DIY Tricks to Replicate Spa Treatments
Summer fun unfortunately can give your skin and hair a beating. Below are some DIY tips to whip your skin, hair and hands back in shape.
For a clean, shiny and touchable face
â€¢ Prepare pot of boiling water with several bags of chamomile tea, allowing tea to steep.
â€¢ Place face over steam from pot and cover head with towel to trap steam.
â€¢ Place cucumbers or well-squeezed, icy chamomile tea bags on eyes to reduce puffiness.
â€¢ Dab off excess moisture. Apply scrub cream in gentle circular and upward motion to face, neck and chest. Place emphasis on beard and neck to help lift ingrown facial hair.
â€¢ Rinse thoroughly with warm, moist washcloth. Apply witch hazel, rose, or lavender water with spray or cotton pad.
â€¢ Apply moisture lotion/cream in upward massage strokes placing slight pressure on temples and under forehead bridge line to release tension.
For softer and shinier hair with improved scalp circulation
â€¢ Mix lemon juice and warm green tea. Apply mixture to scalp with brush or applicator. Pour remaining amount throughout hair.
â€¢ Allow mixture to remain on scalp for a few minutes to cleanse scalp and hair follicles.
â€¢ Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Apply a combination of two parts fresh avocado and two parts yogurt. Massage into hair in circular motion to relax the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
â€¢ Gently massage temples and base of scalp line. Place plastic shower cap on hair and wrap in warm towel for 10 minutes or until towel cools off.
â€¢ Rinse thoroughly.
For clean, soft and luxurious hands
â€¢ Buff and moisturize rough skin using a scrub cream and oil/body lotion.
â€¢ Mix four parts kosher/sea salt with one part warm grape seed, canola, or olive oil. Mix into a paste.
â€¢ Massage into hands in upward strokes and circular motion.
â€¢ Remove with warm/wet towel. Follow by pushing back cuticles and filing rough nail edges. Apply body/hand lotion.
â€¢ Wrap hands in warm cotton gloves or place in plastic bags and wrap with warm towels.
By Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau