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Did you know cold cream was formulated in Rome to soothe wounded gladiators? We have two cold cream recipes for you to try when you need to face the lions.
October 29, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
If you have visited spas and resorts in exotic locales such as the Pacific Rim, Bali, Hawaii, and Tahiti, you’ve probably been lucky enough to have an aesthetician select and mash fresh fruit in front of you for a fresh-on-the spot enzyme mask. This is our DIY recipe for Pumpkin Papaya Mask with Exfoliating Enzymes.
October 13, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
This homemade Chia Seed exfoliating scrub is simple, gentle, but just as effective as store-bought exfoliants – without the cost.
May 29, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
Intended for slightly oily skins, we’re told by skincare experts this Apple Toner is an excellent substitute for rubbing alcohol (a real no-no for oily complexions, as it actually stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil). Witch hazel is a gentle astringent, apple cider vinegar will help restore your skin’s natural pH balance, and lavender soothes sensitive skin.
April 21, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
This mask combines Vitamin E rich avocados, anti-oxidant carrots, and high protein cream to help rebuild skin collagen, improve tone, and fade age spots.
April 21, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
This Apple Cucumber Brightening Facial is great for Spring and Summer. The cucumber refreshes and tones, while the egg white tightens, and the fruit juices add enzymes and exfoliate and brighten.
April 21, 2017 | Kitchens Spa Index
The most popular methods of brow shaping are threading, waxing and tweezing. So which is the best and the most effective method? There are pros and cons to these methods depending on personal preference and skin health.
November 1, 2016 | Spa Index
Oatmeal and strawberries have anti-inflammatory properties which make this treatment great for those who have sensitive, dry, itching as well as irritated skin.
August 10, 2016 | Spa Index
When Spring marches into Summer, you need protect your skin so it doesn’t pay the price for the brunt of the heat this season. These skin care tips will help keep your skin fresh and dewy, even when the mercury climbs high, and help you enjoy your summer!
June 12, 2016 | Spa Index
Celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas of New City City tells us why Lymphatic Drainage Massage is so beneficial for glowing skin, and shows you how to perform your own.
June 2, 2016 | Spa Index
Kiwi is very mildly acidic and acts as an astringent for oily skin without being as drying as others. It also contains several skin-friendly nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E and antioxidants. These elements are terrific for boosting and rejuvenating skin health.
December 12, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
Kiwi fruit is an anti-oxidant and enzyme rich fruit and an excellent source of Vitamins C, A and E which contribute to toned and supple skin. The honey is antimicrobial, and the yogurt contains lactic acid. The almonds exfoliate. Together, using this Kiwi Facial Cleanser will help exfoliate dry skin, tighten pores, moisten, calm, and nourish your complexion.
February 21, 2015 | Kitchens Spa Index
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
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
Honey is a natural antiseptic and is used to bind the honey and yogurt. The oatmeal will absorb excess oil from acne-prone skin and serve as a gentle exfoliant.
March 1, 2014 | Kitchens Spa Index
Grapefruit is a wonderful astringent for facials to reduce oiliness on your skin. The egg white firms and tightens and (hopefully) reduces wrinkles, plus contains Vitamin A which helps in tissue repair.
September 1, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Gentle Exfoliating Lemon Facial includes sour cream, oatmeal, and lemon juice to gentle exfoliate and soften skin.
August 25, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Pick up an extra Mango at the fruit stand this summer, or set aside a few tablespoons before making your morning smoothie. Mango helps exfoliate the skin and aloe vera gel soothes and helps alleviate redness in the skin.
June 19, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This Grapefruit Parsley face mask is a quick and easy remedy for oily skin. Grapefruit and parsley are both effective and refreshing astringents, perfect for oily skin, and the oatmeal soothes.
June 15, 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 Watermelon Toner is made with the juice of this summer’s melon, plus vodka and witch hazel. After your cookout this summer, save some of the juice which would otherwise be all over the table, and have fun with this refreshing face cocktail.
June 8, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Our collection of “After Sun” relief recipes will come in handy when summer is approaching and you’ll be spending more time outdoors.
June 1, 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
In our own staff herb and vegetable garden, which we use to concoct and test our Spa at Home recipes, we have beautiful green Early Girl tomatoes, growing daily. This summer, we’ll make this Tomato Oatmeal Blemish Mask.
May 18, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Our popular Chocolate Facial Mask is made with cocoa powder and cottage cheese. It’s more than just fun and funky — it’s an excellent moisturizer (recommended for normal complexions) which leaves your skin baby soft.
