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Elevate Your Self-Care Routine With These Easy At-Home Treatments

by Jackie Buddie

Apr 24, 2020

A hot bath, a soothing facial steam, and a good hair cream can go a long way toward nourishing your body and revitalizing your spirit.

A woman wearing a T-shirt hair towel from Breezy Tee as a headwrap.
Photo by: Breezy Tee

Even in the best of times, when we don’t look how we want to look, we don’t feel quite like ourselves. And as the weeks without a salon appointment tick by, you may find yourself growing more and more eager to take matters into your own hands. Though it’s certainly no replacement for the good-natured gossip with your favorite manicurist or colorist, refreshing your beauty routine with a new DIY product can go a long way toward nourishing your body and calming your mind in the meantime. From soothing facial steams to enriching hair creams, we’ve rounded up a few easy at-home treatments to help you feel a little more like the old you. (And we think that’s beautiful.)


If you miss your stylist


A collage of at-home hair care finds from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Flaxseed gel from RHYII by Richele, $12; mermaid hair sea salt spray from Cap'n Coconut, $17; leave-in conditioner from Mia Botanica, $20; shea butter hair cream from Amber Lilies Body Care, from $11; dry shampoo from Pylies, $10; hair towel from Breezy Tee, $26

While you’re patiently waiting for your next proper cut or root touchup (and thinking wistfully of that sweet little scalp massage your hairdresser tosses in with a shampoo), there are a few simple things you can do at home to maintain your mane. Detangle and deep condition all day with a lightweight leave-in spray, and for a bonus boost of hydration, work a moisturizing natural oil or cream into your routine. (We love shea-butter based blends for a beautifully defined curl bounce.) Not lathering your locks as regularly? No sweat. Make each wash last longer with an oil-absorbing dry shampoo.


If you miss your nail guru


A collage of nail polish from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): White-striped nail wraps from So Gloss, $9; cuticle oil from Leesha's Lacquer, $5; junk food nail tattoos from Hartland Brooklyn, $6; DIY nail polish kit from Mixify Beauty, $33

Looking for a way to take your manual mani-pedi to the next level? Create your own signature color with a mix-your-own polish kit, and top off with a whimsical, tiny nail tattoo of your go-to comfort food—a great afternoon activity for any mommy-and-me glam squad. And for those of us who can never seem to achieve an even coat (we’re not naming any names), chip-free, smudge-free vinyl wraps go on and set in no time, and come in festively striped and polka-dotted patterns that’ll make even the most trivial of daily tasks, from typing an email to taking out the trash, feel a little more merry.


If you miss the spa


A collage of spa day finds from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Waffle linen bath robe from Magic Linen, $114; ceramic river rock incense holder from Mammoth and Minnow, $20; pink Himalayan bath salts from Handmade Habitat, $28; geode bath bomb from Shop Simply AC, $12; palo santo candle from MIZU, from $37

If there’s nothing you crave at the end of a long week like a hot, soothing soak to wash worrisome thoughts away, all you need are a few aromatherapeutic accessories to totally transform your tub time. Sprinkle in botanical bath salts to invigorate the senses and nourish the skin, or drop in a bath bomb and surround yourself with a satisfying fizz. Add the soft scent of a flickering candle or gently wafting incense and get transported to an olfactory oasis.


If you miss your facialist


A collage of facial treatment finds from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Vegan face cream from Meadowlark Botanicals, $37; activated charcoal mask from Ballerina Botanicals, $25; facial treatment set from Merlette Vancouver, $26; botanical facial steam from Always Mineral, $22

In between video call appearances, treat your face to a well-earned break with a DIY facial. Create your own self-care ritual starting with an herbal steam to open up pores, followed by a clay mask (pairs great with any binge-worthy podcast) and finish with a lightweight hydrating cream massaged in tenderly with your fingertips. Stress-related breakouts won’t stand a chance!


If you miss your barber


A collage of men's grooming items from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Charcoal shaving cream from Moonrise Creek, $26; citrus grove beard oil from Treesnail Skin Care, from $17; Strong Hold pomade from Anchors Hair Co., from $12; hardwood beard comb from Big Red Beard Combs, $17

Effects of missing a trim or two beginning to show? Conquer cowlicks with a long-lasting, strong-hold pomade, and put those unruly locks in their place. If you’re in need of a close shave, a thick, whipped shaving cream with a classic woodsy fragrance is just the thing to soften those cheeks. But if your whiskers are growing on you, we say go ahead and grab some oil and a comb and jump on the bushy beard bandwagon.


If you miss your tattoo artist


A collage of temporary tattoos from Etsy
SHOP (clockwise from top left): Watercolor leaf temporary tattoos from Creative Ingrid, $10 for set of 7; wildflower temporary tattoos from Saint Aubin Ink, $4.50 for set of 2; small heart temporary tattoos from Tattoorary, $3 for set of 4

For some of us, no sooner does the ink dry on a new design than we’re already envisioning our next tattoo. One lighthearted way to get your body art fix? Play around with the temporary variety. It’s a great way to try out a placement you’ve been considering, or switch up styles to see what might look nice alongside your existing pieces. From delicate line-drawn shapes to watercolor florals, on Etsy you’ll find no shortage of artistic inspiration.


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Jackie Buddie

Jackie Buddie is a writer and wilderness explorer working full-time as a content producer at Etsy HQ in Brooklyn.