Spa aestheticians, manicurists and massage gurus may be the professionals, but there's no reason you can't pamper yourself at home.
Boost A Dull Complexion
Spa Fix Chances are, your skin looks less than radiant thanks to overexposure to harsh environmental conditions (wind, cold air and sun) paired with a lack of exfoliation. The best way to revitalize a dull complexion is with skin-polishing fruit extracts, particularly grapefruit. Grapefruit extract is applied to boost skins radiance. The vitamin C in it helps activate the pigmentation cells in the skin, which brings about a healthy glow.
At-Home Trick Exfoliate twice a week (after cleansing).
Smooth Fine Lines And Wrinkles
Spa Fix As you age, your skin's texture and tone change, a result of the breakdown of tissue-riming collagen and elastin, as well as overall muscle tone and the general quality of the skin. Many spas offer an Acu-lift facial, which is derived from holistic traditions in Chinese and other Asian cultures. In this facial, small needles are inserted into the skin to irritate the outer layer; the skin then responds by attempting to produce more collagen and elastin.
At-Home Trick Help firm skin by using a facial serum that contains caffeine or the wrinkle-fighting Pro-Retinol A.
Calm Rough, Dry Skin
Spa Fix Honey has many hydrating benefits. Manuka honey, which has been used in New Zealand for centuries, helps attack bacteria without drying out the skin. During a spa treatment using this ingredient, the skin is first cleansed, toned, exfoliated, massaged and steamed before spreading the honey over the face and neck. This sweet ingredient is not only nourishing, it helps lock in moisture.
At-Home Try Apply a honey-infused facial cleansing gel or a honey mask.
Smooth Scaly Body Skin
Spa Fix A sugar cane exfoliation is a popular treatment in spas nationwide; it packs sugar, macadamia-nut and coconut oils to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. Sugar polishes skin almost as effectively as professional-grade glycolic acid, but it offers the added benefit of helping soften rough spots.
At-Home Try Massage in a store-bought sugar, containing sesame-seed or macadamia-nut oils. A macadamia-nut oil and aloe body cream can also soften skin.
Soften Dry Hands And Feet
Spa Fix Rice water is a favorite moisturizing remedy for dry hands and feet in Malaysia. Here, rice is soaked overnight to extract the starch and soften the granules. Then the water and rice are blended into a paste, adding a pinch of turmeric (known for its anti-inflammatory properties); the mixture improves blood circulation too.
At-Home Try Massage feet with Fresh Rice Dry Oilwhich has anti-inflammatory arnica; on hands, use a body rub with anti-inflammatory turmeric and coriander.