Need some DIY spa day inspiration? Then look no further than Sicily, Italy’s largest island. In Sicily, past and present collide. White sand beaches meet old-world churches, and cobblestone alleys whisk you back in time. The citrus-scented breeze and volcanic coastline greet you, and the nights feel alive with the fire of centuries past. Better yet, Sicilian spas abound, and Sicilian beauty brands honor the region’s time-tested traditions.
The Sicilian beauty philosophy reflects a love of simplicity and the good life in equal parts. Local beauty brands also draw inspiration from nature, using homegrown prickly pear, pistachio, and olive oil to revitalize the hair and skin.
But don’t worry if you can’t visit; instead, bring the Sicilian spa home to you. Below, you’ll find Sicilian beauty products and DIY tips to recreate the Sicilian spa at home.
DIY Sicilian Spa Day: Beauty Products
Create an unforgettable DIY Sicilian spa day with these bath and beauty products, all personal favorites of Beauty and Travel Reviews. All products are Sicilian-made and sold online, with domestic and international shipping options.
These products also make fun holiday gifts.
What better way to start your spa day than with this Sicilian skincare superhero? This six-time award-winning face mask gives professional spa results, leaving your skin aglow. And the best part? You don’t even have to leave your bedroom.
This mask suits all skin types, but do not use if you’re allergic to nuts.
What it does: Olive oil, pistachio, avocado oil, and pumpkin seed deliver one age-defying treat.
Vitamins A, B5, and E soften wrinkles, plump and hydrate, and strengthen the skin’s barrier, rewinding the years. (Also, see these DIY avocado masks.)
How to use: Massage into clean skin morning and night.
Irene Forte Prickly Pear Face Cream, $170
And here’s another Irene Forte fan favorite to try on your Sicilian spa day. This prickly pear cream takes pampering to new heights, delivering the restorative powers of Sicilian nature to your skin.
Better yet, this cream suits all skin types and is safe for daily use.
What it does: Irene Forte’s prickly pear cream acts like a magic wand to your wrinkles, relaxing lines and creases and revealing silky skin.
Olive oil, prickly pear, hyaluronic acid, and Hibiscus seed extract resurface, plump, and hydrate, leaving skin radiant.
How to use: Massage into clean skin morning and night.
Cosmesi Siciliana Rebalancing Gold Clay Face Mask, $25
Next, try this Sicilian spa mask for a more budget-friendly option. Although this mask suits all skin types, it works best for acne-prone skin.
What it does: This blemish-busting face mask heals, calms, balances, and brightens acne-prone skin.
Mineral-rich gold clay detoxes and balances, while strawberry tree extract calms redness and fades dark spots. Meanwhile, Jeju Jori, a Sicilian bamboo plant, lightens and brightens, leaving skin luminous.
How to use: After cleansing, apply it to your face and neck, and rinse after 15 minutes.
Riàh Sicilia Restorative Hair Mask — Prickly Pear + Almond, $22
Next, treat your tresses with Riàh Sicilia’s prickly pear and almond oil hair mask. This decadent treatment pumps the healing powers of Sicilian nature into your hair and scalp.
What it does: Prickly pear softens hair and adds bounce, and argan oil hydrates without leaving hair greasy. However, both ingredients strengthen hair and boost shine, leaving you feeling trùoppu bedda.
How to use: After shampooing, apply from roots to ends, leave on for at least 30 minutes, and rinse.
Palermo Body Replenishing Salt Soak—Himalayan + Pink Dead Sea Salts, $36
Next, grab these glistening pink sea salts and surrender to the Sicilian wild.
What they do: Pink dead sea salts promise the perfect spa escape while soothing sore muscles and exfoliating skin.
How to use: Massage the salts into your skin and follow with a body oil or hydrating lotion.
Next, timeless romance meets ancient tradition with this fragrant pomegranate body delight.
The airy fragrance combines with pomegranate and olive oil to hydrate skin while delivering the magic of the old country.
How to use: After showering, slather it on and inhale the aroma. You’ll feel like you’re frolicking through Sicilian fields. (Also, see these DIY pomegranate beauty recipes.)
Ortigia Sicily Melograno (Pomegranate) Decorated Candle, $56
However, your DIY spa day would be incomplete without a Sicilian spa candle. So, try this scented pomegranate candle by the luxury Sicilian beauty brand Ortigia. The decorated glass jar adds style to any room.
So, strike a match, enjoy the aroma, and flip on some spa tunes.
Ortigia Sicily Fico D’India Scented Crystals ($44)
Another option? Try these fig- and cedar-scented spa crystals, a Sicilian twist on the usual fragrance. Set them beside your tub while taking a bubble bath, and you’ll feel like you’re in Ragusa.
DIY Sicilian Spa: Beauty Recipes
However, you could always save your money and whip up these DIY recipes, inspired by Sicily’s favorite spa treatments.
DIY Prickly Pear + Almond Oil Hair Mask
First, pamper your strands with a DIY almond oil and prickly pear hair mask.
Directions: Mix half a cup of almond oil, a teaspoon of prickly pear oil, and a scoop of prickly pear hair conditioner. Then, coat your hair from roots to ends, wait 30 minutes, and rinse. (Also, see these DIY shine-boosting hair masks.)
DIY Prickly Pear and Pink Clay Face Mask
Next, treat your skin to this pink French clay and prickly pear face mask and enjoy your after-spa glow.
Directions: Mix a tablespoon of pink clay, a teaspoon of prickly pear oil, a half teaspoon of argan oil, and a half teaspoon of olive oil. Then, apply the mask to your face and neck, and rinse after 20 minutes.
Use once per week for best results. (Also, see these prickly pear oil beauty products.)
DIY Mount Etna Volcanic Ash Face Mask
And, of course, your DIY Sicilian spa day wouldn’t be the same without a DIY volcanic ash face mask à la Mt. Etna. The clay detoxes skin, controls acne, and reduces the appearance of pores.
Directions: Mix equal parts Bentonite clay and water, apply to your face and neck, and rinse after 15 minutes. Then, apply prickly pear serum and moisturize.
You can still enjoy the Sicilian spa even if you can’t travel. So, treat yourself to these Sicilian beauty products and DIY recipes whenever the mood strikes.
Slather on a prickly pear mask, light a spa candle, and bliss out. That way, even if you can’t visit Sicily, you’ll look and feel like you did.
So, enjoy your DIY Sicilian spa day—and your new hair and skin—and check back for more DIY spa ideas and skincare tips.
This post first appeared on Beauty and Travel Reviews. / Featured photo credit: bdsklo/Getty Images via Canva
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