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What Do You Need to Plan for a Home Spa Day?................................................................................... 3 Basic Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home............................................................................................ 3 Products You Need for a Home Spa Day ................................................................................................. 4 How to Set Up Your Home Spa ............................................................................................................... 4 How to Choose the Right Treatments..................................................................................................... 5 The Role of Scrubs, Masks and Peels ...................................................................................................... 6 The Role of Oils ....................................................................................................................................... 6 The Role of Heat and Steam ................................................................................................................... 7 The Role of Moisturizers ......................................................................................................................... 8 Spa Treatments for Your Body ................................................................................................................ 8 Spa Treatments for Your Hands and Feet ............................................................................................... 9 Spa Treatments for Your Face ............................................................................................................... 10 Spa Treatments for Your Hair ............................................................................................................... 10 Food and Drink Ideas for Your Home Spa Day ...................................................................................... 11 How to Store Your Home Spa Products ................................................................................................ 12
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What Do You Need to Plan for a Home Spa Day?
To treat yourself to a home spa day, the first thing you need to do is organize the children to be away. If they could sleep over at Nan’s that would be ideal, then you could count on having a decent night’s sleep as well. Wherever they go, try to have several hours free of both children and other interruptions. Take the phone off the hook or switch your answering machine on. You may have to organize ahead of time so that people won’t be worried about you not answering. Your home spa day needs to be planned well in advance. Draw up a plan for the day, as well as planning what you’ll need to purchase. Things like facial scrubs, hot oil pack for your hair, essential oils, scented candles to create a calm and soothing atmosphere and food that you don’t have to prepare yourself. The weather may play an important part in your food choices. If the season is hot, then food can be healthy and easy to prepare. Simply eat a full tomato, a cheese stick, lettuce leaf, celery and yogurt with your choice of berries or other fruit. Choose something that you don’t usually have to make it a bit more special. If it is cool weather, you may like to prepare a nourishing chicken soup the day before, or simply buy a frozen dinner from the supermarket. Tomato and grilled cheese on toast is almost as healthy as a salad snack and more warming for cool weather. Don’t stress out over your food choices. Healthy is good, but trouble free is better for this one day. There will be plenty of other days when you will prepare healthy food. For breakfast you could choose to make a smoothie with strawberries, banana and yogurt. Or if you have a juicer, apple, celery and carrots make a great blend. Make sure you set out all the things you will need before you start. You don’t want to have your hands and face covered with cream, then find your relaxing music source is hidden at the back of the cupboard. Place your bath salts or bubbles close to hand, along with the towels, spritz or moisturizer for afterwards. If you plan on making your own facial or body scrub, prepare it the day before, if possible. If not, have all the ingredients on hand to make preparation easy. Don’t forget to pamper your feet with a soak in sea or Epsom salts. A gentle scrub with a pumice stone or foot scrub cream and moisturizer will rejuvenate them.
Basic Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home
There are several spa treatments that you can do at home. If they are done before you get in your spa or tub, then the soothing water will ensure that aches and pains are taken care of and soothed away. Our necks do a lot of hidden work, especially when we have to bend and lift heavy toddlers. To sooth your neck, roll up a bath towel and heat it in the microwave for 45 seconds. Spread it on the floor and lay on it, making sure there is a small roll under your neck. Place an eye pillow or fold a dark colored cloth over your eyes and relax for 10 minutes or until the warmth has dissipated. A soothing massage will help ease those tired aches and pains from your body, but how can you get one for free unless you have a willing partner? Use an exercise mat or carpet, place several tennis or other small balls in various body positions such as under or between the shoulder blades, at the bra strap position, or above the pelvis. Lay on these balls and roll gently up and down and side-to-side to simulate massage. If the tennis balls are too hard, then use smaller, softer balls. To help retain flexibility in your back, lie facedown on a firm surface like the carpet or the bed if you have a firm mattress. Lift your upper body up and prop yourself up with your elbows for five minutes. This increases shoulder strength too. If your arms and shoulders ache, lower yourself to a prone position for a few seconds. For a foot massage, sit in a comfortable chair and place a tennis ball under each foot. Roll your feet around so that the balls touch every part of them. If you have trouble with the balls popping out from underfoot, wear socks. You don’t have to wait for a home spa day for this one. It’s easy to do each night while you are watching TV.
