Being a working mom, career-woman, wife, girlfriend etc, involves taxing tasks that can take a toll on you physically and emotionally. Unwinding and treating yourself is such a necessity, but it isn't always a practical financial endeavor. So, when Adriene told me about the relaxing at home spa experience she created, I knew it was something I would be trying--and that you guys would want to try as well.
Spa Week 2012 has just passed and I missed out on some amazing deals. I was pretty bummed about it, but every extra penny I have is going to Kim’s and my trip to Europe this fall. In desperate need of a blissful therapeutic escape, I decided to develop my own at home spa experience. Here’s how I did it:
My plan of attack was to take a relaxing hot shower, treat my skin to a decadent exfoliation and deep moisturizer; then to give myself a quick “facial.” While pursing Whole Foods one day, I’d found the most amazing at home spa treatment staple – shower tablets. I purchased Aura Cacia’s Purifying Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Shower Tablets on that day and already had them on-hand. To use them, create a nice steam with your hot water, and place the tablet on the shower floor in direct stream of the water. WHAT A DELICIOUS SPA TREAT!
While still in the shower, I used Shea Radiance’s moisturizing sugar scrub to exfoliate my skin, followed by Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Lavender Pure Castile Soap as a body wash.
After my shower was done, I rubbed my skin with Shea Radiance’s Kalahari Whipped Shea Butter. Ladies, this is quite the treat for your skin—let me tell you why. I was unfamiliar with Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, so I did a little research. Kalahari Melon Seed is a super rich and nourishing oil from the Kalahari Desert in Southern Africa. It’s the perfect moisturizer for dry thirsty skin. The scent is a little different: a mix of an earthy fragrance with sweet smoky notes – very hard to describe, but a delight!
After my body was well exfoliated and moisturized, it was time to tackle my face. I used a mix of castor, hazelnut, and jojoba oils to cleanse. Then took a white wash cloth, ran it under hot water, and draped it over my face to simulate steaming action. I did this twice. Finally, I patted my face with a mix of Grapeseed oil, witch hazel, lavender and lemon essential oils. Ahhhhhh!!! This mix is not only moisturizing but the Grapeseed oil has toning capabilities aided by the witch hazel. The aromatherapy from the essential oils was both calming and pleasurable.
After my in home spa experience, I felt refreshed, renewed, and rejuvenated!
What’s your favorite at home spa treatment? What products are you using? Here’s to beautiful vibrant skin!
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AB describes herself as a “funky, intelligent, amusing, natural girl” who shares her musings at her personal blog, ..East of the Mississippi. She also uses her feminine point of view to counter the masculine opinions of her male BFF on topics like dating, relationships and online etiquette on a second blog, Friends Don’t Let Friends; where the “he said, she said” style banter incites plenty of laughter and discussion in the comments.