Summer’s sun, heat and pesky insects can combine to stress the skin and make us want to retreat to the indoors. But why miss out on the fun and healthy benefits of being outside? This cooling, hydrating and soothing mist will make it a more pleasant experience. It’s simple to make with ingredients readily available from your local drug or grocery stores. I like to keep my bottles in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect. Going on a picnic? Place your bottle in the ice cooler – you’ll be the most popular person there; You brought the COOL!
4 ounces distilled water
4 ounces witch hazel
32 drops of lavender essential oil
16 drops of peppermint essential oil
1 – 8 ounce (or 2 – 4 ounce) spray mister bottle(s)
Method: Pour water and witch hazel in the bottle(s). Add the essential oils and shake well to mix. Be sure to shake well before use to keep the mixture blended. Mist lightly over exposed skin – keeping away from face, eyes and mouth. Enjoy!
A Honey of a Face
Spa Sunday – Thanks to my friend Cynthia of the ShalenaDiva Prayer Altar for this great idea to use a banana – a soothing and moisturizing facial mask. Mix a ripe banana, 2 TBLS each plain yogurt and honey into a smooth paste. Apply to face and neck. Let rest for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Pat dry and follow with your favorite toner and moisturizer.
I tried this on whim and I must say I was so pleased with the results. All morning and into the afternoon, I was getting compliments on how beautiful I looked. I smiled and told them I had done a wonderfully easy and fun face mash with ingredients right from my kitchen. My skin was noticeably smoother and tighter – I could actually feel the mask “working!”
This trick in my “Spa at Home” toolbox is definitely a keeper.
Ahhh . . . Spa Sunday Foot Soak
Ahhh – Spa Sunday Foot Soak! Use some of your Valentines Day flowers (or any day flowers) to add beauty and textural interest to a soothing foot soak.
Cover floor with towels to prevent slippage and catch any overflow of water. Use 1/2 cup of Epsom, Bath Salts or your favorite Foot Soak to a basin of warm water. Add a few drops of Lavender and/or Tea Tree essential oils for their relaxing and anti-bacterial properties. Soak feet for 20 minutes, pat dry and apply a generous amount of lotion or cream. Put on cotton socks and wake up to noticeably softer feet.
Simple ingredients, beautiful results.
Our hands are two special appendages with which we greet the world with a handshake, a friendly wave, a pat on the back or a tender and reassuring hug. Yet, they are so often neglected in the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Here’s an easy, quick and effective Spa Sunday Treatment for two of our most important body parts.
1/3 cup salt
1/2 cup olive oil
Nail Polish Remover (if needed)
Cut the Lemon in half, set aside. Carefully WARM 1/2 Cup of olive oil in the microwave (about 30 seconds) or hot water bath. Reserve 2 TBLS. Remove nail polish, if necessary. Wash hands. Rub the lemon on clean nails to naturally whiten them. The citric acid does wonders for nails which have been darkened by nail polish and smoking (God forbid). Dark nails can also be an indicator of an underling health problem so if the condition persists, please check with your health care provider. Discard the lemons in your kitchen disposal or add to your compost bucket (nothing is wasted).
Soak your clean nails in the warm olive oil for five minutes per hand, massaging the oil gently around the cuticles. If desired, re-heat the oil for another 30 seconds. Stir in the salt to the warmed oils to make a paste. Over the sink, rub the Salt Scrub into the hands, again paying special attention to the cuticles and any rough spots. Go ahead take a moment . . . you deserve this special pampering.
Rinse the excess scrub from your hands with warm water. Apply the reserved olive oil to your hands, gently massaging into the cuticles. Cover with cotton socks and relax into noticeably softer hands. Perfect while watching your favorite TV program, listening to music, reading or overnight. Remember, our hands communicate so much about us; make the message one of love, caring and attention – with simple and readily available ingredients.
Rose, Milk and Honey Bath
Spa Sunday ~ Bathe like the STAR you are! Bloom off those Valentine, Anniversary or Birthday Roses?
No worries, use them in a relaxing Milk and Honey Bath. Add 1/4 cup honey, 1 cup each of milk and bath salts to warm water. Relax for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm shower water. Seal in the softness with a rich moisturizing lotion.
Enjoy your night!