A facial can be easily done by filling a basin with hot water, then holding your face over the steam for ten minutes. Cover the head with a towel so no steam escapes. Chamomile tea added to the water will relax you and your facial muscles. When you’ve finished with the facial, use the same water to soak your hands or feet. After the water cools, pat dry and gently rub in moisturizer suitable for your skin type.
Products You Need for a Home Spa Day
What you need for your home spa day depends on just what you want to pamper yourself with. If you want to concentrate on the in-spa experience, then essential ingredients may include bath oil or bath salts, or other essential oils of your choice. You will also need moisturizers and body oils for afterwards. Foot balm and hand moisturizer will be a little different from the lotions you get for your body and face, as the skin is thinner and softer on the face, but harder on the feet. If you wish to include facials, pedicure and manicure your ingredients will differ again. A facial can use any variety of fruit or vegetable for a cleansing, toning effect. Mashed cucumber, tomatoes and strawberries are good for oily skin, while peaches and avocados are better for dry to normal skin. You may like to purchase clay ingredients that harden on the face to stimulate, rejuvenate and help clear up pimples and acne, or you could use soft creams and gels. A variety of essential oils and plain spring water will help to blend the ingredients. Green clay is the most popular clay mask, being suitable for all skin types. White Kaolin and Fuller‟s Earth are the other two types of clay masks, the latter being more suitable for normal to oily skins. If you want to make your own facial masks, you will need to purchase the clay and other ingredients and have an assortment of wide-topped jars to store the finished product in. A wooden spoon to blend the ingredients is also a good idea. 3 tsp of corn flour mixed with 2 0z of green clay will start off your basic clay mask. Then you can add other suitable ingredients to it. Stretching and workout videos or DVDs can also play a part in your home spa day. Even busy mums can find that not all the right muscles get exercised. A gentle workout will help to stretch your muscles and make you feel good, especially if you have a sit-down job. Then you can soothe those newly stretched muscles in the spa when you’ve finished. To help you relax, watch a just-for-fun movie while waiting for that special manicure to dry. But don’t forget some of your favorite music to listen to whilst you stretch out in the spa, or maybe you’d prefer to read a magazine or book. Whichever you choose, it will need to be kept on hand. However, forget MP3 players or headphones as they can be ruined if you drop them in the tub.
How to Set Up Your Home Spa
There are many different types of home spa set-ups and what you choose will depend on your space, your budget and whether you are renting or intending to move any time soon. It would be a shame to go to all the expense of setting up a home spa, only to move in a year or two and lose it. To avoid this problem, consider getting a portable unit that you can take with you. A portable spa pool is the ultimate luxury and can be moved around the backyard, or taken with you when you leave. It is easier to set up because it is self-contained and you don’t need to dig up anything for the plumbing. You can simply set it on a foundation wherever it suits you, or you can create an outdoor room to house the spa. The room can be semi-portable; the addition of a deck on one or all sides, a sail over the top for shade and wall for privacy and windbreak will enhance your spa experience. Assorted shade-loving ferns and palms will certainly add a touch of exotic glamour.
Outdoor spas can be the swim spa pool with surf jets that allow you to swim „on-the-spot‟ for amazing exercise, as well as hydrotherapy jets that are used in a more relaxing manner. They can be large, small or in between, portable (above ground) or in ground. These are most suitable for regions of temperate weather. If you experience lots of cool or cold weather in your area an indoor spa would be more suitable. More use can be made of it indoors, since you are not dependent on the weather for use. Indoor spas can be different shapes and sizes, with round and oval being quite popular. You can choose what is called a chromatherapy spa that incorporates the use of colored LED lights to create moods of relaxation. Another luxurious version is installed as a home entertainment system, with a pop-up TV screen set up at one end. The use of special equipment under the tub ensures that you feel the music vibrations as well as hear them. A spa can also be installed as part of your normal bath, with added spinner jets to create that hydrotherapy feel. Effervescence - or bubbles - is used to stimulate and relax the various parts of the body. The bathroom can become a relaxation center instead of just a place have that hasty shower while the kids squabble on the floor beside you.
