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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Be Relax and Unwind With Luxury Spa

Planning your spa day. A typical day spa package might include a full body massage, a facial and nail care, which could cost around $400 or more, not including lunch or the 15 -20% gratuity. But, there are ways to have a full day at the spa while spending much less. Did you know that most full service spas have jacuzzi, saunas and steams rooms available for use by guests with a minimum treatment requirement? Let’s say you book one service for $75-150, and spend the rest of the day in the hot tub, steam room and sauna. You can even relax in a quiet room and read a book. Some spas rather than having a minimum treatment requirement may just charge a minimum fee for visitors to use the spa only. Verify the minimum treatment and spa use only policy with the spa you are interested in visiting.

When to go? Many spas offer discounts and promotions for holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. These are the busiest times, so it is best to book during the week and during the day if you can. Some spas also offer special discount membership programs that could result in significant discounts for the avid spa visitor.

Where to go? Before choosing a spa, get recommendations from friends and coworkers who frequent spas in your area. If possible, make an appointment to tour the facility. Find out if there is adequate parking? It is free, metered, and/or validated by the spa? Find out the hours of operation, and how long guests can hang out in the spa before and after treatments? This is important to know because if the spa closes at 9pm and you book a 50 minute appointment that begins at 8pm, that only gives you ten minutes to get showered and dressed to go home. If you want time to truly unwind at the spa, either schedule your appointment earlier, or arrive an hour or so early to relax before the treatment.

What treatments to choose? Do you want a body treatment or a facial? Body treatments include massage, body wraps and wet room treatments. If you need to release stress, either a basic massage or facial would suffice. But, if you want invigorating or detoxifying skin treatments; herbal and mud wraps wonderful. The wet room is one of my favorite places to unwind, but it is not for the shy or faint hearted. Wet room treatments involve a technician scrubbing and bathing your body on a massage table while the warm soothing water from the Vichy showers flow from overhead. It’s like taking a shower in a rain forest.

Warning: Before choosing these or any service let the booking agent know if you or your guest is pregnant or has any allergies, skin or medical conditions. There are certain products that have what are called contra indicators; chemicals and substances that are known to cause skin irritations under certain medical and chemical conditions. Let the technician know if you are using Retin A products or other treatments prescribed by a doctor. Also before booking a service determine if you or your guest has any known phobias; for instance, if the person does not like to be touched anywhere but on the hands and feet, don’t book services for a full body massage, body wraps or scrubs, not even a facial. If a person is claustrophobic or whose body is prone to overheating, do not book a body wrap. And while at the spa, please heed warnings signs posted near the steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs for those who have heart conditions or are prone to overheating.

Get Perfect Tan Safely

Shop the right sunscreen

There are numerous sunscreen products available out there in form of lotion, gel, and spray. You need to choose your sunblock smartly to ensure effective sun protection. Sunscreen with SPF30 filters 97% of UVB rays, while products with SPF50 filter 98% of UVB rays. For dark Indian skin, SPF15 makes a right choice. In addition to SPF value, look for the phrase ‘broad-spectrum’ while selecting your sunscreen product. We highly recommend Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50 by Neogen Dermalogy and Sun Protection Eye Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 34 Sunscreen by Shiseido.

Don’t over do

You need not spend hours and hours at a poolside or at a beach to get that dark brown tan. Consistent exposure to the sun in peak hours, mostly between 10 am and 4 pm, can damage your skin and dehydrate your body. You should not spend more than 2-3 hours in the sun. Restricting your tanning time will help you get a beautiful tan without raising the risk of UV damage.

Get even tan

While out in the sun, make sure you turn your body at every 15-30 minutes or keep moving around so as to get even tanning all over your body. You certainly don’t want to have multiple colors on your body. Have an umbrella with you all the time so you can seek some shade whenever needed. Take breaks in between to avoid the risk of sunburns and get the longer lasting suntan.

Always wear summer accessories

Carry your sunglasses, hat, and umbrella to protect your delicate body parts from the harmful effects of UV rays. And make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Get Health Of Spa Treatments

Blood circulation

Proper blood circulation is needed for adequate function of the body. Spa treatments ensure that your blood circulation is intact and free from clogs. Instead of going for expensive medical treatments, undergo a relaxing spa course at an established spa center. Their trainers are well equipped with massage techniques as they have been trained through certified spa courses.

Serotonin release

Serotonin is considered as one of the main ‘feel good’ hormones. Spa training institutes, while giving lessons to their candidates, make them aware of the touch points which simulate the flow of serotonin. You mind, body and soul will be transported to a wondrous journey of relaxations and serenity. Everything will be in harmony once you come out of treatment.

Fight cramps

If you are a fitness fanatic, you know the risks of overtraining and cramps. Undergoing a spa treatment will help you to fight cramps and get the blood and energy flowing again. It will help you fight muscle tension with the help of expert therapists who have undergone rigorous training in cosmetology training schools. You can be rest assured that your body and health is in the best hands with certified trainers.

Glowing Hands

Make a scrub of lemon and sugar and rub on the hands till all the sugar granules melt. The sugar granules should not be very fine. Scrub for 10-15minutes and wash off with cold water.

A pack of milk, lemon and cucumber are great to lighten the skin tone of hands. Take 2tsp raw or unboiled milk, 1tsp lemon juice and 2 tsp cucumber juice. Massage the hands with this mixture and leave for 10 minutes before washing off with cold water.

Turmeric is known to lighten the complexion and make skin glow. Make a pack of sandalwood and turmeric powder and rub on your hands. Leave for 15 minutes and then soak your hands in cold water. Rub your hands while removing the pack.

Papaya is a great ingredient to give a wrinkle free flawless skin. Make a paste of green papaya and rub on the hands for 15minutes.Wipe off hands with a damp warm hotel. This treatment will give instantly fair looking hands.

Oatmeal, tomato, and yogurt make for a quick skin lightening pack. Oatmeal helps in scrubbing off dead skin while yogurt moisturizes the skin. Tomato juice helps in lightening the complexion. Make a paste of all three-2tbs each and rub on the skin. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water.

Honey and lemon juice work wonders to give lightened skin tone. Make a mixture of 2tbsp milk powder with 1 tbsp honey and 1tbsp lemon juice. Apply on the hands and leave for 15-20minutes. Clean the pack with a warm damp cloth.

Potatoes are found in every household. Potato juice helps in lightening the skin tone, thus giving it a fairer look. Peel a potato ad cut thin slices. Rub the potato slices on the hands, concentrating on darkened areas. Leave the juice for 15 minutes and wash off with cold water. Everyday use gives excellent results.

Orange is rich in Vitamin C that helps in lightening the complexion and making the skin glow. Make a scrub out of the orange peel and mix with raw milk. Apply the paste on the hands and leave for 20minutes. Remove the pack with a damp cloth to reveal tan free hands.

Hands too need oil massage to keep their moisture locked in. Prepare an oil blend using an adequate amount of olive oil and 2inch of licorice root. Heat the mixture and cool it until luke warm. Massage your hands with this oil blend for 10-12minues. Soak a clean cloth in warm water and remove excess oil from the hands. This will make the hands soft and supple with continued use.