By: Katherine Ernst
The new year is a gentle reminder to relax a little more, take better care of ourselves, be present with loved ones and to simply enjoy the little things life has to offer. Each and every year we all seem to get off to a great start but eventually trickle into the rush, stress and chaos of everyday life. Who has time to relax? Who has money for a spa day or a gym membership? How can I be present when I’m behind on emails? These are all realistic questions we face at some point throughout the year or even on a weekly basis. We all struggle with altering the lifestyle we have grown accustomed to and the healthier version we dream of living one day. Rather than focus on ridiculous excuses, let’s focus on how to make the change!
Living a healthy life can become a reality whenever you choose to make the switch. You are in total control of making these changes at your own pace. Each step towards a healthier lifestyle will gradually improve your mood, confidence and overall outlook. All you have to do is stop talking about it and do it! Here is my favorite DIY spa treatment to give you a nudge in the right direction.
A spa day often requires a load of money and let’s be honest most of us are broke after the holidays. The last thing we need after relaxing at the spa is to stress about how we’ll pay for it. Here is a simple yet effective, all natural and most importantly, FREE skin scrub you can enjoy any day of the week.
As a Jersey girl, taking a trip to the beach has always been my absolute favorite local adventure. Every season has a unique element to offer. The tranquil environment is the perfect setting to release negative thoughts, alleviate stress and unwind. Riding down to the beach is such a necessary and therapeutic experience. Breathing in the salt air, gazing at the horizon and enjoying the present moment is simply priceless.
I decided to visit Bay Head to collect my beach scrub ingredients. Feel free to visit any of the numerous beaches throughout Ocean County! All you need are two glass mason jars to collect the sand and beautiful salty ocean water. Due to the chilly winter temperatures, you’ll want to enjoy this treatment in the comfort and warmth of your home. To set the spa atmosphere, light some of your favorite candles, turn on peaceful, meditation music and brew a hot cup of herbal tea. Gently rub the sand onto your feet, legs, arms, hands and torso. Avoid contact with the face due to possible sensitivity. The sand is an all natural exfoliate that smoothens the skin, opens pores and improves circulation. Once you are completely covered, rinse with ocean water. The salt water is a natural cleanser and healer. Salt water cleanses oils from your hair, minimizes dandruff, heals sores and cuts and clears nasal congestion. The pairing of sand and salt in such a pure form rejuvenates and replenishes the skin while calming the body and mind. Be sure to allow a few minutes for the skin to fully absorb all of the beneficial healing properties of the scrub. Lastly, finish the treatment with your daily shower routine.
DIY Beach Scrub is the perfect spa treatment to try this year! The minimal time needed, local resources and free ingredients make this an essential addition to your revamped routine. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Ocean County, embrace the natural environment and take that step to a healthier and happier you!