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Indulge in chocolate this New Year!

3 Jan

I came across an amazing recipe for a chocolate face mask that I might start incorporating into my routine at the spa. I have to say I tried it out on my skin, and not only did it work – it tasted great!

Technically, you are not supposed to eat it, but if a little bit did accidentally happen to get in your mouth, or your clients mouth – it is completely safe!

This mask is stimulating to the skin, hydrating and also opens up the pores. It is rejuvenating and safe to eat as I mentioned earlier.

For the recipe –

2 tablespoons cocoa powder (think raw, organic, pure)

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

Make a paste of all of the ingredients and spread it on the face after a thorough cleansing. Avoid the eye area. After 10 minutes, remove with a warm, damp towel.

Then savor the amazing results – which are completely guilt free. A great way to indulge your sweet tooth and enhance your home skin care routine.

Credit for this recipe goes to Cortney Matz who is based in Los Angeles.

 

 

Brighten up the body and face with these two yummy treatments!

16 Nov

Oh, the joys of winter skin. If you are like me, this time of year brings out the worst in my skin. Those of us who usually run dry anyways start getting extra dry, ashy even. And, there’s really nothing attractive about dry, ashy skin.
Enter my love for experimenting with all natural products. I decided to take the usual ingredient of brown sugar and wanted to mix it in with something to make a body scrub. I opted for sunflower oil because that’s what I had in the cabinet. The result was a smooth, silky and amazingly scented scrub that left my skin soft and hydrated.

Sweet Sugar Scrub – The ingredients were simple: 1/4 sunflower oil and 4 tablespoons of organic brown sugar. Mix the two together and then massage onto the skin. Leave it on for at least five minutes. This scrub is gentle enough to use on the face, neck hands or feet as well. Remove with a warm towel.

For a little more of that Fall Flavor, try this mask instead for the face. Due to the Malic Acid in the apples, it leaves your face with a healthy glow!

Candy Apple Mask – 3 raw, peeled red apples, 3 tablespoons of sugar
Heat the peeled apples in a microwave for about 4-6 minutes. Cool, and then puree in a blender with the sugar. Spread the mixture onto a cleansed face using a fan brush or your hands and leave on for about 5 minutes.

If you try either of these treatments, I would love to hear about it!

Some winter love for dry eyes and puffiness with a homemade eye treatment!

14 Nov

Winter always brings out seasonal allergies and overly dry skin in some of my clients. In addition, we all tend to overindulge in all that the holidays has to offer. Between the sweets, food, stress and alcohol consumption during holiday parties it’s no wonder we all look a little ragged. If you are looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to relax, ease those itchy allergy eyes and puffy circles look no further. Using some cucumber slices and lavender essential oil, this is probably the easiest and most effective of the treatments I have offered.

Cucumber and Lavender Eye Treatment
1/4 freshly cut cucumber, chilled
1 drop Doterra Lavender essential oil

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Slice the cucumber thinly, and place it in a small bowl of fresh spring water. Place in the refrigerator for at least ten minutes. You can add ice cubes to chill it faster if you desire. Add a drop of Lavender essential oil and let the bowl sit on the counter a few minutes until the scent is infused into the mixture. Place the slices on the closed eyelids to reduce puffiness or to relieve eyes that are red and itchy from seasonal allergies for approximately five to ten minutes or until the cucumbers are no longer cold.

To make this experience more “spa like” – put on some relaxing music. Maybe something along the lines of Carla Bruni’s “Le Ciel dans une chambre,” “Yellow” by Jem, or “Duet” from Rachel Yamagata. Timing wise, you could probably listen to all three and be transported into a state of beauty bliss.

I hope this amazing little tip helps you through this rough skin patch, also known as winter time.

Stay Beautiful!

New Infused water flavor – Watermelon Cilantro

21 May

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This week at the spa I introduced watermelon and cilantro infused water. I have to say that I think it scared a few of my clients off, but the ones who did try it loved it. The sweetness of the watermelon mixes well with the herbal flavor of the cilantro. Plus, there are so many amazing health benefits to this drink.

Cilantro is known for its ability to detox the body from harmful metals. In addition, it can help to alleviate symptoms of diabetes, anxiety, lower blood sugar and prevent cardiovascular damage. Watermelon is a natural source of antioxidants, increases the amount of blood flow throughout the body, which helps with circulation. The inside of a watermelon is approximately 92% water and has the highest amount of lycopene. It is especially good for men and helps with prostate help, lowers blood pressure and aids erectile dysfunction which helps the ladies out as well (haha).

To make this yummy mixture you will need

1 gallon of water

approx 4 cups cubed watermelon

5 sprigs of cilantro

Put it in the pitcher, place in the fridge at night and enjoy some amazingly refreshing, tasty healthy water the next day!

Stay hydrated!

Spice it up with Cucumber, mint and jalapeño infused water!

