Guest Post by Michelle Pino: DIY Home Spa Treatments


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Hello friends and followers! I have a treat for you. Michelle Pino was gracious enough to offer some amazing DIY recipes for home spa treatments. Just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Michelle Pino has provided these DIY recipes based on the treatments currently being offered at Skana Spa, at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Michelle enjoys sharing her knowledge as well as finding ways to live a frugal, healthy and happy lifestyle. To connect with Michelle, email her at MichellePino@turningstone.com! Read her article below and pamper yourself a little:

 A Mask for Your Hands, A Mask For Your Feet:

A DIY Facial and Pedicure Just in Time for Valentines Day

Almost everyone enjoys berries and chocolate, and who doesn’t enjoy spending time relaxing at the spa? Why not combine the two this Valentines Day for a great do it yourself spa treatment that can be done from the comfort of your own home? Enjoy these recipes alone or with friends, either way you will not regret pampering your body and yourself to something naturally special.

Chocolate Strawberry Fruity Face Mask
Strawberries are great natural ingredient for controlling oil balance in your skin, as well as for the banishment of unwanted pimples and acne. The hydration from the honey will leave your face feeling fresh and smooth.

Ingredients:

½ cup Strawberries, pureed
¼ Cocoa powder
3 tbsp Honey

1 Egg White

Directions:
Combine the above ingredients in a small bowl making sure everything is thoroughly combined. (You may find you need to add more cocoa powder if the mixture is too runny, or another egg white if it’s too clumpy.) To apply the facemask, begin by washing your make up and any other skin products off. Next, apply the mask to your face with your hands. The texture of the mask should be smooth, not too runny or clumpy. Avoid your mouth and eyes. Allow the mask to set for about 15-20 minutes. Wash the mask off with warm water, followed by a splash of cool water to close your pores. Ta-da!

Homemade Chocolate Pedicure

Body wraps can be applied to the entire body or be made specifically for any one area of the body. Either way they are great for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, leaving it soft to the touch. They also provide great relaxation and allow the skin to become firmer, temporarily reducing the appearance of wrinkles and aging. This specific mask is targeted for the feet and can be done as a pedicure! Try doing it alone, with a significant other or with a friend!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
5 strawberries
1/2 cup champagne
1/3 cup honey

*Note: You will also need a microwave, blender, and paintbrush.

Directions:
Place the chocolate chips in a glass microwave-safe dish. Put the dish into the microwave and heat for about two minutes on medium heat, or until the chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth. Separately, add the strawberries, champagne and honey to the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Next, blend the strawberry mixture and the melted chocolate until it forms a paste. Let cool so that it is still warm to the touch, but not uncomfortably hot. While waiting for the paste to cool, clean and exfoliate your feet using either a scrub or brush. This removes dead skin cells and will give you better results from the foot wrap. Apply the chocolate berry mixture to your skin using the paintbrush. Leave this on for approximately fifteen minutes. During this time, kick your feet up and relax. Sip on champagne, indulge in some chocolate covered strawberries or place a warm cloth over your eyes. After fifteen minutes wash the wrap off your feet and pat dry.

*Note: Remove nail polish, cut and file toenails prior to this!

Strawberries and chocolate might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think “Valentines Day,” but they are not just for eating anymore. They offer great benefits to your skin and will leave you smelling heavenly, not to mention it’s an inexpensive way to spend quality time with someone you love. Light some candles and turn on some relaxing music, and you’re ready for your own do it yourself spa at home!

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/darwinbell/4189114299/

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