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Men’s Papaya Facial

So many times the men in our lives just miss out on some of the really good stuff…like facials.  In our clinic, I use to give facials to men quite often…and they loved it!  So, here is a super simple facial to relax and pamper your man with.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • comfy chair (like a recliner), draped with a sheet and a dry towel laid across the headrest
  • 5 hot, moist hand towels
  • bowl of hot water
  • cotton pads
  • facial skin toner
  • facial scrub
  • papaya facial blend (see recipe)
  • facial moisturizing cream
  • relaxing music, candles, and other elements to enhance relaxation

Step 1:

  • If you are using the Igloo, dampen all of the hand towels with hot water ( you may put the dampened towels in the microwave to heat them more thoroughly, if you’d like) and then store them in the Igloo to keep them warm.  Or, if you are using the Crockpot, dampen all hand towels in warm water and place in Crockpot.  Set Crockpot to low and let heat through for about 30 minutes.
  • Set up the area you’ll be using…gather supplies in an orderly fashion near the treatment chair and set the mood with music, candles, etc.

Step 2:

  • Warmly greet your man, making sure you tell him how much he deserves to be pampered.  Have him sit in the special chair and relax.

Step 3:

    • Soak several cotton pads in the facial toner.  Use these toner soaked cotton pads to gently wipe away the day’s dirt and debris from the face and neck.  Don’t forget to run down his jawline to and around his ears.  This is very cooling and invigorating.
    • Take one the warm towels out and open it so the steam can escape…be sure it isn’t too hot for his face and gently lay the towel around his face, making sure his nose and mouth are free and clear for breathing…the easiest way to do this is to grab the towel at each short end, place the middle of the towel on his face around his chin and bring the tails up and around his face allowing them to overlap and rest on his forehead.  Allow the warm towel to soak into his skin for about a minute or two and then remove it gently.
    • Now apply a little facial scrub to your fingers, adding a couple of drops of water from your bowl of warm water, and massage his face from the chin up and over his cheeks, nose, and around and up and over his forehead in a circulation motion.  Follow this pattern two more times.
    • Take another warm towel out and open it so the steam can escape making sure it isn’t too hot for his face and lay it on his face as previously explained.  Allow to soak for a minute or two and then gently remove it, using it to help take the scrub off his face.  You may also use a couple of more clean cotton pads dipped in the warm water in the bowl to aid in this process as well.

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  • Now apply the papaya facial blend (which you made earlier) to his face evenly…be sure to include the neck.  It may be easier to apply the blend with an artist’s paint brush.  Apply a warm towel to the top of the blend and allow to cool off a bit…do not remove but add a 2nd warm towel on top of it.
  • While these towels soak and warm the face, massage each of your man’s hands, one at a time for about 3 minutes each.  After you are finished with the hand massage, gently take the towels off, using them to help take the mask off his face.  You may also use a couple of more clean cotton pads dipped in the warm water in the bowl to aid in this process as well.
  • Use the final warm towel to wrap his face for the last time, allow it to soak for a moment and then remove it.
  • Apply a thin layer of facial moisturizer to his face and massage it in.

Step 4:

  • Allow your man to rest and relax afterwards for a few extra minutes.
  • Remind him of how special he is and how deserving he is of such treatment.
  • Have him look in the mirror after he gets up to see how great he looks!

Step 5:

  • Clean up any messes.
  • Launder the dirty towels.
  • Put away all ingredients.

Hydrotherapy Bath

A hydrotherapy bath is one of the simplest spa treatments that you can give yourself at home.  Here is how to pamper yourself with a hydrotherapy bath:

    1. Create the ambiance – place candles around your tub and light them, hang a live green plant nearby or put a vase of fresh cut flowers so you can see them while you soak, set up your CD player or iPod to play your favorite relaxing music or meditation, hang/drape silk scarves or other beautiful linens around the room, place your plush towel or robe in easy reach.
    2. Fill your tub with water – you’ll want nice hot water (no more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit).  While waiting for the tub to fill, sit on the edge of the tub, in a vanity chair, or on the closed toilet seat and give yourself a nice foot massage.
    3. Just before your tub is full, add one of the following special ingredients right into the flow of the faucet so it will swirl and mix into the bath water:
      • seaweed powder – to remineralize, relax, and detox your body
      • clay powder – to stimulate the lymph system and draw out toxins
      • essential oils – rosemary and peppermint to invigorate your body for increased energy
    4. Carefully step into your hot bath water, sink into the water…all the way up and over your shoulders, breathe deeply, either meditate or enjoy listening to  your relaxing music while looking at your plant/flowers, candles, and beautiful linens.

