What better way to vege out and save than to have your spa treatment in the comfort of your home. Throw out those cardigans and let your shoulders feel the warm sun. The chilly holiday months usually leave skin dry and dull so best to head to the spa and enjoy some exfoliating treatments. If going to the spa is beyond your budget, however, at-home treatments you can do yourself will work just as well. Try these simple spa-inspired concoctions that will leave your skin looking fresh and glowing.
At-home spa treatments:
Salt Scrub You will need: 3 cups fine sea salt, 3/4 cup olive oil and 3/4 cup sweet almond oil.
How to make: In a bowl, stir olive oil and salt using an egg beater. Add 3-4 drops of sweet almond oil to the mixture. You may also choose the essential oil you want to use. Peppermint, for instance, helps perk up your mood. This mixture is good for 15 applications. Simply place in a sealed jar to keep it fresh.
How to use: A salt scrub is good for exfoliating dry skin. This recipe is especially effective on areas like your elbows, knees and feet. After a warm shower, don’t dry off completely as this works best when you’re a bit moist. Using circular motions, rub the mixture throughout your skin starting with your extremities and working your way to the heart. This is also good for your blood circulation. Wash off mixture.
Remember not to use salt scrub if you just shaved your legs or have minor cuts in your skin. If you’re pregnant or have medical problems, consult your doctor first before using essential oils.
Sugar Body Scrub You will need:
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups fresh milk
How to make: Mix sugar, milk and canola oil in a bowl. Place in a clean jar. Good for 15 applications.
How to use: Same procedure as the salt scrub. This mixture though is much milder on the skin.
Sweet Facial Scrub You will need:
1 tsp brewer’s yeast (stimulates blood circulation) 2 1/4 tsp yogurt (good for balancing ph of your skin)
1 1/2 tsp sugar (for exfoliating)
How to make: Mix the ingredients quickly and use right away before sugar dissolves.
How to use: Apply mixture on face. Stay away from the eyes. Wash off after 5 minutes.
Don’t get stuck in a rut.
Yes, you can look 10 years younger. You’re 30 but feel and look like you’re 10 years older. No amount of vitamins will make you look younger if you don’t take the effort to update your look. Sure, you’re already a mom but you don’t have to stick to that blah mommy look. Here are some look 10 years younger:
With makeup, the rule is less is more. Use next to nude, very neutral makeup colors but choose warm shades. The effect you want is a bit of glow and shimmer but makeup that’s barely there.
A good de-aging trick is to use an eyelash curler. Curling your lashes opens up the eyes and makes full use of your mascara. Remember that matte — and dry lips are out. use lip gloss for shiny, kissable lips.
Don’t hide behind big brows. Shape your eyebrows regularly and line them up to open your eyes. Clean brows frame your face and give you an instant eye-lift.
Use creamy textures on skin as opposed to powders which play up fine lines and wrinkles. Using a cream blush on the cheeks lifts up the face.
Get regular facials every 28 days so your skin will glow.
Find a good hairstylist you can trust and partner with him to give you a more youthful look.
Finally, be open to change. Don’t get stuck in a rut. Keep tweaking your style. If you’ve had the same hair or makeup for years, be more daring and try something new. (from glamourgirls)