Thursday, 14 February 2013

Valentines day Spa treatments

A few days ago I was contacted by Michelle Pino from the Skana Spa in New York wondering if I would like to share these redipes for two delicious sounding, home made body treatments.  "Yes please"  I said "so long as they can be made from natural ingredients"  and they are!  So here are two really delicious, romantic body treatments to get you in the mood this Valentines evening

Chocolate-Berry Inspired Spa Treatment

Though no excuse is needed, Valentine’s Day is the perfect one for some pampering.  And the pampering can be easy, relaxing and inexpensive if you bring the spa experience to your home.  It is possible to bring luxurious treatments home and to have a great night to enjoy on your own, with a loved one or with good friends and still keep within budget.  

These spa treatments use all-natural ingredients and center around berries and chocolate, a decadent combination that will leave your skin feeling fresh, hydrated, velvety and smelling delicious.  

Simple Chocolate Face Mask
1/3 natural cocoa
3 tbps heavy cream (organic)
¼ cup honey
3 tps powdered oatmeal (blend oatmeal in food processor)


Directions: In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients.  Mix well.  Apply the mixture to your face, (should be clean and make- up free), making sure to cover the entire are.  Leave it on for about 10 minutes.  Rinse with warm water.  Skin will feel fresh and moisturized.

Summer Berry Body Scrub
10 large strawberries
½ cup raspberries or blackberries
½ cup blueberries
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup cane sugar
1 cup sea salt (fine)


Directions: Remove the stems from the strawberries and wash all the berries together in a colander.  In a blender, puree the berries together with the oil, the sugar and the salt. Put the mixture into a small glass jar and seal with the lid. Tie the jar with a bow and you have an easy, DIY gift that will make anyone feel special.

Application: Shake the scrub well before applying it to the body.  Use a loofah or a washcloth to apply the scrub to the whole body and massage the mixture gently into the arms, the torso and the legs.  This scrub works well to purify and exfoliate the entire body and the high amount of berries in the scrub serve to deliver a powerful punch of antioxidants to the body.  Since the scrub uses all natural ingredients, it is perishable and should be stored in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life. Lasts for about a week.  

Chocolates and Berries: The Perfect Combination
This mixture of tastes and scents is the ideal combination for Valentine’s Day. The all-natural ingredients combined with an inexpensive price tag make this the perfect treat for anyone – including your self! Add a bag of some chocolate dipped strawberries and a bottle of wine, or fresh mineral water and you will have the ultimate present that’s sure to bring a smile to your special someone’s face.

“Michelle Pino has provided this article in hopes to share some of her knowledge with others. Michelle works at Skana, a luxurious spa in central, NY, at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. When she isn’t working, Michelle will usually be found with a book in hand, baking, or starting a new project. She enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others to do the same.”

Photos courtest of weheartit

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