Dr. Oz: Spa Staycation
Celebrities and wealthy travelers love to visit posh spas, but these days it’s the facilities themselves that are getting a makeover. Spas are adding medical, nutritional, and even spiritual staff to make their experience all encompassing for visitors.
Laura Benge is national spa director at Exhale, and she espoused the rejuvenating benefits of massage therapy and circulation advantages of facial treatments.
Dr Oz: Spafinder.com
Dr. Oz welcomed a spa expert who works with a website that helps people find their relaxing dream vacations. Sallie Fraenkel works with Spafinder.com, and she said there is a growing trend among spas to focus on inner as well as outer beauty.
She said that the health benefits of massage therapy are continually proven, and she shared her Do It Yourself suggestions for recreating the benefits at home.
Dr Oz: Home Facial Mask
You can actually recreate a facial mask from the spa at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. Dr. Oz and Sallie had a member of the audience give the mask a try, and she said she hoped the treatment would reduce her blemishes and freshen her look.
A high end spa facial can cost around $185, but you can make this at home for around $3.
Dr Oz: DIY Face Mask Recipe
- 1 cup Red Grapes, seedless
- 1 cup Cranberries, fresh
- 2 tsp. Grapefruit Juice
- 1 envelope Gelatin, unflavored
- Combine ingredients in blender until mixed.
- Chill in refrigerator for 45 minutes.
- Let set at room temperature for 10 minutes.
- Apply to your skin for about 15 minutes, then remove.
Dr Oz: Dry Skin Body Scrub
Audience member Paris was on hand to try out the next spa solution, a Brown Sugar Body Scrub. Sallie explained that this is from a Ritz Carlton resort in Arizona.
Though this treatment costs $155 at a spa, you can do it yourself for less than $7.
Dr Oz: DIY Brown Sugar Body Scrub Recipe
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- ⅓ cup Almond Oil
- 1 tsp. Liquid Vitamin E
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- Combine ingredients.
- Add in sugar.
- Use in shower.
- Apply in circular motion.
Dr Oz: DIY Milk & Honey Foot Bath Recipe
Sallie’s last idea was a Milk and Honey Foot Bath, based on a discovery at a Sedona, Arizona spa. Milk is a natural moisturizer, while Honey can restore your natural PH balance.
A woman from the audience tried it out, saying that she takes a lot of dance classes, which put pressure on her feet. Sallie recommended applying honey directly to your feet before immersing them in the bath.
Using water is one of the keys for best results. Though this treatment would go for $220 at a spa, you can make it for less than $3 at home.
- 3-5 tbsp. Honey
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 2 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- ½ cup Orange Juice
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- Mix the ingredients
- Fill your tub with warm water.
- Stir in the Milk & Honey mixture.
- Soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes and relax.