Spa Treatment Specials
Every April, all Estheticians, Day Spas, Medi-Spas and Spa Retreats all over the country celebrate Spa Week by offering specials, special treatments and other faubulous ways to celebrate.
Spa Week began in 2004 as the brainchild of New Yorker, Cheryl Reid. Her goal was simple: bring the spa experience to everyone by offering full service treatments, normally costing hundreds of dollars, for just $50 dollars each.
Thanks to Cheryl, no longer would a trip to the spa be considered a luxury relegated to the wealthy few. Spa Week is the vehicle that changed an industry and makes a spa visit an affordable indulgence for many.
Finding Spa Deals In Your Area
No matter what kind of spa treatment you are looking for, you are sure to find it by visiting Spa Week online – simply find a Spa Special in your area and treat yourself during this annual week of celebration.
Spa Week also has a fabulous Spa Guide and Glossary of terms from A – Z describing treatments and terms commonly used in a spa setting. This helpful guide takes the guesswork out of what you can expect.
Treat Yourself at Home
If you are unable to find the time to visit a spa and treat yourself this week (we seldom take the time to treat ourselves), try some of these luxurious recipes at home and indulge yourself – at least for a little while.
We recommend a three-step spa treatment to exfoliate, detoxify and moisturize the skin. Your skin will feel rejuvenated and your body, mind and spirit will thank you for it.
Exfoliate with a Body Scrub
Exfoliation is an important part of the spa treatment. The purpose of exfoliation is to:
- Remove traces of dirt, oil, and dead skin cells on the surface of the skin
- Prepare the skin for subsequent treatment. Removal of oils and dead skin cells enables the skin to more effectively absorb or react to products in treatments that follow
This scrub will remove dead cells from the skin’s surface and leave it remarkably soft and conditioned.
The sea salt serves a dual purpose – its texture provides light abrasion to ‘polish’ the skin, increases blood circulation and stimulates lymph production to eliminate toxins while naturally triggering the skin’s own oil secretion.
Apricot kernel oil, rich in natural emollients and vitamins A and B, is easily absorbed by the pores. It is also helpful in healing damaged skin cells and will leave your skin moisturized and smooth.
- 2 cups coarse sea salt
- ¼ cup Apricot kernel oil
- Body scrub mitt, loofah, sponge or rough towel
Make a paste out of the salt and oil in a bowl. While standing in the bathtub, shower, or on a towel in a warm room, place a handful of the mixture on your body starting with the legs, then arms, then the torso and the back. Spread the mixture in a smooth, circular motion.
It’s important to keep the palms of the hand and the fingers flat against the skin while applying slight pressure. Remember you are exfoliating the surface of the skin only not the underlying tissues. Don’t rub the skin.
After gently scrubbing the entire body, shower or rinse using a sponge or loofah.
Detoxifying Herbal Bath
There are several ways of brewing herbal baths. The easiest way is to toss several herbal tea bags directly into warm bath water. Select the type of herbal tea for the effect you want – for example, chamomile tea bags would provide a relaxing and sleep inducing effect.
Another way is to make your own brew by tying herbs in a muslin bag and placing it in the bath. Here is a great revitalizing recipe of easy-to-find ingredients:
- ¼ minced ginger root (this promotes circulation)
- ¼ cup dried parsley (a herb by the ancient Romans as a tonic for the skin)
- ½ cup grated lemon peel (this cleanses and has an aromatic effect
- 2 tablespoons oatmeal (to soften the water)
The best time to bath is in the evening if you want to relax – water should be between 98.6 – 102 Degrees F. Relax in the bath, fully submerged to the neckline for 10 minutes.
Bathing should be followed by a moisturizer while the skin is still warm and moist.
Moisturizing the Skin
There are so many quality over-the-counter moisturizers you can purchase there is little need to make your own. However, selecting the right one is key – be sure to select a moisturizer with ingredients that are suitable for your skin type.
One of the key goals is to avoid a moisturizer that will clog the pores, or feel greasy on the skin. Stay away from mineral oils (petroleum-based) such as baby oil and oils containing animal fat. These are not absorbed by the skin and tend to form a greasy layer on the surface of the skin and can cause irritation.
- Rich heavy oils such as olive oil, sesame and safflower oil are best for dry skin.
- Lighter oils such as jojoba, avocado and grapeseed oil are finer and more suitable for normal to oily skin.
- Gels such as aloe, are water-based and are suitable for normal to oily skin.
All moisturizers are most effective on warm, moist/damp skin – best applied directly after a bath or shower.
So relax and indulge yourself this week if you can – Spa Week is celebrated all week offering full-service spa treatments for just $50!
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