I don’t know about you, but I often dream about having the money, and time, to pamper myself. You know a spa bath, soft fluffy robe and exotic essential oils. While this may seem out of reach, it doesn’t have to be. Just because you’re on a budget, it does not mean you need to neglect yourself completely.
Here are some of the top ways you can pamper yourself, without spending a dime. After all, when you’re trying to cut back on your spending and save money, you need to have an incentive.
De-clutter Your Home
I know this is not what you expected. After all, pampering isn’t supposed to include work, right? Well, de-cluttering is the first step in pampering yourself because it’s not possible to relax when your home is cluttered. As you clean and clear your space, you clear your mind. Sift through the items cluttering your home, throw away the things you don’t want and get rid of the rubbish that fills your space. Then you can start to think about what you need in terms of beauty products and wardrobe items.
Do you really need to keep that last ounce of bath gel in the bathroom cupboard? Do you think the dress that made you feel awkward when you wore it last year will be flattering on you now? Probably not. Purge the items from your home that do not have a happy place in your home or that never sat right with you. If you’re savvy, you may even be able to make some cash on the “trash” you find during your de-cluttering session.
Clean Your Bathroom
After de-cluttering, there’s still a little more work to do. When you have a relaxing pampering session, you want to set the right mood, which means the bathroom needs to be in proper order. You will find it hard to unwind in a dirty bathroom. Toss out the old toothpaste tubes or nearly empty shampoo bottles. Wipe everything down and make sure your bathroom is clean. After you’ve cleaned up, light a few scented candles, grab your favourite bubble bath and prepare to be pampered.
Take a Bubble Bath
The scent and light from your candles, along with relaxing music from your favourite playlist will help you unwind as you sit back in a warm bubble bath. To make this time even more special, lock the door so that you’re not disturbed, sip some of your favourite wine and take the time to breathe.
Make a DIY Face Mask
Posh face masks at expensive spas can cost a fortune. But you don’t have to spend a penny and you don’t need the buy a cheap high street alternative. All you need to do is make a mask from products you already have in your home. Fruits and vegetables can be used to create natural homemade face masks, there are sites where you can get free samples for a free face mask, one of our favourites is WOW Free.
Brush Your Hair
This is probably something you do on a daily basis. However, if you’re like most people try to get this done as quickly as possible. During your spa time, brush your hair nice and slow. Seek out little tangles and use your best brush to banish them. Brushing your hair properly will make your hair feel lighter and make it easier to blow dry.
Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
You don’t need some weird looking tool to give yourself a proper scalp massage. All you need are your fingers. You can also use your fingers to massage your temples. Even if you only dedicate five minutes to your scalp massage, you’ll feel the difference. A good scalp massage will leave your feeling refreshed.
Massage Your Hands
If you have some posh hand cream that was given to you as a gift last Christmas, you should use it as a treat for your hands. You want to use a cream on your hands in order to keep your hands moisturised and soft.
Give Yourself an Express Manicure or Pedicure
I have bought manicure kits in the past and ended up shoving them in a drawer and forgetting them. You can treat yourself to a free manicure by digging these kits out of storage. But you don’t need a kit. If you only have a bottle of lovely nail polish you can apply it to your nails. If you don’t have anything for your nails, look online for tips on how you can make your nails look nicer, like applying lip balm to your nails. Taking care of your nails will help your hands look nicer and make you feel more “polished”.
Cook A Fancy Meal
When you go shopping, if you find an expensive meat on offer, buy it and freeze it. Instead of waiting until you have guests, why not make it for yourself. On your spa day, cook your favourite meal, with your special ingredients. You can enjoy the meal with your loved ones or by yourself if you’re having some quality “me” time. And don’t forget a glass of your favourite wine.
Add Some Fruit to Your Favourite Beverage
Fruit added to your beverage can be a refreshing pick-me-up, while flushing unhealthy toxins from your body. For an extra boost, add cucumber or lemon to your drink.
Wear Your Favourite Pair of Cosy socks
I have a fuzzy pair of socks that I like to slip on every time I get home from work. The cosy feeling I get from wearing these socks, lets me know that it’s time to relax. You’re probably thinking of a pair of your socks right not. If not, you should go out and find a pair for yourself. Novelty characters and fluffy animal socks are welcome.
Place Light Scented Candles Throughout Your Home
You don’t have to limit your use of scented candles to your bathroom. Use light scented candles throughout your home to help lift your spirit and give your home a relaxing, magical scent.
Drink Your Tea in Your Fanciest Tea Cup
Are you drinking your tea in a regular everyday mug? Why not pull out your favourite china cup and saucer? Drinking tea out of your fanciest cup can help drinking tea feel more relaxing and sophisticated. It will make drinking tea an entirely new experience, you can also try other teas by getting free tea samples.
Sleep on Fresh Sheets
Crawling into a bed made with fresh sheets can feel majestic. Put your sheets in the wash before running your bath and make your bed before bedtime. Don’t wait too late because you don’t want to add to your stress by trying to make your bed while you’re tired. You want to enjoy the feel of your clean sheets as you fall asleep. You don’t want to collapse into bed exhausted.
Treat Yourself to An Early Night
This is the best, and cheapest, pampering tip you can get. This is also one of the hardest for some people to accomplish. If you have kids or a partner that work a different schedule, you may find it difficult to get the time to pamper yourself and get to sleep early. In addition, you may also be exhausted after completing all of the pampering tasks. However, if you can get to bed as little as 30 minutes earlier, you’ll feel the difference.