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Pamper Your Skin: Revitalizing Your Skin Inside and Out

Skin is the largest organ of the human body, yet we often forget that it too needs a little TLC every now and then. As women, mothers, sisters, friends, co-workers and so on, we might find ourselves taking care of others with little time left in the busy day to take care of our self. Valentines Day is just a few weeks away, so what better excuse to take time to pamper yourself? Whether its for that special someone or for your own confidence and well being, taking a few extra minutes to make your skin feel fresh and rejuvenated might be exactly what you need to give you that glowing look on the 14th.

Time and money…. money and time. The two biggest factors that keep us from doing anything that’s not in the daily routine. However, there are plenty of ways to treat your skin on a budget without taking up precious minutes during the day.

From the Inside
Hydrating the skin should come from the inside as well as externally. I may sound like a broken record, but drinking water is the number one way to keep your skin from feeling dry and flakey. This fruit infused water recipe from Skana, the spa I work at, is easy to make, delicious to drink, and will definitely keep you coming back for more!

​-1 gallon water
​-12 tangerines, zested and pith removed
​-8 sprigs of Thyme
​-2 Fennel Buds, shaved

​Combine all of the above ingredients into a large container and allow them to ​steep for about six hours. This will give the fruit, Thyme and fennel plenty of time ​to really infuse the water with their minerals. Next, strain through a fine mesh ​strainer leaving you with just the infused water. Use slices of tangerine, some ​fennel and a few thyme sprigs.

Its recommended that you drink about 8-9 cups (for women) of water per day. By incorporating a fruit infused water such as the Tangerine, Fennel, Thyme Water, you will also provide your body with minerals that aid in digestion, reduce inflammation and boost metabolism.

From the Outside
Your skin definitely needs a little care from the outside as well. Try making a simple body scrub using sea salt, rosemary and sage essential oil, and almond oil. Simply combine about 1 cup of sea salt with about ½ cup of oil (the amounts will vary- the mixture should be like a wet sand, not too soupy). Once the almond oil and sea salt is mixed, add a few drops of rosemary and sage essential oil. These ingredients combined will exfoliate the skin, enhance circulation and leave your skin glowing.

Now, grab your mineral water, your body scrub, and a glass of wine, and spend a few extra minutes this evening before you go to bed revitalizing the skin you’re in!

This article was written by Michelle Pino. Michelle takes pride in her work at Skana, a spa in central New York, but also enjoys healthy eating, exercise, reading and all things DIY. Contact her with any comments or questions via email at michellepino@turningstone.com

Thrifty Thursdays: 10 Ways I Use Vinegar

  1. Sweat stains: I soak my gym gloves and ipod holder in a 1/2 cup of vinegar and a basin of water  for about 15 minutes, rise, and let dry (can also be used on workout clothes)
  2. Ant killer, kills and removes the scent of their trail (great if you have pets)
  3. Kitchen degreaser, (1 part vinegar 1 part water in spray bottle) I use it on my counters after cooking (followed by bleach spray)
  4. Window Cleaner (half vineger and half water in a spray bottle) 
  5.  Gets rid of buildup on scalp (soak a cotton ball in it and run it over the part at your scalp)
  6. Dishwasher rinse aid (helps with grease buildup and makes your dishwasher fresher), just put it whereever your rinse aid is supposed to go.
  7. Deodorizer (you can also soak smelly shoes in it, 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, overnight, rinse and let air dry).
  8. Soothes bug bites (cotton ball soaked in it)
  9. Gets rid of warts (put ACV on cotton ball, cover with Band-Aid, leave on over night for 1 week)
  10.  Can be used as a facial toner (1 part vinegar, 2 parts water)