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Vacation time can be hec-
tic. Running around after the
children all day can really
take it out of you! So it's im-
portant to schedule some
time to relax and pamper
yourself, mind, body and
spirit. But why spend money
on a pricey spa when you can
make your own natural skin
care products at home? Here
are some natural spa treat-
ments you can do yourself at
This decadent facial mask, ideal for
normal skin, will leave your face
smooth, soft, and silky. The cream and
honey add moisture, and the oatmeal
sloughs dead cells, perfect for smelling
romantic and deliciously edible.
• 1/3 cup cocoa
• 3 tablespoons heavy cream
• 1/4 cup honey
• 3 teaspoons oatmeal
Mix all ingredients together and
smooth onto face. Relax for 10 minutes;
then rinse with warm water.
APPLE PIE SPA
TREATMENT SKIN POLISH
You know what they say -- an apple
a day! Apples are 85% water and high in
potassium and vitamins A and C. Per-
haps 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
• 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 el-
bows, heels, and knees. Rinse well, and
follow with a rich body lotion.
Note: If using on the face, omit gran-
ulated sugar. Brown sugar, because it
dissolves gently, is a more appropriate
choice for the delicate skin of the face.
Exfoliate your skin gently with natu-
ral 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
pawpaw 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 pawpaw, carefully avoiding the
Lie down and relax for 5-10 minutes.
When you feel fully rejuvenated,
rinse your face and apply moisturizer
for a radiant complexion.
Blend up this simple recipe for a deep
hair conditioning treatment that will
leave your hair soft and silky. The fats in
the avocado and heavy cream are rich in
emollients that quickly penetrate the
hair, while the honey keeps your scalp's
moisture level at an optimum balance --
natural antibacterial agent.
• 1 avocado, peeled and cut into
• 2 tablespoons heavy cream
• 1 tablespoon honey
Mix ingredients in a blender. Comb
mixture through freshly washed hair.
Wrap head in plastic (a grocery bag will
do), and cover with a towel. Let sit for
15 minutes, and rinse well.
SUGAR SCRUB AND HONEY
Soothe itchy, dry hands with this rich
emollient hand wrap.
• 1/2 cup olive oil
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup honey
Mix olive oil and sugar to form a
paste. Massage over hands to lightly
exfoliate; then rinse with warm water.
Warm honey in microwave and apply to
hands (be careful -- don't let it get too
hot!). Wrap hands with plastic wrap,
and relax for 30 minutes.
COFFEE BODY SCRUB
If the smell of freshly brewed coffee
perks you up in morning, try inhaling an
entire shower full of java! Massage oil
smoothes and moisturizes, while
coarsely ground coffee and raw sugar
or sea salt rids your body of dead, flaky
• 2 cups of coarsely ground coffee
• 1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt
• 2-3 tablespoons massage oil (such
as sunflower, jojoba, or coconut oil).
Mix all ingredients together. Take a
hot shower to moisten your skin and
open pores. Using wide, circular mo-
tions, rub the scrub onto your skin with
strong, even pressure. Shower off, pat
skin dry, and apply a thin layer of your
favorite body lotion. Then get ready to
start your morning.
SPA TREATMENT SHOWER
A long hot bath can be a dreamy way
to relax and unwind. But what if you
don't have much time, or you don't
have a tub? An aromatherapy shower is
a simple technique that comes to the
rescue of harried folks who bathe
To try it yourself, take an extra wash-
cloth, 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, exhila-
rating in the blissful smell.
Citrus scents -- lemon, lime, grape-
fruit, tangerine and orange -- are won-
derful mood lifters, as are essential oils
of bergamot, rosemary, and cardamom.
If you're more in need of mellowing out
than pepping up, pick soothing scents
like lavender, sandalwood, chamomile,
pine, and vetiver.
NATURAL EYE DE-PUFFING
If your eyes are red and puffy from a
long day spent squinting at the screen,
lie down with your feet up and use one
of the following treats to soothe and
de-puff your precious peepers.
Lay thinly sliced cucumber on your
Use damp, used tea bags, or cotton
squares dampened with cool tea.
On top of the cucumber or tea com-
presses, lay an unopened bag of frozen
peas over your eyes. This is an old trick
from plastic surgeons to reduce
swelling after eye surgery.
After a good night's sleep, your eyes
will be good as new.
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