Bring The Spa Home

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Treat Yo Self

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by Alix Angelelli

We all have busy days, weeks, months, what-have-you. Between working, working out, wedding planning, house hunting, breathing… it is hard to find time to treat myself, to unwind and to relax. Trust me, I know I am not the only one who lives a busy life, but I have followed a few tips and tricks to give myself some time to refocus and bring the spa to me.

I love spas. The music, the smells, the sense of just knowing you have nothing to worry about. To treat myself I like to bring some of those elements home and utilize in free spare moments. Here are some simple things you can do at home to incorporate spa time into at home you time.

Hot Towels: This is so simple. You can use cheap hand towels or washrags and soak them in various scents like lavender, vanilla, mint. After they soak, wring them out and heat in the microwave (about 30 seconds) then air out. Once they have cooled some, you can set them on your face and take a 5 minute breather, get your thoughts together and get going again.

Foam Roll: Going to get a professional massage is always a treat, but pesky knots in your back and body can become a greater problem when you go too long. I’ve invested in a foam roller and make sure to foam roll everyday. There are great tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest for foam rolling certain areas of the body. I have found my knots are not as big of an annoyance anymore. BONUS it feels like a quick little mini massage.

Candles, Lighting and Music: Take some time in a dim room to light you favorite candle or heat essential oils and bring relaxing fragrances to the forefront. Turn off your lights. Lay on a pillow and play some nature sounds or a yoga playlist from Pandora in the background. All you need is 5-10 minutes of this time. Use it to be thankful for something or someone, or to acknowledge all your accomplishments.

I love my busy life and would not trade it for the world, but I know it is important to take a few moments out of my week to give back to myself. Enjoy your me time and Treat Yo Self!


Try This! 3 Natural Product Swaps

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By Tristan Cablay

Healthy Swaps
Are you a creature of habit? I reluctantly have to say that I really (really) am! I find something that I like and I stick with it. I will swap out scents and fragrances according to the season or occasion. But, on a whole, I am a pretty loyal customer.

That’s what makes switching out products so fun for me! (Now, remember. I said I was a loyal customer, so I don’t get too crazy.) But, what I have started to do within the last several years was be a more conscious consumer. I try swapping out some of my normal products for more healthy choices. Effective natural products are sitting on the shelf right next to our traditional favorites. These swaps made it very easy to choose a better option without having to visit a specialty store.

Here are three items that started out as easy swaps and now have found their way into my grocery cart on a regular basis:

Tom’s Toothpaste
Why? I love that you can click on a product from their website and learn the ingredient, purpose, and source. Knowing what you are putting into your body is key to healthy living.

Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal
Why? Hypoallergenic, Paraben/ PG Free, and Fragrance-Free calls to me. If you have sensitive skin, are concerned with cancer research linked to parabens, this might be a great option.

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Body Oil
Why? This is product is a Godsend for dehydrated skin! Also Paraben and Phthalate free, this is a great addition to your moisturizing routine!

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Try mine! I’d love to try yours too! What are your favorite health-conscious swaps and why?

Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

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By Tori Carruth

Tori is currently a Senior at Sam Houston State University and a contributing editor of the iGoPink Blog.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner (May 10th for those of you as forgetful as me), I’ve been racking my brain for what to do! If your mom is anything like mine, her answer to any question that is present related is “I already have everything I need,” which is super sweet, but in no way helpful. What do you get for the mom who has everything? Do it yourself! I guarantee that a gift made by you from the heart will mean more to her than that designer bag ever will. No matter your age or your mom’s age, these gifts are sure to please your #1 woman! My mom is the queen of thinking of things I might need, but she never stops to think about what SHE needs. So treat your selfless momma to a cute jar of goodies.

Spa in a jar: You can get a cute jar from a local retailer and line the bottom with her favorite covered tissue paper to give it some color! Next, hit up a fresh cosmetics store, like Lush, for her favorite products to unwind from all the stress you put on her daily (oh, just me?). My mom specifically loves bath bombs and scrubs! Add lotion, nail polish, a few magazines, a comforting candle, and maybe even some chocolate to complete your jar! This is such an easy and inexpensive way to put a smile on your mom’s face.

Movie night in a jar: My mom is a huge movie buff; if it’s on Netflix she’s seen it…twice. Throw together some snacks and plan a night in together! Large retailers have some great $5 movie bins to grab your favorites from. Pick up some Kettle Corn and a bottle of wine, along with her favorite sweet treats. For extra bonus points surprise her with a comfy blanket for snuggling!

Colorful jar: This one has tons of options. Choose your mom’s favorite color and fill a jar with all things orange, blue, yellow, or whatever color it may be that brightens your mom’s day! It’s easy to find gum, cute cups, post-it’s, candles, picture frames and more for this one. It’s simple, yet thoughtful.

