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  • Writer's pictureKaren Calderon-Schweitzer

Homemade Luxury Spa

Creating your luxury spa experience can be easily done. Indulge, relax and breathe!



CHOOSE A ROOM

Find the perfect room for you to create your spa experience and let everyone know that you need some time for yourself. For me it starts in my bedroom and it extends into the bathroom. I hang a homemade Please Do Not Disturb sign on my bedroom door to remind my family that I need time to myself.

I prepare a pot of hot green tea to sip and relax while listening to calming music and rest on my bed. Champagne or mimosas are also a good option. Aromatherapy candles are also a good addition for setting your private retreat. Take the time to enjoy the moment and work on clearing your mind while taking deep breaths.

EXFOLIATE AND MOISTURIZE

Exfoliating your skin aids with stimulating cell re-growth by removing the dead skin cells on the top layer of the skin. This can be done in your shower. Wet your body with warm water and use a wash cloth to gently scrub your skin using circular motions. The circular motions will also aid circulation and bring more blood flow into your skin. I prefer using a washcloth rather than a loofah as it can be washed after each use to prevent harboring bacteria.

I make a homemade clarifying mask that can give your skin a natural glow. Mix 1/2 cup of honey with a half a cup of plain yogurt and add a half a cup of finely shredded under-ripe papaya. Apply the mixture to your skin and leave on for 5-8 minutes. Rinse off and apply a good moisturizer. This mask can also be used on your face.

Papaya provides a packed dose of vitamin A and Papain which helps in removing dead cells. Plain yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells. Raw honey is rich in moisturizing and healing benefits. Do not use if you are allergic to papaya, milk products, or honey.

FACIAL TIME

Your face also needs some TLC, specially during stressful times. A good skin prep starts with steam to open up pores. I use hot water from the tap to fill a bowl slightly larger than my face. You can add a few drops of lavender or simply open up a couple of herbal tea bags into it. Drape a towel over the back of your head and lower your face towards the bowl until you can feel the steam. Breath deeply and slowly for about ten minutes.

Follow your steam session with a lovely mask. If you already have a mask that you like this would be the perfect time to apply it but if you don't have one, make a homemade mask. There are different masks that you can easily make at home just like the papaya mask. For a quick rejuvenating mask you can mix 1/4 cup of dry milk with enough water to form a thick paste. Apply it thoroughly onto your face and let it dry completely. Rinse with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.

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