Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Simple Beauty :: Creating Your Own Spa Moments at Home

Today's post comes from guest blogger, Michelle Pino. She is the Spa Manager of the Skana Spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort. She shares some great tips with Texas Homemaking readers! Enjoy!

Nothing helps a woman feel more rejuvenated than a day of pampering at a luxurious spa. From hot stone massages to seaweed wraps, even a tired mom or busy career woman can leave feeling like she's on cloud nine. The reality is, spas are expensive! Taking a whole day off of work and finding somewhere to stash the little ones just to go empty your wallet just isn't a practical routine. Fortunately, there are ways that all women can create spa quality treatments in their own home, with ingredients that almost everyone already has in their kitchen or bathroom. These treatments are natural, healthy and fun. Light a scented candle, put on some new age music and let's get to work!

Need a quick pick me up that leaves your skin smooth? If you love the scent of a delicious latte, brew a pot of coffee. Take three tablespoons of the grounds in the coffee filter and blend them with a tablespoon of sugar- double the recipe if you really like exfoliating, but this is one treatment that needs to be used within 20 minutes of its creation, before the coffee oxidizes. Use the resulting mixture to exfoliate your body in the shower in order to take advantage of the many benefits of fresh brewed coffee, including Vitamin E and Magnesium. The scent is stimulating, making it a perfect morning pick-me-up.

Sick of those enlarged pores that strip your skin of its' youthful glow? You may not have known this, but a banana can help you clear that right up. Cut a ripe banana in half, and place half of the banana into a bowl. Mash the fruit with a fork or your hands until it reaches a creamy consistency. Apply the creamed banana to your face and allow it to rest for about twenty minutes. When you rinse your face, your pores should have closed a bit!

If you need to get rid of a cold, a hangover or just want to pull lingering toxins from your body, try a detox bath! Run a hot bath as usual, and add three pints of hydrogen peroxide plus two ounces of ground ginger. The peroxide works as both an antibacterial and antiviral agent while promoting full body oxygenation, and the anti inflammatory properties of the ginger encourages your body to sweat out toxins by improving circulation. Bathe for 30 minutes and follow up by drinking 32 ounces of water to replenish your body.

Finally, a short, sweet and simple tip to achieve soft hands in minute:

 -Blend two tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of sugar.

 -Scrub your hands thoroughly in circular motions, paying special attention to cuticles and dry or rough areas.

-Rinse well and enjoy a much softer touch.

Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at michellepino@turningstone.com.



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