How to Choose the Right Treatments
There are various treatment options for your home spa day and what you choose will depend on several different factors. Available time is one of the things that should be considered. If you cannot have a full day treatment, then choose something that takes less time. You may only have a half-day to spare, so use that time in the most relaxing way possible. If you decide to make a facial that takes a lot of preparation and must be left on for some time, there will be no time left for relaxing in the spa or giving yourself a pedicure. Another factor in choosing treatments is the type of skin you have. An oily skin needs different treatment to one that is dry or normal. If you don’t know your skin type, find out by seeking advice at the skin-care or cosmetic counter of your health or drug store. It is important to remember that whatever you put on your skin will be absorbed into your body, so take care when choosing lotions for spa treatment. Some people believe that you should not put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat. However, there are some beneficial products that should not be taken into the stomach, yet are fine on the skin because they don’t hurt if ingested through the skin and bloodstream. You certainly wouldn’t want to eat facial clays, yet they do have a beneficial effect on the skin, without harming the rest of your body. If you love to spend time soaking in the spa, yet feel a bit light-headed afterwards, add salt to the water. Drinking alcohol during your home spa treatment will increase the dehydration that soaking in hot water causes. Choose a time when the stomach is not overloaded with food as the optimum time to soak in your spa. An important element in choosing the right type of spa treatment is to decide what you want it to accomplish. Are you physically fatigued? Then your treatment should include restful elements and lots of relaxation. A short nap before or after the spa is a good idea. If you hope to assuage emotional stress or trauma with your spa treatment, then the use of those essential oils or aromatherapy treatments especially for emotional well-being should be chosen. Lighting can also play a big part in creating the right mood. If your trouble is of mental exhaustion then the treatments you partake of should be suitable to that problem. Soothing melodies should be played to both relax the mind and drown out sounds that may intrude from the rest of the house or traffic from the street. Visuals also play a part, with fresh natural greenery being both relaxing, refreshing and invigorating. Rose or other flower petals sprinkled in the water not only refresh the body but the mind and emotions as well. All things
should be considered and if you feel something is lacking, then add some other elements the next time until you get it just right for your needs.
The Role of Scrubs, Masks and Peels
Scrubs, masks and peels all have a role to play in your home spa treatments. In general, scrubs are what you will use to gently exfoliate the skin and cleanse the build-up of dead cells that comes from the natural process of aging. Exfoliating will also increase circulation, loosen surface blackheads and encourage the natural oils of the skin to come to the surface, rather than remaining locked under a layer of dead skin cells. Dirt is also removed during the process. Most people are surprised to think that there could be dirt on their face, but as you walk through the smog of the city, fine particles certainly cling to every part of both clothing and skin. In hot weather perspiration also helps it to stick there. A good facial mask will gently cleanse the skin of both natural impurities such as dead cells and the external impurities in the atmosphere. It will make your skin feel softer, smoother and look younger. It works only on the topmost layer of skin. Care must be taken not to scrub vigorously, as that can damage the skin, which is a great deal more delicate on the face than other parts of the body. Too coarse a product will damage the skin rather than restore it. A chemical peel is a somewhat harsher means of removing the several top layers of skin. It is intended to remove skin that may be scarred due to acne and wrinkled or lined due to aging. Not everyone needs to have a chemical peel. Only if the scrub and mask did not fix the problem should you consider a chemical peel. This treatment should only be done monthly or less and a dermatologist consulted for problem skin. Exfoliating creams and scrubs may be purchased over the counter, but examine the list of ingredients to be sure they have enough of the right ones. Calcium, magnesium, potassium, chlorides and bromides are the ingredients in Dead Sea salts that help to purify your skin by drawing out impurities such as oil and other debris. Bromides are especially good for healing psoriasis, while magnesium combats stress and removes acids from the skin. Those who suffer from oily skin may apply a mud mask three to four times a week. However, an oatmeal mask is much softer and soothing to skin that is irritated, itchy or has a rash of any kind. They can be purchased over the counter, or oatmeal from a supermarket packet can be applied in paste form.
The Role of Oils
Essential oils play an important part in the spa treatment. They are made from the petals of flowers and each has a different action on the skin. They not only have a pleasing scent, but certain oils rejuvenate the skin cells while others regulate capillary activity and restore tissue vitality. Waste matter is eliminated and the regeneration of new, healthy cells is facilitated. They should not be applied directly to the skin; several drops should be added to warm water in a bowl and a cotton cloth dipped in and used as a compress against the face three or four times. Pat dry and dab on an antiinflammatory, facial splash and activator. Some oils are stimulating and others soothing, so choose for whichever effect you desire. Soothing oils are lavender, ylang-ylang, chamomile and niaouli. Invigorating oils include peppermint, juniper, basil, rosemary and eucalyptus. Some oils are ready mixed into another oil like sweet almond, in which case they can be applied directly to the skin. No more than three drops are needed for dry-brushing the whole body in the morning.
