Monday, April 15, 2013

SMMART TIME-OUT FOR MOM: Spa Ideas with Michelle (Guest Post)

Beautify Your Skin in Time for Spring
Spring is a time for new beginnings such as the grass starting to turn green, flowers and shrubbery blooming and the warmth of the sun breaking through the clouds. Glimpses of the sun are often rare during the winter months in central NY making most long for the warmer days ahead. Unfortunately, one of the deterrents many individuals find as they head into spring is that they have to unveil their worn, tired, dry and lifeless skin that they’ve kept covered all winter long.

Dry skin is often our spa’s primary focus this time of year when winter’s wrath has left one feeling weathered and chapped. Here you’ll find a natural blend of ingredients that includes organic products and fresh herbs used to refresh, cleanse and moisturize your skin, exfoliate dry elbows and feet and relieve chapped hands. Many of the products that we use at the spa can be found conveniently at home or via a quick trip to the local grocery store.

The following is a simple list of ingredients designed to help you get ready for spring. With this DIY body scrub, you’ll feel confident showing off your skin in a tank top, shorts, sundress and even sandals.


1 c. White or Organic Granulated Sugar
½ c. Almond Oil
4-5 drops Lemon Essential Oil


Place the sugar in a bowl and slowly begin to add the oils to the sugar mixture. Depending on the consistency, you may need to reduce or add more oil as you go. You’ll need to be careful not to get your sugar scrub mixture too loose and soupy however.

It’s as simple as that. The sugar scrub mixture should be applied in the shower to warm, clean skin, while focusing on areas such as your arms, back, torso, legs and neck. Since the sugar scrub is course, you may want to avoid sensitive areas such as your face.

Sugar scrubs are simple to make and can be used throughout the year, especially during wintertime when your skin is at its driest. Try incorporating different essential oils with the granulated sugar to achieve the ideal scent of your choosing such as lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint.


“Hello everyone, my name is Michelle Pino, I work at the spa at Turning Stone Resort and Casino. It’s a privilege and pleasure to go to work every day knowing that I am able to positively affect the lives of so many! I am equally excited to be able to share my knowledge with tips and tricks for all of you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!”


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