Saturday, January 9, 2010

My spa days

I go to the gym twice a week (that's all I can manage - anything more seems too daunting!). For motivation - I promise myself a "spa treatment" after my workout. Some days, it is only the thought of this treat at the end that keeps me running! I'm hardly a gym bunny, so I thought I'd share my motivation system - since it manages to get me moving!

After my workout, I go to my "spa" (my bathroom - I'm lucky that I don't have to share it with anyone else - I keep it luxuriously decorated and nicely stocked with all my beauty products).
I turn the heating on, and apply a home-made honey aspirin mask*. I apply coconut oil to my hair for deep conditioning, and put a shower cap on, to trap heat. I relax for 10 minutes and read a magazine (People StyleWatch is a fave). After my 10 minutes are up, I turn the shower on, rinse off the mask and shampoo my hair. After applying conditioner and washing it out, I apply a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar, Rosewater and Water as a final rinse for added shine. I use my exfoliating gloves and a body scrub to soften my skin. I finish off by applying lots of Moringa Body Butter from Fruits & Passion all over. By the time I'm finished, I feel shiny and new and pretty and healthy! Try it - and let me know how it works for you.

p.s. the shoes are the New Balance Breast Cancer Awareness shoes, aren't they cute?

*My Home-made Honey Aspirin Mask recipe:
Take 1 uncoated aspirin and apply 1-2 drops of water on it, so that it starts to dissolve. Add 1 teaspoon honey and mix together, breaking up the tablet into granules. Apply all over face. Leave on for 10 minutes. Take off under the shower with a circular motion, using the aspirin grains to exfoliate your skin. This recipe is adapted from Make Up Alley. This mask may not be right for you as some people are allergic to aspirin. I've found the aspirin exfoliates skin and prevents new blemishes forming, due to the salicylic acid content, while the honey moisturises my skin.

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