Before Valentine’s Day, Celebrate Galentine’s Day
Here are recipes for a Leslie Knope-inspired Galentine’s Day DIY spa
Although Galentine’s Day is not yet a national holiday – despite a hilarious effort by the TV show Parks and Recreation – that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Feb. 13. On the day before romantic couples celebrate Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day is a great excuse to get your best girlfriends together for an amazing day of friendship and female empowerment.
While Leslie Knope prefers to brunch, why not host a DIY spa and movie night? You can easily create exfoliating treatments, facials, bath crystals, and even a pedicure foot scrub with the inexpensive, all-natural, drugstore wonder product: Epsom salt.
- Glowing skin exfoliating treatment: Mix 2 cups of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Use the mixture to gently scrub away dry skin patches. Or you can watch this 80-second video.
- Microdermabrasion Facial: Mix 1/2 TSP of Epsom Salt into cleansing cream for a deep-pore cleansing. Massage on skin. Rinse with cool water. Pat dry.
- Bathtime Bliss: Add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub; soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.
- Pedicure Perfection: Dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Pour the water into a container and soak your bare feet for fifteen to twenty minutes. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent. Massage the entire foot with Epsom Salt concentrating on the heels and ankles to remove any dry, rough spots. Then, rinse your feet off with clean tap water and dry them thoroughly.
- Homemade bath crystals: Mix two cups of Epsom Salt with a few drops of fragrance to create a custom bath crystal. Add a few drops of food coloring or 1/2 TSP of glycerin if you like. Store in an air-tight container.
Note: For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.
In the spirit of our other favorite Parks and Recreation philosophy, treat yo self (and your lady friends).