Got a bad case of cabin fever? The restlessness and claustrophobia caused by spending days on end stuck in the same place can be difficult to overcome, especially when changing scenery isn’t an option. Instead, we suggest trying to make your household feel a little more relaxing to release all that pent-up frustration. One simple way to do that is to dedicate some time to pampering yourself at home. Taking a few hours out of your busy day to unwind and ease your mind can make a huge difference in how you feel about being stuck at home. And trust us, you need not shell out tons of cash at a spa or salon in order to treat yourself.
Here are 10 simple ways you can have a DIY spa day at home:
1. Use sheet masks
If you have extra face masks lying around—and we know you beauty junkies probably have tons in stock—use them to give yourself a quick spa sesh at home. Add the mask as an extra step in your skincare routine so you can feel like you’re getting a luxurious facial at the end of a long day. Throw some sliced cucumbers over your eyes to take it to the next level. You can also gather up your friends and all rock your masks on video call over a glass (or five) of wine.
2. Give yourself a foot spa
Soak your feet at the end of a hectic day and feel all your worries melt away. Even if you don’t have the fancy equipment normally used in foot spas, you can give your toes a relaxing dip in some warm water filled with bath salts or essential oils. Use a foot scrub or pumice stone if you have one and apply your fave body moisturizer after to make the experience extra relaxing and keep your skin soft and smooth.
3. Follow along with pamper routines online
If you’re still learning the ropes of skincare, try to follow along with an online tutorial. This will help you know the right order of applying products, give you useful tips, teach you the benefits of each step, and make you feel like you’ve got a friend in the room doing it with you. You’ll be a self-care pro in no time!
4. Film your own skincare routine
Who else is guilty of low-key narrating every step of their laborious, hour-long nighttime skincare routine? Don’t worry, no judgment here! You can have a good laugh with all of your beauty-loving friends by filming your 10-step routines and sending them to each other. Not only is it a fun activity, but you can also trade useful tips. Don’t worry, the general public need not ever see the full clip.
5. Do your own nails
Even if you’re stuck at home—and your housemates have already seen you in all your unmade-up glory—you can easily lift your spirits by looking good for yourself each day. So why not improve your daily look with a manicure? You can paint your nails in your fave color or go for a quirky style with different hues on each nail—now’s the best time to experiment! You can amp up the experience with a warm hand soak or a nail file to make your hands look and feel their absolute best.
6. Try making DIY masks
Don’t have extra face masks lying around? You can easily look up DIY masks online that are made of ingredients you might already have in your pantry like olive oil, avocado, eggs, and more. Plus, no need to limit yourself to just face masks—you can make them for anything from your hair to your hands to your feet and more!
7. Give your face a refreshing steam
Clear out your pores and let your skin breathe with an at-home facial steam. All you need is a pot of hot water. If it’s boiling, we suggest letting it cool down a little bit before use. Hot steam is no joke and can easily scald you. Position your face on top of the water and let the steam do the rest. You can give the water a little blow to encourage the heat to go up to your face or use a towel over your head to concentrate all the steam in one place. It’ll be like a mini sauna! Be sure to dab your face with a cool towel after.
8. Use a body scrub
Use your fave body scrub to slough off any impurities on the surface of your skin. You can even make a homemade scrub with textured ingredients like sugar, salt, coffee grounds, and more—just look up recipes online that would fit your preferences and skincare needs. Trust us, you’ll feel instantly fresher and lighter when you scrub away all that gunk and dead skin.
9. Create a relaxing ambience
If you’re already doing 10-step skincare routines every night, you can make the process even more luxurious by creating a soothing space to calm your senses. Use diffusers filled with essential oils or scented candles to make your room smell like a spa. Dim the lights and wear your fave bathrobe or jammies—your regular routine will feel 10 times better.
10. Give yourself a massage
Yes, it is in fact possible to give yourself a massage. Look up handy video tutorials online that show you how to stretch your muscles and apply pressure to tense parts of your body by yourself. Or, you can grab your partner or roommate and enjoy a relaxing day together by giving each other light massages.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.