Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Ready Skin: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Bathed, Moisturized and Smooth For Your Date

Draw yourself a nice warm bath. Add a little vinegar (about a cup) to help detoxify, add some green tea (good for the skin), milk (great for the skin) or scented oils (relaxing and have many benefits depending on the oil) as well. Now relax, let your pores open up so you can get a closer shave (this is about 3-5 minutes) and when you are ready give wash your body to remove dirt, follow this with a gentle scrub (make a simple one by mixing salt, lemon juice and honey together). Rinse and you're ready to shave. Do you have shaving cream? If not, use hair conditioner or shampoo. Lather and shave, repeat if you must. Finish by washing yourself with hair conditioner (to moisturize).

Now that you are done shaving, it's time to give yourself one more gentle scrub - to make sure all the dead skin and hair are off your body, rise off in some cold(ish) water and hop out of the bath! Now, pat dry. Apply an after shave (lemon juice or apple cider vinegar work great) and moisturize! When moisturizing, I suggest you go with a natural oil (coconut and olive are the most common) as they will leave your skin silky smooth. Apply in an upward motion, massaging into the skin. Be sure to leave skin bare until the oils can dry.

Finally, the scent! A signature scent can go a long way. Make sure you pink one that complements your moisturizer and apply it to the neck, wrists, cleavage, hips and ankles. If you feel like it, add some to the hair.

Note: Be careful when you do this, as alcohol in the perfume can be damaging to the hair. Other options include buying a "hair perfume", which is made to be gentler on the hair or just use an essential oil.


Bonus: Facial for Valentine's

  • Take 3 strawberries and cut the tops off. Mash with a potato masher.
  • Add 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice and 2 tsp of pure cocoa powder.
  • Apply to face and leave for half an hour. Rinse in warm water.
  • Strawberries are a great toner, cleanser, they are anti-aging, help with acne and even help to improve complexion.
  • Learn more about chocolate: HERE

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