7 Ways For Recreating Your Own Spa Oasis at Home

What are SPA treatments? Literally, the abbreviation SPA stands for “Sanitas pro-Aqua” and translated from Latin means “Water for health”. Thought the history, the SPA procedures have transformed and today they consist not only of water healing treatments but also of aromatherapy, massage, body wraps, peeling, stone therapy, etc.

In order to arrange a real holiday for your soul and body, you don’t have to pay for expensive procedures in specialised beauty salons. It is quite possible to recreate your own SPA oasis at home.

To arrange a spa session, make sure that nothing distracts you. Allocate 2-3 hours for procedures and ask relatives not to disturb you. Make yourself a playlist with nice music in advance. It may be slow compositions, sounds of nature or modern songs, the main thing is that you like it.

The next preparation step is aromatherapy. You can use scented candles, aroma lamps or aroma sticks. Also, think about what treatments you would include in your spa session in order to prepare everything that you’ll need.

1. Take a bath with salt and oils

Start your spa day with a pleasant, warm bath. Add sea salt to the water: this will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and the skin will become more elastic, toned and soft. Three to five tablespoons per bath will be enough. You can also add a few drops off essential oil.

Take a bath for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also use the well-known bath bombs. They are a mixture of salt and soda formulations, which also include essential oils, aromatics, and fatty acids. They will soften your skin and additionally give you a boost of energy and vitality.

If you have any skin diseases, for example, dermatitis or acne, then taking baths with herbal decoctions (green tea, chamomile, calendula or lavender) will help you.

2. Use body scrubs

After a bath, the following step should be peeling and scrubbing. By gently applying a scrub cream to the skin, and then smoothly rubbing it in the direction of lymph flow (from the feet to the hips, from the hands to the shoulders), you can achieve a significant improvement in the condition of the skin, improve its tone, and increase elasticity. It is a great way to get rid of the dead cells from your body and face skin.

For the spa procedure at home, you can also use homemade scrub, that you can make by yourself. There are several common recipes:

1. Mix half a glass of sea salt and one tablespoon of honey. Having prepared a scrub in such a simple way, you can achieve a significant removal of excess fluid from the body.

2. Two glasses of sea salt, finely chopped lemon peel, a few drops of any citrus oil and cedarwood oil (equivalent amount).

3. Use 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal, 30 ml of warm milk and a tablespoon of oil.

An oatmeal scrub has moisturizing property and it is great for dry and sensitive skin, especially in combination with almond or olive oil.

This scrub will significantly improve the condition of the subcutaneous tissue and cleanse the pores from the accumulated toxins and it has a great tonic effect. This part of your spa routine can significantly improve the condition of the skin of the whole body.

IMPORTANT! Don’t overdo it. IF you don’t want to injure your skin, don’t scrub it more than two to three times a week.

3. Do self-massage

Self-massage is an excellent way of combating cellulite and giving the skin smoothness. It can be done daily after an evening bath with the help of various devices: special hard washcloths, rollers, mittens or brushes. Massage the body with smooth movements from the bottom to upper parts of your body, to improve fluid circulation and enhance lymphatic outflow.

4. Do wraps

Another important step in body skincare is anti-cellulite wraps. Nowadays, there are numerous diverse products that are highly effective for stimulating blood and lymph circulation, as well as enhancing metabolism, moisturizing the skin and increasing its tone.

Apply anti-cellulite product to previously cleansed skin, then wrap the problematic areas with foil. After that, you should cover those areas with something warm, for example, a blanket, and lie down for at least 20-30 minutes. After the procedure, the remains of the product can be washed off with a soft towel moistened with warm water. Usually, it’s not necessary, since the product is well absorbed into the skin.

It is recommended to apply a special anti-cellulite product, which includes lymphatic drainage and moisturizing components. It can be applied daily, preferably before bedtime. This type of cream contains various oils, caffeine, chestnut and seaweed extract.

5. Clay masks

Clay has an incredible healing effect for the skin, and each of its types copes with a specific problem, it cleanses, heals, improves the colour of the skin, tightens pores, refreshes and much more. Clay masks are equally beneficial for the face and the whole body. In addition, they are safe and suitable even for sensitive and delicate skin. Clay varies in colour and purpose:

black clay — for oily skin;

white — for sensitive;

green — for combined and prone to oily;

blue — for normal skin type;

pink (red) — for skin prone to allergies and irritations;

yellow — have anti-ageing properties.

6. Don’t forget to take care of your hands

Every day, due to the frequent washing of hands and their disinfection with various disinfectants, the skin becomes dry, irritated and may even crack. In this case, you should consider using intensive moisturizing creams for both hands and nails. To enhance the effect, it is recommended to use special fabric gloves (or ordinary medical and cellophane gloves): the cream will be absorbed much more intensely, and the skin of the hands will delight you with its softness.

7. Foot Care

To increase general immunity and activate reflexology points on the feet, the use of special massage mats is recommended. You can also perform self-massage of the feet with the help of special creams or oils. The best option is to use a good quality leg massager. That will your best investment and your legs will thank you. Massage will soften the rough skin of the surface of the feet, will have a relaxing effect, and also increase the overall tone of the body.

Special socks with the addition of various exfoliating compositions and emollients will help prepare the feet for the summer. This procedure is called foot peeling. Before doing it, it is recommended to steam the legs, for example, in soda water. It is important to follow the instructions and don’t use the socks for more than 8-10 minutes.

