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Escape to the Spa Without Leaving Home

Creating an at-home spa is an easy way to have the spa experience . . . without spending money or leaving the house. Plan a day of relaxation and treat your body, too.

Cue your favorite soothing tunes, light candles, and set up aromatherapy oil diffusers to establish ambience. Sit quietly in an oversize towel or fluffy robe, and enjoy some chamomile tea or citrus-infused water with your thoughts.

Prepare a facial steam by adding mint and lemon to a large pot and heating (but not boiling) water. Remove it from the stove, and create a towel tent over your head. Breathe in the steam, and relax for about five minutes. This provides nice meditation and opens pores in the process.

Follow up with gentle exfoliation with a product rich in alpha hydroxy acids — fruit acids that break down dirt and oil without harshness — like in the St. Ives Scrub-Free Exfoliating Pads. Then use the mild, skin-soothing St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Cleanser; its green tea reduces redness. Finish up with a product that offers long-lasting moisture such as St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer, which improves skin’s elasticity.

Then hop in the shower and use a body polish like St. Ives Purifying Sea Salt Exfoliating Body Wash to give yourself an all-over scrub to remove dead skin cells. Beginning it as soon as your body gets wet, and before it’s too hydrated, provides the smoothest results. After the shower, your freshly exfoliated skin will absorb moisturizers — from the shea-butter-rich St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Body Lotion or cocoa-butter-rich St. Ives Intensive Healing Body Lotion — like a dry sponge.

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