August 7th 2009

The at-home spa experience

Your eyes are closed as you lean back in your chair. A fluffy robe surrounds your body, and your tired, achy feet are massaged with aromatic oils. You reach beside you for your organic smoothie and exhale a content sigh. Nothing beats a day at the spa.

You snap back into reality. The phone is ringing, your supervisor is standing at your desk, and, as you glance at the clock, you recall you were supposed to leave work early to pick up your daughter for her orthodontist appointment.

Suddenly, your fabricated spa getaway is not only gone – but terribly unrealistic.

Luckily, the experience that you dream about can be easily adapted to your home. Pencil in some “me time”, and get ready to step into bliss – regardless if it’s in your slightly worn-in bathrobe in your slightly not-so-exotic bathroom.

Put away your Blackberry, send the kids to grandma’s, and direct hubby to do some errands. De-stress your mind, relax your soul, and indulge in a full-body treatment – from head to toe.

Avocado Facial Mask
Two ingredients, ten minutes. If you have time for nothing else, just give your face a quick pick-me-up.

½ an avocado, pitted and mashed
1 tsp. vegetable oil

Combine avocado and oil. Rub onto face, careful to avoid the sensitive eye area. Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.
Tip: Make it more spa authentic with the tried and true cucumber slices on the eyes: two slices, two eyes, and any puffiness is in the past.

Avocado Hair Help
Use up that other half of the avocado, to give your tresses a moisturizing lift.

½ an avocado, pitted and mashed
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 egg

Mix together all ingredients. Work the mixture into your hair, paying careful attention to the ends (they tend to be drier). Cover with a shower cap, and let sit for about 15 minutes.
Rinse, then shampoo.

Rosemary Rinse
Dry hair not the issue? Say bye to buildup with this residue releaser.

1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1/3 c. apple cider vinegar
3 c. warm water.

Finely chop rosemary and place in a jar. Add vinegar and store in a cool, dark place for at least 5 days, shaking once or twice a day to mix. After the days are up (and the spa day is here!), strain the liquid and discard rosemary. Mix in warm water. After shampooing, wash with Rosemary Rinse, then rinse thoroughly.

Honey Lip Exfoliate
Nothing says “kiss me!” then lips that are baby soft with a hint of honey-taste.

1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. sugar

Mix ingredients together, and store in a small container – try reusing an empty lip gloss/balm/stick container.

Ginger-Lime Skin Scrub
Make your body silky smooth with the light scent of ginger and lime.

¼ c. grated gingerroot
½ c. table salt
juice from 2 limes
½ c. vegetable oil, warmed

In a food processor, finely chop gingerroot and salt. Stir in lime juice, and slowly add oil—just enough to make a gritty paste. Rub scrub of choice all over your body, avoiding sensitive areas. Rinse well with warm water.

Check out Part II – coming soon!

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Andrew loves art and design, and pursues his studies in his final year at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He loves seeking out new artists and giving them their dues, and in his spare time, focuses on his own abstract sculpture.