Need a Break from Planning? DIY These Spa-Worthy Treatments

Can’t make it to the spa? Whip up these skin-saving salves

Updated 02/20/18

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Regular facials, wraps, and scrubs are an essential part of your pre-wedding beauty routine. But between dress fittings, cake tastings, and makeup trials, squeezing in a spa session can be tough—which is why we’re such fans of do-it-yourself treatments that deliver spa-level pampering (plus, some much needed serenity) in the comfort and convenience of your own home!

More good news: You don’t have to be a master alchemist to mix up an effective remedy for your biggest complexions concerns—blemishes, dullness, and dryness to name a few.

We tapped Stephanie Gerber, natural beauty guru and founder of Hello Glow, to share her favorite homemade recipes guaranteed to give you that oh-so-covetable, radiant glow from head to toe.

Carbonated Clay Mask

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Congested pores? Give ‘em a deep clean with this carbonated clay mask. Bentonite is a powerful detoxifier. When mixed with water, it attracts and draws out blackheads, excess sebum, bacteria, and other impurities through the process of adsorption. “The addition of citric acid and baking soda adds a bit of fizzy fun and also offers a gentle exfoliating effect,” explains Gerber. Get the recipe here.

Triple Coconut Body Scrub

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Rocking a low-cut or backless gown on your special day? The last thing you want to worry about is itchy, flaky skin. This body scrub delivers a triple dose of coconut deliciousness to moisturize, nourish, and buff away dryness. And the scent will transport you to a tropical island—perfect for getting you in the mood for your honeymoon. Get the recipe here.

Activated Charcoal Bath Bombs

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After a long day of wedding prep, there’s nothing like unwinding with a warm soak. These bath bombs cleanse and soothe with a combination of coconut oil, mineral-rich salt, lavender essential oil, and activated charcoal. Added bonus: They turn the water a dark, blackish hue. Spooky and also sorta sexy, right? Get the recipe here.

Agar Peel-off Mask With Chamomile + Honey

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This on-trend peel-off mask makes it easy to get gorgeously glowy at home. Mineral-rich agar (derived from red algae) gets an assist from hydrating manuka honey, softening vitamin E, and soothing chamomile. “This recipe is also excellent for exfoliating. As you take it off, you'll remove dead skin cells from the surface.” Get the recipe here.

Herbal Detox Body Wrap

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Looking for a pampering and purifying treatment? Let us turn your attention to this detoxifying body wrap. Grapefruit and juniper essential oils help stimulate circulation. French green clay draws out toxins while feeding skin with beneficial minerals. Worried about making a mess? Gerber suggests using a sheet and a few towels you don’t mind getting dirty—and then tossing them in the wash. Get the recipe here.

Rice Flour Facial Scrub

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When it comes to scrubs, the gentler the better. The last thing you want is to overdo it, leaving you looking red and irritated. Formulated with twice the rice (water and flour), chamomile, yogurt, and raw honey, this facial scrub calms, clarifies, and polishes to reveal wedding-ready complexion. Get the recipe here.

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