There’s nothing like a relaxing spa day! But what if you’re so busy and can’t make it to the spa? Just googling around the web you’ll find a slew of DIY At-Home spa treatments. Some are easier than others. Last week we announced a new giveaway with your chance to win this Glowology Scrub At Home Set, one of the best when it comes to at-home pampering.

To win, we asked: What spa treatment is it IMPOSSIBLE to recreate at home? Check out some of the best answers below, and suitable professional alternatives from our Spa Week Deals.

Don’t D-I-Y: Pedi/Mani

“I love getting a manicure and pedicure and though I’ve tried them at home, it’s just not the same. It’s hard to polish the opposite hand and it just isn’t relaxing like it is when it’s done at the spa!” –
Cindy Scanlon Smith

“It’s pretty much impossible to give yourself a relaxing professional pedicure at home because massaging your own feet and legs is hard even with a home foot bath and you have to cramp up your legs to clip and paint them. The experience is not as relaxing and done as well as it is in a large massage chair at a spa, that’s for sure!” –
Danielle Marissa Schaum

“Hard to be two people at once- can’t do a mani/pedi at the same time!” -Stay Sea

“A spa pedicure with leg massage. It just doesn’t feel relaxing or the same when you try to do it yourself.” -Kristin Lonsinger

“A pedicure. I can never get it right!” -Maureen Vale

Spa Deal Alternative:

Spa Xanadu, Arcadia, CA: Choice of Xanadu Manicure and Pedicure Package: includes 45 Min Manicure with Scrub and Paraffin Wrap and 60 Min Pedicure including Scrub, Callus Remover and O.P.I color of your choice for $55,

Orange Skye Wellness and Day Spa, Redbank, NJ: Choice of Lime and Salt Rub Manicure and Pedicure for $50

Don’t D-I-Y: Facial

“Facials (besides mud masks) are very difficult… especially the extractions. There is nothing like a relaxing facial at a spa, and that’s something you just can’t DIY.” – Kate B

Spa Deal Alternative:

Nina’s European Day Spa and Laser Center, New York, NY: Pick two or share with a friend: Organic Stress Release Facial with Extractions, Microdermabrasion, 60 Min Full Body Aromatherapy Relaxation Massage, Sea Salt Body Exfoliation Scrub, or Laser Hair Removal for Bikini, Underarms or Lip.

Don’t D-I-Y: Waxing

“Waxing! I tried, and tried, and tried to wax my bikini line at home. I ended up bleeding and sore. Not a fun time. Next time I let the professionals handle it, and it was easy-peasy.” – Beata

“Eyebrow wax..could be dangerous” -Jodi L Smith Kozloff

“Good luck doing a full Brazilian wax yourself. Medic!” -Dawn Fishman Vollaro

“ahh- bikini wax- especially Brazilian! Do I need to elaborate? Probably not ;-)” -NJ Girl

“It would be tough to do just about any spa treatment at home by yourself but it would be toughest to do a back wax job.” -Karin Amour

Spa Deal Alternative:

Spa Ambiance, Rye, NewHampshire: Brazilian Bikini Wax for $50, normally $60.

Don’t D-I-Y: Body Wrap

“I think body wraps would be hard to recreate at home.” – Pat

“It’s impossible to give yourself a seaweed wrap” -Deirdré Shivon

“I exfoliate at home and I am not licensed. That alone must be illegal. Please help this terrible event from happening ever again and S.O.S!
(Save Our Sanity–I was going to write Save Our SEBUHM but didn’t want to gross out other “In The Know, Unlicensed Individuals…”)- Frieda Shor

Spa Deal Alternative:

The Spa and Salon at the Casablanca, Mesquite NV: 25 Min Body Wrap for $25 with offer code SWJB10

Don’t D-I-Y: Massage

“I so, so wish that I could recreate a back and shoulder massage at home, but it’s impossible. No one can relieve the tension in those spots like a professional masseuse.” -Michelle Fishman-Cross

“The best part about going to spa is to get a change from the mundane life…I love getting a massage but it is impossible to do it myself as well as a professionally trained person., Also, it is so relaxing to have a mini-getaway for that. ” -Ashita Khanna

“Vichy Massage – the warm waters definitely helped make the massage even more deep and relaxing” -Duyen Fenston

“It is impossible to give yourself a hot stone massage. Even though there are massage chairs and things you can lay on, nothing can compare to having a massage from a pro!” -Rori McKinley

Spa Deal Alternative:

Elizabeth Adam Salon and Day Spa, Chicago IL: Swedish, Hot Stone or Deep Tissue Massage, $50.

And the 3 WINNERS, based upon the truthfulness and originality of your answers:

1. “It’s pretty much impossible to give yourself a relaxing professional pedicure at home because massaging your own feet and legs is hard even with a home foot bath and you have to cramp up your legs to clip and paint them. The experience is not as relaxing and done as well as it is in a large massage chair at a spa, that’s for sure!” –
Danielle Marissa Schaum

2. “Waxing! I tried, and tried, and tried to wax my bikini line at home. I ended up bleeding and sore. Not a fun time. Next time I let the professionals handle it, and it was easy-peasy.” – Beata

3. “It’s impossible to give yourself a seaweed wrap” -Deirdré Shivon

Winners, congratulations! Please contact candace @ spaweekmedia.com with your address and phone number so we can send you your prize.

Image Courtesy of NY Daily News

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