Saturday, January 31, 2009

Skin Smoothing Citrus Bath


Hip Hostess provides you essential information and tips on how to entertain cost effectively, gracefully and impressively. One of the things we don’t talk about much is the day after the party. Just as important as all of the pre-planning is the post-party wind down. You should definitely pencil in a little pampering for yourself, the next day. In case a spa trip does not fit your time frame or pocketbook, Hip Hostess has a home remedy that is skin smoothing, relaxing and revitalizing. This recipe is adapted from the Citrus Spice Aroma Bath at the Ritz Carlton Spa in Grande Lakes, Florida.

With a few simple ingredients you will be on your way to total relaxation in no time.

Skin Smoothing Citrus Bath
1 Navel Orange
1 Cup whole cloves, divided
1 Cup pulp-free orange juice
½ Cup soy milk
2 teaspoons lavender essential oil

How to make it:
Cut orange into even slices; insert ½ cup cloves into slices. Fill tub with 90 to 95 degree water (experts recommend using a cooking thermometer when testing the water temperature. Expectant moms: talk to your doctor before indulging); add oranges, remaining ½ cup cloves, orange juice, soy milk, and lavender oil.

Why it’s good for you:
Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A & C, citrus fruit acids are natural exfoliants. Circle a washcloth over your body while soaking to slough off dead cells loosened by fruit acids. Cloves enhance the sensory experience. Citrus has been proven to make people feel happier and lavender abates stress.

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