How to really pamper yourself and still be financially solvent IN STYLE

June 24, 1993|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

Some folks regularly sink big bucks into spa treatments. Other people can't or won't.

These frugal types ask: Why spend $100 an hour to open up your pores in a sauna when an hour in a steamy bathroom will do the trick just fine?

For the same reason some people insist on cashmere when lambswool is plenty soft.

It's the pampering thing.

While a little self-indulgence is good, narcissism without restraint can leave you deep in debt.

So, it's nice to have handy a few home pampering recipes for when the finances look a little sickly. Skin care expert Jules Robbin offers these steps for an at-home facial:

* Soak a washcloth in warm water. Wring it out and drape it over your face for one minute.

* Massage a moisturizing cleanser into your face for one minute. Use an upward, circular motion. Rinse with warm water.

* Use a cotton pad to smooth a water-based toner over your face and neck.

* Blot skin dry, leaving it slightly damp. Apply a moisturizer to the face and neck using upward, circular motions.

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