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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:04 am    Post subject: Homemade Spa Essentials Reply with quote

Homemade Spa Essentials
By: Brie Cadman

Many of us would love to be able to make it to the spa every weekend, but few of us have the time or money to do so. Instead, we buy masks, scrubs, and peels designed to recreate the spa experience at home. My experience with these products, however, is that they tend to pile up in my bathroom cabinets, either because I forget I have them, or because I use them once and realize their claims of spa worthiness are full of purified hot air.

A simpler way to go about recreating spa essentials is to make your own from ingredients readily accessible in most kitchen cabinets. These easy, inexpensive, and natural concoctions can be made to order; the leftovers won’t linger—they’re edible (at least the raw ingredients are), and you’ll slough, scrub, and tone everything but your wallet.

Egg Yolk Acne Buster
Who says having egg on your face is a bad thing? Yolks are high in Vitamin A, which may help the skin cells rejuvenate. I used this back when I was acne prone (… okay, maybe I still am).

One egg

Separate egg white from yolk. Spread yolk over face and allow to dry. Wash off with cool water and follow with a toner.

Toning Veggie Mask
Avocados are rich in Vitamin E, carrots high in Vitamin A, and cream feels like silk on the skin.

One avocado, mashed
One cooked carrot, mashed
1/2 cup heavy cream
One egg, beaten
3 tablespoons honey

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
Spread over face and leave on ten to fifteen minutes.
Rinse off with cool water.

Oatmeal Cream Facial Mask
A soothing mask that will help moisturize and calm skin.

1/2 cup plain instant oatmeal
1/8 cup honey
One egg white

2 tablespoons cream

Crush oats with back of spoon, or give them a give whirl in a blender until they are crushed into small pieces. Mix in honey, egg white, and cream. Massage into face and allow to dry. Rinse off with a mild cleanser.

Grapefruit Ginger Body Scrub
I love the smell of invigorating grapefruit. Not only will this scrub polish your rough spots, it’ll wake you up!

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Sea salt or Epsom salts

1/2 cup Honey
1 teaspoon ground Almond pieces
4 tablespoons Grapefruit Juice
2 teaspoons freshly ground Ginger

Mix all the ingredients in a TUPPERWARE or large stainless steel bowl. While standing in shower or bathtub, scrub backs of arms, legs, and rough spots with body polish. Rinse off with warm water.

Herbal Mint Steam Clean
When your face is hanging over a steaming bowl of water, there’s really no other choice but to relax. This is like taking tea for your face.

One chamomile tea bag
One green tea bag
Two springs of lavender
Two springs of mint
3 cups water

Boil water in a teakettle.
Rip open tea bags and place contents in large bowl with lavender and mint. Pour in boiling water and lean face over bowl, covering head with a towel.

Now eat all the leftovers!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do-It-Yourself Spa
By: Her Sports + Fitness

With all you’ve got going on—work, family, training, friends—spending a day at the spa is probably low on your list of priorities. You just can’t seem to spare the time, much less the money, for such self-indulgence. But our busy lives and active lifestyles can take a toll—dry skin, damaged hair, tight muscles—making regular self-pampering more of a necessity than a luxury. Don’t fret, with just a few ingredients and a few easy steps, you can create a relaxing, rejuvenating spa experience at home. And the best part: It takes only thirty minutes.

At-home spa treatments are fun and cost-effective, but one of the biggest benefits is the convenience,” says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. “You don’t have to make an appointment, and you can create your own products whenever you need them in the privacy of your own home.”

It’s simple to turn your bathroom into a soothing, spa-like environment. Set aromatherapy candles around the edge of the tub or sink.
Turn off the phone and turn on relaxing music.
Follow these recipes to create hair-repair treatments, anti-stress baths, moisturizing facials or soothing foot soaks.
You can find the ingredients at most natural food stores or online here
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Hair Therapy
Cold air, laps in a chlorine-filled pool or moisture-stripping shampoos can dry and dull your hair. To combat the damage, use rosemary, which is, “superb for putting the luster and life back into your hair,” says Cox. The fragrant herb offers other beauty perks: a strong tea made from fresh rosemary leaves can be used as a darkening hair rinse and may even help tone down grays—it takes a few applications to see results, however.
To add shine, body, and moisture to your hair, try Cox’s conditioner recipe.

Rosemary Hair Repair

2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon castor oil
2 teaspoons rosemary leaves, brewed from fresh rosemary leaves
2 eggs

Mix together all ingredients. Massage into damp hair and let sit for twenty minutes. Then shampoo and rinse.

Fragrant Soak
Lavender derives its name from the Latin word lavare, “to wash.” “A lavender bath before bed may help reduce insomnia and provide a peaceful night’s sleep,” says Shellie Enteen, the South Florida Regional Director of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “It also has stress-relieving properties and is well known for pain relief.”

Use a high quality, not fragrance grade, essential oil like EO’s French Lavender Essential Oil
Try Enteen’s recipe to relax and reduce stress just before bedtime.

Lavender Milk Bath
10 to 12 drops Lavender oil
1/4 cup whole milk or cream

Combine lavender and milk or cream in a small bowl. Enter the bath, and then pour the mixture into the water. Inhale and relax. Hot water increases the rate of aromatic release so the soothing effects are strongest in the first few minutes.

Honey Hydration

For flaking or dry, cracked skin, honey offers healing benefits. It also contains a germ-killing substance called inhibine, which helps prevent infections. You can apply a small amount to relieve chapped lips or use it as a spot treatment for a pimple before bed. “Honey has a very high potassium content, which makes it almost impossible for bacteria to survive in it,” says Cox. “It contains many vitamins and minerals that benefit skin, and is one of the best-known humectants, materials that hold moisture.”
For use on your face or body, purchase honey labeled “100% pure.” Also try organic honey, often with hints of lavender, orange blossom or sage added. Cox created this recipe to add moisture to your skin.

Honey Facial Mask

1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1 tablespoon pure honey
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil

Mix together all ingredients and spread onto clean, damp skin. Let sit for 15 minutes and then remove with warm water. Pat your skin dry and moisturize.

Treat Your Feet
A soak in fresh mint or pure essential oil of mint can take miles off weary, achy feet. For this recipe, use high quality, not fragrance grade, essential oil of mint like Aura Cacia Organic Peppermint Essential Oil

Mint Treatment

2 tablespoons crushed fresh mint or 5 to 6 drops of essential oil of mint
1 to 2 tablespoons Epsom salts

Add ingredients to a small tub of warm water. Soak your feet.

By Wendy Gist, photo courtesy of Jame Carrier
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