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DIY Spa Night at Home

Enjoy this easy recipe for a DIY face mask.

Enjoy this easy recipe for a DIY face mask.

Spa time with the girls takes on a whole new meaning when you are a mom. I rarely get to spend hours at a spa sipping champagne in a luxurious fluffy robe, while my youthful glow facial mask eliminates my fine lines and wrinkles. So what’s a time crunched mom to do without her spa? Gather the kids and call a spa night at home!

I can’t always enjoy a day at an actual spa, but together my girls and I make an easy DIY mask and relax on the couch in our regular robes. No bells. No whistles and certainly no champagne. Nonetheless it is time well spent.

Our favorite DIY facial mask recipe includes chocolate, honey and lavender. It sounds a little complicated and maybe a little fru-fru, but I guarantee it is super easy and inexpensive!

You will need:

  • 2 TBSP honey (you can use regular store bought plain old honey)
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1-2 drops lavender essential oil (orange would also work well with the chocolate)
  • Small bowl
  • Small paint brush or Craft stick (1 inch wide)
  • Head band (to keep hair away from the honey)
  • Wash cloth and towel

Begin by wearing your headband and moving hair away from your face. Then measure the tablespoons of honey into a small bowl. Next, pop the bowl of honey into the microwave for 30-seconds. This will thin the honey and make it easier to apply. (It also feels really good as a warm mask). Be sure to check the temp before you apply to skin.

Stir in the cocoa powder and lavender oil. We chose lavender because of its calming properties. It evokes feelings of relaxation and is really good for detoxing your skin. However, if you are allergic you can chose another oil, or skip the EO’s and use a small amount of coconut oil to keep the honey from becoming too “clumpy” to work with.

Apply the mask to slightly dampened skin using a small paint brush or craft stick to keep your hands mess free. This will make it easier to move the honey all over your skin. Wear your mask for about 20-30 minutes before you wipe away with a warm, wet wash cloth. Rinse skin thoroughly with cool water and pat dry with a soft towel. You can apply your favorite moisturizer if you'd like, but you can skip it for the kids. Honey locks in the natural moisture already found in young skin. 

My kids love the novelty of using cucumber slices on our eyes. They claim it adds to a real spa feel even though they have never been to an actual spa before. We also put on a relaxing play list and sip warm lemon tea, or cucumber infused ice water. Chatting by the warm candle light and dishing with my girls who never seem to stop growing feels like good quality time. We get time to connect, and I get the added benefit of a little self-care.

The Whatever Mom is a full-time wife and twin mama living on coffee and wine. She enjoys the pure rush of cleaning the BIG potty between loads of laundry. It is her dream that moms everywhere accept and embrace the Whatever Mom philosophy which can be found here. You can also find her musings and popular shares on Facebook and Twitter. Stay up to date with her creative ideas and outings on Pinterest. 

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