Who needs a day spa? 76



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We live on a pension, which is just about adequate, as long as I am very sensible. Some weeks, it is more a case of ‘just surviving’ on a pension. I say this not to gain sympathy but to establish my position. So when I browsed the Sunday Supplement I admit to muttering “You must be kidding!”

It was an article on how to have a spa day at home. ‘Great,’ I thought ‘save money, and still feel pampered’. Then I read with horror the prices of the products: a candle for a mere $60; $33 for soap; various unctuous oils and creams, $200; and in the same magazine, a face cream for $420. Whatever planet they come from, they are not convincing me to buy it.

I have a few better suggestions. Burn a candle if you must (from Woolworth a vanilla one was $4); make a body scrub, olive or coconut oil, with some drops of perfume and handful of sugar; scrub all rough areas of skin with this then shower off thoroughly with a good shower gel. Aldi do some great products for under $5. It makes skin feel soft and silky. The sugar and oil work on the neglected areas well, areas like the heels and elbows. Then while still warm, slather on a nice perfumed body cream, I buy several when Avon have them on special so I can be really generous. I am sure the results I obtain are as good as the spa that might have cost me enough for a holiday in Queensland! Okay, so I miss out on the foot massage and the manicure, but we can’t have it all can we?

My total outlay was about $20, a bit difference to the magazine one of over $1000. I do have one ‘luxury’ item in my armoury: I buy a fake tan spray and it actually works, as I spray my ‘less than pretty’ bits and feel 100% better with glossy brown skin. I paid about $9 for the one I use.

Yes, who needs a day spa?


Do you have any beauty pampering tips like Jacqui? What beauty treatments do you prefer to do at home for less? Tell us below.

Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. Feet in a bucket of water with soap of your choice. A brisk rub with a towel and do the nails – a great relaxer. Don’t forget the hands. Also, get a friend to do it with you!

  2. Sounds great. The only thing I would miss is the fact that someone else is doing this to me. I really enjoy a great massage with body scrub and oils. Nowdays I only get this if someone buys me a voucher for my birthday or xmas.

  3. If we all got together we could give one another a massage with some essential oils. I am a member of doTerra essential oils and I could organise a ‘massage day’. What do you think?

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  4. Well done – additional use for left over coffee grounds is to combine with coconut oil and use as an exfoliator. Need to apply in the shower as it makes a god almighty mess of everything that it comes in touch with. The caffeine in the grounds gives your skin a buzz and then leaves you smooth and silky. Enjoy!

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  5. I have also gasped when I see the price of some things for feel good and fashion, and I wonder do people really pay that! I love your savings,which is the way I go, and you have reminded me of a time when I made time for me!

  6. I too would like to know which spray tan used. I look much healthier with a bit of colour too.

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    • I used Le Tan Spray tan,”Jet dry” dries in three minutes. Good old fashioned Dove cream is good too, i slather that on after a shower, then put another lot on an hour later, work it in well, and wash hands! it looks natural and is good for the skin. With the Jet dry you should do it after shower, as you shouldn’t shower or swim for 6 hours after. Just makes me feel good, even in winter i do it.

    • I will have to try that Le Tan this summer I reckon Jacqui…I have to stay out of the sun…so won’t have my usual tan!!! Thanks for the tip!

  7. You’re right, Jacqui. It doesn’t gave to cost a fortune to be pampering. It is great , though, to have someone do it for you! Especially the feet!!! So a gift voucher always appreciated. Interested in where you bought spray tan at that price.

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