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 KIWI Facial Cleanser for normal or dry skin

1 tablespoon apricot or almond oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon finely ground almonds
2 drops orange (or your favorite citrus) essential oil
1 kiwi fruit
2 tablespoons of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon orange water

Puree the kiwi fruit in a food processor until liquid. During processing, add yogurt, orange water, almond or apricot oil, and ground almonds.
Process until thick and cream like.  Add essential and stir to mix.
To apply, massage gently over neck, face and décolleté to cleanse. Rinse well.  Makes one application.

Read More At: http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/KiwiCleanser.htm

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Spa Treatment Shower Therapy

A long hot bath can be a dreamy way to relax and unwind. But what if your self-pampering time is limited, or, horror of horrors, you live in a house without a tub? Enter the aromatherapy shower, a simple technique that comes to the rescue of harried women who bathe standing up.

To try it yourself, take an extra washcloth, wet it, and scent with four or five droplets of your favorite essential oil. Tuck the washcloth into a corner on your shower floor, and let the water run hot for minute or two to steam up the room and disperse the scent. Then step out of your clothes and into a cloud of scented steam. Breathe deeply, exhilarating in the blissful smell.

Read More At: http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/9-home-spa-makeovers-body-soul?page=2

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Exfoliate your skin gently with natural papaya enzymes, and leave the house with a gentle glow.

  • Wash face thoroughly.
  • Bring large pot of water to a boil.
  • While water is heating, mash 1/2 of a papaya into a paste.
  • Move pot to table and place face over steam, holding a bath towel over your head. Adjust to be sure skin is at a comfortable temperature.
  • Steam face for 5-8 minutes.
  • Apply papaya mixture, carefully avoiding the eye area.
  • Lie down and relax for 5-10 minutes.
  • When you feel fully rejuvenated, rinse your face and apply moisturizer for a radiant complexion.

* Courtesy of Nob Hill Spa, San Francisco

Read More At: http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/9-home-spa-makeovers-body-soul

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Apples are notorious for their nutritional benefits; they’re 85% water and high in potassium and vitamins A and C. Perhaps even more beneficial is the malic acid, an exfoliating enzyme in apples that is useful for removing dead skin cells and surface dirt.

2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh apple puree or apple sauce
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients, stirring well. In the bath or shower, apply scrub to skin in a circular motion, using a washcloth, bath gloves, or a loofah sponge. Pay special attention to rough spots like elbows, heels, and knees. Rinse well, and follow with a rich body lotion.

If using on the face, omit granulated sugar. Brown sugar, because it dissolves gently, is a more appropriate choice for the delicate skin of the face.

* Courtesy of The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton

Read More At: http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/9-home-spa-makeovers-body-soul

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Grapefruit and parsley are both effective and refreshing astringents, perfect for oily skin.

3 tablespoons very fine oatmeal (whirl oatmeal in a food processor, if necessary)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 large grapefruit
olive or sunflower oil

Mix 3 tablespoons of very fine oatmeal with two tablespoons of chopped parsley in a bowl. Add juice from half of a large grapefruit until you have a soft paste.  Let the mixture rest 5 minutes. Spread soft mixture over your face and let dry for approximately 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Follow with toner and moisturizer.

Source: http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/GrapefruitFaceMask.htm

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Spa Treatment: cold cream

Cold cream was first developed by Galen, a 2nd century Greek physician, in his service as an attendant in a local temple to Asclepius, the Greek God of Medicine and Healing.  One of Galen’s primary roles was to tend to the Gladiators following “games.”  He developed a great many healing treatments, cold cream among them. 

Galen’s cold cream contained olive oil (for softening), water, beeswax (the base of the cream), and rose petals (for aromatherapy). It was called called “cold cream” because after it was applied to the skin, its water content evaporated, which left a cool feeling on the skin.  Commercially manufactured cold creams have long since replaced the olive oil with mineral or other oils, which will not spoil as rapidly.

Some recipes for cold cream will contain borax; others will not. Borax is a natural ingredient, and acts as both an antiseptic and a preservative.  A reaction occurs when added to recipes containing beeswax — it turns the concoction a creamy white color.

Basic Cold Cream:
1 ounce grated beeswax or beeswax pellets
6 tablespoons light mineral oil
4 tablespoons distilled water
1 teaspoon borax
2-3 drops of your preferred essential oil 
In a double boiler or clean class dish in a microwave, combine beeswax and mineral oil.  Gently heat and stir until melted and well blended.  While melting, dissolve your borax in the distilled water and heat it gently — do not boil. Remove both pans or dishes from the heat source, and, stirring constantly, slowly drizzle the distilled water and borax solution into your wax and oil solution.  When fully combined, begin to beat vigorously until it has cooled.  Add your essential oil and continue to beat until your cream is light and airy, with a brilliant white sheen. Store in clean glass jars, preferably in the refrigerator.  The borax is a simple preservative, but your cream will keep best in the refrigerator, for approximately 3-6 weeks.



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Spa Treatment:
Ginger invigorates, and oil soothes. Try this double dose for dry skin.

2-inch piece of fresh ginger
2 teaspoons light sesame oil
2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
½ cup cocoa butter

Preheat oven on lowest setting. Finely grate the ginger just enough so that you have about an 1/8 teaspoon of ginger “juice.” To obtain the juice, squeeze the freshly grated ginger over a small bowl. Place the ingredients (including the ginger) in a glass container and heat just until the cocoa butter is melted and the oils are blended. Pour into a clean, dry container and store in a cool dry place. You can add a few drops of orange or other essential oil for a nice twist.

See: http://www.spaindex.com/HomeSpa/gingerskincreme.htm

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