Tag Archives: Skin

DIY Vigilius Spa Apple & Polenta Body Scrub

24 Feb

We all know an apple a day can keep the doctor away, but it can also keep the wrinkles away!  With it’s acidic properties and thick, fibrous texture, apples make an exfoliating scrub to retexturize the body.  Honey is added to give flexibility to the scrub & polenta as an extra exfoliant.  Here’s our DIY version:

Combine in a bowl

1 Cup Applesauce

1/2 Cup Dry Polenta

3 Tablespoons honey

In the shower: rub onto body (this is a body only scrub) in circular motions, focusing on knees and elbows.  (Place a piece of cheesecloth over drain to stop clogging)  Rinse!  Finish w/your fave lotion.

You can also soak your fingers in it as a pre-manicure softener.

Live, Love and Lounge, Candy


Make Flavored Spa Water Infusions: Water Cocktails!

5 Feb

Plain water is a thing of the past

At Evian’s Spa, their programs offer a different herbal water each day.  The idea is that different herbs have unique restorative properties and complement the spa treatments prescribed for each step of their guests’ health and beauty transformations.

We love this because let’s face it, plain water for many of us is so boring and we have trouble getting our 8 glasses a day.  That’s why we shared the Spa Water Infusion ideas below with our eHow audience.  Enjoy!  Once you try our versions, get creative and make your own water cocktails.

How to Make Spa Water Infusions for Young Glowing Skin and More Energy | eHow.com.

Argan Oil Moroccan Beauty Secret

23 Jan

To conclude our week at La Sultana, I wanted to introduce you to a line of beauty treatments I recently discovered. There is a tree grown only in southwest Morocco called the Argan tree. The oil from this tree is jam packed with vitamin e & omega 3s and is a Moroccan beauty secret.

And you can treat your entire body, including your hair, with argan via Kae Argatherapie. You can purchase it online at Amazon. Super moisturizing for winter skin too!  Some of our favorites:

Exfoliating Hammam Glove

Designed to be used in a Hammam or steam room to exfoliate the skin. It really is invigorating! Works equally well in the bath. Take it to the gym for your next steam and double your bliss!

Natural Clay Rhassoul

Made of Moroccan white clay, simply mix this powder with warm water to make a smooth paste. Apply to skin, body or hair to condition and cleanse. It can also be left on as a mask. Multipurpose and exotic – we like!

Repairing Night Serum

Soothes and heals acne and breakout prone skin. Unclogs pores and reduces redness. I love this during my, ahem, girl time of the month to help reduce breakouts.

Savon Noir (Black Soap)

I don’t know what’s more addicting about this. . . the paste texture or the fragrance of eucalyptus. Sure to help unclog those winter flu and cold stuffy noses. Just slather a bit of this on in the shower and scrub with the Hammam Glove. It makes showers so fun!

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

Beauty Masquerade – Do It Yourself Indulgences

29 Oct

At our last #SpaWeekGossip tweet chat, we had a lively discussion about incorporating masks into our beauty routines. As a maskaholic of sorts, I was shocked that many women don’t take the time. Not only is masking good for your skin (it dries up acne, can moisturize and chase away fine lines) it’s essential for getting a few minutes of me time that we all need and deserve.

But what was really exciting was the loads of women who tweeted about their own beauty mask recipes – either handed down from their family or self-created. So I thought you would enjoy trying these in your own beauty test kitchen. Have fun!  And if you feel like more at home beauty masks see our Pumpkin Masks article.

PS: Be sure to check out these tweeters who love spa as much as we do.

Rose oil and honey mask: Mix 2tbsp honey, 2tsp almond oil & 5 drops rose essential oil apply to face let sit for 15-30 mins.

Mix honey and sugar for a super hydrating body scrub

Apply pure egg whites on face. Let dry & rinse for a temporary lift

Blend 2 whole eggs and paint on face to tighten pores

Fashions their face masks from live Lavender flowers, honey, yogurt

Adds honey to dry oats just enough to make a paste for an exfoliating mask

Brew black tea for 3-5 min Refrigerate and apply w cotton wool on eyes leave on 10-15 min 2 depuff eyes

Dissolve a few aspirins in water to form a paste (use uncoated aspirins) good for acne

The skin of chayote squash is also nice on the face. Makes your skin glow afterwards. My father introduced me to it.

Brown sugar & coconut oil make a wonderful exfoliator for your body!

Mix 1 packet oatmeal, 2 TBSP pure honey and 2 TBSP buttermilk in blender, then pour into a bowl. Blend 1/2 cup almonds for one minute, then add the oatmeal mixture and blend until smooth. Leave on for ten minutes.

What are your at home beauty masks? We’d love to know, please leave a message in the comments. We’ll periodically add them into this post.

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

Beauty Unplugged

5 Oct

Last week in honor of our Spa Electronica high tech spa chat we shared all kinds of cool gizmos to get your skin glowing in our Electric Beauty article. This week we recommend what you can do without to help save the planet while you primp.

Gorgeous Foot Soaker! from Moroccan Home

Don’t: Electric Foot Baths

Why: Save money on electricity, they are loud (and how relaxing is that?) and really don’t mimic a foot massage – just vibrate you numb.

Instead: Use a metal or glass bowl large enough for your feet. Float flower petals on top of hot water and add salts or aromatherapy oils. Chill. Check out this beautiful bowl from Moroccan Home

Don’t: Leave the Water Running

Why: When you wash your face, your hair or brush your teeth leaving the water on wastes a huge amount of a precious resource.

Instead: Turn the faucet off while you lather up or massage your skin.

Don’t: Waste Beauty Products

Why: In addition to cluttering your vanity & wasting your money, ineffective products mean you’ll only end up throwing them away.