Sm - Cleansing Bath

  1. Soak for 20 minutes.  Then slowly rise and get out of the tub, lightly patting yourself dry with your soft towel…leave a little of the bath essence on your skin to continue to seep into your pores.  Wrap yourself in your comfy robe.
  2. Make yourself a cup of herbal tea and do nothing for the next 20 minutes.

Tell me what your favorite special additives are to your bath in the comment section below…

Spa Day Apple-Pear Salad

Make yourself a healthy, light, and delicious snack to munch on between home spa day treatments.

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
  • 2 medium pears, cored and sliced
  • 3/4 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground

Gently stir all the ingredients in a large bowl until well coated.  Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

Source: The Royal Treatment

Relax in Your Own Home Spa

You don’t have to go out to an expensive spa to relax and unwind…you can make your own spa at home.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going to a spa and having someone else give me a massage, a facial, a body wrap, and other relaxing treatments, but I don’t always enjoy paying the price.

Think about what it is that you love about the spa…other than somebody else giving you treatments.  Do you love the sounds (music, running water, etc.)?  Do you love the smells (herbs, oils, lotions, tonics, etc.)?  Do you love the lighting?  Do you love the artwork?  Do you love the mood (relaxing, calm, quaint, quiet)?  Do you love the food (teas, light sandwiches, salads, etc.)?  Do you love the feel (soft robe, warmth, comfort, etc.)?  Make a list of these things…most, if not all, of these things can be recreated in your own home to give you the feeling of being in a spa.

Here are some things you will need to get setup:Background

  • a space to give treatments – usually your bathroom is the perfect place…even small bathrooms can be transformed into a soothing space
  • time to yourself – get a babysitter, send your loved one out for the evening with the guys/girls, turn off your cell phone, turn off your house phone, turn off the TV, turn off the computer/laptop/iPad, etc.
  • relaxing music – either get a CD with music you find relaxing or play your favorite playlist from your iPod or even spend time meditating during the treatment phase
  • a small cooler (Igloo lunch box or the like) – this will be what you use to keep hot towels hot  ~~OR~~  an alternative is to put damp towels in a crock pot (this is what we use in our clinic)…NOTE that you would only use the crock pot for spa treatment towels – do not cook in the crock pot that you use for therapy treatments.
  • plastic bowl – a quart-sized plastic bowl is great to hold water, body baths, salts, and other spa ingredients
  • high-quality sheet (natural muslin or pure unbleached cotton) – you’ll use the sheet to wrap your body in when applying herbs, emollient creams and essential oils to your skin…it’s important that you use something that won’t interfere with the absorption of these products into your pores
  • insulating sheet/blanket – the perfect thing to use to keep warm during a body wrap is a thermal foil sheet or space blanket…you can usually find them at Walmart or Academy
  • skin brush / loofah – brushing your skin has many benefits and increases the effects of the spa treatments
  • towels – these are essential to spa treatments to wrap your face or body and wipe up messes…dark green towels are recommended to help hide the stains of muds, clays, seaweed products, and oils OR use some older towels you don’t mind if they get stained
  • robe – spend some money here…you’ll want a very plush, soft, comfortable robe to wear around the house and relax in on your spa days
  • massage oil – if you plan on doing treatments often get a medium sized bottle of oil, otherwise; stick to a smaller bottle as oil will go rancid over time…best oils for treatments are grapeseed, jojoba, and sesame
  • body scrubs – lighter scrubs for faces, medium scrubs for body, and heavier scrubs for feet…you can purchase at a local bath and body store or make your own from salt or sugar (check out our recipe blogs to see what we’ve posted)
  • herbs – these can be in the form of dried, powered, or essential oils
  • seaweeds / muds / clays – choose an organic variety…usually found at health food stores or at cosmetic counters or order online
  • thermometer – to manage your water temperatures for spa treatments
  • cotton pads / swabs – used to apply and remove products to and from the body…get some in different sizes (large and small)

While the list looks a little long…it really isn’t that bad as you probably have some of these items on hand already.  And, none of the items listed above are expensive items.  You should be able to get everything you need (minus your robe) for under $100…and then you’ll be using those items over and over again.

The thing to remember is that the ambiance is really important and sets the stage for your spa day.  Take a little time to clean up and set up your bathroom in advance so that you can truly relax and enjoy the time you are spending with yourself, pampering yourself, loving yourself.

For specifics on how to use the items listed above, check out our Spa Treatment blog.