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by Karina Timmel

All-natural mini-makeovers for your skin, hair, body, and soul.

Mmm. A sweet-smelling shower scrub, fruity lip balm, melony mask—what better way to rejuvenate this summer? Our quickie at-home recipes come straight from the source: spa directors at our favorite resorts who are experts at whipping up beauty treatments that calm and refresh. We had top dermatologists check them out and even tested them ourselves. Now it’s up to you. Grab the natural ingredients for each spa recipe, and give yourself a healthy treat.

Raspberry Lip Moisturizer
Stoweflake Resort and Spa, Stowe, Vermont

1 raspberry
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel (available at health-food stores)
2 tablespoons honey

In a small bowl, mash the raspberry with a fork; combine with the aloe vera gel and honey. Apply mixture to lips, then try to avoid licking the delicious balm off for at least 10 minutes before wiping away raspberry seeds with a tissue. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, and apply as often as needed.

How it works:
Aloe vera helps heal sun damage, honey hydrates and softens lips, and the raspberry’s seeds slough away dead skin.

Melon Skin Reviver
Red Mountain Spa, St. George, Utah

1 cup cantaloupe

Mash cantaloupe in a bowl (save leftovers for breakfast). Apply to clean face and neck. Lie down and let dry 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

How it works:
Cantaloupe is high in antioxidants vitamins C and A, which help heal inflammation and protect your skin from UV damage.

Minty Sole Softener
Spa Atlantic, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

15 fresh mint leaves (or substitute 6–8 drops peppermint oil, available at health-food and select grocery stores)
1/2 cup brown sugar
–1/2 cup sweet almond oil

Crush mint leaves (don’t chop; crushing brings out oils in the leaves) with the back of a spoon. In a bowl, combine mint (or peppermint oil), sugar, and almond oil. Scrub feet with mixture, paying special attention to rough spots. Rinse.

How it works:
Brown sugar exfoliates, sweet almond oil moisturizes, and the mint leaves (or peppermint oil) give your soles and senses a refreshing lift.

Yogurt Razor-Bump Soother
Hotel Casa del Mar’s Murad Spa, Los Angeles

1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 medium cucumber, peeled and chopped

Purée the yogurt and cucumber in a blender. Then put the mixture in a bowl. Sit on the bathroom floor on a towel (to avoid making a mess), and apply the yogurt-cucumber mixture to your bikini area. Grab a magazine (Health, preferably) and wait 15 minutes. Then rinse with cool water. Try using this recipe either after shaving or whenever you have a minor razor-bump breakout.

How it works:
The cucumber acts as an anti-inflammatory to calm shaving irritation, while the yogurt’s lactic acid gently exfoliates your skin to help prevent future ingrowns.

Applesauce Deep Cleanser
Bachelor Gulch Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Beaver Creek, Colorado

2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons applesauce
2 teaspoons olive oil

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir well. In the bathtub or shower, apply the scrub in a circular motion to the areas below the neck where breakouts are most common (back, chest, and neck). Rinse.

How it works:
Apples are high in malic acid and amylase enzymes, which slough away dead skin and dirt that can clog pores and cause break-outs. Sugar polishes away rough spots. And olive oil helps leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

Strawberry T-Zone Zapper
Canyon Ranch Spa, Tucson, Arizona

1/2 cup strawberries (about 6 medium berries, stems removed)
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Using a fork, mash the strawberries into a pulp. Mix strawberries, honey, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply to face and leave on 8–10 minutes. Wash off with a mild cleanser and warm water. Tip: Use this mask in the evening, because the lemon’s citric acid can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.

How it works:
The strawberries and lemon juice, both natural astringents, tighten and cleanse pores. And the honey moisturizes.


Coconut Cream
From Anara Spa at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, Kauai, Hawaii

1/2 large avocado (pit removed)
1 ounce coconut oil (available at health-food stores)

Scoop avocado from rind and place it in a bowl. Add coconut oil and blend with a fork to create a creamy paste. Massage the paste into wet hair, then use a wide-tooth comb to distribute evenly. Leave on hair for 20 minutes, then rinse out and shampoo as usual. Use once or twice a week.

How it works:
Avocado has hair-strengthening proteins and vitamins, while the coconut oil, rich in vitamin E, moisturizes and enhances shine.

Beer Frizz Tamer
Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle and Resort, Aventura, Florida

1 ounce beer

Pour the beer into a spray bottle. After showering, spritz it on wet hair from roots to ends. Spread it evenly with a comb, then blow-dry hair as usual. If you’re worried about the smell, choose a light beer, which has a milder scent.

How it works:
Beer yeast is rich in protein and vitamin B, which help fly-away hairs stay put and add shine.


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