Make sure you brush gently and include the whole body, then shower, or do it after the shower for a pleasing light fragrance throughout the day. Less is more when brushing because if you do it too vigorously you will cause the skin to become inflamed. Done gently it will counteract the aging process and give your skin a healthy, glowing complexion. Essential oils can also be added to the bathwater, but no more than 6-12 drops is necessary. Of course there are more oils than the essential oils sold at such exorbitant prices. Canola oil is a wonderful product for the body and can be used - along with essential oils - for making bath bombs, as well as for cooking in the kitchen. The high monounsaturated fatty acid content of Canola oil, its light texture and lack of scent make it ideal for mixing with other ingredients. The Vitamin E in it will help to preserve the other ingredients and extend their shelf life. To make a bath bomb using essential and canola oils, take ¼ cup baking soda, 2tbsp each of cornstarch and citric acid, 1 ½ tbsp of canola oil, ¼ tsp of essential oils of your choice, 2 drops of food coloring and a light misting of water. Mix all the ingredients together and give it one light misting with the water before packing it into a mould. This can be anything from half a tennis ball to a cup or small tin. Pack it in tightly, but don’t add any more after the first packing, as it won’t adhere. Let it room dry on a cake rack for 1-2 days. You can also add some flower petals to the mixture.
The Role of Heat and Steam
Steam and heat play a vital role in our health. Heat - and steam because it is hot - relaxes the muscles and ligaments of the body and hydrates the skin. Without hydration, the skin becomes dried up and withered, as anyone who has spent six weeks in plaster for a broken bone can tell you. Stress can have a really adverse affect on our health, compromising the immune system and causing all sorts of nasty diseases. Steam bathing reduces stress by relaxing the body and it also increases blood circulation. This plays an important part in carrying nutrients to all parts of the body. Steam bathing increases cardiac output of blood to the skin surface from 10% to 50%, so it‟s easy to see how extra nutrients are quickly carried around to stimulate growth and repair. Toxins are part of our body processes and when steam is applied it opens up the sweat glands, enabling them to excrete toxins and waste that may take days to get rid of otherwise. A steam bath will increase the heartbeat without increasing the blood pressure as the tiny capillaries expand to accommodate the extra blood flow to the skin. Steam helps the body to detoxify from heavy metals and alcohol, cleanses the lymph system and stimulates the cardiovascular system. Dry heat is also beneficial. Heat will relax tight muscles and bring pain relief from strains, stiff muscles and tiredness. It is frequently used in the subacute and chronic stages of injury as pain relief. It also helps to prevent injury by relaxing the muscles. Athletes „warm up‟ before they do any serious workouts. Those who don’t intend to do a serious workout can still benefit from the application of heat in a number of ways. The relaxation afforded by a hot bath or shower will relax a tense person so they can get to sleep more easily. When facial tissue is steamed, the pores open, the muscles relax and toxic waste is brought to the surface where it can be washed off. When a steam bath is taken, a similar thing happens. Steam baths are better than a sauna, because there is no chance for the toxic material to dry on the body. Steaming keeps the body at a higher temperature, thus killing all unwanted bacteria. In fact, heat treatment hyperthermia - is now approved as a breast cancer therapy in the US. This is because cancer cells are more vulnerable to heat than normal cells.
The Role of Moisturizers
There are four different types of moisturizer; for the hands, face body and lips. Each type delivers specific skin care to that area of the body for which it is intended. The skin on the face is delicate and sensitive, so needs a light moisturizer that will not cause any allergic reaction or sensitivity, therefore products must be formulated especially to suit. The addition of a foundation will also save time when applying make-up. The lips are even more sensitive than facial skin, and since we are likely to ingest the ingredients in lip balm, they must be non-toxic and not harmful in any other way, while still doing their protective work. Many lip balms also deliver sunscreen to protect the lips from sunburn. Lips are more prone to drying out than even facial skin and whatever is on them will get licked at, eaten off and washed off with drinks, so the products used for lip balm must of a consistency that will last as long as possible. Hands are generally the hardest working parts of our bodies, so the skin there is tougher. This means that moisturizer for the hands needs to be good at penetrating harder skin. It needs to be in a vanishing cream base so that we don’t leave sticky handprints all over everything. Neither do we want our hands to become slippery when driving or even just doing the dishes. Body moisturizers need to be light enough to make wearing them pleasant with no stickiness, and they also need to be made of ingredients that won’t irritate the delicate areas of skin such as under the breasts and armpits. No all moisturizers suit every skin type, so there needs to be plenty of variety in all four types of moisturizer. These days, many types of moisturizer also deliver sunscreen, which saves us applying two different creams. Many moisturizers also do a third and fourth task in hiding flaws and skin imperfections and adding a colored tint to the skin. Some moisturizers are especially designed for morning use, while the evening moisturizers mostly will not have the added benefit of sunscreen, as this is not necessary for night wear. All are designed not to clog up your pores or cause allergic reactions. People with oily skin should choose a moisturizer that contains mostly dimethicone. Those with dry skin need a heavier moisturizer that will prevent moisture loss. These will contain such ingredients as petrolatum, mineral oil, cyclomethicone and glycerin. Normal skin types should choose a product containing both cyclomethicone and dimethicone along with cetyl alcohol - a lightweight oil.
