You’ve been a good girl. You deserve some pampering or maybe you know someone who does but who can afford the outrageous prices a spa. The good news is you don’t have to. You can have a spa week in your own home. Everything you need is in your own kitchen to not only relax but to get slimmer in the process for just pennies (not hundreds). How awesome is that? So let’s get started.
Face And Body Ubtan Scrub
The word “ubtan” means “cleansing paste” and this scrub improves circulation and helps tone slack muscles. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup oat flour or chickpea flour (grind up rolled oats in a blender or food processor until a fine powder), 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, 2 tablespoons each ground mustard and crush fresh cilantro leaves, 3 tablespoons rose water, 1 cup orange juice and a 1/2 cup water. Stir well to blend. Work the scrub all over your face and body while standing in the shower or tub. Rinse well with warm water.
Slimming Cleopatra Bath
Few people in history knew the art of beauty quite like Cleopatra. She had a wealth of secrets for youth and slimming that she used daily to keep her looking like the goddess she knew she was. Here is a page out of her book that you can use to help firm and tone your body while you unwind from you busy day. What you will need is 4 1/4 cups boiled milk, 7 tablespoons raw honey, 10 tablespoons cream and 10 tablespoons sea salt. Boil the milk and dissolve the honey into the milk. In a separate bowl mix together the cream and salt. While the milk and honey cools, rub into the body, arms, legs and neck in a circular motion a mixture of the cream and sea salt. After 15 to 20 minutes rinse composition from the body in the shower then fill the bath with warm water and add the pre-prepared milk and honey. This bath will tone and firm your body and should take about 20 to 25 minutes.
Slimming Hollywood Bath
Eggs are not only high in detoxifying agents, they are also high in collagen which boosts elasticity of the skin making it firmer and tighter so cellulite is less noticeable. For this bath you will need 1/2 cup of mild shampoo (like baby shampoo), 1 egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Whisk together in a bowl until well blended and foamy. Pour the foam into hot running bath water and give the water a stir. Sit back and relax. When the water cools drain some out and add more hot water. The Hollywood bath can be enjoyed up to an hour.
I know what you are thinking. Turpentine? Really? That’s nuts. Actually though, turpentine baths significantly increase the elasticity of the skin after the first of application. Because of this, turpentine bath are becoming increasingly popular. They also help restore normal metabolism, another huge plus. Turpentine baths also affect the blood vessels; regulate blood flow to various organs, and restore permeability of blood vessels. Turpentine bath for emulsion can be purchased online from places like amazon or at drug stores. If you have a medical condition, consult your doctor before using.
The rules of taking turpentine baths are simple. Half-fill the bath with warm water (at 37° C or 98.6°F ). The temperature must be carefully monitored with a regular thermometer. Then measure the required amount of turpentine mixture, pour it first into an enameled ware where you add hot tap water and stir. The mixture is then poured into the bath and stirred to evenly distribute the turpentine.
Then you go into the bath and add hot water three minutes later. Water temperature should be carefully monitored. There are three varieties of turpentine baths: yellow, white and mixed. In case of a white turpentine bath (increases blood pressure), solution temperature should be up to 100.4 – 102.2°F (38-39° C), and 104 – 107.6°F (40-42° C) in case of a yellow turpentine bath (lowers blood pressure). Average bathing time is from 5 to 20 minutes. Start with 5 minutes, and increase for 1-2 minutes at a time. If you experience discomfort when bathing, it is necessary to reduce the time, temperature or amount of turpentine. You should not take shower after a turpentine bath.
Turpentine baths are recommended not only for the overweight and obese people, but also for those suffering from arthritis, osteochondrosis, rheumatism and respiratory diseases (bronchitis, bronchial asthma, and pharyngitis).
Silky Slim Baking Soda Bath
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the right ones. This bath will leave your skin baby soft, reduces inflammation and gets rid of excess toxins, therefore reducing unsightly cellulite in the process. Simply mix 2 cups of baking soda with 1 cup of your favorite scented epsom salt. Blend well and store for later or dump in to hot running bath water. That’s right. All of it. The bath water should be approximately 40-degrees C or 104-degrees F. Basically as hot as you can stand it. Before emerging in the tub, drink a glass of water and place the cool towel on your head. Relax in the tub for approximately 20 minutes.
Ginger Orange Milky Bath Salts
This stimulating, warming, slightly spicy bath blend is an excellent way to unwind while shedding that cellulite. It also helps relieve lethargy and muscle aches while simultaneously softening the skin. Start with a 10 by 10 inch square of muslin or cheesecloth or toe of a nylon stocking. You will also need 1/2 cup epsom salt, 1/2 cup powdered whole milk, 1 tablespoon dried (or 2 tablespoons fresh) finely chopped orange rind*, 1 tablespoon powdered dried ginger, 1 tablespoon rosemary leaves, 5 drops ginger essential oil,5 drops sweet orange essential oil and some string or yarn. Place dry ingredients in center of cloth or toe of stocking. Add essential oils to the mix. Gather the material into a loose pouch and tie with a string or yarn long enough to hang from the hot water tap in the tub (so the running water can flow through the bag). *If you are making extra bags to store, use only dried orange rind. (The fresh version will mold.) Tie the bag with a string or yarn long enough to hang from the hot water tap in the tub (so the running water can flow through the bag). After hanging the bag and filling the tub, untie the bag and let it float in the water. Soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Discard the bag when finished.
