Pumpkin is a fall treat which is also good for your skin. Its full of enzymes and natural alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to increase cell turnover, brighten and smooth skin. The Vitamins A & E plus zinc make it good at for acne by regulating oil production, healing breakouts and reducing inflammation.
The skin below our necks needs care but is often neglected, so this fall, try this body scrub that you can make at home.
Pumpkin Spa Body Scrub
1/2 cup organic pureed pumpkin
1/3 cup organic brown sugar
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tbsp honey
Optional - Add a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon or clove (these can be irritating if applied directly to the skin, so omit if you're skin is sensitive). I like these because they bring oxygen to the skin and muscles, but the effect is some temporary skin redness from increased circulation. If you don't mind this, go ahead.
Mix everything in a small, clean, unbreakable container and bring to the tub or shower. Step into the shower or tub, but don't turn on the water yet. Apply a small amount to one leg, rub in for 2 minutes, concentrating on areas that need extra attention like elbows and knees, then leave on and go to the next body part. Continue in this manner until you've covered your legs, arms, torso and back, avoiding sensitive areas like neck and breast, or any areas where skin is broken, inflamed or otherwise compromised. Now you can turn on the water and use a cloth to help you remove the scrub. Rinse well, don't leave any on your skin.
Your skin will feel wonderfully smooth! Now apply some body oil or lotion to seal in the moisture. Do this weekly for noticeable skin benefits.
PS - not a do-it-yourselfer? Yes, you can have the Pumpkin Spa Body Scrub here at Calm, as a stand alone service or as an add-on to a massage. Reserve online here or call me at 917. 596. 9535.
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My Mom has cancer, but still loves her spa time. There hasn't been anywhere I can send her alone, so I go with her to make sure her facials don't include procedures that would be harmful for her. Not a bad job, since I get some treatment, too!
Many women undergoing cancer treatments want to find ways to manage skin changes, pain, sleep disruption, anxiety or stress brought on by cancer treatments. A spa by its very nature should be a resource, but most spas are not trained in the needs of this very special client.
So I've become a Certified Oncology Esthetician by Touch for Cancer, a leading provider of specialty training in the field. I've also taken oncology massage courses with Tracey Walton, an award-winning educator in Massage for Cancer through the Benjamin Institute. Now I can safely adapt facial and massage therapy sessions to fit the needs of oncology patients and cancer survivors.
With this being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I will be donating 100% of the proceeds of the Gentle Comfort or The Healing Hour Treatments to charities related to breast cancer. Although these two treatments are designed to easily adapt to the needs of cancer patients, they can be received by women who do not have cancer. So join in, and let's get the total donation amount to soar!
If you want more information on spa treatments for cancer patients and survivors, please click Oncology Esthetics and Massage Therapy Spa for Cancer Patients or call me at 917. 596. 9535.
ps - My Mom and I have found our spa sessions to be a good time to bond, so you're welcome to bring a friend/loved one. I'll set up 2 tables, and I'll spoil you both!
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