A year ago when A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began the quest of producing the best bath and body products, this exfoliating salt scrub was the one I was looking forward to most. It’s no secret that body scrubs are by far my most favorite skin care item due to the way it transforms your skin. Transformation is important when it comes to self-care. When you take the time for yourself, even to simply scrub away dull, dry skin, you make yourself a priority and that’s important for your emotional well-being.
If you don’t make the time to care for yourself, who else is going to? Read more
Carolyn Doe, spa director at The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) has whipped up a DIY Coconut Coffee Foot Scrub recipe to soothe weary feet at home.
The rich blend of antioxidant-filled coffee and moisture-locking coconut oil, combined with the refreshing scent of vanilla extract, is a perfect combination of natural ingredients to remove and repair rough skin.
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I’m all over the place when it comes to skin care. I’ve been brand loyal with my daily moisturizer since I was 12, (my mom’s favorite is still my favorite,) but when it comes to face wash, I can safely say I’ve tried every product on the shelf at least once. After years of experimenting with pretty much every face cleanser under the sun, I can safely say Garnier’s new Clean + Balancing Daily Exfoliator was the most pleasant morning pick me up (besides coffee) I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
There’s lots of exciting stuff coming from Garnier for Spring 2014. I think they are trying to target a young buyer with their new collection and I’m all about it. The new Garnier Clean + Skincare Collection is available with newly launched cleansers, a new moisturizer and a facial primer. Read more
My sister is, and always has been, my beauty mentor. Whenever I’ve had a beauty ailment (which is a weekly occurrence,) I’ve always been able to count on her to steer me in the right direction. Whether it be over plucked brows, breakouts or a lackluster complexion, she always seems to have a remedy in hand. Her latest beauty advice for me was a body scrub using coffee grounds.
This DIY body scrub was honestly one of the easiest and most enjoyable beauty adventures I’ve been on in a long time. I got to enjoy a delicious cup cup of coffee then indulge in an amazingly effective…and cheap at home spa treatment. I just took the leftover grounds into the shower with me and rubbed it all over my body. The coffee grounds make a really gentle scrub, but also does a great job of exfoliating. Caffeine is also known to be a fantastic anti-cellulite treatment. The strong smell of coffee in the shower also gave me an energy boost. Read more
I have decided that this is the only wash cloth I am ever using…strong words I know but it is THAT amazing. This cloth was suggested to me after getting eyelash extensions as a part of my lash care routine. After getting eyelash extensions, you have to be really careful with your lashes and cannot get them wet 24-48 hours after having the extensions applied and a wash cloth is the best way to clean the face without getting your lashes soaked. What peaked my interest with this cloth is that it is a Microbamboo Cleansing/Exfoliating Cloth, which is a fusion of Microfiber and Bamboo-Charcoal. Bamboo-Charcoal is made by heating bamboo at a temperature of 1000°C, and then grounding it into nano-particles to combine with filament yarn. The benefits of Microbamboo are: ultra-plush, velvety-soft, and super-absorbent, yet lightweight and durable cleansing cloth. Read more
One of the very first things I like to do after summer has made it’s departure is to exfoliate my entire body from head to toe.Â Summer has a tendency to leave me with clogged pores and flaky skin that I just cannot get rid of soon enough.Â Exfoliating from the decolletage downwards is pretty easy…I am never lacking for great body scrubs, my face and neck on the other hand are another story.Â I generally prefer to visit a spa to have a professional perform a mild peel or intensive facial, but in these economic times sometimes that’s just not an option.Â I did some research and found an overwhelming amountÂ of DIY at home facial peels (some with much better reviews than others), but still had no idea which one would be best for my skin so I decided to go with the ones that are actually used in spas and narrowed it down to the Repechage Rapidex Marine Exfoliator (which they kindly sent to me.)
The Rapidex Marine ExfoliatorÂ is a 14-day treatment that comes in a pre-saturated cotton swab (14 individual swabsÂ in the pack) andÂ is ridiculously easy to use, which for clumsy me makes it that much more foolproof.Â The claims are that Rapidex will, “retexturize the skin, reducing the look of lines and wrinkles, and improving tone by eliminating the appearance of age spots and other hyper-pigmented areas.”Â I was more concerned with dullÂ skin due to clogged pores and dead skin build up, I also had a few blemishes that were really bugging me.Â I am extremely impatientÂ and love seeing immediate results (which has resulted in more than a few beauty mishaps in the past) so having to wait 14 days seemed like an eternity to me. But I also love being surprised and after using Rapidex for about four days I started noticing results…not drastic, but definitely noticeable.Â The bumps that started popping up on my jawline and chin started to dry up and flake off and when I applied my facial moisturizer, my skin definitely felt smoother.
In addition to using Rapidex on my face and throat, I also used it on the backs of my hands.Â After using it for 14 days my skin was a lot smoother and glowing, some of the brown acne scars had faded a bit so they were not as noticeable and the little spots that seemed to appear on the back of my hands had also faded (not entirely but enough for me to notice a difference.)Â Â During usage of the exfoliator, I always expected to feel a sting or burn of some kind and would wait for it, but it never felt uncomfortable, at times it tingled a bit but that was all, it felt pretty gentle.Â Not bad at all at $55.
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Although going to the spa can never be anÂ overrated experience, there is something to be said of being able to bring the spa to the comfort and privacyÂ of your own home with you and a few of your closest girlfriends…or sometimes just solo.Â The only problem with bringing the spa to your home is the quality of the spa products.Â More often than not, spa products that I am able to get my hands on are never spa quality and being that neither me nor my girlfriends are professional estheticians, we need our products to do the job that we can not.Â Which is why I love products from True Blue Spa by Bath & Body Works.Â The brands products are spa quality without the spa prices, they really allow you to experience the true spa experience at home.
My two favorite True Blue Spa products are the 60-Second Manicure Hand Scrub and the Smoothing Foot Scrub.Â The Hand Scrub is a sugar based exfoliating treatment that also contains moisturizing Shea Butter.Â I love startingÂ my at home spa manicures with the scrub because it immediately softens my hands and cuticles and allows any moisturizing products that follows, whether it’s a hand lotion, masque or cuticle oil, to do a more effective job.Â The scrub also has a great citrusy scent…like a blend of sugar and grapefruit.Â Much like the hand scrub, the Smoothing Foot Scrub also smooths and softens, allowing moisturizing products to be better absorbed by the feet.Â The foot scrub also has a great refreshing minty scent, due to the Peppermint Oil that is a part of the ingredients and that also stimulatesÂ tired feet.
IÂ may never completely give up going to a spa in favor ofÂ spa-ing at home, but for those days when the spa budget is a bit too tight or if I just want to have a girl’s night in with my at home spa products and a bottle of wine, it’s great to know that I have two amazing productsÂ on hand that very closely captures the spa experience and results without the steep spa price tags or having to change out of my jammies.