Create an at-home spa with Epsom salt bath, essential oils

People can create an at-home spa and take a break despite while COVID-19 prevents traditional vacations.

Video Transcript

- Spring break is just around the corner.

- And while you may not be going on vacation this year-- a lot of people aren't-- that doesn't mean, though, you can't take a break, a breather. Stephanie Monsour of "Step It Up With Steph" shares some ways to create your very own spa day at home.

STEPHANIE MANSOUR: Good morning. Well, I'm hoping to bring the spa or the vacation to you. So if you're stuck indoors, you can still take a little bit of time for some pampering and some self-care.

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So to start, you may ask why I'm in the bathroom. Well, I'm encouraging you to take a bath, but not just any bath. What I want to encourage you to do is to add some Epsom salts to your bath. So if you're exercising or if your muscles are bones just feel a little achy, the magnesium in that salt is really going to help to heal and reduce inflammation.

Bath bombs are also really popular right now. I've got these little bath tea bags that I like to put into my mouth so they smell really good, just like lavender. You can also use essential oils instead. Eucalyptus is a great scent to invigorate you, but if you want something a little more calming and soothing, add in lavender.

Now, you may ask yourself, well, Steph, what if I don't have a bathtub? That's a great question. So what you can do instead of taking a bath is take a big pan, like what you use for a roast, and pour it in-- pour in some oil and hot water. And go ahead and put those Epsom salts in or little drops of those essential oils, and then put your feet in the air and do a foot soak. Keep your feet in the air for about 15 minutes, and then dry them off, put some lotion on. And you'll feel very pampered without even leaving your house.

My next idea for you is to do puzzles or use a coloring book. You can do this with your kids. So puzzles are really popular or the adult coloring books with some pencils or crayons, even. That's a great activity to do to just take your mind off of work, off of things going on in the world, and to let yourself sort of escape to a new place.

And finally, if you are looking for a face mask, I've got a three-ingredient, do-it-yourself, face mask that you can use to help your skin in these dry winter months. All you need is a teaspoon of honey and then about 2 tablespoons of oatmeal. So you can get this out from your kitchen. I'm just eyeballing it here.

And then I ate half of the banana, which is great because you only need half of a banana to mash up in here. And what you're going to do is mash this up and then put this on your face. So I encourage all of my private weight loss clients, as a health and fitness expert, to take a little bit of time for yourself. Even if you can't leave your house, set a timer for an hour. Give yourself a little TLC. Encourage your family to do the same. And when you put the mask on, you can even eat it, too. So good.

- You know what, Steph? We need time for ourselves-- there's no doubt-- a little self-care time there. So Stephanie Mansour, thank you so much. We appreciate that.

- It makes a big difference.