I had today off… and with the hubby away on a business trip, it seemed the perfect time to turn our little home in suburbia into a luxury spa for a day…
So I turned to the household experts and we created a plan for a day at the Spa de Pause (or is that Paws)…
Although I have never been to an actual spa (other than spending half a day at the Aqua Day Spa in San Diego…note to self, must return as soon as possible), I have read numerous magazines about week-end spa retreats where weary people go for a few days of fresh air, stretching, healthy foods and beauty treatments… re-emerging with renewed energy and glowing skin.
I am truly lucky to live with not one, but TWO relaxation specialists and they vowed to help me destress and unwind… at no extra fee (but wet food would be appreciated…)
Sahara is a highly trained specialist in stretching and sleeping
Java showing off her sleeping style…
So, with time on my hands and two trainers ready to nap, I started my spa day.
Actually, I started the evening before, right after I got home from taking hubby to the airport. I read The Skin Regime: Bootcamp for Beautiful Skin by Dana Ramos and was inspired to try it for myself. It’s a really simple program based on sound dermatology. Dana writes as she sees it — and with honesty and humor, she lays out her plan to take care of skin that needs help: acne scars, mild acne, sun damage, aging, and hyperpigmentation among other problems are all helped with her method.
Here it is in a nutshell (but check out her book and website for more details):
A simple and gentle chemical peel done at home once a week for 6 weeks will yield amazing results.
So I got the stuff she recommended:
What you need for an at-home chemical peel.
Not pictured: gentle cleanser and rubbing alcohol to clean the skin before the peel. I used Dove for sensitive skin as recommended by Dana.
I got the glycolic acid solution (30% as recommended for a first-time peel) from Skin Obsession and followed the directions. It stung a bit, but I held on for the minimum of 3 minutes, then rinsed with a baking soda solution to neutralize the peel. Afterwards, I slathered on CeraVe cream to gently moisturize my newly peeled and very pink skin.
This morning, my skin looked a little more clear. It was no longer pink, but back to its normal pale shade. I will try this again next week — and in 6 weeks will make a full report of how weekly peels work for me.
And now I am officially in LOVE with CeraVE moisturizing cream! It’s not greasy; it’s super moisturizing thanks to ceramides and hyaluronic acid. I used it all over today and my skin feels soft like butter!
Purified Water, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide I, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phytosphingosine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.
That was last night.
This morning, I woke up bright and early, drank several cups of spa water ( water with sliced lemons and cucumbers) and headed off to Lake Murray in La Mesa for a 6.2 mile walk. I figure that if I want to walk a 10k by May 25, I’d better do a trial run today when I have the time. So I grabbed my fanny pack with water, camera, keys and MP3 player and hit the trail. I took my time on the outgoing 3 miles, and even snapped a picture of a chollas near the trail.
A claret colored chollas
But once I reached the halfway mark, I cranked up the tunes and walked a fast 5k back to the car.
Woo hoo! And it took an hour and 45 minutes. Not bad for a first attempt at a 10k.
Afterwards, it was home to shower and have my spa breakfast:
Festive Fruit Salad
1 pear, 1 apple, 1 mango (all chopped)1 package each: fresh raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds
Mix together. Enjoy!
Drink more water.
After breakfast and some time catching up on email, I did some stretching and decided it was time for a bath. I had originally planned on an evening bath, but my complaining muscles decided earlier was better. So I slathered my hair with deep conditioner (a souvenir from last year’s Israel trip), filled the tub with hot water, dead sea salts and a few drops of lavender essential oil, and engaged in some home thalassotherapy (aka bathing in sea water for curative purposes). I opted to eat my seaweed instead of putting in the bath.
A yummy seaweed snack!
Post-bath, my meditation coaches led me through a guided petting relaxation which involved gentle repetitive movements, soft sounds to stimulate the beta waves and both kneading massage and deep-tissue weighted relaxation techniques (think rock therapy with a 12-lb furball)… then we took a nap.
Salad and spa water for lunch:
1 pkg spring salad mix
2 cups chopped red kale
1 cup chopped watercress (it was on sale)
1 each: zuchini, cucumber, celery stalk, avocado
1 package cherry tomatoes
1 can chickpeas, rinsed
juice from half a lemon
This afternoon, I did some art, read a book and did some strength-training.
More salad and spa water for dinner (along with some un-spa-like Chicken Channa Masala leftovers.)
And tonight, I plan more of the same (minus the strength-training), followed by more purring-therapy.
All in all, a fabulous spa get-in.
Have you ever taken a whole day just to relax and pamper yourself? What did you do?