Joanna Vargas is recognized as a skin care guru relied upon by celebrities and news-makers for her results-oriented facials in her Midtown NYC Salon. She shares her 5 tips for Winter Skin Care, including remedies you can make at home in your kitchen. Read more about her Skin Care Spa right here on Spa Index.
October 30, 2016 | Spa Index
These wonderfully moisturizing and aromatic Lemon Lavender Bath Melts are just the ticket for softening and soothing dry winter skin, which can be worsened with hot baths. Now you can enjoy a warm bath and a moisturizer in one. They look lovely in a jar and make great gifts in cool months. Substitute your favorite aromatics (rose petals, citrus peel and zest and herbs) for a lush and romantic blend.
February 25, 2015 | Spa Index
The newest product of the Wakaya family of health and wellness products, produced on the island of Wakaya in Fiji, is Wakaya Perfection Fijian Kosher Sea Salt. Obviously, everyone loves how sea salt flavors almost everything we cook, but did you know, sea salt is a beauty product you should add to your daily beauty routine? Try out these favorite recipes and let us know which are your favorites.
July 23, 2014 | Spa Index
Ginger tea is commonly recommended to relieve symptoms of colds. Here, it’s being used as a wrap to help ease the symptoms of sore muscles and to reduce inflammation. Dr. Andrew Weil also recommends ginger as “an excellent anti-inflammatory.”
July 19, 2014 | Spa Index
Essential oils can help with many of the problems we encounter in summer months. Treating sunburn and insect bites, repelling insects and controlling fire ants are all possible with plant derived oils.
Here are some recipes courtesy of Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas to help you have a more fragrant and enjoyable summer season.
June 22, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
Plantain (the botanical, not the starchy fruit) is a common weed in your yards and garden — but did you know it also serves as an excellent medicinal remedy? It’s a wonderful treatment for bug bites and stings, but also minor burns and abrasions, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Make some of this healing plantain cream and keep it on hand this summer.
June 3, 2014 | Spa Index
For the benefit of our visitors who are considering a spa treatment which calls for ingredients in a mask or wrap which are unfamiliar, “read below before you go.” This Guide to Essential Oils provides some basic information, but it’s also helpful for selecting a new or different combination of oils based on a profile that piques your interest.
March 30, 2014 | Spa Index
This recipe for our Fruit Salad Body Mask reads as if you’re making a smoothie for the skin — and you are — but for good reason. Each of the fruits have a specific purpose.
January 31, 2014 | Spa Index
This recipe for dry skin creme is infused with fresh ginger, nourishing oils and cocoa butter. Ginger invigorates and the oils soothe — a perfect double dose for dry skin.
November 13, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
As the end of the summer season approaches, many of us are sporting that attractive tell-tale sign of fun in the sun: Peeling skin. We have an excellent recipe for an Almond Body Scrub to gently and thoroughly exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells. Body scrubs feel wonderful and relieve the itch of flaking skin.
September 12, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
The next time you decide to spend the day at the beach, take advantage of the “on location foot treatment” with Beach Sand Scrub. Brazilians, particularly, are known for scrubbing their entire bodies, particularly the feet, deep into the sand while they relax on the beach.
July 31, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Our esthetician experts say “If you can see your shadow, you need sunblock.” However, did you know the active ingredients in sunblock often dissipate after the season? You should always use a sunblock, but, don’t purchase it in bulk or save that last little bit in the bottle for the next season. Buy it fresh every season, or, make your own if you don’t have access to your favorite brand. Note: This recipe will give you a white nose “lifeguard style.”
June 10, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Our popular Rose Water Recipe is made with rose petals, alcohol and water and forms the basis for a good many home spa treatments and cosmetics for delicate and sensitive skin, and, for making perfumes and aromatics for the bath. The next time your sweetheart sends you flowers and they begin to droop, save the petals before they wither and use them to make rosewater, and you’ll wear your sweetheart’s gift on your skin.
May 25, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This is a wonderful way to repurpose used coffee grounds from your coffee maker. We’ve tried this with both fresh ground and with used coffee grounds from our coffee maker and both worked equally well. After all, you’re after the exfoliating effect and the fact you’ve used the grounds to brew coffee doesn’t lessen this effect. In fact it makes the grounds a tad softer.
April 12, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Roses are so commonly associated with Valentine’s Day, we are sharing this recipe to either get a head start on sweet smelling Valentine’s Day gifts for your BFFs, daughters, and mothers, or, for those of you lucky enough to receive a dozen roses from your beloved — a project using those wonderful rose petals after the blooms have faded. This DIY recipe for Silky Rose Dusting Powder relies on both rose petals and Rose Essential Oil.
January 30, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This simple grapefruit sugar scrub takes advantage of commonly available sugar as an exfoliant and the properties of Grapefruit Essential Oil (an astringent) and Jojoba Oil (skin conditioner). The addition of Castile Soap helps to cleanse and rinse away the scrub. You could easily add a tablespoon or two of grapefruit juice (fresh) if you happen to have it, or, a crushed grapefruit section from your breakfast, but be careful not to add too much or you’ll dissolve the sugar too quickly.
November 1, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
Day spa owner and new mom Stacy Denney knows how to make any expectant mother feel beautiful and relaxed with nine months’ worth of revitalizing treatments designed to inspire well-being.
January 6, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
Ditch the razor and treat your legs to a home sugaring treatment which uses honey, sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and clean cotton strips to strip away unwanted hair.
July 4, 2004 | Kitchens Spa Index
A reader asks “I like salt and sugar scrubs for my legs and hands, and nose area, but can’t tolerate a lot of oil, especially if I want to use it on my face. What’s a good substitute for the oil, in sugar scrub recipes?”
December 12, 2003 | Kitchens Spa Index
“I like your spa at home recipes — I make them with my Aunt once a month when we house sit together. This may be a dumb question, but can you make your own deodorant/antiperspirant at home, too? We were laughing that it’s the only body thing we have not made on our beauty weekend.” — Emily K.
December 19, 2002 | Kitchens Spa Index