Holiday Hangover (Guest Post)

For me, the month of December is like a month-long bender.  And I’m not just talking about the booze.  I’m talking about the food, the decorating, the shopping, the food, the crazy kids, the traffic, the visiting and the food 🙂  It’s a lot to take, isn’t it?

Also, in my family, it’s birthday season.  Between December and February, we celebrate nine birthdays (including mine!).  That’s a lot of cake.  So by this time of year, mid-January, I’m feeling pretty tired.

Everyone is always telling us that we need to take more time for ourselves, and I think by now, we realize that.  But what can we do?

So I consulted with a friend of mine from the lovely Turning Stone Resort and Spa in New York (I got connections, huh?!) who supplied me with the following DIY “recipe” for an at-home facial.  One of many, simple things you can do for yourself at home to start working that holiday hangover out of your system.



It’s that time of year again, where we are all trying to get back into our routines. The holidays were a time of meeting, greeting, shopping and getting all the family ready to come together and celebrate. It can be downright stressful with all the trips to the mall, grocery shopping, extra errands and the daily tasks like picking up the kids from school. Start the New Year off on the right foot and take some time to pamper yourself. After all, you deserve to be pampered and given the royal treatment, without the price tag that is. The spa sounds like such a refreshing and rejuvenating word, but if you don’t have the time to visit the spa and enjoy a signature facial or a body smoothing treatment then this do-It-yourself facial tip from SkA:nA at Turning Stone, a luxury resort and spa in upstate New York, will get you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in no time.

For starters, you will need the following:

-Sea salt (1 tbsp)

-Almond oil (1/4- ½ cup)

-Raw sugar (1-1/2 cups)

-Lavender essential oil (or your preference)

-1 medium size mixing bowl and spoon

– Mason jar or other storage container

To begin, mix the sea salt, almond oil and one cup of the raw sugar in the mixing bowl. Gradually add more sea salt or almond oil depending on the texture of the mixture. It shouldn’t be a soupy consistency or to dry either. It should be to your liking though, so if you prefer your body scrub a little bit more in the liquid form add more almond oil and vice versa with the raw sugar if you like the scrub to be more dry.

Then, add two to three drops of lavender essential oil and mix one last time. This fragrance will give you an extra bit of rejuvenation as lavender promotes hydration and detoxification. Scoop the mixture into the mason jar until you are ready for use!

When you have a few minutes to yourself, preferably in or before taking a shower, scoop a small amount of the body scrub into your palm and apply in small circles. Rinse after use. If you want to use the scrub and not shower, try slightly wetting a few wash clothes and heating them up to place on your skin after applying the scrub. This will help remove the scrub, but will also relax your muscles and sooth your skin.

Start the New Year off by learning how to pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home! It can be cost effective, time efficient and most of all, relaxing. Happy New Year!


If you’re in the upstate New York area, be sure to check out the Spa at Turning Stone Resort.  Ahhhh…..sounds nice right about now, doesn’t it?!


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