AT-HOME SPA: The Top 10 Treatments For Head-To-Toe, Do-It-Yourself Beauty

November 12, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Beauty & Fashion, Health and Fitness

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Feeling weary, frazzled, or rough?  Soothe spirits and soften skin with a Palm Springs-style spa holiday.  Can’t get away?  No problem—you can still enjoy spa benefits in the privacy of your home.

 

The Palm Springs resort communities are well known for luxury spa services, making it the perfect place for spa-style inspirations—and advice.

 

Make time for yourself - At the Parker Palm Springs, a bohemian-luxe-meets-mid-century-modern hotel, guests get psyched at the spa called the Palm Springs Yacht Club, or PSYC, for short.  “Don’t rush your spa visit, advises spa director Ursula Longo.  The key to a spa experience, she adds, is to “allow plenty of time to enjoy yourself.”

 

And to get the vibe.  Assistant director Kimberly Gambill says, “It’s not just about the treatment.  You want to get the whole vibe of the spa experience going.  It’s your time—enjoy it.”  Guests can even select their own spa music from a music menu.

 

Focus on the experience - Mediterranean-inspired treatments rejuvenate the spirit at The Well, an Old World-styled spa at the Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, and the recent host of Dr. Phil’s Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.  Spa director Jennifer Di Francesco describes it as a “Tuscan oasis feel.”  Her advice?  “Create a complete sensorial spa experience.”

 

Encourage your inner glow - Near the historicvillage ofLa Quinta, the La Quinta Resort & Club fuses its Spanish-style spa with a holistic Feng Shui beauty salon, the Yamaguchi Salon.  “Feng Shui beauty is reading people’s energy and reflecting that on the outside,” says founder Billy Yamaguchi, author of “Billy Yamaguchi Feng Shui Beauty.”

 

Wonderful advice.  But if you haven’t the time or budget for a Palm Springs-spa holiday, we have at-home solutions for easy, economical beauty.  Here are our favorites:

 

1. SILKEN YOUR BODY SKIN

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

The Parker Polishing Scrub

 

At the Parker’s Palm Springs Yacht Club, Gambill says the Polishing Scrub is a favorite treatment for bikini-ready bodies.  “It not only refines, but also moisturizes the skin,” she explains.  Sea water and lavender buff away dead skin, revealing silky skin beneath.

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Soften skin in a warm bath or shower.  Apply a liberal amount of scrub.  Massage in a circular motion with a loofah or cloth to whisk away dead skin.  Wash thoroughly.  Skin will feel satin smooth.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish with brown sugar and lemon oil.

 

Where: Sephora

 

2. SAY GOOD-BYE TO LINES AND WRINKLES

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

Watersource Facial

At The Well, extra care is available for fine lines and wrinkles.  Assistant spa manager Christina Frantzen says, “This treatment is not only moisturizing, but also provides deep hydration for environmentally stressed and dehydrated skin.”  Deep hydration restores radiance and diminishes line appearance.

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Apply a mask to clean, exfoliated skin.  Gently massage with an upward circular motion to tone and firm facial muscles.  Relax for 10 to 15 minutes.  For extra firming, apply deeply hydrating pads to eyes and lips.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Frownies for Eyes and Mouth.

 

Where: Bigelow Chemists

 

3. REVIVE YOUR COMPLEXION

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

Alpha-Vital Facial

 

This is a popular facial at the Parker Palm Spring Yacht Club, with organic plant ingredients to tone and rejuvenate tired, dull complexions.  Gambill adds, “It’s excellent for softening fine lines.”

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Cleanse and exfoliate skin.  Steam face over a bubbling teapot, or apply washcloths rinsed in warm water to open pores.  Next, apply a mask rich in minerals or plant extracts.  Follow directions on product packages, then remove to reveal beautiful skin.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Clarin’s Aromatic Plant Purifying Mask, 1.7 ounce

Where: Sephora

 

4. REJUVENATE HANDS AND NAILS

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

Centering Manicure

 

Billy Yamaguchi says, “Your outer appearance [should] express your inner truth.”  To reveal your inner glow, the Yamaguchi Salon offers a relaxing, massaging manicure with cuticle conditioning and a moisturizing paraffin dip.

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Dry hands and brittle nails cry out for a rich moisture treatment.  Apply emollient cream, then slip on gloves to retain body warmth and open pores.  Wear 10 to 20 minutes, or longer as needed.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: From Bliss, special polymer Glamour Gloves.  Bliss Glamour Glove Gel, 2.5 ounce

 

Where: Sephora

 

5. SOOTHE STRESS

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

Hydrating Aromatic Soak

 

The Parker Palm Spring Yacht Club offers a relaxing soak designed to ease sore muscles.  “Seaweed is a very good detoxifier for those who want to slim down,” explains Gambill.  Fragrant essential oils  and contoured water jets create a skin softening, soothing experience.  You can even choose your own music.

