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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Improve and revive your skin

A do at home tutorial to great skin

Each of us could use a weekend at a spa or a wellness centre. Stress, pollution and unhealthy life style get to your skin quicker than you think, and before you know it, your skin looks old, uncared for and without it’s usual glow.

If you’re short on money, or just haven’t got a weekend to make yourself look better, here is our troubleshooting guide to improving and reviving your skin in just a few hours. You should divide the treatments up and do as many as you have time to each day.

Our goal is to get back that radiant glow, reduce wrinkles, banish the blemish, make pores less visible and firm the skin.

Here’s what you need: a bathrobe, some relaxing music, essential oils, a good bath brush on a long handle, bath salts, a handful of sea-salt, your usual cream, toner and a mild anti-inflammation solution.

During this reviving treatment, you should eat only antioxidants (orange, yellow, red and green vegetables and fruits, sea food and brown rice). Drink spring water with a twist of lemon or lime.

How to start? Turn your mobile off, TV as well, heat up your bathroom and light a few candles. Put your favourite relax CD on and just sit still for a few minutes.

While showering, use the brush to get rid of dry skin. Moderation is the word here, be gentle. If you rub your skin too vigorously, you could induce an inflammation. Brush your skin in slow, circular moves. Wash well and apply a toner and a cream generously o your whole body.

Do a gommage, very popular in pricey European spas. Mix 30 grams of hard sea salt with 12 drops of essential oil (blueberry, grapefruit or lemon) and enough warm water to make an even paste. Put on a bathing glove and start massaging your body with the mixture. Pay special attention to your thighs, behind and stomach. This peeling will relieve you of dead skin cells, cleanse pores, and activate the capillaries, enhancing lymph-drainage. You’ll get rid of various toxins this way.

Pay special attention to your face, avoiding any aggressive substances. Put 6 drops of essential oil (lavender, camomile or ylang-ylang) in a bowl of lukewarm water. Dip a cotton ball in it and apply to your face and neck. Rinse after 5 minutes. Follow with your usual face care routine. After you apply the face cream, massage your face with a few ice cubes in a plastic bag.

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