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Mastering the Art of the at Home Spa

Travel therapy at home

Sometimes all you want is to escape the hamster wheel of your life to a private island. One that's fully staffed with a Cordon Bleu trained chef, a masseuse who transmits peace with the artistry of a Buddhist monk and an esthetician skilled enough to make celebrities weep with gratitude.

Spa Vacation Anyone?Spa Vacation Anyone?Trouble is you're too broke, beat or busy to make that fantasy a reality. Hopefully you aren't too strung out to navigate a path to your own bathroom. A few delicious luxuries and your ordinary bathroom becomes your private oasis of relaxation and inner peace.

 

Cabana boys are optional...

Fill the room with candles (soy, of course) and the tub with hot, steamy water. Slice some cucs for your puffy eyes - or soak a couple chamomile tea bags.  Now, for the fun - a little online spa shopping . Built-in bliss-out guarantee included. We promise.

For Your Hair

We recommend washing your hair before your spa treatments, applying conditioner and wrapping tightly in a towel to allow the nutrients time to soak in. Rinsing your conditioner should be the last thing you do before unlocking the door.

  • Aveda Rosemary Mint Conditioner -Peppermint and rosemary cool your scalp while deeply conditioning the hair follicles. Your hair will feel softer, lighter and lusher than you ever dreamed. Safe for chemical and color treated hair. Available online at Aveda.com.

For Your Body

  • Willow Stream Energy Hydrating ExfoliatingWillow Stream Spa

    Willow Stream Spa

    Crème
    - Soak for a few moments in the shower or tub, scoop some gommage and gently scrub your entire body in a circular motion, paying attention to dry and rough areas. Enjoy the aroma of lemongrass, ginger and sandalwood to refresh and revive you. Follow with the body butter to lock in moisture. Available at Fairmont.com
  • All About You - Can't decide whether you like scrubs or body washes? Maybe you enjoy a shimmery lotion for the evening but want extra hydration for daytime. With All About You from Cake Beauty, you can enjoy a little bit of everything. We loved that it smells like coconut and vanilla and leaves your skin feel oh-so-touchable. Get yours at CakeBeauty.com

For Your Feet

Foot Massage, Soak and Golf Ball Massage

Stacy Denney, owner of The Barefoot and Pregnant Spa in Mill Valley California shares this simple recipe for giving tired feet a much-needed rest.

  • Bowl big enough for both feet side by side
  • 2 towels
  • 2 golf balls
  • Mandarin (or tangerine) essential oil

Put 6 drops of the essential oil in bowl and fill with warm water. Place a towel on either side of the bowl and one golf ball on each towel. Slip your feet into the water and soak. One foot at a time, roll the arch of your foot over a ball and return to water. Add more warm water as needed. Remember, always dilute essential oils and never ingest.

For Your Hands

One Minute Manicure

One Minute Manicure

No spa indulgence would be complete with a manicure. We loved One Minute Manicure's Citrus Ginger Gift Box.  It includes ginger citrus scrub, moisturizing oil and body bar. Your hands will be softer than, well, your baby's bottom.

  

For Your Face

The skin around your eyes reveals exhaustion faster than a snappy retort to an innocent coworker who asks about that overdue report...

  • Kerstin Florian Caviar Age-defense Creams (day and night) and Firming Complex - We thought caviar was best enjoyed with a side dish of pearls, but it turns out it's equally delicious for your skin. The protein-rich properties nourish, hydrate and regenerate by stimulating cell regeneration. It's pricy at $110-135 for 1.5 oz but we noticed a difference after only a few uses. Skin looks healthier and even brighter. Available at Kerstin Florian Spas worldwide and online at KerstinFlorian.com.

Have a great at-home spa treatment to share? Anty up girlfriend so we can all be fab - just like you!

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