Spa Me, please

With the current economy the way that it is, there is no doubt that splurging on a dreamy spa day is probably out of the question for most of us. Why not send the kids out (with daddy…to grandma’s…playdate swap?) for the day and bring the spa to you? InStyle magazine recently featured several glamorous spa outings across the country, but you can make them your own and get nearly the same effect (lets be honest, there is just something about the spa).

A little relaxation and pampering will go a long way for the weary mama. Remember, when mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Put on some light relaxing music (think: Sarah McLaughlin, Enigma, classical, Enya…whatever floats your mellow boat), light a few candles & dim the lights, silence your cell phones and turn the ringer off on your home phone. You are escaping for a bit. Prepare a pitcher of iced cold water with sliced cucumber, lemon and orange slices. Indulge in glass after glass while you spa.

Here are a couple of “at home spa treatments to try”:

The At Home “make these tired and puffy eyes disappear” Facial
  • Slip into a plush robe or your comfiest loungewear, pull your hair up off your face, and wash your face with cleanser & remove makeup.
  • Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and pour into a large bowl. Drape a towel over your head and slowly lower your face until it is about a foot above the bowl. Steam for about 5 minutes to open pores.
  • Apply a good scrub (we recommend a fruit enzyme scrub made with ingredients like pineapple or papaya). Let is linger for a bit (5 minutes or so) and then rinse and pat dry.
  • Use a clay mask to deep clean your pours. Relax while it dries and then rinse and pat dry.
  • If you have a good facial serum, finish off your facial by smoothing that on.
The At Home “please remind me how my feet felt before I had kids” Foot Treatment
  • Fill a large tub (empty out one of the Rubbermaid storage buckets holding your kids toys if you have to!) with warm water. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. For extra decadence, sprinkle the top of the water with a handful of rose petals.
  • Remove old polish and clip nails straight across. Brush a drop of cuticle oil on each nail and rub into surrounding skin and then soak your feet for about 10 minutes.
  • Massage your feet with a sugar scrub or lotion with a tablespoon of poppy seeds added to it, rinse and pat dry.
  • Buff calluses with a pumice stone in circular motion until feet are soft!
  • Moisturize your feet and wrap in a warm, damp towel that has been microwaved for 30 seconds. 
  • We dare you to try not to fall asleep!
The At Home “head to toe pamper this tired mommy body” Treatment
  • For the true pampering, set your thermostat to 80 degrees!
  • Step into a warm shower and spread an exfoliating sugar scrub over your entire body.
  • Home-made Sugar Scrub :: mix equal parts brown sugar with grapeseed or sesame oil (you can add your favorite essential oil if you want a scent)
  • Rinse and pat dry.
  • Rub any rough patches on your knees and elbows with fresh orange slices and slather an antioxidant and firming body mask over your entire body. If you do not have a mask, you can substitute 2 cups of plain yogurt as the body mask.
  • While your body mask dries, massage a really good deep conditioner or scalp mask into your hair, taking a few minutes to really massage it into your scalp. Clip hair into a low bun and wait 10 minutes while it sets in.
  • Rinse your body and hair and apply a quality body lotion to seal in moisture.


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