As much as we love the holiday season, it can be stressful. Shopping, anxiety as well as too many parties and not enough sleep take a toll on more than our attitude it can affect our immune system. Seeing people that we really don't want to see, figuring out what to buy our loved ones...and hoping we can exchange some gifts that were received! After the holidays is a good time for us to unwind, relieve our stress and recharge our psychological batteries! Ms. Scuttlebutt and Ms. Prattle have some advise for pampering yourself in a home spa. Light some candles, and turn off the overhead lights. Put on some soft music while you're at it! If you have children, remind them that this is "mommy-time" and you need to be alone! Of course putting a children's show on the tv and placing them, snack in hand, in front is not a bad idea...of course not all the time, but it is acceptable every now and again! Try these and pamper yourself, you deserve it!
Relaxing bath mix
Forget the usual quick shower for today. A bath is the best way to relieve stress and get your strength back. Fill the tub and boost it up with a bath mix that will coddle your skin too. This mix is good for sensitive skin.
1/4 cup milk flakes (or powdered milk, if flakes aren't available)
1/4 cup oat flakes
1 tblsp baking soda
1 tsp almond oil
3 drops chamomile
3 drops rose oil essence
6 drops orange oil essence
Put all the flakes in the blender, then mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Empty the mix in the warm bath water (not too hot) and soak for 20 minutes.
Toning scrub for a soft body
The semolina cleans and opens the pores while the antioxiding and toning quality of the orange will give you a refreshing and well-being feeling.
Juice of 1/2 orange
4 tablespoons of semolina
Stir the two ingredients together until you have a unvarying paste. Apply to all parts of your body and rub your skin with smooth, even, circular movements for 2-3 minutes, giving more attention to the hard spots like knees, heels and elbow.
If you don't have semolina, you can use sugar or sea salt. Not as cleansing but it does the trick.
Rinse with warm water and apply a moisturizing cream on your whole body or...
Hydrating body oil
The hydration after a bath is not only necessary for helping the skin to keep the water it received from the bath but also to enhance the softness and elasticity and to give it a soft perfume.
120 gr (4 oz or a half a cup) of any oil such as almond oil
50 drops of essence oil (lavender or orange for invigoration, sandalwood or ilang ilang for relaxation)
Mix the two ingredients in a glass bottle and apply to your body in circular movements on your whole body, massaging it in until your skin absorbs it.
Thats it for today!
Brought to you by Ms. Scuttlebutt and Mrs. Prattle
Let us know if you will try it, like it, want more... just comment *winks*