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Expensive spa treatments putting you in the red?

Given the current economic climate, you may not be splurging on frequent spa treatments, but that doesn't mean you must completely forgo all beauty regimens. TODAY Style editor Bobbie Thomas explains how to treat yourself without ever leaving your home.
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Given the current economic climate, you may not be splurging on spa treatments — but that doesn't mean you must completely forgo all beauty regimens. Some of your favorite skin and hair care sanctuaries offer products that can hold you over between visits.

From facials-in-a-jar to hair helpers, these items can be used when you need a little pick-me-up! Bobbie Thomas, TODAY Style editor and author of the Buzz column for In Touch Weekly, has the beauty buzz.

Retreat and rewind
Ultraluxurious health-and-wellness retreat Canyon Ranch has been providing spa services to guests for more than 30 years. Beauty buffs flock to the spa to experience its signature 60-minute Canyon Ranch Your Transformation Facial, which contains ProNAD, a molecule designed to repair the skin as well as prevent visible signs of aging. But if booking a trip to one of their resorts isn’t an option, there’s no need to despair.

By introducing a nine-piece skin and body care collection that includes a counterpart to their exclusive facial, Canyon Ranch is expanding beyond its own boundaries. The Canyon Ranch Your Transformation Radiance Facial Scrub ($45; also boasts the ProNAD molecule, and gently polishes skin to help open pores for deeper exfoliation. With this product, you can travel back to a younger-looking complexion without stepping outside of your house!

Scrub and soak in new skin
If you sign up for the African Red Tea Body Cocktail at Ole Henriksen’s West Hollywood haven, a relaxing massage and tropical rain rinse are followed by a dousing of tangy juice, yogurt and red tea. The renewing experience is completed with a covering of fresh orange slices.

No matter how invigorating that may sound, if you’re not up for dropping $160 on a one-time spa visit, check out the brand’s African Red Tea Body Cocktail Kit. The three-step treatment combines a body scrub, mask and self-heating body soufflé that can be used multiple times in the comfort of your own home. ($65;  

Fresh air for your face
With locations nationwide, Bliss has quickly become a beauty mecca for discriminating ladies everywhere. But thanks to the brand’s best-selling Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask ($52;, busy and budget-conscious Bliss fans can take their favorite treatment home.

A do-it-yourself version of their signature in-spa service, the mask mimics the glowing results of the Triple Oxygen Facial, adding moisture, energy, tone and tension to tired or sluggish skin. While the product isn’t inexpensive, when you consider the fact that you can get 24 applications from each bottle, it comes out to quite the beauty bargain!

Keep your hair truth to yourself
Every woman has her hidden truths — and the natural color of her hair is often at the top of that list. At the Ken Paves Salon, a full head of highlights can cost upward of $225, but for those ladies looking to extend the time between visits to a salon, Ken has created Boost Up Color Drops ($40; Available in six shades, the drops are designed to refresh and enhance hair hues and add sheen to color-treated tresses. Now you can spend less time fretting about your fading locks — or revealing secrets that only your stylist knows!

Don’t be afraid to mix it up
Bluemercury, a luxury apothecary that recently launched locations across the country, actually built their facial backward! This in-store service combines the best of what each brand has to offer from the carefully selected products on their shelves, with a few professional touches added in. Cleansers, toners, exfoliators, oils and masks from the likes of Darphin, Dermalogica, SkinCeuticals and Remede are regular ingredients, but ask one of their trained aestheticians to create a regimen for you, then apply as often as you want while in front of your mirror.

While it may seem like this is simply a skin-care routine rather than a luxury, it’s all about creating the right atmosphere. Relaxing candles, room sprays and diffusers from Bluemercury brands such as Tocca, Diptyque and L’Artisan help make your self-pampering suitably luxurious.