Friday, March 12, 2010

Pamper Yourself - AT-Home SPA

You are always busy, stressed out, your full working day does not allow you to go to a Spa salon, or you think that it costs too much money for a day, or just some hours.
So, let's start thinking of your own Spa at home.It's easy, not expensive and you can organize these happy and relaxed moments whenever you have time or desire.
The following are some basic elements to include in creating a home spa experience that will melt away stress and leave you feeling pampered and relaxed.
Privacy: Perhaps the most important part of the home spa experience is being sure that you have enough time, no calls - let it go to voice mail, no hurries and nothing that will take your mind of relaxing ,otherwise you may end up feeling even more tense.
Music:Music is an important part of relaxing, too.What kind of music do you prefer, which one make you feel better, relaxed and happy? Someone may choose nature sounds with waterfalls and birds sound in the background, while others are for classical music.It's up to you, it just should have a positive effect on you.
Lighting: You’d be surprised at how lighting can create a stress-relieving mood. Lighting the room with candles can fill the area with a soothing scent and create a very relaxing atmosphere.
Bath Products: You can go a long way in creating a luxurious bath with a few helpful products.Lavender-scented bubble bath,for example, uses the power of aromatherapy to soothe you. Body scrubs are used in spas to exfoliate skin, and can be used at home as well. There are also skin moisturizing you can add to your bath to nourish your skin and make the pampered feeling last.
Beauty Treatments: While you’re relaxing, you may as well get more beautiful! Putting a conditioning treatments in your hair and a purifyng masque make your face and scalp feel good and leave you looking more beautiful afterward. Rubbing your dry skin with a loofahand scrubbing calloused feet with a pumice stone can be a little more work, but you’ll love the results, and it’ll only take a few minutes.
After Tub Care: You may want to follow up after you get out of the tub by applying a rich conditioning cream to your skin and a coat of nail polish to your toes. Again this will keep you feeling more pampered between spa treatments.
Massage: You may think a home spa treatment can’t include a massage, but it can! If you can’t enlist the soothing hands of a partner, you can use a self- massager do the same job: loosen up tight muscles, promote circulation, and make you feel great. Or, if you’re really in the mood to indulge, you can even hire a professional massage therapist to come to your house! 
Sugar Scrub:Make your own sugar scrub to exfoliate your elbows, knees, back, arms and legs. Just take one cup of brown sugar, one cup of raw oatmeal and one cup of olive oil. Mix the ingredients together in a jar and then apply to dry skin. Stand on a towel or plastic bag and massage slowly in circles. Step right into the shower and rinse off the scrub. 
Refreshing foot scrub:
Combine two tablespoons of vegetable oil, two tablespoons of natural sea salt (or beach sand, which you can get at the craft store), three drops of rosemary oil and three drops of peppermint oil. Mix the ingredients into a paste and then massage the paste onto your feet.
Concentrate on rough areas, such as your heels or calluses. When you rinse off the mixture, your feet will be silky smooth.
Botanic Choice has inexpensive vials of essential oils. It’s nice to have a few vials of your favorite scents on hand for aromatherapy and spa treatments. If you’re just getting started with your essential oils collection, try Lavender, Rosemary, and Peppermint oils.
Pumpkin Facial Mask:(all skin types)
Pumpkin adds moisture to your skin, no matter what your skin type. Just use three tablespoons of pureed pumpkin from a can and one-half teaspoon of honey. If you have normal or oily skin, add one-quarter teaspoon of milk. If you have dry skin, add one-quarter teaspoon of buttermilk.
Once you’ve mixed together all of the ingredients, clean your face using your regular cleanser. Spread the mask over your skin and then leave it on for 15 minutes. Clean off the dried mask with warm water. You can follow it up with rose water (see below) and then apply your moisturizer. 
Carrot Avocado Facial Mask:(dry/normal skin)
Combine a mashed carrot, mashed avocado, and a beaten egg with a few tablespoons of honey. Stir well, apply, let sit for about 15 minutes, and then wash off with cool water.
After you’re washed and nourished your skin with the natural face mask above, use grated cucumber or diluted lemon juice as a toner to help tighten your skin and close up your pores. (Remember to keep all ingredients away from the eye area.)
Cuticle softener:This treatment is simple to use and can prevent jagged nails. Combine a teaspoon of olive oil and a teaspoon of vitamin E oil. Mix them together in a bowl and then massage the oil into your cuticles. After letting the oil soak in for fifteen minutes, you can wash away the excess oil with soap and water. 
Lemon softener:The acid in lemons will work wonders on your rough elbows and rough knees. Cut a lemon in half and then rub it on your rough patches, then rinse it off in the shower. This treatments soften skins and can even lighten dark areas.
Rose Water:Rose water is a well-known toner and astringent. It costs a lot when you buy it by the bottle, but you can easily make it yourself. Firmly pack rose petals into a cup and place it in a bowl. Pour two cups of boiling water over the top and cover.
Steep the roses until the liquid is cool and then strain out the petals. Refrigerate the water in a sterile glass jar between uses. Apply to the skin with a cotton ball to tone and tighten your skin.
Also, I found lots of home-made recipes here.
If you use to have Spa days at home,or just heard some other ways to do it share it with me ,please, I'll be really thankful :)
                                        Relax, You Deserve it !

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