Instead: Sample products at home first with travel sizes or obtaining samples from the store. You can also use companies like Birchbox to buy small sizes. Read reviews of sites like Makeup Alley too. OR

Recycle: Your friends may like items you don’t or give to your daughter or niece for dress up fun.

Don’t: Automate when you can Invigorate

Why: Blindly buying every automatic beauty gadget ends up causing closet overload. Ask yourself Why? before you buy. I nearly recently bought an automatic

Do you really need a lotion roller?

lotion roller. Aside from being plastic, I thought am I really so lazy I can’t rub lotion on myself?

Instead: Do things by hand! It feels good and exerts energy – almost a mini workout!

I hope this has inspired you to make your beauty routine a bit more green!  Share and learn more great ideas at our Eco Spa Tweetchat on Twitter Wednesday, October 6 at 11 AM PST.

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy

Peeling Back the Years: Spa Skin Strategies Recap #SpaWeekGossip

23 Sep

While our skin care routines are as varied as our names, the chatters this week had one thing in common: We are all happy in the skin we’re in!

Daily must dos:

Vitamin serum
Eye Cream

The not so sures:
Firming Lotion
Make up
Firming Cream

The nevers:
Skipping sunscreen

Brand Bliss? Dior, Skinceuticals, Apriori, L’Oreal, Osmotics, Prevage, Olay, Dennis Grossman, Repechage, Kiehls, Decleor, Aveeno, Lush @Habibody, Chanel, Bliss, Philosophy, Kenzo were all touted

Skin Savior Shopping List:
Arcona Triad Pads
Repechage Hydra 4 Day Cream
Shiseido Cut Out Retinol Mask
Estee Lauder Intensive Night Repair
Dermalogica Rice Exfoliant

The biggest skin sin? Sleeping in our makeup – the eye area especially. @ArtoftheSpa recommended Decleor cleansing water which requires no water for super quick scrubdown.

Tips for Super Skin!

-Sleep with a silk pillowcase @artofthespa
-Salt rooms are awesome for detoxing skin @spaweek
-Do your skin routine when you bathe your kids @fashionoffice
-Avoid caffeine for brighter eyes @JVSkincare
-Home scrub 1/4 c sugar + 2 cups olive oil in shower @Reddoorspas
-Keep stress in check (by attending #spaweekgossip every week!)

Delicacies We’re Dying to Try!
-MicroCurrent facials – @EpicSkin
-Botox @xtremelashes
-ReVive Serum @arierich
-Clarisonic Opal @SpaLook
-$500 Facial @ladolcevitainfo
-LaMer @lsas1

AND the WINNER of an Apriori Peel from @candydye of I’m Looking Fabulous is : @treetrout1 – please email candace@artofthespa.com your mailing address so we can mail your prize!

Be sure to join us next week when the topic is Spa Electronica! Hi Tech Treats & Spa Treats for Your Tech. If you’d like to be added to our reminder email list, email Candy: candace@artofthespa.com

Michelle (@SpaWeek) and Candy (@artofthespa)

PS:  If you’ve had to miss any of our #spaweekgossip chats – get the skinny by clicking the recaps on our #SpaWeekGossip calendar page.

Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute & Spa LA

16 Sep

Spa Week sent me on a mission to Yolanda Aguilar Beauty Institute & Spa in Los Angeles for our weekly #SpaWeekGossip parties and I gladly accepted.

YA Beauty Institute and Spa is in the financial district and I can’t think of a better spot for a gem of a spa. YA specializes in skin rejuvenation – sort of a medical spa with a luxury feel. While relaxing and pampering are part of the experience, clients expect to leave with their skin visibly improved. Acne, lines, inflammation and discolorations watch out!

Perfect for me, who since moving to LA, has noticed more freckles and a drier visage. Yolanda, who has been in the beauty business for 45 years, pays extra special attention to her clients so each treatment is customized. After changing into a robe & slippers, I sipped a cup of green tea and relaxed in YA’s earthy green and fountain filled waiting area.

*Superspagoer secret: You know how they say to look at stylist’s hair at a salon? Check out the skin on the staff at a spa. Every person at YA had lineless, gorgeous skin.

Yolanda retrieved me and welcomed into her office for a consultation which all new guests receive. As I suspected, my skin was dry on the cheeks but oily in the t-zone with some acne (Ick – how embarrassing!) and freckles. Rx?   Her Hydra Facial.

The Hydra Facial uses a high tech machine with several attachments that allow the aesthetician to exfoliate, peel, oxygenate and inject vitamins deep into the skin.

Claudia, my aesthetician, cleansed and exfoliated me. (SpaHome note: she recommends if you wear make up washing twice – once with a milky cleanser, then with a sudsy one). Bumps (read zits) were extracted (the unfun part of a facial), but the foot massage I got during the extractions numbed any discomfort.

Next a gauze mask was applied over a disinfecting gel and a light passed over. Tingled! Then the diamond peel. I was a bit nervous it may hurt, but it felt like sandpaper on my face. Next suctioning cups dispersed a vitamin gel into my pores, then sucked up excess – I felt like I was making my face do sit ups! The finale, a blue light to calm residual redness.

To finish, sunscreen was applied. Wow, babies would be jealous! My face felt tighter, tingled and was a bit pink. But it looked like velvet.

Watch segments of the treatment: Here

BONUS: Yolanda Aguilar is celebrating Spa Week & you can treat your summer ravaged skin for only $50! Less than half of the regular price. Call now Spa Week ends Sunday.

PS: A week after my Hydra Facial, my skin is smoother, brighter and softer. As one of my friends put it last night, you always look good but now you’re glowing from the inside out! Wow! What a huge compliment. Thank you Yolanda, Claudia and the entire staff.

Yolanda developed her own treatment line which I have to try. Will report on that in a month.

Live, love and lounge, Candy