Beauty Topic: DIY everyday home spa 

“I woke up like this.” Oh, sure you did. Well…it could be possible if your shower had a few secret weapons inside that gave you the chance to combat frizzy hair, reveal glowing skin, and always make sure your feet were sandal-ready. So, how do you do this? Gather up a few simple products that work their magic while you shower, and are gentle for frequent use throughout the week! (FYI – it’s easier than you think!)


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my go-to products for home spa DIY
In a spa, the two biggest treatments that are regularly performed are 1) exfoliation of the skin and 2) deep conditioning of hair. With weekly use of products that focus on these factors, you will notice that your skin and hair look amazing, but your effort and time spent is actually pretty small. Here’s how to do it:

Once per week, I replace my regular conditioner with Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditoner. I have long hair that gets color-treated every 8 weeks, and I’ve been using this stuff for years. It’s super concentrated, smells divine, eliminates frizz / dryness, and rinses easily. I’m not a fan of hair masks, so I like that this is as simple as using a normal conditioner.

One exfoliator staple of mine that I’ve been using for years is Clinique’s 7-day Scrub Cream. In the shower, I’ll smooth and scrub this one my face, chest, shoulders, and upper back. It’s one of the few physical exfoliators that doesn’t irritate my skin, and rinses clean. It takes me maybe 30 seconds to 1 minute to complete this routine, and I always do so before I use my body soap or face wash. Caution – if you are really sensitive, only do this once a week. If your skin is less sensitive, then do so up to 3 x a week max.

After I exfoliate and use my face wash, I’ll then apply Dead Sea Essentials by AHAVA Chamomile Spa Facial Mud Mask on my face. While the mud mask is on, I’ll then soap up and wash my body. This timing works perfectly, as mud masks do best when they have a constant steam for about 2-3 minutes to activate the purifying properties of the mineral-rich mud. Then, you can just wash everything off your face and body. Your skin will feel smooth, balanced, and purified.

Lastly, I’ll take about a minute and use a synthetic pumice stone on my heels and balls of my feet. I really like the Smoothing Pedicure Stone from Earth Therapeutics, since it doesn’t leave grainy bits all over your shower or tub floor. Plus, the stone lasts a long time – just keep it place where it can dry in the shower. I just use it with the running water, and it gently removes dry skin and calluses easily. 

All of this described routine may add about 3 more minutes on to my shower, if that. But as a former esthetician, I can tell you that these simple steps will basically give you amazing results, and are super easy to use. Enjoy! 

© 28daysbeauty 2015

Beauty Topic: Exfoliation

This is a topic that is often misunderstood within a skincare regimen. One of the primary reasons is because there are so many options to choose from that it’s easy to be confused about what to use. As an esthetician, I would often recommend that people try a few of the options (one at a time) to decide ultimately what works best for them, and delivers the best results for their skin type.

Before I speak to my favorite options out there, let me clarify two important points that everyone should know: 1) yes, it is possible to exfoliate too much (creates irritation), and 2) if you have rosacea or severe acne then you need to ensure your dermatologist helps determine what is best for you.

Physical exfoliators are also referred to as scrubs, sponges, or brushes. Think of them as polishing agents – they will remove dead skin and debris by using granular beads, fibers or bristles to create the exfoliation. I especially like these for dry skin, since flakes and small clogs will easily roll off the skin surface. Tip: use in the shower up to 2x a week on clean skin to start.

My favorite physical exfoliators are:

– Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream – creamy and gentle, and great for all skin types

– Konjac sponges by Eco-Tools – these are made with Konjac vegetable fibers, and are all the rage in Asia. Gentle enough to use everyday with your cleanser, they are incredibly smooth on the skin’s surface.

– June Jacobs Radiant Refining Exfoliating Powder – this is similar to the ancient practice of rice powders being used in Asia to polish skin. This can be used on it’s own (creates a creamy polish with water), but I really love adding it to my Cetaphil or CeraVe creamy cleansers to brighten and clarify.

Chemical exfoliators are also referred to as peels, serums and solutions. These products rely mostly on alpha or beta-hydroxy acids (glycolic, salicylic, etc), retinoids (vitamin A), or enzymes (papaya) to create a non-physical reaction on the skin that loosens dead skin, clogs, and minimizes wrinkles. Tip: use at night to gain the most repair and avoid sun sensitivity during the day.

My favorite chemical exfoliators are:

– bliss That’s Incredi-‘peel’! pre-soaked pads – these use glycolic acid to refine skin and brighten. I love using them at night, after toning and before moisturizing.

– Olay Regenerist Serum Fragrance-Free (not pictured) – this serum is silky and instantly smooths. Use at night before moisturizing, and it helps boost hydration.

All of these can be used down the neck and chest to help brighten and give anti-aging effects. Men may also like these products as they help smooth skin, reduce ingrown hairs from shaving, and keep skin clear. Ultimately, the best advice I can give you on this is to be gentle to your skin – exfoliation is an essential step, but shouldn’t be overdone. Find something you like, and it will be like having a mini-facial on a weekly basis.

My favorite exfoliators & scrubs

©2015 28daysbeauty