15 May

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Hot weather always makes me think about margaritas, and sitting on a beach somewhere melting my troubles away. But, let’s face it. Most of us don’t have the extra time or money to travel every time the temperatures rise. Thankfully, I live in San Diego so I can retreat to the water when I’m not working. I wanted to create an infused water that gave me that tropical, exotic retreat feel without even having to leave my work.

Mint is always a great herb to give a different flavor to your water. Paired with cucumber, you can’t go wrong. But what could make it a bit more interesting? Jalapeño. Yep, you heard it right. This exotic mix is reminiscent of a mojito I had in Hawaii last night. It’s got just a little kick to it without really even tasting the pepper.

For the recipe:

1 gallon water
1/2 of a jalapeño (de-seeded, and completely cleaned out)
1 whole cucumber (or a little less if you want more of a spicy taste to it)
2-3 springs of mint

The flavor on this one kicks up quickly so you could safely make it in the morning to drink all day.
Hope you love it!!

More infused water flavors!!

3 May

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Rosemary and Pear water

Just when I was getting ready to branch into the more exotic pairings, I ventured back into the rosemary chapter. I absolutely loved the watermelon and rosemary combo and decided to make it a bit more refreshing and add pear. The flavor was good, and quite surprising.

Here’s what you need for this:

2 ripe pears
3 small sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 gallon of water

Another fun flavor – Apple Cucumber

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I know, this combination at first didn’t really sound great, but it was very refreshing. I used gala apples, but your own choice of organic apple will work.

2 gala apples (or organic of your choice)
1 whole cucumber (peeled if not organic)
1 gallon of water

Just like with the other recipes, make the night prior for optimal flavor and keep for only 24 hours.

Hope you enjoy these!!

Want to be healthier by just adding one simple thing to your diet?

30 Apr

That’s right, I said it. ONE thing can not only make you healthier, but helps your vital organs function properly, eliminate waste and toxins from the body, and make you look years younger. It’s not a pill, nor is it an expensive cream from Nordstrom, or something injected by a surgeon. It’s water. And if you are anything like the majority of the population, who is dehydrated, you aren’t drinking enough of it.

But, what happens when you don’t like drinking water? Well, you get creative, naturally. Without adding any sweeteners or artificial flavoring you can make some amazing, inexpensive and tasty waters that will leave you wanting to actually drink them. Here are some of my personal favorites that I brew for my clients daily at my spa in San Diego.

The first is Strawberry, Orange and Apple Infused Water. It’s a great starting point for those of you who aren’t too adventurous with flavors just yet. The key to all of the infused waters is to make them the night before you plan on drinking them to ensure that by the next morning the flavors are all there. Make sure to only reuse the fruit for 24 hours to ensure freshness.

 

For this recipe you need:

1 gallon of water

1 red apple (your choice)

1 orange (peeled, unless organic)

Approx 15 strawberries

Chop everything up, throw it in the bottom of a pitcher, pour water in, and place in fridge overnight.

Strawberry, Orange and Apple Water

Raspberry Peach Water
1 gallon water
1 basket red raspberries
1 whole peach, or two cups frozen peaches

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Watermelon, Orange and Basil (now we are talking!)

1 gallon water
2 cups cubed watermelon
1 orange, peeled or organic
handful of fresh basil (the trick to the basil is to lightly squish it in your hand before you throw it in there)

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Blackberry Lime

1 gallon of water
1 basket blackberries
1 lime (peeled or organic)

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Watermelon Rosemary (yep, you heard me!)

1 gallon of water
2 cups cubed watermelon
2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

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Pineapple Mint

1 gallon water
2 cups (or more) cubed pineapple
handful of mint (squished in your hand)

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Starbucks Mix (aka cantaloupe, honey-dew, and grapes)

I jokingly call this the Starbucks mix, because it’s the same combination of fruits that is in their little fruit cup you can buy.

You need two cups grapes (red is best)
1 cup cantaloupe
1 cup honey dew
1 gallon water

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Grapefruit and Mint

This one wasnt a solid winner for me, as grapefruit often leaves a bitter taste to it. But, if you can find “sweet grapefruit” from your local farmers market this could be a 10!

1 gallon water
1 whole grapefruit, peeled
handful of fresh mint

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Apple pomegranate

2 whole apples (red variety) sliced
1 gallon water
half of a pomegranate (or you can be lazy like I was and buy them already out of the fruit. Then use two cups)

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Peach & Sage

I loved this one! I imagine apricot would also be great with sage. Can you imagine baking those two ingredients to make a sauce for your chicken? Um, yum!

1 gallon water
2 whole peaches
2 springs of fresh sage

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Orange Basil Water

This one seemed to be a spa favorite and was very refreshing on those hot days.

1 gallon water
2 oranges, peeled or organic
handful of basil

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These are just SOME of the many waters I have tried. I will be branching out and experimenting with more in the future. Please take a moment to try these, and let me know which is your personal favorite. It’s an easy, inexpensive way to make you healthier one sip at a time.

Stay beautiful, and stay hydrated!!