Treat Yourself to a Luxurious Spa Day at Homeby Lee McKenzie
Anyone who knows me will laugh at the idea of me offering beauty advice. I am not a expert, I seldom wear makeup, and my bad hair days far outnumber the good ones. What I really love about spa treatments is the total sense of relaxation and well being—so it’s as much about what’s happening on the inside as it is about the outside.
I’d love to indulge myself every month or so but simply can’t afford it, so the next best thing is to treat myself to a spa day at home. This is a relaxing and refreshing alternative, and it can be done with simple, everyday ingredients like oatmeal, honey, yogurt and avocado, so it’s also affordable. Gotta love that!
Whether your spa day is solo or done with a spouse/sister/daughter/friend, I’m sure you’ll find it’s time well spent. On my websie I’ve posted a detailed outline of a possible spa day at home. Just click here and scroll down to “Maggie’s Tips for a Spa Day Home.”
And here are a couple of great recipes for homemade spa goodies from Spa Index.
Chocolate Facial MaskAnd did you know you can make your own pore cleaning strips? It's super easy, and so economical.
1/3 cup cocoa powder
tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons cottage cheese
1/4 cup honey
This is one of my favorites! Blend all the ingredients together and smooth the
mixture onto your face. Relax for ten 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Your skin will be nice and soft, although be forewarned. You may find yourself
Strip it Off! Pore Cleaning StripsDo you have any at-home spa tips or special little indulgences you’d like to share?
1 tablespoon Knox unflavored gelatin
1-1/2 tablespoon milk
Mix the two ingredients and microwave for 10
seconds till slightly warm. Using a clean cosmetic brush or spatula, apply to
nose and chin area. Avoid delicate eye area. Rinse brush/spatula immediately.
Allow mixture on nose and chin to dry for 10 to 15 minutes. Mixture will dry to
form a stiff film. Peel off the film and be amazed!
Until next time,
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Lee McKenzie writes for Harlequin American Romance. With This Ring (December ‘07) is available as an ebook from eHarlequin.com and Amazon.com (Kindle edition). Her next two books are a series set in beautiful San Francisco.