Spa skin care secrets at home
Professional spa treatments are divine -- but they're expensive and time-consuming, too. Treat your skin to regular spa treatments in your own home quickly and affordably.
Dry brush skin smoothing system
Dry brushing is an age-old technique that exfoliates the dead, dulling skin cells that accumulate on your body. Some of the best spa body treatments in the world include this technique, say the experts at Bioelements® Professional Skin Care.
Use a dry brush to sweep off skin cells to renew texture and improve circulation. Beyond smoothing and softening, dry brushing energizes you, neck to toes.
All-natural body scrub
Pati Dubroff, aka "Prema," is one of the world's most respected celebrity makeup artists. Her well-known clients (among them, gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow) credit her for their photo-worthy red-carpet skin.
Dubroff says you can achieve touchably soft skin, too. Scrub the skin with a simple mix of oatmeal and honey. Rinse with warm water and follow with moisturizer.
Your skin is made of layers, and for thorough moisturizing, you have to go beyond the surface. Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh lotion provides multi-layer moisturizing without being too heavy, for skin that feels light and fresh, never greasy.
The lightweight formula combines pure aloe and Stratys-3 multi-layer moisture. Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh lotion absorbs quickly, infuses moisture at the top, core and deep layers, and leaves skin hydrated. Use it daily for spa-perfect skin.
Homemade acne fighter
Louisa Maccan-Graves, author of Hollywood Beauty Secrets: Remedies to the Rescue, is a beauty and age-proofing expert. She concocted an effective pumpkin mask that works for a clearer and brighter complexion. It contains enzymes that help heal and draw impurities from the skin, making it ideal for those with face and back acne.
Louisa's Pumpkin Enzyme Mask for Face & Body (for all skin types)
- 1/2 can plain pumpkin (not pie filling)
- 1 6-ounce container plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (the juice of about 1/2 a lemon)
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl and stir.
- Cleanse face and body in the shower and towel dry.
- While seated on a towel on the side of the tub, apply the enzyme mask onto your body and face. Wait 20 minutes, then rinse the mask off with tepid water.
Instant summer glow
You can recreate a summer glow without looking orange, says healthy skin care expert and Skin Authority CEO Celeste Hilling. Hilling's celebrity clients include Heather Morris of Glee and Emily Procter of CSI Miami. Simply add two drops of your favorite foundation to a moisturizing sunscreen and mix together for a natural look.
Epsom salt is an affordable, natural beauty product used by models, actresses and skin care experts worldwide. The Epsom Salt Council features fab beauty tips that you can recreate for pennies, like this spa bath treatment:
Mix 2 cups of Epsom salt with a few drops of fragrance and food coloring or 1/2 teaspoon of glycerin. Add to the water in a standard-sized bathtub. Soak for at least 12 minutes, three times weekly. For an extra treat, add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for a refreshing scent.