Friday, July 1, 2011

Visit the Spa- From Home

Ahh, the feeling you have after a decadent spa visit. 

Soft, supple skin, a healthy glow, and a refreshed, positive outlook. Although nothing really compares to leaving the work to the professionals, the popularity of the spa experience has led to the creation of several indulgent home spa products, enabling you to recreate some of the tempting treats you've experienced at spas nationwide. Taking time for yourself is one of the best things you can do to restore, rejuvenate, and heal. Here is an at-home spa ritual you can recreate anytime you'd like. If you don't have the time to do it all at once, savor it over the next several days, it's like a mini spa vacation!

Set the mood: Choose at least an hour of time during your day where you won't be distracted by work or the needs of your family. Light some candles and find some reading material if you think you will like something to do while your treatments set. (You will need to be in the bathroom, so grab plenty of towels and lock the door.)

To stimulate your circulation, use a loofah or a long-handled brush to dry brush your body. Your strokes should move toward your heart in long, fluid motions. Take a nice warm shower to dampen your skin, wash your hair, and relax your mind and body. Towel-dry your body and hair and put on your robe. Liberally apply a deep conditioning hair masque to clean, damp hair. This treatment restores moisture to dry, damaged, or color-treated hair. While your hair masque sets, apply a face masque to your damp face and neck with your fingertips; use a gentle circular motion and avoid your eye area. Use a hydrating masque that is rich in minerals.

Time to relax. Spend the next ten minutes savoring the peace and quiet of your home spa experience. Take another warm shower, rinse the hair masque completely from your hair and gently remove the face masque with a washcloth. While showering, liberally apply a body polish, concentrating on any rough spots on your heels, elbows, and knees. When you're finished showering, apply an oil or creme to your damp skin. The oil will soften your skin and some can even be used on dry hair to add shine and moisture. End your treatment with a cup of tea or water and take a deep breath. When you're finished, be sure to mark your calendar for your next at-home spa appointment.

The original and full post was taken from It's entitled Beauty Reivews: The Feeling After the Spa Visit

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