No Need To Fly -- Make Your Own Spa


August 15, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | By Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

So you have yet to get away for that spa vacation you've been craving. No worries. With a handful of products, you can create a spa in your own home. Sure, there won't be any 25-mile pre-dawn hikes. And we won't be trying to pass off two blueberries and a no-fat tortilla as dinner. But it will give you an opportunity to sit down, relax and give your bod the TLC it needs.

Did someone say dimples? Your vows to work out 12 times a week and swear off potato chips forever didn't work. And as a result, your thighs are looking a tad too dimply for your taste. Smooth them out with the Healing Garden's Active Anti-Cellulite treatment. The crackling mousse spreads quickly and contains black currant, ivy, caffeine and sage along with Sveltonyl Complex. Plus, the company says it's proven to decrease the appearance of cellulite by more than half in eight weeks of twice-daily usage, and improves firmness in four weeks of twice-daily usage. The Healing Garden Spa Therapy Active Anti-Cellulite Treatment costs $12.95 at Eckerd, Wal-Mart and Kohl's.

One scoop or two? Shower yourself with sherbet. It's a body wash. No, it's a delicious-smelling shampoo and conditioner. Philosophy's Orange Sherbet is both. The product not only smells good, it's also designed to soften and nourish skin, add brightness to hair and infuse moisture. And the bottle even comes printed with a recipe for a delicious orange sherbet that you can actually eat. Now that's living. Philosophy's Sweet Shop Collection includes such flavors as raspberry sorbet, lemon meringue pie, strawberry milkshake, key lime pie, vanilla ice cream and orange sherbet. They cost $16 and are available at

One, two, three, preen: We know, we know. No one does nails as well as the professionals. But with the right tools, your manicure skills can shine. The Ms. Manicure At Your Fingertips kit is a portable nail salon. The compact vinyl case comes with seven tools: a nail clipper, a washable emery board for shaping and smoothing nails, a metal cuticle pusher, a cuticle nipper for removing hangnails, nail scissors, and a four-way nail buffer for shaping nails, smoothing ridges and buffing nails. It even has a zippered pocket to hold your favorite polish. The Ms. Manicure At Your Fingertips kit costs $12.99 at Target.

Cool as a cucumber: Grab a book and find an Adirondack chair. Relaxation is good for you. But before you head outside with the latest trashy beach read, be sure to look out for your skin first. Bobbi Brown's In Sun line of skincare products are lightweight and scented lightly with her popular beach fragrance. Bobbi Brown Sunscreen Body Spray is SPF 15 and water-resistant and contains an emollient blend of grapeseed, olive and castor oils. We love the non-aerosol pump applicator, too. $25. Then swipe on some Sunscreen for Face SPF 15 to protect your mug from damaging UVA / UVB rays. It contains cooling cucumber extract and Vitamin E extract, but is oil-free for a non-greasy feel. $25. Both products are available at Nordstrom.

Get smooth, baby: It looks like a razor, but it's not a razor. Veet's Bladeless Razor is an ergonomic tool that allows women to dissolve and remove unwanted hair. Apply Veet's gel hair remover, wait 3 to 8 minutes and "shave" with the bladeless razor. Skin is left feeling soft, smooth, silky and bump-free. The entire Veet Bladeless Razor Hair Removal kit costs about $8 and is available at Wal-Mart, Rite-Aid and other drug and department stores.

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