Spa Treatments for Your Body
There are many simple, yet effective treatments that you can use at home to pamper your body and make yourself feel special. It’s not all just pampering of course, but there are good health benefits such as de-stressing, to be obtained. You will also increase the circulation and oil secretion, and help the body get rid of toxic waste. For your home spa body treatment, start off with a dry skin, all-over scrub. This must be done very gently so as not to damage the skin in any way. Use a loofah, small soft brush or a towel and massage in small, circular movements, starting from the feet and moving up. Next stand under a warm shower for a few minutes, then do a similar massage as before, only using a special body rub paste. One that you’ve made yourself will contain only pure and natural ingredients. After you have applied this paste all over, rinse off under the shower. If it has oil in it, be careful not to rub into the bottom of your feet in case you slip over. You may use a bath instead of a shower, but be sure to rinse the last bit off with fresh water. An easy body scrub to make contains just three ingredients; half a cup of wheat germ, one tablespoon of rice flour and one quarter of a cup of oatmeal. Shake the dry ingredients together in a jar and keep sealed. When you want to use some, take out about two tablespoons and mix it with a wet ingredient such as milk, yogurt, cream, honey, fruit or egg yolk.
Another treatment is to use two tablespoons each of sea salt and olive oil with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or a few drops of lemon essential oil. If you have no willing hands to massage these treatments into your back, smear some on the center of a towel and use it as if you were drying off your back. A body-wrap treatment takes a little longer and you must make sure that you’ll be undisturbed for at least two hours. You will need: 2 plastic drop sheets, a space blanket - from any handyman store - another old blanket, six/eight old, thin towels or linen sheets about the same size as a towel (they’ll get stained), a loofah, relaxation music and candles. First spread your space blanket on the floor, then the blanket and then a plastic drop sheet. Once you are covered with body-wrap ingredients, you must lie down on this and wrap yourself in it to keep warm. The other drop sheet is to sit your pot of ingredients on. A glass of water with straw near enough to drink is also necessary. Start off with a dry brush, take a warm shower, then dip the towels into the mixture and wrap them around your legs, body arms and neck. Wrap yourself up and lie there for 60 minutes before cleansing off in a tepid bath. For an herbal body wrap use two cups of clay suitable for your skin type, one cup of Epsom salts and one cup of powdered herbs. For a sea body wrap use two cups of clay, one cup of sea salt and one cup of powdered kelp or dulse. For dry skin add olive, or flaxseed oil - about two tablespoons.
Spa Treatments for Your Hands and Feet
Our hands and feet are perhaps the busiest parts of our bodies, so deserve special care. This will keep them in a fit condition to perform the myriad tasks that we require of them. If you wear nail polish, then the first step in treating your hands is to remove it with a gentle nail polish remover. A herbal one will help to protect the nails from drying out. Once all the old nail polish is off, it’s time to file your nails to an attractive shape. The modern look is short with a gently curved edge. Now it’s time for the relaxing part. Half fill a bowl with warm water and sit it on your lap on top of a thick towel. A table is too high to be comfortable, and sitting on a stool is not relaxing, however if you can be comfortable on the floor with the bowl in front of you then do it that way. Using a soap that won’t dry your skin out, soak your hands for about ten minutes to soften the cuticles. Pat them dry gently and rub in some cuticle cream, massaging well. Then use an orange stick to push back the cuticles. Cuticles should never be cut or torn, as infection could be the result. Massage a good quality hand cream into the hands after attending to the cuticles. Don’t hurry this step, but massage for a few minutes, concentrating on relaxation at the same time. Your skin needs to be fully hydrated, especially in the winter when skin dries out quickly. After this massage, the nails must be wiped with a damp cloth to remove any oil, in preparation for the nail polish. Apply the base coat first, using three brush strokes for each nail, beginning at one side and moving to the center and then the opposite side. Two coats of your favorite shade of nail polish should follow the base coat, and a topcoat to seal it in and make it last longer is the final step. For a pedicure, use a similar regime, but if your heels are cracked and dry, you could try using a filing stick to take off the hard, dead skin. If this step is done after soaking, it may tear the skin, so do it first. Add a few drops of lavender or chamomile to the water for soaking your feet in. This will help the tired muscles relax. Apply a cuticle softener, push back the cuticles and cut the nails straight across if you can. Don’t leave any sharp corners, though.
