Lapis, The Spa at Fontainebleau’s Director of Spa operations, Josie Feria, came up with a few DIY spa treatments to rescue and revive your skin, and hopefully calm your mind. Take some time to nourish your body and senses.
RESCUE ME SCRUB
Benefits: Exfoliation of dry surface skin and increased hydration
½ cup mineral salts
2 tbsp of any carrier oil such as avocado, jojoba, grapeseed or kukui
5 drops lemongrass oil
In bowl using a metal spoon blend mineral salt with carrier oil – thoroughly mix until it becomes a paste.
Gradually add in lemongrass oil, blending after each drop.
If scrub is too thick add a few drops of water and remix.
Moisten the body in a warm bath or shower and apply scrub to body by hand or using a moist loofah pad in circular motions. Using a loofah pad or other textured body sponge or brush will increase the effects of the exfoliation. Beware of being too energetic as you may scratch the skin. Skin will be rosy and feel energized.
Thoroughly rinse skin and apply body lotion.
Benefits: Relaxation, detoxification and mineralization of body
4 oz mineral salts
1 cup baking soda
Add mineral salts to bath as warm water is running. Caution should be taken with hot water as may cause lightheadedness.
Add baking soda.
Using a bristle brush, loofah or sisal mitt, dry brush the body in upward strokes – this will exfoliate the skin, make the treatment more effective and increase blood circulation at the skin’s surface, which is key to skin regeneration.
Lower lights and burn a candle at the edge of the tub. Have a glass of cool mineral water and lemon slices nearby to refresh and rehydrate your body. Play soothing, calming music.
Soak at least 15 minutes adding warm water as needed – the longer the soak the greater the benefits.
Rinsing is optional – towel dry and apply body lotion.
Optional – Add in drops of lemongrass oil to increase aromatic benefits, provide pain relief and soften skin.
While enjoying your soak try on these complementary experiences:
Hair mask – Massage in a hydrating oil or cream into hair and wrap in shower cap
Face treatment – Apply a hydrating mask or clay mask to the face with a small amount of water
Eye treatment – boil a chamomile tea bag, chill and moisten 2 cotton eye pads. Apply to eyes and place a sleep make over eyes to secure – this treatment will not only reduce puffiness and dark circles but will enhance relaxation benefits due to the exclusion of light and vision.
RESCUE MY FEET
Benefits: Soft, touchable feet
2 tsps mineral salts
Soak feet in warm water with mineral salts.
Massage scrub (see recipe above) to onto feet and wrap in warm wet towels, allowing towels to cool off.
To warm towels – put under very hot faucet /squeeze out excess water and place in microwave unrolled for 1 minute on high (or more time if needed.)
Using wet towels remove scrub.
Use pumice stone or other callous reducer on any tough, thick skin – be careful not to overdo it and over sensitize your feet.
Apply body lotion and place feet in plastic bags and cotton socks. Follow towel recipe to warm the socks but use a lower microwave setting and less time for maximum benefit. Leave socks on overnight.
While enjoying your feet treatment try on these complementary experiences:
Warm a hand towel and place around your neck to increase relaxation.
Apply scrub to hands, thoroughly rinse and apply a body lotion and tuck into cotton gloves or mitts for the night.
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Shannon began A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. In 2013 she launched a bath and body line as an extention of the beauty blog. One thing she always has on her at all times? Lip balm.