Spiced Hot Chocolate Bath
There is only one thing better than chocolate. Chocolate that slims you. That is what makes this bath great. It smells like a hot cup of spicy Mexican hot cocoa. Yum, right? In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups baking soda, 1 cup sea salt, 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Pour into a large airtight container and save for later or use right away for an irresistible body treat. The bath water should be approximately 40-degrees C or 104-degrees F. Basically as hot as you can stand it. Before emerging in the tub, drink the glass of water and place the cool towel on your head. Relax in the tub for approximately 20 minutes.
Apple Cinnamon Bath Salts
All you need for this one is 3 simple ingredients. Start with 3 cups of sea salt in a large bowl. Add one tablespoon of cinnamon and mix it thoroughly with the sea salt. Stir in half a cup of apple cider vinegar. The mixture will be moist but not wet. Spoon it into a large airtight container. When you are ready to use it, add one cup to hot running bath water. The bath water should be as hot as you can stand it. Stuff a towel under the door to keep in the heat and steam from the bath. Before emerging in the tub, drink the glass of water and place the cool towel on your head. Relax in the tub for approximately 20 minutes. Sea salt soothes as it helps your body rid itself of toxins. The apple cider vinegar softens the skin and the cinnamon helps improve circulation and reduce inflammation. If you choose you can also add your favorite light oil to this mix to make an anti cellulite scrub. With oil less is more so start with 1/2 a cup and see if it is enough. It it is too dry add a 1/4 cup at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
Dark Peppermint Mocha Anti Cellulite Scrub
No spa week would be complete with out an anti cellulite coffee scrub. But why be ordinary when you can be fabulous? This scrub is so yummy you will want to eat it and technically you can but it will do you more good if you use it on your cellulite. This scrub smells like a delicious cup of Starbucks coffee and it packs a super charged punch when it comes to fighting cellulite with two extra cellulite busting ingredients, dark cocoa and peppermint. Here is what you need. Start with 1 cup dark brown sugar (packed), 1 cup dark roast coffee, 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder, 1/2 cup coconut oil and 10 – 20 drops peppermint essential oil. In a large bowl add the dark brown sugar. Add 5 drops of the peppermint essential oil at a time until you reach desired scent strength, stirring it into the brown sugar. This will distribute the scent evenly throughout the scrub. Add the coffee and the cocoa powder. Stir well to combine, making sure to break up any lumps formed by the brown sugar. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until melted, stirring in between or heat on stove on medium heat in a double boiler until melted. Pour into dry ingredients and stir until well moistened. Spoon into airtight container and place in fridge for about a half hour until coconut oil solidifies again. In the shower or tub, take a handful of scrub and massage gently into skin. If possible, leave it on for a few minutes then rinse well with warm water. Do not use soap afterwards or you will remove the oil and all the benefits from the scrub. Pat the area dry so you don’t rub off all the oil and other ingredients from your skin. (Also can be used as a face scrub or lip scrub if you choose to.) Caution: Coconut oil can leave the tub slippery so be careful.
DIY Slimming Body Wraps
No slimming spa week would be complete without doing your own body wraps. This is not only super simple but cheaper than you think it might be. First thing you need is a roll of plastic wrap and either several ace bandages or a stomach cincher. If you get a stomach cincher, I recommend going one size larger than the tag recommends so you are not uncomfortable and it doesn’t squeeze out the contents of the wrap when you use it. Another handy tool is a tape measure to measure before and after your wrap to see your results (because it isn’t always obvious in the mirror but it could still be inches on the tape measure). You also need a thick lotion. Try and choose one in a jar if possible. That doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Any unscented lotion will work so long as it isn’t runny. You cannot do wraps every day of the week but you can do them as much as every other day or every third day. Plan to do one on either Sunday/Monday then one on Wednesday and finally one on Friday/Saturday of your spa week. After that all that is left is to decide which DIY slimming wrap you want to do. I have posted almost 30 of them here on this site for your convenience. Some of the most popular ones are the Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar, Cinnamon, Cayenne, Ginger, Peppermint and Cocoa Editions but there are many many more. Warning: If you have sensitive skin, do not even attempt the cinnamon, ginger or cayenne wraps. They heat up and can cause a burning sensation that is unbearable to some. If your skin is sensitive this is more likely to bother you and should not be used. There are more than enough other options to choose from that won’t have this effect.
Dry Brushing For Cellulite Removal
Dry brushing not only buffs away the dry skin but it also detoxifying for the body by increasing the blood circulation and waste drainage from the lymphatic system. There are many benefits that dry brushing provides. Click here for more about the benefits of dry brushing for our skin as well as for cellulite removal as well as how to do it in your own home.