How to Throw a DIY Spa Day

Cosmopolitan MagazineInstead of heading out to an expensive salon, try these DIY secrets and have a spa day for you and girls right at home.

By Milly Almodovar

It's the Friday after a killer week; your brain is fried and it shows. You probably want to hit the bars (Cuba Libre, anyone?), but try giving your bod a break instead. Light a candle, strike up the old-school Maná playlist, and whip up these easy concoctions to renew your spirit and your carita.

1. For your face
The mango you bought for your smoothie can double as a key ingredient in a clarifying, hydrating masque that unclogs pores and helps reduce acne.
What You'll Need
• 4 slices of mango, an antioxidant
• 1⁄2 cup of plain yogurt, an exfoliant
• 4 strawberries, collagen-boosters
Directions: Mix all ingredients in a blender until you've got a paste. Then massage onto skin. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off and shield your eyes from the glow you've unleashed!

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2. For Your Hair

Your hair soaks up the vitamin E and fatty acids in coconut oil, leaving it frizz-free and shiny. While massaging in this hydrating treatment, let the sweet smell take you back to last summer's beach vacay in San Juan.
What You'll Need
• 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, a hair-protein repairer
• 1/4 tablespoon of honey, a mega moisturizer
• 2 tablespoons of aloe vera, a detoxifier
• 1 tablespoon of peppermint oil, a scalp stimulator
Directions: Mix ingredients and rub into scalp; then apply to the rest of your hair. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and wash out with your favorite shampoo. You can add a bit of distilled apple cider vinegar, a natural acid, to help seal the hair cuticle and increase shine.

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3. For Your Hair
With exfoliating brown sugar as the base, you'll be scrubbing away dry skin while dreaming of syrupy flan.
What You'll Need
• 1 cup of raw brown sugar
• 4 ounces of jojoba oil, a moisturizer
• 4 ounces of avocado oil, a hydrator
• 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, a brightener
• 4 drops of lavender essential oil, an antibacterial
Directions: Mix all of these together, head to the shower, and scrub away with hands or a wash cloth.

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