DIY Peel Off Mask

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DIY Green Tea & Cucumber Puffy Eye Treatment

Green Tea Cucumber Slices

Ingredients:
* ½ cucumber
* 1 green tea bag
Instructions:
Brew green tea, steep, chill. Slice cucumber and add to green tea. Refrigerate until cool.
Place soaked cucumber slices over eyes for 10 minutes. This combination smells amazing!

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DIY Sore Muscle Bath Recipes

I’ve noticed a bunch of social media posts from friends saying they were sore from running in marathons, 5ks, and hitting the gym a lot lately. Here are some easy remedies to help ease the soreness. Athletes and people with injuries use bath soaks for treating sore and strained muscles. For swollen or pulled muscles, prepare a cool or cold bath. For strained, tight muscles prepare a warm or hot bath. You can prepare a bath soak in your regular bathtub, but make sure the tub is clean to prevent infection, especially if you have any open cuts or wounds associated with your injury.

DIY Sore Muscle Soak:

Ingredients:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Measuring Cup
  • Water
  1.  Measure 2 cups of Epsom salt into a standard bathtub. Instructions on the package will provide dosage for smaller baths, bowls and foot-soaks.
  2.  Fill the tub with hot water, checking the temperature to make sure it is safe and comfortable for soaking in. Swish the water around to dissolve the Epsom salts.
  3. Soak the sore muscles or body in the Epsom salt bath for 15 minutes or so. The recommended minimum time is 12 minutes, three times each week; your Epsom salt package may provide additional timing for specific uses.

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Herbal Baths

There are a thousand different ways you can take an herbal bath, and each of them are healing and relaxing. You don’t need to run out to the store for dried herbs to take a relaxing herbal bath, by the way. You already have perfect options in your kitchen cabinet right now:

  • Sage: Uplifting, calming and astringent – GREAT for people with oily skin or back acne
  • Rosemary: Relaxing and great for alertness, also astringent and clarifying
  • Peppermint: Energizing (or relaxing) and clarifying
  • Chamomile: Extremely, relaxing, and calming – perfect for dry or irritated skin
  • Green Tea: Energizing and mood stabilizing – also antioxidant, anti-aging, and very healing for any skin type
  • Lavender: Relaxing, calming, astringent, and clarifying

Of course, you could use things like rose petals, calendula, orange peels.

How to take an herbal bath:

While you could make little herbal bath bags, my new favorite way is to brew a very strong tea ahead of time using the herbs (and essential oils, if I want an extra kick). Brew 1-2 cups of very strong herbal tea. Strain and add it to your running bathwater. Then, take the remaining brewed herbs and place them in the middle of a washcloth. Gather the washcloth together at the top and tie tightly with a string or a hair tie. Leave it in the bath as you soak, and then scrub well with it before getting out of the tub.

Other ways Relieve Muscle Aches

  •  Use over-the-counter topical analgesic creams. Topical analgesic creams relieve minor aches and pains as well as arthritis pain. They have a variety of active ingredients, such as salicylate, capsaicin or menthol, which are applied directly to the skin. These creams are inexpensive and can be found in your local pharmacy. Try to thoroughly follow the directions for application.
  • Treat yourself to a full session with an experienced massage therapist. Try a sports, deep tissue or Swedish massage. Massages alleviate pain, increase muscle flexibility and improve circulation of the blood flow in our bodies. Choose a massage therapist that has a proven track record, as well as an extensive education. Need a referral  Contact me! Being in the spa industry 17+ years, I know many great therapists.
  •  Use a Jacuzzi to relieve muscle aches and pains. Jacuzzis, also known as hot tubs are designed to relax the muscles and relieve stress in the body. Jacuzzis are known as a type of hydrotherapy.
  • Stretch your muscles before and after exercising to minimize injury. If you are experiencing aches and pains after a challenging workout, try to stretch the muscles as often as possible. Stretching also improves your range of motion and stability.

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Back to School Stress & Relaxation

the lil spa roomBack to School is here again. Parents and children alike have mixed feelings. Excitement, dread, more running around, changing of routines and schedules to accommodate everyone, new situations and new people, stressful peer pressure, and reuniting with old friends. Fall will also be here soon and with that comes with multiple stressful events for back to school. Pressure and stress for the children and parents. Some children dread the classroom, bullying, new faces and crowded classrooms, while parents dread the long line-ups to pick up and drop off children, including rushing around in the mornings to get everyone out of the house on time. Balancing everything in general can be very stressful. All of these changes can be a preparation for the children into adulthood. Parents must teach their children how to manage their stress; in the classroom and with their peers.

