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DIY Spa Day: Treat Yo-Self (Economically)

Spa days. There’s nothing like them! It feels so great to relax & recharge. The worst part of a spa day? Paying for a spa day. Golly! Not so economical- especially for a graduate student like me! Which got me thinking – why don’t I try a DIY spa day? Not only would I be able to pamper myself, but I would also save LOADS of cash! Intrigued?  Here’s how you can can try this out for yourself!


You can’t have a spa day without relaxing music, low lighting, and candles! You’ve gotta set the mood!

Warm Towels

UGH. The BEST!! Did you know you can warm hand towels in your crock pot? What can’t a crock pot do?

DIY Face Mask

Face masks are actually super simple to make! Pick one that matches your skin type (dry, acne prone, red, etc.). If you’re looking for a basic mask, oatmeal masks are where it’s at!


  • 2 tablespoons raw oats
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 banana


Mash the banana and then mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

DIY Sugar Scrub

Have you ever seen the prices on sugar scrubs? Goodness gracious! You can TOTALLY make your own. I’ve recently started doing this and my skin has never been softer!


  • Coconut Oil
  • Sugar in the Raw
  • Essential Oils of Choice
  • Small mason jar


Mix coconut oil and “sugar in the raw” in a small bowl (I usually do a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio of oil to sugar). Add a few drops of essential oil of choice (lavender, eucalyptus, orange, etc.). Store in an airtight container, such as a mason jar. Use it to slough off dead skin cells while in the tub or after washing your hands!

Gather Light and Refreshing Snacks

Little sandwiches, fruit salad, and dark chocolate covered strawberries are all decadent treats that are perfect for a spa day!

Make Fancy Water

You know that water they always have at salons and fancy spas? That taste like cucumber or have a light lemon taste? Super refreshing right? To make your own, marinate sliced cucumbers in a pitcher of ice water for an hour. Add a few slices of lemon for some extra flavor!

Put on a fuzzy robe and slippers – then get relaxing!


Written by GUADS staff member Angelina with contributions from self.com 

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