Creating an at-home spa experience needn’t be an expensive investment. There are many products and implements available online and at traditional brick and mortar retail and drug stores that offer products with price points that appeal to many economic levels.
Over the years, I’ve written and presented extensively about the importance of taking time for oneself and offered suggestions on how to achieve this, including how to create an at-home spa environment conducive to relaxation, restoration and well-being. Part of an at-home spa experience is making sure to schedule some time for yourself each day, even if it’s just to go outside for a contemplative walk, or to take a warm shower or soak in the tub at the end of your day. Engaging the senses is also an integral part of the spa experience, whether it’s enjoyed at a spa facility or in an at-home spa setting.
~ TENDING TO THE PARTS ~
DIY Facial ~ In his latest book, “Cooking Your Way to Gorgeous”, celebrity esthetician Scott Vincent Borba presents a compendium of healthy recipes that are nutrient dense, flavorful and ideal for healthy skin. He also offers a number of DIY facial recipes based on food related ingredients. Here’s one example: “Stimulating Cinnamon Facial (p. 85) ~ Prepare a paste of two parts cinnamon powder and one part honey; leave it on your skin for as long as you can. Rinse off with warm water. Awakens and revitalizes skin.” http://www.scottvincentborba.com
Earth Therapeutics Japanese Dry Brush ~ Nothing stimulates circulation while exfoliating than giving yourself a “dry brushing”. This implement is made of sisal and coconut fibers. Always begin this process at the feet, using circular motions and working upwards, towards the heart. Once you’ve completed the “dry brushing”, take a nice warm shower or bath. Earth Therapeutics offers a variety of at-home spa implements. http://www.earththerapeutics.net
Essence of Beauty Shea Indulgence Kit ~ This handy travel kit contains all that you need for an indulgent shower or bath. The kit includes Cream Shower Cleanser, Radiant Butter Scrub and Enriched Body Lotion. Both the Cleanser and Scrub were gentle and did a nice job of priming the skin for the Lotion. Each product drenched the skin with the hydrating goodness of shea butter and left it feeling smooth and silky, without being greasy. http://www.essenceofbeauty.com
Pevonia Botanica Restore Neck and Bust Concentrate and Bust Cream ~ Both of these products work synergistically to firm, tone and restore the often neglected delicate neck, bust and décolleté/chest. Key ingredients include Kigelia Africana (anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which also tightens and firms the skin), Elastin, and Vitamin E, which when combined, all help to minimize any visible signs of aging. I noticed the skin in these areas to have diminished fines lines, while the texture was smooth and firmer; the pores also seemed less grainy. These two products are a must for these often-neglected areas of regular skincare regimens. http://www.pevonia.com
Spa Sonic Skin Care System ~ This all-in-one system takes care of cleansing and refining from head to toe. The waterproof battery operated system comes complete with a facial brush (2), facial buffer sponge, body brush and pumice stone. The brush heads were very gentle and effectively; the facial buffer sponge made applying serums and creams easier with a better disbursement of product; the pumice stone kept calloused areas soft and polished. I also used the body brush as a dry brusher, which helped exfoliate my skin and prep it for showering. http://myspasonic.com/
Taut Gold Standard Collagen Mask ~ I’m a skeptic when it comes to a product’s promise to show results after using it the first time. But, when I’m wrong, I’m wrong. This product delivers on its promises of skin brightening, firming and hydration. The Collagen Masks are individually packaged and include a pre-cut cloth form that fit perfectly onto my face; each Collagen Mask is pre-treated with active ingredients that include glycerin, soluble collagen, hydrolyzed collagen and Vitamin E; the formula restores hydration levels, diminishes fine lines and brightens the skin. After a ten-minute treatment, I was amazed at the luminosity of my skin and how much smoother the texture appeared; also noticeable were the diminished lines and improved hydration level; the product was also gentle and non-irritating. Any remaining residue from the form was applied to the face, neck, chest, hands and forearms. These Collagen Masks are from the same creators of the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask. http://www.renewalliance.com
~ TO SOOTHE AND SAVOR ~
Davidson’s Organic Lavender Earl Grey Tea ~ Nothing is more soothing and calming than a nice hot cup of tea to culminate a restorative and calming at-home spa regimen. I’m partial to this brand and variety. I love inhaling this variety’s soothing aromas, while slowly sipping and savoring the brew. Take some time to savor your favorite tea after a hectic day and preferably without any distractions or annoyances. http://www.davidsonstea.com/
~ THE FINALE ~
Your at-home spa experience isn’t an indulgence; it’s a time for recharging and reclaiming yourself. Create an at-home spa environment that is conducive to relaxation and calm. Remember, this time is an investment in your well-being. You’ve earned it and you’re definitely worth it!
That’s it for this edition. Until the next one, remember to take care of yourself and those you love.
By Terry Herman
Terry Herman is a recognized expert in the industry, and regularly covers issues that include business, management, operations, customer care, treatments, products, and trends. In the 1990s, she authored an extensive "Glossary of Spa Terminologies" and holds two copyright registrations. Consumer and trade publications have also interviewed her as an expert. She also conducted an extensive nationally broadcasted interview tour on aspects of creating an at-home spa, interior design, stress and time management. Her work has been published extensively in print and online in both consumer and trade publications. In addition to writing, reviewing and being interviewed as an expert, she is also a management consultant and motivational speaker. She currently serves on EXPERIENCE | PREMCHIT Journeys In Retreat To Wellness Advisory Board, which is comprised of ten international experts in various fields of wellness and spa. She also served as a Group Manager for the popular LinkedIn group, The Spa Buzz. Be sure to read her food, wine and culinary digital magazine, TERRY’S SECOND HELPINGS. You can email her at email@example.com.
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