Stress can have positive as well as negative influences. The younger the child, the greater the impact of new events, and the more powerful and potentially negative stress becomes. Some stress is a normal part of a child’s everyday life and can have positive influences. However, excessive stress can have both immediate and far-reaching effects on children’s adaptability to new situations, even events that are seemingly unrelated to the specific stressful even.

Parents have their own stressors. Whether you are a single parent, step-parent or married with a partner, everyone needs to know how to evaluate their stress levels and learn how to manage. You may be driving in the car and realize you are extremely tense, and not know the source of your stress.

Learning to relax the anxious mind will eliminate some of the stress. Talking things out that bother you will assist in finding out what is behind anxious thoughts, and in turn how to turn our stressful mind into a state of relaxation.

reduce stressBenefits of Stress Reduction and Relaxation:

  • Slowing your heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems

Relaxation Techniques:

  • Autogenic relaxation-you repeat words in your mind to help relax muscle tension
  • Progressive muscle relaxation-slowly tensing and relaxing the muscle
  • Visualization-go to your happy place – this could be a Caribbean island, boat in the middle of a calm lake, pampered at a spa, reading in a peaceful garden. You create your own happy place.

relaxationOther common relaxation techniques include:

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Listening to music
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Massage

Make back to school a positive for your children, and they will grow to love learning new things, how to socialize and get along with others. 

 

 

DIY Oatmeal Moisturizing Hand Mask

oatmealYour hands can really take a beating and can end up cracked and dry. Try this DIY oatmeal hand mask at home to revive those beautiful hands.

What you need:

3 tablespoons of oatmeal

1 tablespoon of olive oil 

1 tablespoon of milk

1 teaspoon of honey

What to do:

1. Mix all the ingredients mentioned above.

2. Apply mask to hands and put on gloves.

3. Leave for 30 – 60 minutes.

4. Then rinse with warm water.

 

*A great tip for keeping your hands silky smooth is to keep a hand moisturizer in your hand bag or desk drawer to use regularly during the day, especially if you use hand sanitizer a lot which can be really drying. Another tip is to wear gloves when washing the dishes.

 

Celebrate Watermelon Day Spa Style!

August 3, 2014 is National Watermelon Day! Watermelon is a delicious summer fruit that has become a staple at family picnics and cookouts. Did you know that watermelons are 92% water? No wonder they’re so refreshing! There are around 300 different kinds of watermelon in the U.S. and Mexico. You can find red, pink, white, and yellow varieties in various sizes and shapes. Watermelons are usually quite large, and many county fairs award prizes for the biggest ones. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more interesting watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org. To celebrate National Watermelon Day, have some watermelon for dessert tonight! Slice it up and eat it plain, cook it on the grill, mix it into a salsa, or blend it into a cocktail. Enjoy!

Watermelon-Day

4978294318_50bb804e14_zWatermelonade Recipe:

1 (12-pound) watermelon (preferably seedless) 1/4 cup sugar, divided 4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, divided 16 cups ice cubes, divided

Garnish: lemon slices; mint sprigs

Cut watermelon flesh into 2-inch chunks and discard rind. Purée one fourth of watermelon in a blender with 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 tsp lemon juice, 4 cups ice, and a pinch of salt. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, discarding solids. Make 3 more batches. Add sugar to taste if desired and serve over ice.

Cooks’ note: Watermelonade can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Drink will separate; re-blend before serving.

Watermelon-facial-mask-620x400Watermelon Facial Mask Recipe:

Ingredients:

1/4 watermelon

Mash up 1/4 of a watermelon and drain off the excess juice. You’re also going to want to make sure you get rid of the seeds or it might not make for the most pleasant of masks! By applying the mixture to the face for 15 minutes you will reap the rewards of the highly powerful antioxidant effects attributed to the watermelon. A great way to achieve a thorough cleansing!

Beauty Sleep; Get it!

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“Beauty Sleep” really does make you beautiful!

You are more likely to smile throughout the day.

Skin cells have had time to renew.

Eyes are brighter & more alert.

Your posture will be stronger all day.

You are more than likely to make better food choices.

Your hair & makeup will turn out better.

Sleep keeps the wrinkles away.

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