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Valentine’s Day is a season of love— but it’s not just for couples. This year, we’re turning this holiday into the perfect excuse for a little self-love. Wondering how to treat yourself without dropping a ton of cash?
From face masks to zen sprays, make your home into a Pinterest-worthy self-love oasis with five of our favorite DIY recipes that will have you feeling fine—no heart-shaped candy or sappy cards required.
With winter weather attacking every ounce of hydration in our skin, this tasty, three-ingredient DIY face mask is a miracle worker. Just try not to eat it!
- ½ avocado
- 1 tbsp of organic honey
- Handful of oats
- Mash up avocado in a small bowl and add in honey and oats until combined.
- Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and enjoy the effects of ultra-nourishing avocado oils!
Relax your body—and mind—with this healing body scrub. Packed with antioxidants and our post-workout savior Epsom salt, this combination can help to heal all your aches and pains.
- 1 tsp (about two bags worth) of green tea
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil
- 3 tsp of Epsom salt
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or glass jar. Mix until achieving a pasty consistency, adding more salt or olive oil if the scrub is too stiff or runny.
- Apply to damp skin, avoiding the face.
- Leave on for five minutes. Rinse and get ready to embrace your super smooth skin!
With an office that has a few resident curly-haired beauties, we’ve tried our fair share of DIY Friday night hair masks. With easily accessible ingredients, it’s easy to whip up this hydrating hair wonder.
(Double recipe for longer hair)
- ½ avocado
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, blending until smooth.
- From roots to tips, apply the mask evenly through damp hair.
- Cover hair with shower cap or towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
- Rinse hair until water runs clear then apply conditioner.
- Comb out tangles and enjoy your luscious locks!
No self-care ritual is complete without a good bath. Scrub out your tub because it’s time to unwind with one of our favorite recipes. Plus, you can put last year’s dried roses to good use.
- Small cotton or organza bags
- Roughly ½ cup organic oats (to fill the bag)
- Handful of dried rose petals
- 3-5 drops of rose essential oil
- 3-5 drops of lavender (or your favorite) essential oil
- Place oats and rose petals in bag. Add essential oils.
- Tie bag closed and let soak in warm bath. Now, bask in the beautiful scents!
Whether it’s in our gym bag or spritzed on our pillow, homemade “zen” spray is a must-have, self-love essential. One feel-good mist and you’ll be embracing positive vibes all day long.
- Small glass or recycled plastic spray bottle
- 6 oz aloe vera witch hazel water
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5-7 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-7 drops of peppermint essential oil
- Add all ingredients to bottle.
- Shake, spray, and enjoy the instant dose of hydrating calm.
Whatever your self-care routine may be, remember there’s nothing wrong with loving yourself this Valentine’s Day—and every day!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.