With the kids going back to school, endless deadlines at work and stress levels rising, a visit to the spa with your best girls can be quite tempting, but not the most practical. What is the next best option? A great DIY Spa Party in your own home! This will cut costs and address your need for some much needed chill and relaxation. Here are some great tips:
• Invite friends and divide contributions.Via: Shelly Ballestero, http://www.cbn.com/health/
“To lighten the workload and the price, you can have each friend bring one of the fixings for the facial bar. For instance, one person could bring five avocados, the other a large container of yogurt, and so on. Also have each guest bring one toiletry item; these will make up the gift bags.”
• Create the perfect spa ambiance.Create a relaxing vibe in your place by transforming your own living room into a mini spa. Arrange your spa tools in a table where it can be easily accessed by your guests. Bring out your BellaSentials Aromatherapy Oil diffuser and use your favorite essential oil blends to make the room smell relaxing and welcoming. Throw in a lot of pillows, play soothing music then dim the lights.
• Make your own body scrub!Via: Teri Cosenzi, Beautiful Makeup Search, http://www.glamour.com/
“I mix one cup of granulated white sugar with enough vitamin E oil to make a thick paste. I take it with me as I head to the tub and scrub it in circular motions all over my body. This simple-to-use scrub helps rid my skin of dead cells while taking in the nourishment of the vitamin E oil. Simple and sweet!”
• Create your own feet treat.Via: Debra Immergut, http://www.parents.com/
“Fill a tub with warm water, have a partygoer place her tootsies in, then dump in a scoop of our Fizzing Foot Soak. Let the giggles begin! Refill the tub with fresh water for each customer.”
Fizzing Foot Soak: Mix together 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup citric acid, and 10 to 20 drops of your favorite fragrance oil. Store dry in a plastic bag (do not use a sealable container, as the mixture produces gas!). Use one scoop of powder per tubful of warm water.
• Polish it offVia: http://www.cbn.com/health/
Have another tray filled with nail polish, remover, and nail files and paint each other’s toenails following the foot soaks and leg rubs. A splurge would be to hire a nail tech from a nearby cosmetology school to do the pedicures.
• Use food like fruits, veggies and chocolate for facials.Via: http://www.realsimple.com/
"While food has been used in facials forever, aestheticians have begun pampering the skin with some very unexpected ingredients, like beer, açai berries, and even—believe it—cold clamshells. “These new treatments tend to be more potent than their predecessors, yet they remain gentle enough for most complexions,” says Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City. What’s more, since you can whip them up yourself, you can indulge anytime (not just when there’s an opening at the spa).
• Cap it off with cookies and tea.Via: Via: Shelly Ballestero, http://www.cbn.com/health/
“Top off the spa experience with cookies and tea. Try Tulsi or Roobios tea. The benefits of their antioxidants are wonderful. Try these orange-pecan cookies. They are lower in calories and easy to make.”
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tsp grated orange zest
1 tsp orange extract
1 egg white, lightly beaten
Canola-oil cooking spray
“Pulse pecans and sugar in food processor into sand-like texture. Transfer to a bowl and stir in zest and extract. Slowly stir in egg white until a thin dough forms. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Measure 16 heaping teaspoonfuls of dough and roll each into a ball. Place balls on sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 8–10 minutes. Cool and dust with powdered sugar.”