So go find a cute jar and personalize it according to your mom’s needs and favorites and make this mother’s day one that she’ll appreciate!

Gift in a jar for mom

Turn your Shower into a Sauna

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Turn your Shower into a Sauna

“Just turn your shower on and run it at its hottest temperature for about 20 minutes. While the water is running and the steam is building, take a warm washcloth and spray with your favorite relaxing oil. (Lavender, vanilla or rosemary are all great de-stressing aromas.) When you step into your shower, put the washcloth up to your face and take a deep breath of your soothing, oil-scented steam. It’s a great way to unwind right before bed—and it also helps clear up sinuses.”

By: Aly Walanksy,eBeauty Daily


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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.

1/4 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons of honey

Finely grind or process the oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir together honey and yogurt, and then add ground oatmeal. Mix thoroughly until a smooth paste consistency has been reached. Smooth over your face and neck, leave on for fifteen minutes, and rinse off with warm water. Can be used daily.


Protecting Your Skin From the Sun

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Protecting Your Skin From the Sun

Sun care means protecting your skin from the sun. No matter what color your skin, it’s vital that you protect yourself in the sun. Even on a cool day or when there are clouds in the sky, the sun can still cause lasting damage.

To protect your skin, you should stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when the sun’s UV rays are strongest. Look for shady areas such as under trees, and use umbrellas or canopies.

Watch the UV index
The UV index describes the strength of the sun’s UV radiation. It’s usually shown as a number in a triangle on a weather map. The numbers range from one to 11+ and the higher the number, the stronger the UV radiation. If the UV index is higher than three you will need protection when you go outside.

In many countries, the UV index is reported alongside the weather forecast in newspapers, on TV and on the radio.

Cover up
You can protect your skin by wearing long-sleeved tops and trousers. Choose materials that have a close weave as these block out the most UV rays. Wet clothing stretches and lets more UV radiation through to your skin.

Wearing a wide-brimmed hat can halve the amount of UV radiation reaching your face.

Sunglasses help to protect your eyes and eyelids. Wraparound sunglasses will also protect the skin around your eyes.


The Key To A Better Complexion

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The Key to a Better Complexion: Know Your Skin Type

Find out how to keep your face smooth, clear, and radiant, no matter what your age or skin type.

Spa Fix: Maintain the good skin you already have and get a fresh glow. Kate Somerville, L.A. facialist to Jessica Alba, suggests an exfoliation treatment that combines a physical scrub and a chemical peel, followed by intense hydration. If you don’t need them, don’t let your facialist do extractions, which can lead to blotchiness or marks.

Best Regimen: Commit to a daily routine. Doing this wards off future problems. “Start simple: a gentle cleanser and sunscreen,” says New York dermatologist Amy Wechsler. Try Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($7.10) and L’Oréal Paris Active Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 15 ($17.99). At night, use a repairing moisturizer. Try Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream (left, $7.99).

Star Product: Vichy Aqualia Antiox Fresh Serum ($45). Ready for an extra step? Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch suggests applying an antioxidant serum before your sunscreen. This one (activated with powder) helps protect stem cells from oxidative stress, which means fewer signs of aging.

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Spa Fix: Facials can be too irritating for sensitive skin. But if you want to deal with dullness, Olga Lorencin-Northrup, founder of L.A.’s Kinara Skin Care Clinic and Spa, suggests you go for a gentle, customized, glow-boosting treatment without exfoliation. Porcelain-skinned star January Jones stops by Kinara before she hits the red carpet.

Best Regimen: New York and Miami dermatologist Fredric Brandt recommends avoiding sodium lauryl sulfates and artificial fragrances. Use a mild cleanser, like Dior Gentle Cleansing Milk (left, $32), then a physical-block sunscreen. Try Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 ($15). Moisturize A.M. and P.M. with a soothing lotion like Estée Lauder Vérité Moisture Relief Cream ($50).

Star Product: La Roche-Posay Rosaliac UV Anti-Redness Moisturizer ($34.90). Look for a lotion with calming ingredients like thermal spring water, green tea, licorice, or feverfew, which all help minimize even the most severe rosacea, swelling, and irritation.

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Spa Fix: Opt for a facial with moisturizing masks or a hyaluronic-acid treatment. Somerville’s Dermal Quench infuses the skin with serum to give you a glow that lasts for days. New York facialist Christine Chin, who counts Rachel Weisz as a client, also recommends monthly microdermabrasion. “Your skin will look five years younger,” she promises.

Best Regimen: In the morning, use a gentle cleanser, like Dr. Brandt Time Arrest Crème Cleanser ($50), and apply an SPF with antioxidants to prevent collagen breakdown. Try Lancôme Bienfait Multi-Vital SPF 30 Lotion ($45). At night, use an antiwrinkle serum. Try Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum (left, $92), which contains collagen-stimulating bioactive peptides.