May 11, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
For this apple honey acne facial remedy, our skincare experts tell us the common apple has many skin beautifying properties. Apples are also rich with Vitamins C, E, A, K, as well minerals Zinc and Copper, all of which are useful for healthy skin. These vitamins help to protect your skin from free radical damage, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, calm redness and acne breakouts, restore and repair skin cells, maintain pH levels, and keep skin moisturize.
April 17, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
This firming cream soothes, tightens, and brightens. The buttermilk softens and moistens, the egg whites tighten the skin and smooth fine lines, the citrus and apple juices gently exfoliate, and the remaining fruits and herbs aid in rejuvenating and brightening.
April 12, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Make use of skin nourishing yogurt, Vitamin E capsules and a few more ingredients for this easy Vitamin E cream.
April 9, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Cranberry and the herb Savory posses antiseptic properties similar to those found in oregano and thyme, and help cleanse the skin of excess oils.
February 22, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
The herbal waters are antiseptic and toning. Grapefruit seed extract is available in health food stores, and is included in the recipe as a preservative.
February 21, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
We think that famous bottled “white salad dressing” is horrific as a condiment — none of our staff can tolerate the smell or taste. We do recognize the cult following many have for using it as a skin peel — it gently but thoroughly moistens and peels away dry skin.
February 20, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Set aside a few ingredients the next time you make a salad and you’ll have wonderful cucumber treatments for sensitive skin.
February 10, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
Fennel has been used throughout history as an aid to digestion or as a slight diuretic. As an infusion, fennel seeds can be gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation.
January 23, 2013 | Kitchens Spa Index
The next time you make a salad, set aside just 3 tablespoons of basic ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a quick parsley cucumber facial, to be enjoyed while soaking in the tub before bed. You cannot get any easier, or quicker, than this.
November 17, 2012 | Spa Index
This Indian cleansing milk remedy for oily skin benefits from buttermilk which offers the softening effects of lactic acid. Fennel seeds aid digestion, but when infused with liquids, are gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation. Thyme is both antiseptic and slightly astringent.
November 13, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
This pineapple facial is an excellent exfoliant for dry skin. The citrus fruit contains bromeliad, a protein-digestive enzyme which helps rid the skin of dead cells and dirt. It also counteracts histamines, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is a mild astringent. Olive oil has excellent healing properties and is a good source of vitamin E, which restores the skin’s surface.
October 11, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
Basil is known for its soothing and toning properties, and can calm down blemishes and distressed skin. You won’t find a simpler recipe than this.
October 4, 2012 | Kitchens Spa Index
Seaweed Bladderwrack Flakes are natural, mineral rich and also contains vitamins which will absorb through skin. The seaweed flakes turn to gel which is released by gently squeezing pouch as it soaks — you’ll breath in a fresh ocean smell (not fishy!). Seaweed Minerals and Vitamins are nourishing your skin and soothing your sore joints and muscles.
January 25, 2008 | Kitchens Spa Index
A simple, two ingredient blueberry yogurt mask to nourish and treat your skin.
June 22, 2007 | Kitchens Spa Index
Try this avocado oily skin mask for a marked improvement in skin texture, and tightening and balancing of oily skin.
February 21, 2007 | Kitchens Spa Index
This mask should result in a marked improvement in skin texture, and all-around revitalizing of dry skin. Avocado balances the skin with “good fats” and the egg yolk has minerals, vitamins and proteins.
February 21, 2007 | Kitchens Spa Index
The combination of apple juice, aloe vera, pectin and glycerin firm and tone the face and neck area. You can find pectin in the canning area of your department or grocery store.
April 12, 2005 | Kitchens Spa Index
This cleanser is simple and effective. The soap gently cleans, the glycerin prevents drying and the honey not only softens the skin, but its antimicrobial properties can help ward off breakouts. A touch of honey is all you need for healthy, glowing skin.
February 21, 2005 | Kitchens Spa Index
This recipe for DIY Pore Strips or Pore Strip Alternative using Knox gelatin, is one of our most popular Spa DIY tricks. Originating here in 2004, it has made the rounds of Pinterest thanks to other intrepid bloggers who tested this recipe and found it works!
April 24, 2004 | Kitchens Spa Index
This Kelp Firming Mask treatment courtesy of our friends at All Natural Beauty will help to soften and firm your skin at the same time.
April 4, 2004 | Kitchens Spa Index
This easy mask, used once or twice monthly, will both cleanse and exfoliate your face. It’s particularly beneficial for oily skin, as it has a drying and pulling effect.
December 12, 2003 | Kitchens Spa Index