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3 DIY Spa Treatments That Will Melt Postholiday Stress


The hustle of the holidays is over, and it's time to ring in the new year with a little pampering. Allure recommends three at-home spa treatments that will revive you after some serious hosting, drinking, eating, and partying.

Between the holiday shopping, the boozing it up at cocktail parties, and the endless entertaining of out-of-town guests, you're probably due a little alone time. These do-at-home beauty treatments are just what you need to relax and recharge. Find out how when you read more.

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Hair: Dry Winter air (and even dryer indoor heating!) can leave hair parched and brittle. To restore moisture, try a thick, oil-based hair mask, like Shu Uemura Moisture Velvet Nourishing Treatment ($68) or Miss Jessie's Rapid Recovery Treatment ($9-$48). Comb a generous dollop through dry strands, pile hair into a lose bun on the top of your head, and cover with a shower cap. Blast it with a blow dryer for a few seconds (the heat helps oils penetrate), let it sit for at least 10 minutes, and then rinse and shampoo.

Face: Lizard-like skin is a sign you need to exfoliate and moisturize — stat. Start with a peel (my new favorite is Olive Essence Organic Gold Facial Peel ($30, originally $90) that uses lemon peel oil to slough away dull, dead skin, and then slather on a rich cream formulated with hyaluronic acid, like AmorePacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Créme ($150). When I say slather, I'm serious — you want a nice thick layer of moisture over your entire face. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, and then blot off the excess with a tissue.

Feet: After hours of dancing to Mariah Carey's holiday album — in four-inch heels — your tired feet will need some serious pampering. Start with a soak. My favorite is Jane Inc. Muscle Ache Rx Bath Cube ($7) — the Epsom salts soothe sore feet while warming cardamom, cinnamon, and clove oils improve circulation. Then slather on a thick cream (I love the lavender-scented Sally Hansen Foot Cream, $7), slip your tootsies into a pair of cozy socks, and put them up. That's right: sit back and relax.

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