A pumice stone can be used at this stage to remove any dead skin that is left, and an exfoliating paste can be massaged in as well. Finish off with a moisturizer before adding nail polish to your toenails. Toenails will become discolored if nail polish is left on all the time, so alternate with a week of polish and a week free.
Spa Treatments for Your Face
The old saying “your face is your fortune” is not true in these days of higher education, yet all women want their faces to look attractive, no matter whether they are home alone all day long or whether they have a job where they mix with many other people. If you know your face is at its best, then you can face your world with confidence, no matter what it consists of. Facials will make us feel relaxed, keep our face healthy and skin looking radiant. Cleansing is of the utmost importance. Facial skin is not covered like the rest of our body, so can pick up tiny smuts and smog from the atmosphere outside and at work. Add to this our natural perspiration and it’s no wonder our skin sometimes looks muddy. Use a good quality facial cleanser to remove the deepest dirt that even soap can leave behind. Make sure it is suitable for your skin type. Use a circular massage movement and a good exfoliating cream to remove all those dead skin cells. If you have an oily T-section - nose, chin and forehead - give that area extra attention. Steaming is the next step and is quite simple. Fill your hand basin with warm water, dip in a cloth, wring it out and hold it against your face for several seconds. Repeat about three times. Apply your chosen mask, avoiding the delicate area around the eyes. Leave on for up to twenty minutes. Rinse off with tepid water and moisturize, using a cream to suit your skin and one that incorporates a sunscreen if you plan on being outdoors a lot. There‟s no point in wearing a sunscreen unless you intend to be out in the sun, so if you keep two different moisturizers - one with sunscreen and one without - you can wear whichever is appropriate. Facial masks can be made cheaply at home from ingredients in your kitchen. An apple cucumber mask contains: half a cucumber, one egg white, one drop of lime essential oil, half a teaspoon each of apple mint leaves, lemon or lime juice - or both. Mix until smooth in your blender and keep in the refrigerator, but for no longer than two days. Make a cooling frozen stick for dry skin or to relieve sunburn by mixing together one egg, half a cup of melted coconut oil and one tablespoon of honey. Sit an empty toilet roll tube in a dish and pour the mixture into it, then freeze. To use, simply peel away the cardboard from the top edge and smooth onto your face. Leave on for five or ten minutes before rinsing off with tepid water. Keeps indefinitely in the freezer.
Spa Treatments for Your Hair
Nothing can detract from good looks as quickly as uncared for or damaged hair. But if a person’s hair is in good condition, well styled and shiny, then often it doesn’t matter so much how they are dressed, they’ll still look attractive. Hot oil treatments are popular for those who suffer from dry hair. Hair can become dry and dull simply through using the wrong shampoo, illness, or using a blow dryer on it too much. When we add swimming in water containing salt or chlorine it’s no wonder that our hair dries out. Hot oil treatments are easy enough to do. You have to leave them in for a certain time length and cover your head to keep the warmth in. But there are many other ways to treat your hair. Since damaged hair loses both protein and moisture, these two elements must be replaced to treat the problem. Conditioning your hair will restore the
moisture, but to make sure you also restore protein you need to purchase a product containing protein, or make your own. To apply treatment to your hair, start off by shampooing it with the correct shampoo for your hair type and towel it dry. This means it should be just damp - not wet and not dry. You can use a blow dryer for a few minutes if your hair is long and holds the moisture. Separate the hair into four sections - from ear to ear over the top and from front to back along the centerline. Squeeze the product onto your hands and work it into the hair, starting at the ends. The roots should be in the best condition since that part is relatively new growth. It is necessary to keep the head warm in order to open the cuticle or outside layer of hair so that the product can penetrate properly. To do this, cover your head with a plastic bag and then wrap a towel around it. Most conditioning treatments are left in for about half an hour. Follow the instructions on your product. Rinse thoroughly afterwards. A good treatment for dry, damaged hair can be made with one cup of mayonnaise, half a cup of olive oil and three egg yolks - all at room temperature. Blend the ingredients and use as above. It is enough for two treatments. To care for oily hair you can simply add eight drops each of lemongrass essential oil and rosegeranium essential oil to an eight-once bottle of shampoo. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a jug of warm water for a final rinse is also helpful.
