An Interview by Posh Mom
On a recent trip to Paradisus we transformed our exhausted minds and worn down bodies (how many sports bags can we lug behind the kids?) into a state of blissful relaxation and baby soft skin. But then a funny thing happened on the way to the airport to go home. Our necks got stiff from kids complaining and the dry airplane air had us de-boarding feeling like lizards. That got us thinking about all the moms coming home after a hopefully relaxing holiday vacation–just how can we and they re-gain some of the Zen feeling back home before we actually return to the paradise of a Paradisus Resort? We talked with Daniela Pranjic, Yhi Spa Manager at Paradisus Palma Real in the Dominican Republic for spa treatments of the Caribbean that can be re-created at home. The answers to our questions were more than helpful, now we just need to find the time. . .
What are the best ingredients that you can find right in your refrigerator or pantry that have natural beautifying properties?
Cucumber: has a cooling, hydrating and soothing effect on the skin.
Carrot: is perfect for oily skin and helps prevent wrinkles.
Avocado: is particularly great for mature, wrinkled and dry skin. It’s best to use a ripe, fresh, organic avocado.
Honey: is a humectant, which means it attracts and retains water. Honey is also an anti-irritant and suitable for sensitive skin.
Oatmeal: soothes the skin and it adds texture for gentle exfoliation.
Lemon and Tomato: fight and keep acne at bay and are good at cutting grease and highly astringent.
Olive Oil: helps the skin to be more soft and supple.
What are ingredients to look for in a store-bought moisturizer for winter months?
Shea Butter: contains beneficial oils and nutrients to seal in your skin’s moisture, while providing a protective barrier from the cold. It is your best choice.
Almond oil: is good for dry skin and its excellent emollient properties help the skin to balance the loss and absorption of moisture. It is a natural moisturizer, skin softener and conditioner. It is high in minerals, protein and vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6 and E).
Something that you can do easily at home: add naturally moisturizing ingredients like oatmeal, milk, honey or essential oils to your bath water.
Posh Mom: Are there any secret pre-treatments for getting pedicure polish to last?
* Show up to your appointment already showered and clean, showering too soon afterwards can peel polish.
* You should bring a pair of flip flops to wear home so that you do not smudge the polish. Drying at the salon is never sufficient, unless you plan on spending hours there.
* apply color in a thin coat.
Posh Mom: Give us your top three easiest ways to re-create spa treatments in the home
1. To get rid of dead cells on skin try this Pumpkin and Brown Sugar Scrub that you can prepare at home
Grate half a pumpkin, mix it with a cup of brown sugar and three teaspoons of olive oil. Massage gently all over your body. The result is soft and moisturized skin.
2. Contrast showers by alternating between hot and cold water.
This method detoxifies and improves the circulatory system and the immune system. It increases blood circulation and tones the skin. It also helps to restore energy.
3. Apply your moisturizing body cream with a massage
Take five minutes to apply your moisturizing cream with a massage; it improves the absorption into the skin and prevents absorption into your clothing!