Saturday, January 16, 2010

Spa Girl’s suggestions for a great looking FACE

One of my favourite spa treatments is a facial which over the years has really kept my skin looking great. I also love that it is so relaxing. But having great looking skin requires care and attention on several fronts.

Good nutrition and exercise are the basic building blocks for a healthy body, including great looking skin. Drinking plenty of water is also an essential component. Add to that a wonderful spa treatment and there is nothing like a professional facial to deep cleanse your skin—I have one every four to six weeks as that is how long it take the skin to regenerate—and toss the soap. Ask your esthetician about a good home skin-care routine, and wear sunscreen everyday. Most good face creams now have sunscreen in them; remember that sun damage is the single most cause of premature aging of the skin.

A spa facial generally includes cleansing, steam, massage, masks, tonners and the application of protective creams. You will never look back after you have had someone massage your eyebrows and the edge of your chin! A good facial not only cleans the face, but exfoliates the surface of your skin removing all dead and dry tissue in order to nourishes and promote clean well-hydrated skin.

The esthetician will examine your skin with a bright light and magnifying lamp in order to determine the best course of action, she will look to see if your skin is normal, dry, oily, combination, sensitive or mature, the condition of your pores or any other skin conditions that might be present.

There are several facials to select from, so it’s a good idea to do a wee bit of research before you book your appointment, but most are a variation on the classic European facial. Look at the list your spa offers and ask which is best for you. For example I love to treat myself to an anti aging Clayton Shagal facial which leaves my skin silky smooth. One facial I have not tried is a photo facial, a treatment employing light which boost collagen and great for treating acne. Which ever facial treatment you select, I guarantee you will feel rejuvenated, revitalized and refreshed.

Can’t get to the spa this week, here is a home facial which includes everyone’s favourite sweetener—honey. Honey is a natural humectant which has the ability to attract and retain moisture. It is also has natural antioxidant properties which play an important role in protecting the skin from VU rays and aiding in skin rejuvenation. The skin’s ability to stay hydrated is an important factor in its ability to maintain softness, suppleness and elasticity.

Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon glycerine (available in most drug stores) and enough flour to form a paste. Wash face then smooth mixture over face and throat. Leave on 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water and pat dry. Finish off with your favourite face cream.

All-natural honey has been used as a beauty product since the days of Cleopatra—and what’s good for Cleo is surely good for Spa Girls.

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