Natural spa 1
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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A Natural Spa TreatmentIf you’ve been busy with house cleaning (and everything else involved intoday’s hectic lifestyle), you’re probably a bit worn out after it all. Your bodyneeds as much attention as your home does to keep yourself feeling freshand sparkling. There’s nothing like feeling pampered to refresh you, so whynot try a home spa, which ensures that you will use only natural products onyour skin and will cost a fraction of the price of a professional spa treatment.These natural spa treatments won’t involve bathing in mud or anything reallymessy like that. After all, if you have to give the bathroom one heck of acleaning after your spa session is over, you’re going to undo all the good ofthe spa treatments. If you’re going to feel revitalized and recharged, whywaste your energy cleaning up what got you revitalized.And remember: making and collecting what you need for a home spa is partof the fun.To get the full benefit out of your home spa session, you will need a lockablebathroom, a tray or rack to hold all your home-made lotions, potions andscrubs, and a willing helper to give you a massage. If you want to re-createthe ambience of a professional spa, candles or other low lighting (use a 25 Wbulb in the bathroom rather than buying a special (read expensive) moodlight), and relaxing instrumental music will do the trick. However, relaxing inthe bath with any music you like and a paperback is just as beneficial.Your spa will consist of three main parts: a facial, a bath and a massage, withthe bath coming in the middle of the facial. The only really potentially messypart of this process is the massage, so put thick towels down on the bed orfloor to soak up any oil that goes where you don’t want it – wash them in hotwater to get the oil out afterwards.The first part of the facial is cleaning it with a cleansing oil-based lotion. Tomake this, combine 10 ml wheat germ or avocado oil with 30 ml of sesame oiland 30 ml of sunflower or almond oil. Add in about 5 drops of essential oil toadd a bit of scent, and shake it all together. Dab it on the face and work it inwell with a piece of cotton wool, a tissue or a soft cotton cloth, then wipe offwith a fresh cloth, etc. This cleans off the surface dirt without stripping thenatural oils of the skin.Exfoliation comes next. You can do this by physical scrubbing with the insideof an avocado peel, a handful of coarse salt or sugar, oatmeal (cold porridgecounts) or with a loofah. Or you can do it chemically with a mild fruit acid –kiwifruit pulp and pineapple juice are the strongest, but apple pulp and lemonjuice work just as well. Or combine the two with a paste of salt and eitherlemon juice or kiwifruit pulp. Scrub the paste over the face and neck, thenrinse off with cold water.
Steam the face next by draping a towel over your head and leaning over abowl of boiling water. You can add some herbs or essential oils to the steamfor extra fragrance and the aromatherapy effects of the oil. Don’t get too closeto the water and skip this step if you have thread veins in your cheeks.Now run the bath. While body oils are beautifully moisturizing, they are a painto clean up afterwards. Whole milk powder gives the emollient qualitieswithout being a pig to clean up and has that luxurious Cleopatra touch. Othergood additions to a bath to improve and cleanse the skin include 2 cups ofvinegar (cheap version) or 2 cups of wine (more expensive version,depending on the wine you choose), a cup of sea salt or a mixture ofingredients made in a bath bag. While the bath is running, prepare a facemask and heat up about a cup or so of olive oil for a hair treatment. Also layout other bits and pieces that you will need for your bath, such as a faceflannel, a razor if you plan to shave your legs, a loofah, a nice drink of greentea and a good book (OK – a trashy paperback). If you want to treat yourhands, you can give them a “mask” too, but wear rubber gloves over the handmask.Work the warm oil into your hair and cover it with either a thick towel (whichyou will need to wash like anything in hot soapy water afterwards) or cling filmto allow the oils to work into the hair. Slip into the bath and apply your mask.Now relax with the book, sipping green tea. Use the loofah, a natural bristlebrush or the inside of an avocado skin to exfoliate your legs before shavingthem (if you’re going to) and scrub anything else you can reach and want totreat – you may need a helper to do your back properly.Rinse the mask off and rinse the excess oil out of the hair with a showerattachment once getting out of the bath. Dab yourself dry with a thick, fluffytowel and slip on a bathrobe. The facial now continues with an astringent ortoning lotion. To make toning lotion, you can make herbal vinegar, use witch-hazel lotion, or dab on some cooled chamomile tea. To make astringent witch-hazel lotion, mix 1 t dried witch hazel with 1 t of dried yarrow and 1 t of driedsage, and put these to brew for 15 minutes, covered, in boiling water. Allowthis to cool before using. To make herbal vinegar, steep the herbs of yourchoice (lavender is ideal) for a few weeks in vinegar before straining andbottling.Put a moisturizer on your face. You can make your own moisturizer by melting30 g of beeswax in 100 ml of light olive oil, then stirring in 30 ml of distilledwater drop by drop until the mixture thickens – add about 3-4 drops essentialoil if you like.Finish with a massage. Olive oil is excellent massage oil, as are almond oil,sunflower oil and peanut oil. Add 5 drops of essential oil to about a cup of oilto make scented massage oil. Lie down and relax…
Nick Vassilev is the founder of successful carpet cleaning London anddomestic cleaning London businesses delivering quality cleaning services tothousands of clients.Article from articlesbase.com