Let’s not sugarcoat it. This Mother’s Day is going to be different from others. Not only can many of us not be with our mothers in person, but due to the coronavirus shut-down, we also can’t do many of the usual fun Mother’s Day traditions like spa days and brunch. That doesn’t mean that this Mother’s Day needs to be any less special or relaxing–if anything, Mom deserves even more pampering during “Quarantine Mother’s Day.”
Motherhood was already one of the toughest jobs in the world–and unpaid to boot. Now, in addition to Mom’s normal mommying duties, Mom likely has to work from home while taking care of the kids, supervise their kids’ education (or actually BE the teacher), and has more noise and less privacy in her day. So this year, involve the whole family and bring the spa home. On today’s Mother’s Day segment on Good Morning CT at Nine, I walk you through two luxurious DIY spa treatments (one for the face and one for the feet), and share my best tips to show you how to create a spa experience for Mom to relax and unwind.
Watch “How to Create A DIY Spa Experience for Mom for Mother’s Day” on Good Morning CT at Nine:
The first thing we need to consider to create a true DIY spa experience at home is ambiance.
Setup a quiet space for Mom, away from the chatter of the house, with some relaxing candlelight and relaxing essential oils scenting the air. Lavender and chamomile essential oils are great choices for relaxation. Either use a diffuser, or dab a few drops on the outside of the candles (not on the part that comes into contact with the flame). You can also spray flower water or hydrosol, or have aromatic fresh or dried herbs (roses, lavender, jasmine, and chamomile are lovely for this) in the room if essential oils aren’t Mom’s thing. Play some soft, ambient music in the background, and pour Mom a cup of chamomile, rose, or tulsi tea. Invite Mom to relax in a comfy chair–preferably one that reclines. Be sure to place a soft towel under her head, so you don’t get product on the chair. Also, make sure Mom is warm during her treatment by offering her a soft robe, blankets, and a heating pad.
4-Step DIY Facial
Be sure to prepare a table with everything you need before you invite Mom into the room. Mix your mask ahead of time. This will reduce noise and shuffling around when Mom’s trying to relax and enjoy her DIY spa treatments. This 4-step DIY facial is super simple, and uses ingredients you probably already have at home. For the 4-step facial portion, you will need a bowl of warm–not hot–water (or herbal tea), and soft towels for both washing and drying. Have some soft towels and a bowl of warm water ready to go.
Step 1: Cleanse
First, cleanse Mom’s face with either raw honey, or a cleansing oil like jojoba or olive, and remove with warm water and a washcloth. If Mom had makeup on, the cleansing oil will be more effective at removing it than the honey.
If you’re feeling creative, you can mix a small amount of honey and oil together in a small bowl, and use that mixture to cleanse. Wet a soft cloth with your warm water or facial tea, and moisten Mom’s skin. Then apply a generous amount of your honey-oil blend, and use gentle circular motions to apply it to the face and neck, avoiding the eyes. To remove it, apply the warm, wet cloth to Mom’s face and neck as a compress, and gently wipe the skin clean. Repeat this step if Mom had makeup on before the facial!
Step 2: Massage
While Mom’s skin is still damp, apply a nickel-sized amount of oil to Mom’s face and neck, and gently massage using a light, slow, circular and stroking motions with your fingers for 5 to 10 minutes. A good rule of thumb is to use upward strokes from the jawline up to the hairline, gentle horizontal strokes across the mouth, circular motions on the cheeks, and downward strokes on the neck. You may also use gentle zig zag movements across the forehead and between the eyebrows, and gentle tapping motions all over the face.
Watch the video in this article for demonstration of a simple facial massage technique.
Remove the oil with warm water and a washcloth, and move onto Step 3.
Step 3: Mask
While Mom’s skin is still damp, and apply the face mask either with a mask brush or your fingers to Mom’s face and neck, avoiding the eyes, nostrils, and mouth. A simple DIY face mask can be a mix of powdered clay, mixed with raw honey and rosewater or facial tea. Click HERE for more DIY face mask ideas.
If you don’t have clay on hand, you can substitute full fat Greek yogurt, activated charcoal powder, powdered herbs, or powdered oats. Allow the mask to stay on for 10-15 minutes. Remove the mask thoroughly with warm water and a washcloth.
Step 4: Moisturize
While the skin is still damp, apply a dime sized amount of the facial oil to Mom’s face and neck to moisturize. You can gently massage it in, but since Mom has already had a facial massage, it may be better to gently press the oil into her skin (especially if she is sensitive).
3-Step DIY Spa Treatment for the Feet
For the feet, treat Mom to a 3-step soak, mask, and moisturize treatment. You can make a simple foot soak with warm water with epsom salts (or try the recipe in this article), and use the same mask and oil as you use for the facial. You can also try order a decadent foot treatment set like the one I featured in the segment, the Pampered Foot Set by JuVaScents, which was formulated by Create Your Skincare Pro graduate, Julie McGee.
Step 1: Soak
Have Mom soak her tired feet in very warm water or tea (a blend of chamomile and peppermint is really nice for this) with the soak or salt blend dissolved in for 10 to 15 minutes. While her feet are soaking, either you or someone else in the family can simultaneously give her her facial massage.
Step 2: Mask
Dry Mom’s feet with a dry, soft cloth. Apply a generous layer of the mask to the tops and bottoms of the feet, from the toes to the ankles. Wrap her masked feet in warm towels for 10 to 15 minutes, then remove the mask with warm water and a soft cloth.
Step 3: Moisturize
Apply a generous amount of moisturizer–either the same oil blend you used for the facial, or a rich foot butter like JuVaScents’ Lemon Foot Fetish Butter, and slowly massage it in for 5 to 10 minutes.
We can all benefit from a DIY spa experience at home!
This ritual is a perfect gift for anyone who needs a little pampering, and it doesn’t have to even be for a special occasion. In truth, these DIY skincare products and DIY spa treatments can be used by anyone who wants to decompress and experience a little pampering while sheltering in place. Get creative and schedule regular DIY spa treatments for yourself, your Mom, and your loved ones. You deserve it!
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