get the pieces separately or a nail kit at your local pharmacy. Lather up some lotion or a natural butter on your feet. The final step is to polish them. Nail polish is less than $200JMD almost everywhere. If you find them to be more expensive, leave those, you don’t need those.
Manicures: You can soak your hands in warm water and moisturize them before painting them. Using the nail file, nail clip and the cuticle pusher give your nails some shape and clean them up. I personally grow my nails long and try to keep them that way. I usually just buy a nice colour nail polish and just paint them myself. Master the art and people wont even know you didn’t go to your nail tech this time.
Full body: What I like to do is make scrubs that I can use everywhere. I make a sugar scrub with coconut oil(which is also made at home, coconut oil pricey outta road ennuh) and just rub it over my entire body. I use this on my lips but not on the rest of my face, I’ve heard too many horror stories about coconut oil and faces. Anyway, after your nails are all dry, do this in the shower. Afterwards lather up yourself with lotion or a natural butter and there you go, nice and pampered.
If you follow these tips you’re going to feel brand new and you’ll also feel good because you didn’t spend much money.
Next week again,