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Set the scene with candles, soft music, and a cup of herbal tea to aid detoxification.  Add several teaspoons of bath or essential oils to steamy tub.  Lavender and rose have superb therapeutic benefits.  Put cucumber slices or moistened tea bags over eyes.  Relax until bath cools.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Dr. Hauschka LavenderBath.  5.1 ounce

 

Where: Bigelow Chemists

 

6. FIX UP YOUR FEET

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

Bamboo Awakening Pedicure

 

At the Yamaguchi Salon, feet are honored and pampered.  “We use a bamboo whisk to gently awaken circulation,” explains Patricia Shepherd, Yamaguchi general manager.

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Soak feet in warm water.  Massage legs and feet.  Buff calluses with a pumice stone or buffer.  Dry, then shape nails.  Apply a foot mask or cream with peppermint and citrus, which have natural antibacterial qualities.  Follow with polish.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Walgreen’s Portable Pedicure System.  A battery-operated buffer.  Beyond Perfect’s European Pedicure Foot Mask.  6 ounces

 

Where: Walgreen’s

 

7. FIGHT THOSE UNDER-EYE PROBLEMS

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

No More Puffy Eyes

 

At The Well, delicate eye areas are treated with super hydrating products to reduce swelling and fine lines.  Frantzen says, “Our special ceramides product firms and drains excess fluid from the eye area.”

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Extra strength serums reduce puffy frequent-flyer eyes.  In an emergency, moist tea bags work wonders.  Moisten with cold water, and apply to closed lids for five minutes.  Packed with powerful antioxidants, chamomile and green teas work well, but so will black tea.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Clarin’s Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate.  A .53 ounce tube

 

8. PERFECT YOUR TAN

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

Goldfinger

 

The Parker Palm Spring Yacht Club serves up the perfect Palm Springs glow with body exfoliation and application of a luminous gold powder.  “Our gold dust gives a healthy, relaxed glow.  It’s radiant and luminescent, rather than sparkly.”

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

For an even self-tan, wash and exfoliate the skin.  Test a patch of skin for color before applying a light all-over layer.  Reapply for a richer look.  Not into long-term tan relationships?  Try a facial or full body bronzing powder for a healthy glow.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Fake Bake’s Self Tanning Lotion Set: Includes 6 ounce Fake Bake Body Polish, 6 ounce Fake Bake Self-Tanning Cream, and 6 ounce Fake Bake Skin Smoothie Oil.

 

Where: Sephora

 

9. ADD SHINE TO YOUR MANE

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

Feng Shui Hair Treatments

 

In his salon, Billy Yamaguchi employs a holistic approach with Bamboo Conditioning Treatment and Essential Oil Scalp Treatment.

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Like skin, dry and colored hair can benefit from a hydrating mask.  No time to shop?  Look in the kitchen: Mediterranean women have long used pure olive oil to add gloss and moisture.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Apivita Express Hair Food Mask with Avocado.  6 packets

 

Where: Bigelow Chemists

 

10. REDUCE CELLULITE APPEARANCE

 

- SPA TREATMENT

 

Bagno Vino, or WineBath

 

Wine-infused baths are a specialty of The Well.  Frantzen explains, “Grapes and wine are antioxidant-rich; this helps eliminate free radicals that cause premature aging.  This bath flushes toxins and stimulates circulation, which helps tame cellulite.”

 

- IN YOUR HOME

 

Drink plenty of water to flush toxins, and exercise to increase circulation.  Massage cellulite-stricken areas in the bath or shower.  Follow with a cellulite cream.

 

- PRODUCTS TO USE

 

Try: Anti-Cellulite Treatment Retinol Formula by Neutrogena. 5 ounces

 

Where: Walgreen’s

 

 

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As a beauty industry professional, Jan Moran created a touch screen program for skincare and fragrances for Sephora stores worldwide.  She is also the author of the novel, Scent of Triumph, and the Fabulous Fragrances book series, both available on Amazon. She may be reached at www.janmoran.com or on twitter @janmoran.

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Jan Moran is the author of Scent of Triumph, a historical novel, and Fabulous Fragrances I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list. As a fragrance and beauty expert, she has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN and Extra, Women's Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel for a variety of publications. She is the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers and brands. The fragrance and skincare programs are at Sephora stores in the US, Canada, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Denmark. As a speaker, consultant, and major brand/retailer spokesperson, she has spoken before numerous groups, including Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She has represented brands and retailers in media on behalf of several PR companies, including Edelman and DeVries. She is available for speaking and writing engagements.

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