beau·ti·ful, /ˈbyo͞odəfəl/, adjective
1. pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically
2. of a very high standard, excellent
Sunday November 2nd, 2014, 6:01pm: avocado on face, coconut oil in hair, Raptors game on. Bliss. Struggling to determine blog post for the week? Not so blissful. However as a slightly large chunk of avocado slowly glides down my face & lands on my lap I’m struck by what I believe Oprah deemed the “aha” moment: At Home Spa Day. I love spas, I love face masks, I love nails.. seriously might be a bit of an obsession; if I have one single chip, it causes anxiety (very sad but very true).
A wise aesthetician once told me that you should have a facial at the beginning of every season to help maintain pH balance, moisture etc. This is especially true for winter months because your skin becomes dry, cracked & dehydrated due to the cold air; that on top of added chemical toxins & pollutants floating around, a seasonal deep cleansing should be a necessity. However spa days & facials = tres expensive (even if it is just 4 times a year). I therefore wanted to share my biweekly Sunday ritual of at-home relaxation goodness – & it comes just in time for those cold Canadian months.
What You’ll Need
- For Body Scrub: Brown Sugar & Olive Oil – don’t have brown sugar? This scrub can also be achieved using sea salt, just note that it will be a bit harsher on the skin (for those with sensitive skin)
- For Hair Mask: Coconut Oil – Side Note: this is your new best friend & greatest beauty investment. It’s like my very own Frank’s Red Hot Sauce… 😉 ….Seriously though EVERYTHING. I use it as a body/face moisturizer, makeup remover, hair mask, cleanser, toner, I even tried that whole oil pulling thing.. the benefits are great, but I started gagging at the 2 minute mark (I mean seriously you’re supposed to do it for a whole 20 minutes.. no).
- For Face Mask: Avocado OR Honey & Oats – Using avocado or honey & oats are great because they’re moisturizing (great for colder temperatures)
- Flawless on repeat by Beyonce (optional)
- Comfy pj’s (necessary)
- Take a small handful of coconut oil and massage it into the tips & lower half of your hair
- Leave this in for at least 30 minutes – tie your hair in a bun or pony so you don’t get oil everywhere!
- While waiting for the coconut oil to work it’s magic, take about a 1/2 cup of brown sugar & put it into a bowl
- Mix approximately 2 tablespoon’s of olive oil with brown sugar (add more if consistency isn’t right)
- Half an hour’s up, hop in a hot shower – rinse off coconut oil hair mask
- Massage body scrub everywhere. exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! – the sugar is going to give your skin an extra glow
- Make sure the shower is extra steamy to open up your pores
- If You Have Avocado: mash up 1/2 & apply to your face, leave on for 20-30 minutes & rinse. Side Note: if you don’t have coconut oil for a hair mask, you could easily use the other half of the avocado
- If You Have Honey & Oats: 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal, enough honey & water to make a “gooey” texture. Leave on for 15 minutes, rinse
Done! Have a cup of lemon water & you’ve got your very own at home spa.
Ever heard that it takes about 3 months for your friends to notice weight loss? Well this goes for your skin too. Your skin cells regenerate every 15-30 days so any positive changes to your skin care regiment won’t show up until the 4 to 6 week mark. It’s therefore imperative to maintain a consistent skin care routine in order to reap the full benefits; I try to do the above at home spa day once or twice a month on top of a basic daily routine (AKA wash, tone, & moisturize). So if you start this week, you’ll look amazing for holiday parties next month… just sayin’ 😉