Home Spa Night Recipes

Hello my friends 🙂

Thanks for the well wishes for baby girl. Her first cold was rough but short-lived (luckily!) I am sure it’s not the last! The baby probiotics and vitamins really seemed to help (and I drank my Emergen-C)! She was only really sick for a few days. Phew!

So about once a month I try and do a night of pampering. Since Ella was born I haven’t really kept up with my routine, but the other night I decided my skin needed it and got to work once Weezus was sound asleep.


When I was pregnant I posted about the at-home oatmeal acne mask I like to do. I stepped it up a notch and added in a few steps that I want to share with you guys!

In middle school, I remember reading Cosmo and learning about steaming your face at home. My girlfriends and I would do sleepovers, steam our faces and sit in mud mask from CVS. I’ve come a long way since them but use some of the same methods I’ve learned over the years from all of the facials I have gotten in the spa [via bartering!] and experimenting with at-home, more natural concoctions.

At-home spa night is great because it saves you a ton of money, and requires things you most-likely have in your cabinet. Even better… I know personally that MY skin is always glowing and soft after this routine! I’ve used a lot of expensive products you can only get at spas in the past; I haven’t purchased an expensive skin cream in a couple of years and since  my skin is currently thriving on natural things I can do at home, for a fraction of the cost!

I believe skin care has more to do with what you put IN your body as opposed to what you put on your skin…with that said a combination of a healthy diet and natural skin-care should have you glowing in no time!

The first thing I do is wash my face so it’s nice and clean. I will either use a rag and soak it in water as hot as my skin can handle [not boiling!!!], or I will get a bowel and boil some water in a teapot, pour it into the bowel and steam my face:

[*caution*: DO NOT use the microwave for this because it can bubble up and splash in your face. Be cautious as to how hot the water is and how close you bring your face to the bowel. I recommend stirring up the water and keeping a distance! Or just use the hot wash cloth method.]

 soak wash cloth in hot water, rinse and lye on your face for a minute.

Before I steam my face I prepare my mask so I can put it on right away…


dry ingredients:

add a little over 1/2 Tablespoon of water to get the right consistency:

Then, I steam my face for a few minutes…as long as I can tolerate sitting there….and follow it with the mask:


 I let that sit on for about 10 minutes until it hardens and tingles a bit


[note…the first time I did this in a while my face turned a little red. The tea tree green oil in the toner usually calms my skin. My skin usually gets red after professional facials too but then looks and feels amazing the next day. Just be cautious if you have sensitive skin you may want to “test” this mask on a small part of your neck or on your jaw-line before to see how you react].


Exfoliating Oatmeal Acne Mask

The Fitness Dish


1 & 1/2 teaspoons oat flour [see note]

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of kosher salt

1/2 Tablespoon warm water


To make oat flour grind up oatmeal in a blender or food processor.

Mix dry ingredients. Add water to make a paste. Apply to clean wet skin. Let sit for about 10 minutes and rinse with warm water.



I prepare my toner at least a day in advance, or a few hours so I can let the ingredients mesh together and let it cool in the fridge.

The green tea bags seep in 3 ounces of boiling water for about 20 minutes….

I use an old spice jar, it fits my ingredients perfectly…

After adding the ACV and the green tea, I add 1/4 teaspoon of tea tree oil

Let it sit in the fridge for at least a few hours to cool it, keep it stored in the fridge and use it at night after you wash your face for that added glow!





Green Tea Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

The Fitness Dish


3 green tea bags

3 ounces of water

1-2 ounces apple cider vinegar [I use Braggs]

1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil


boil 3 ounces of water and add it to tea bags to it. Seep the tea for at least 20 minutes, squeezing the bags out when finished. Add tea to a jar filled with apple cider vinegar. Add tea tree oil and shake it up. Store in refrigerator. Use after cleansing your skin and before moisturizing it.


After I place my toner on my skin, I use pure virgin coconut oil as my nighttime moisturizer [which I store in my bathroom in an old eye cream container]


**again- Always test out a small patch of skin with any new skincare treatment, even if it’s all natural, to see how y our skin will react. Check with your dermatologist to see what natural regimen is right for you!

So there’s my money-saving at home spa tips!

What are your favorite DIY at-home spa tips?




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  • Reply Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn

    soooo can I come over?

    December 7, 2011 at 1:06 am
    • Reply laury


      December 7, 2011 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner

    Oooh what a great idea!

    December 7, 2011 at 7:20 am
  • Reply Lisa

    I love stuff like this! I used to get facials and peels and stuff…and then I, too, realized that my skin issues were a reflection of what was going on inside my body more than what I was doing to my skin. I stopped, finally figured out my diet, and magically my skin issues disappeared! I love doing at-home facials though. Mine is a combo of ACV and bentonite clay—it makes a thick mud and when it dries it shrinks a lot and gets hard. It’s a really satisfying feeling to pick it off—I just imagine it cleaning out my pores 🙂
    I’ve always been a fan of tea tree oil…but haven’t heard of the green tea thing–I’m gonna try it!

    December 7, 2011 at 7:56 am
    • Reply laury

      Love that idea!

      December 7, 2011 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Mary

    LoL that pic with your mask AND makeup on cracked me up! Maybe a lil counter-intuitive?

    December 7, 2011 at 11:17 am
    • Reply laury

      I knew you’d like that!

      I just needed a visual for the post and re-did the mask real quick to show it drying. I washed me cheeks but too lazy to wash my eye makeup off. Probably should have cut out my eyes but it keeps people talking or laughing 😉

      December 7, 2011 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I love this post… definitely would love to try this out myself sometime.

    December 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply laury

      let me know!

      December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    Love this post! I try to do masks 1-2 times a week if I can! I did your first oatmeal mask a while back and loved it. I bet this one is even better and I’m interested in your toner since I never really use one!

    December 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply laury

      Glad you liked it! Yes the chia gives it a little bit of an exfoliating kick!

      December 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Shanna, like Banana

    I totally used to steam my face when I was younger. We actually had this contraption specifically made for it.

    Your skin looks fabulous, so clearly you’re doing it right 🙂

    December 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm
    • Reply laury

      That’s so funny! Did you make it?? Hahaha I would be totally into that! My esthetician has the best thing for steaming I want one!

      December 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life

    I’m so happy to see you little one is doing much much better! I bet it makes you so happy to see her feeling good again!!!

    December 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, sweetie! I need to catch up with you and that adorable belly!

      December 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    great tips! i’m scared to use ACV on my face though! i mentioned it to my facial girl and she cringed!? she claims that it strips skin of natural oils? i’m too scared to try thaat but the oatmeal mask i’ll def give a go 🙂

    December 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply laury

      Interesting. I will need to ask my friend who owns the salon and is an esthetician what she thinks. I know many things strip natural oils but never knew ACV to be one of them! Need to check that out!

      December 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw Twins

    love the tips! and love all the pics, you are so cute!
    I really need to do more mask 🙂 so I sit and relax more.

    December 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks! I need to catch up with you the reader feed thing has me so behind!

      December 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply susan

    Great face mask Laury. I so agree with you, eating well makes such a difference to my face. I don’t buy expensive face products either and rarely wash my face, just when I’m in the shower at the end of the day or after a workout. I’m going to try the mask.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:02 am
    • Reply laury

      Yes it does make SUCH a difference! Hormones you can’t really help, but you can improve whatever situation you have going on with diet!

      December 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Cynthia

    I love the tips. Very interesting stuff facial mask technique. i want to try it after taking a shower to look for refreshing. its not quite expensive right? I’m excited to do that. It look like more relaxing and i guess its effective. Its very natural.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:12 am
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