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It is pretty easy to duplicate some treatments found at upscale spas — and much less expensive. Here are a few ideas I have found.
One quick and easy trick for a facial steam is to carefully take a bowl of steaming hot water, add two drops of your favorite essential oils, then lean over the bowl with your face is about 10 inches away. Cover your head with a towel to capture the steam and relax for about 15 minutes. Lavender and geranium essential oils are great for all skin types and tea tree oil is good for oily skin but be aware it has a strong medicinal scent. German chamomile is really good for dry skin. Facial steams are not recommended for people with sensitive skin. Keep in mind they should not be done more than two or three times a month. Follow up with a toner and moisturizer.
Moisturize Your Skin
2 ripe bananas
2 ripe avocados
2 stick softened butter
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 drops of lavender essential oils
3 geranium essential oils
Toss all the ingredients one at a time in a food processor then blend until smooth. If needed add more whipping cream if necessary until the mixture is a smooth and silky consistency. Steam up the bathroom a bit to open your pores and prepare your body for the wrap. Turn on some nice calming music. Get an old blanket and place it on the floor, then put two yard size plastic trash bags (end to end) on top of the blanket. Massage the lotion on your skin in a circular motion all over your body (avoiding the eyes). Lie down on the trash bags, and wrap yourself in the bags then the blanket. Relax for about 25 minutes and follow up with a nice warm shower to just rinse off the lotion.
Some Salt Please
All spas I have been to have a “Salt Glow.” The salt scrubs help to exfoliate the top layer of skin thus removing the dead stuff and leaving the nice “glow.” Here is our DIY type: Use about 1 cup of fine-grained sea salts and moisten the salt with about 1/4 cup of grape seed or almond oil. Add 6 drops of essential oils (a mix of lavender and citrus is nice), massage onto skin, and rinse. This is a little messy, and very slippery so you may want to sit down in a bathtub for this one and be VERY careful getting out.
Spas on an average charge around $90 to soak in a tub with fresh herbs. Why not soak in your own bathtub and pay only for the price of the herbs? If you are unsure what herbs to use your local health food store will be glad to assist you. Try this simple relaxing treat after a long day. Brew the herbs of your choice in a pot of tea, allow them to steep for 20 to 30 minutes, strain the tea into your bath. Now the hard part is to just relax and enjoy.
This balm is wonderful to use on your dry cuticles, lips, or anywhere you have dry skin. Ingredients:
2 teaspoons avocado oil
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 slightly rounded teaspoon Shea Butter
2 teaspoons beeswax beads
8 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops geranium essential oil
Mix together in a microwave safe bowl all ingredients except the essential oils. Place in the microwave and heat at 10 second increments. Stirring with a Popsicle stick at each break until all ingredients are melted and mixed well. Wait a few minutes then add the essential oils. When adding the oils once again mix well with the Popsicle sticks. Carefully pour the mixture into a glass mason jar. I like to use the wide mouth small jars. Let the mixture to harden and cool then store in a cool dry place.
Always remember to perform a patch test to check for allergies when you are trying any new ingredient or beauty product. Then PLEASE be on the safe side and wait 24 hours to make sure you don’t have any redness, swelling, or itchiness.
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