Sunday, February 08, 2009
As I was scouring Amazon for spa related books and DVDs, one caught my eye: Facelift at your Fingertips by Pierre Jean Cousin. I found this to be a very intriguing premise as I was specifically looking for books that could describe techniques for facial massage. A used book dealer was willing to part with their copy for a pittance, so I decided to order the book.
It arrived Tuesday, when I was home from work sick as a dog with the flu. Part of the issue I had was extreme headache. I flipped through the book, which details what carrier oils and essential oils are suited to massage your face with, dependent upon your skin type. What followed was a detailed pictorial of your acupressure points on your face, and a step by step facial massage. I skimmed the information on which points assist with headache, got myself a warm washcloth, and started putting to use the information in the book. Wow, I felt better. I repeated the "need areas" prior to bedtime, and I bounced right back into he land of the living!
That experience alone would lead me to believe that an in-depth look at the contents of the book is in order. The information in the book appears to be very harmonious with what I have known before, and is presented logically. The step by step massage technique is easy to follow, even for an acupressure novice. And the before / after pictures of ladies who have tried this technique have me willing to jump start the six week program to facial health.
I highly suggest this book - particularly as it can be acquired inexpensively. I can see how it would be far less expensive and invasive than the blade, and that alone is well worth the time investment in massage.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
For the record, I love fat free yoghurt. Plain. I like to add my own fruit to it, and I also have developed an affinity for playing with it. With and without the fruit.
As good as yoghurt is for you to eat, it is equally as beneficial to keeping up your appearances. It is a common ingredient to my facial masques, but that is a topic for another time. Today, we are going to focus on repairing your crowning glory naturally.
Have you ever felt like fainting at the price of conditioning treatments? If fainting is a bit dramatic, maybe you have joined me in thinking, "You have got to be John Q Brown kidding me!" Never again. You, sister, (assuming that you have NOT color treated your hair) are going to take a page out of history and use what smart women through the ages have used to beautify yourself - HENNA! Henna works to seal in your hair's natural oils. I also am fond of henna for mendhi art.
Ready? Grab1/4 cup colorless (neutral) henna powder and 1/2 cup plain yoghurt. Mix and apply to freshly-shampooed hair. Wrap in Saran wrap or put on a shower cap and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse, and dry as usual.
This recipe was taken from Secrets of the Spas by Catherine Bardey. I found my copy used on Amazon for less than $1.00. The book is a fabulous resource.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Does your skin need a pick-me-up? Take advantage of your weekend by making a fruit body masque!
Blend up pineapples, papaya, banana, grapes, and melon. Refrigerate. When ready, spread on your skin and allow to remain on for a half-hour. To reduce mess, slather this on in the tub - do not forget candles, a bath pillow, an eye pillow or cucumber slices for your eyes, and relaxing music!
Rinse with lukewarm water!
The fruits act to enzymatically shed dead skin layers, hydrate, and provide nutrients for your skin.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Today, my blog starts to evolve. Instead of 1,000 variations of "I did it!" - I have determined that this will be the way it is throughout my journey - I have decided to share some cool tips and tricks for health that I have picked up along the way.
I am a spa fanatic. I have been in the enviable position to be a "guinea pig" for people studying to acquire their state lisence. Salt glows, mud packs, paraffin, massages, facials, microdermabrasion - you name it, I have got it done. Frequently.
Over time, you start to pick up and learn. One of the things I have learned is that it is not difficult to do this at home! And unless you have an unending line of ESTY students needing you to practice on, it is cheaper to do it yourself, too.
Today's offering is a recipe for a salt scrub that you are going to fall in love with. I call it my "Hippo Scrub" because a fantastic company once made a product quite like it called "Hippo Glow". They stopped manufacturing it, which is unfortunate, because it really worked wonders. This product uses sea salt, oil, and essential oils. That's it. It works by encouraging circulation, which is known to help rid the body of cellulite. Salt scrubs also leave your skin silky smooth.
This is NOT a "miracle treatment". Do not get it in your head that this alone is a substitute for exercise, eating healthy, and drinking water. Think of it as an add-on that you will come to love.
Another word of caution: citric essential oils are phototoxic, which means it is bad news if you choose to use the product, then exposing the skin to sunlight or a tanning bed. Don't even think about that.
So, with no further ado, I bring to you:
CELLULITE SALT SCRUB
1 cup coarse sea salts (or substitute coarse sugar, which is gentler)
1/2 cup almond or grapeseed oil
5 drops each of grapefruit and orange essential oils
Mix thoroughly (I like to use a larger container and shake the mixture). When using, scoop up a small handful and work into the thighs and hammies. Sit on a towel in the bathtub and allow product to work into your skin for ten minutes while gently working your cellulite area with your fingers. Rinse with warm water. Voila! That easy!
Salt scrubs in salons cost between $50-$100. It is a lovely way to be pampered, however, it would be great to pamper yourself at home, as well!
I hope that you enjoy this process!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Up and at em, finally. I sure am glad I put in a cushion of time this morning, so I could sleep in half an hour and still work out.
I would not have been this energetic if I didn't. :)
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