Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Time to unwind...

With life being so busy, it’s hard to find time for yourself. And a day at the spa just may not be in the budget this month. I know this; you know this; we all know this. Male or female, a little pampering can be just the pick me up you need to take on all your duties and tasks like a pro.

I thought I would give a little run down of my favorite beauty rituals. Mine is obviously more geared towards a “female”, however, males can adjust accordingly! I just find after taking a bit of time, I feel, look, and act better!

So block off an hour or two from your busy life. This may seem like a bit of time but it is so worth it in the end!

What you will need:
Lemon juice
Face scrub or mask
Nail polish remover
Nail polish
A glass of cold water

To start I turn on some relaxing music. If I am in an upbeat pampering mood, maybe something a bit crazier but I generally prefer relaxing! Light your favorite candle and off we go!

Start by applying your face mask. Follow directions on back as most have you wash your face first.

While your face mask is setting (generally ten minutes) remove nail polish from both hands and feet.

Once that is complete, apply lotion to legs-pre-moisturizing for shaving! Take the remaining time left on your face mask and go grab a few teaspoons of leman and two slices of cucumber.

Take off the face mask. Now it is time for the bath! During the duration of this entire activity, make sure to drink plenty of water! If you are taking the time to look healthy on the outside, why not work on doing so on the inside too! You can also add some lemon and cucumber to your water for a real spa treat, however, make sure to reserve some for the remaining activities!

Once in the bath, take time to truly relax. Add some relaxing body wash or bubble bath to the water, lie back, and place one cucumber slice on each eye. The cooling effects will help reduce puffiness and restore the luster of the area around your eyes!

Once you have relaxed to your content, remove the cucumber, and embark on normal bath activities. Wash and condition your hair, exfoliate your body, and shave those well moisturized legs! (Beauty pageant tip-conditioner can replace your shaving cream as it moisturizes your legs and the hair prior to removal!)

If you have a pumice stone, remove dead skin from both your feet and elbows-I have sensitive elbows so I usually just exfoliate my elbows with body scrub…once I hop out of the shower, I then rub some lemon juice on my elbows (really does soften the elbows!) Apply lotion to your entire body, paint toenails, then finger nails, then sit and relax while they dry...this is a great time to meditate!

And !POOF! A new you! Enjoy these little tips...I love them!

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