Star Product: Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Filler (left, $18.99). Retinols smooth lines, even skin tone, and fade age spots. “In six months, you’ll be amazed,” says Wechsler. Also try Christine Chin Retinol Smoothing Fluid ($79).

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Spa Fix: Get a monthly facial with extractions. This can make a world of difference for acne sufferers. Getting rid of congestion before it comes to the surface can prevent future breakouts. Exfoliation is key, but consult your skin pro on what is best for you. Chin, who cares for Zoë Saldana’s complexion, warns, “Microdermabrasion can actually make acne spread.”

Best Regimen: Twice a day, use a mild cleanser. Overwashing and harsh astringents strip the skin and exacerbate “rebound oil.” During the day, apply a mattifying SPF. Try SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 ($30). At night, use a retinoid, which will stop breakouts before they happen. “[Prescription-only] Differin is the least irritating,” says Brandt.

Star Product: Skin Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover Glycolic Peel Kit ($24.99). Wechsler says that if used at night, glycolic acid will help control oil all day. The kit starts with a glycolic-acid-soaked pad to exfoliate, followed by a soothing pad that calms skin.

Spa Tip Thursday: Hair Lotions

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The many benefits of custom setting lotions offer are volume, hold and luminous shine, as well as control from fly-away hair while you set, blow-dry or style your hair.

Using these homemade Hair Lotion recipes, you can make your own lotions using ingredients from the kitchen.
By doing this, you can choose exactly what goes into your lotions, and make sure that your lotions do not contain anything you are allergic to. Also, for the purist, you can have preservative free lotions.

Wash your hair and let partially air dry or blow dry it until just slightly damp. Apply setting lotion sparingly yet evenly, using a spray bottle. Comb the lotion carefully through your hair, and then style as usual with the dryer.

Olive Oil Hair Lotion


• Olive oil
• Honey


1. Combine 4 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons honey in a glass jar with a lid
2. Shake until well blended
3. Let mixture sit for 3 to 4 days, and shake it occasionally
4. Rub mixture evenly into dry hair
5. Wrap hair in plastic wrap, letting set for at least an hour
6. Shampoo as usual.

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Homemade Honey Oatmeal Face Mask

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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.

1/4 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
1/2 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons of honey

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Finely grind or process the oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Set aside. In a small bowl, stir together honey and yogurt, and then add ground oatmeal. Mix thoroughly until a smooth paste consistency has been reached. Smooth over your face and neck, leave on for fifteen minutes, and rinse off with warm water. Can be used daily.

Try these Spa Tips for Clear Skin

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Spa Tip Thursdays-

Tip: Aloe Vera, the best gift for mankind. Aloe Vera is the most amazing product to clear skin, it is best known as clearing away redness, spots, bacteria, blemishes, dry skin conditions and much more. You can get aloe vera gel from any good health shops or chemists.

Tip: Lemon Juice helps a lot when coming to blemishes, pimples and acne just apply with a cotton wool on the deserted area, leave on 15 minutes and then rinse. The citric acid in the lemon plays an important role to kill away bacteria.

Tip: Toothpaste, yes that’s right toothpaste, it has an active ingredient inside that helps to reduce the swelling of spots and redness, whenever we use to get a spot, burn, redness, bruise we always applied toothpaste it helped a lot.

1 Wash your face way before you go to bed. If you wait until you’re ready to hit the sack, you’ll be too tired to wash up, and research shows skin repairs itself best around 10 p.m. So let skin breathe easy long before you start snoozing.

2 Wear sunscreen every day, year-round. Botox bites. So use a moisturizer that has an SPF 15 or higher (try Eucerin Skin Renewal SPF 15 Day Lotion, $10, drugstores). UV rays can do their damage while you’re sitting in class, riding in the car or walking the dog.

3 Be nice to your face. Picking, poking and squeezing force bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further breakouts. Yuck.

4 Stop thinking that if your skin feels tight it must be clean. Tight skin isn’t clean skin–it’s dry skin. If you’re rushing to dab on moisturizer after you wash, time to find a cleanser that won’t leave you high and dry. Normal and combination skin will benefit most from a gel formula (we love Nivea Visage Refreshing Cleansing Gel, $6, drugstores). Got dry or sensitive skin? Go for a creamy cleanser. Either way, choose a low foaming formula. More lather=more drying. Less lather=less drying.

5 Banish breakouts. If you’ve got major acne, an acne face wash is for you (we like Clearesil Total Control 5-in-1 Acne Cleanser and Moisturizer, $9, drugstores). If you just get spot breakouts, avoid acne washes. They worsen skin by drying out the clear parts and allowing dead skin-cell buildup. The buildup traps oil under skin, leading to more clogged pores and breakouts. So use spot treatments (Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment, $6.50, drugstores).