Food and Drink Ideas for Your Home Spa Day
There are two criteria for the food and drink you consume on your home spa day. It should be as natural as possible and it should be easy to prepare. This is the day you pamper yourself, so you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen preparing food. Natural food is food that has not been processed to any great degree and so retains much more nutrition. It still looks the way it was when nature created it. Salad foods are a great idea for your home spa day. Salads are easy to prepare and there is no need even to cut them up. Why not simply eat a tomato or cucumber in the same way you would eat an apple? Add a stick of celery, some lettuce, grapes and pineapple, a little capsicum - or whatever you fancy. Leave off all those fancy salad dressings that pile on the weight and enjoy the taste of salad veggies in their natural state. Other vegetables can be juiced and mixed up in a healthy and nutritious cocktail for your home spa day. Carrot, beetroot and spinach, celery and many other vegetables can all be juiced and if added to apple juice makes a pleasant drink. Bananas contain essential potassium, so eat them whole or blend with yogurt and strawberries for a healthy smoothie. Citrus fruits are so good for us and lemon especially can help the liver to detoxify. Start off your day with the juice of a lemon in a glass of warm water and your liver will thank you. Orange juice squeezed straight from fresh oranges is one of the healthiest drinks you could get. You can drink it neat or pour it over ice cubes to cool it down. Whatever else you drink, be sure to include plenty of water. Your home spa treatment will cause your body to lose moisture, even if you are in water or having a steam bath, so it must be replaced or you‟ll risk becoming dehydrated. Water is best taken at room temperature. But if the weather is really hot, using half iced water to half room temperature water will make it more refreshing. Treat yourself to nuts, coconut, avocado, oily fish and seeds to make sure you get enough of those essential fats. Avoiding all foods that are processed and choosing only foods in their natural state will do your body a favor by stocking up on essential nutrition.
How to Store Your Home Spa Products
Storage for home spa products needs to be easy to see through and easy to access. In other words, glass jars with wide tops and sealable lids are great. Glass is easy to clean, doesn’t scratch and will not take up stains from the products you have used. Clear plastic is good for freezing, but it will often stain, and acids in the food can compromise the surface. Some brands of coffee are sold in wide-topped glass jars with either a screw-top lid or one that seals with a plastic and glass push-in lid. Both are excellent for storage. Those glass jars or bottles that are used for preserving fruit are also great. They come in tall and short styles, but many have wide necks and screw on or glass tops with metal latches. In glass jars you can store all the homemade goo you like, and they are also suitable for cotton balls, bath beads and swabs. They look attractive if three of the same shape and size are grouped together. Of course you’ll need shelving to put them on if there is not enough cupboard space in your bathroom. Portable shelving is great and can be moved when you need to scrub the floor. Plastic may not last very long, so get shelves made from brushed stainless steel or chrome - and make sure the castors are heavy duty; it should last for ages. These always look clean - and are easy to keep clean. Moisture will not damage the surface either, as it does with varnished timber. Stainless steel will give your bathroom that luxurious spa room look, especially if stacked with white towels and robes. Choose one with five or six shelves so there’ll be room for the jars as well. If your children are going through the toddler stage, then high shelving fixed to the wall may be a better choice for the safety of both toddler and product. If you store things in a bathroom cupboard, many more will fit by piling smaller items in a basket, box or even a 4-liter ice-cream container. No need for the lid. You may be able to install a bump-out shower rod for hanging things on, or some of those over the door type hooks that are so great for robes or extra towels. Some of the homemade products may need to be kept refrigerated for maximum freshness. Small jars can be kept separate from foodstuffs by storing them all in a plastic ice-cream container. Label it clearly so the children don’t get into it by mistake
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