After the procedure, it is necessary to apply a soothing and moisturizing foot cream. You can also use a special foot cream that quickly returns softness to your heels. Often the main components of such creams are urea and salicylic acid. Additionally, keratin, paraffin and various oils may be included.

Conclusion

You should grow a habit of having a spa evening at least once a month. Taking care of yourself does not only improve the quality of your body and appearance but also improves self-esteem. Home spa procedures are affordable and easy, so don’t postpone them.

Smart Small Bathroom Remodelling Ideas On A Budget

The most common problem that owners of small-sized apartments are facing is the very modest size of the bathroom. During the repair, you have to solve a difficult problem: how to properly plan a room so that it is both functional and not cluttered?

In fact, everything is much simpler – you just need to use your imagination and a little bit of work. Here are some useful and interesting ideas for a small bathroom.

Layout Features

If you start repairs “from scratch”, and the size of your bathroom is very small — you can think about increasing it due to the redevelopment of walls and partitions. The important thing is to consult an appropriate specialist for this. As a result, it will be possible to combine a bathroom with a toilet, or with a corridor. However, this is a very difficult job, it is better to save this option as a last resort.

A more affordable option may be the thoughtful layout and design of a small bathroom. Due to the visual effects and the arrangement of plumbing, you can greatly expand the visible boundaries of the room and not change its actual size.

First, you need to pay attention to the location of the plumbing — perhaps the toilet is too far from the wall or it can be moved closer to the drain. A door can also take a lot of space, especially if it opens inward. It is necessary to change the door so that it opens outward or even put the sliding doors that take no space at all.

Preparation for reparations  in the bathroom

Walls and floors are needed to be cleaned to the ground. It is necessary to remove all the old coating: tiles, paint, old glue, etc.  If the floor tile is very difficult to remove, then the solution can be to lay a new one on top of it. The cleaned surfaces need to be coated with a primer.

Preparation also includes plumbing and electrical work. For this type of work, you should also seek the help of a specialist.

When these works are completed, you can begin reparation and install plumbing.

Materials used for walls and floors

The most common and ideal option for covering walls and floors in the bathroom are ceramic tiles. Its diversity is so great that it can satisfy any, even the most sophisticated, needs. Just remember the main thing — tiles for a small bathroom should be small. In this case, a mosaic will be an ideal option.

The choice of tiles is one of the most important tasks. After all, it sets the main tone for the bathroom, but you should definitely check other options for your bathroom floor and walls, such as:

You can paint the walls with moisture-resistant paints;

Plastic panels or plastic tiles can also be a great solution.

You can use glass tiles, which are becoming more and more common and popular.

For the floor we recommend tiles.  But, not the ordinary ones, with a smooth glossy surface, but rough. This kind of tile is made of porcelain. It is much stronger and will prevent falling and injuries on the wet floor.

Also, don’t forget about the ceiling – it should have moisture protection and fit into the interior.

Chose of colours

When designing a small bathroom, the choice of the right colour is very important. After all, the main task is to visually increase the small space. In order to do that, choose the tiles in bright colours. But do not get carried away with white and chrome interior details if you don’t want your bathroom to look like the operating room or laboratory.

However, you should keep in mind that designers do not recommend using more than three colours at the same time. You can also use the accessories in the same colour as the interior. Youll get the effect of “merging” when objects seem to be there, but they do not stand out against the general background and do not come to the fore.

It is better not to use large drawings on the walls, floor or ceiling – your bathroom can only visually decrease due to this.

Let there be light

Lighting is very important for a small bathroom. A dim light is absolutely not an option in this case. It needs bright artificial light. How to do it? Firstly, you can install many lights on the ceiling — then the light will be evenly distributed throughout the room. It is also desirable to have a light bulb above the sink.

In order to save energy, you can install energy-saving light bulbs, and enhance lighting with mirrors. But we will talk about this later. If there is a possibility, then make a window in the bathroom -it’s always better to have sunlight in the bathroom during the day! If this option does not fit, then you can make an imitation of a window with the appropriate highlighting — a very original idea.

How to choose furniture

As you may have guessed, the furniture shouldn’t be large, dark and clutter up all the free space. Furniture should create the illusion of transparency, “zero gravity” of the room, and not oppress with its quantity and dimensions.

The colour of the furniture should be light, ideally – merge with the walls or have similar tones. Instead of cabinets, you can use hooks and hangers, or hang a rack over the toilet.

Mirrors

The design of a small bathroom must include mirrors. Together with the right lighting, they can work wonders and significantly increase the room.

Corner mirrors look very original and are able to create a beautiful game of colours and highlights. If you want to install a mirror above the sink, do not forget to add lighting to it.

Decoration for a small bathroom

For a small bathroom, it is better to stick to the principles of minimalism and not to use a large amount of decor. If the design involves the presence of tiles of bright colours or unusual shapes, a small space does not need additional decor. It is better to use bathroom accessories that decorate the interior and are functional at the same time.

Shower curtain. An original curtain for a bath or shower will decorate the entire room. Neutral or similar in design fabric will work well.

Laundry basket. This item can be selected based on the design and style of the bathroom (a wooden basket for the Scandinavian style, metal for the modern, etc.)

Mats, towels. Bright fabrics will add the necessary accents, and brightness but only if your tiles are simple and plain and not too bright.

A set of holders for towels, toilet paper — it is better if the kit is from the same collection.

A set of dispensers for soap, shampoo, shower gel. Multi-coloured bottles and jars will not decorate the bathroom. Therefore, it is worth choosing sets consisting of dispensers and containers of the same design. It is better if they fit in the design of the interior of the bathroom.

Conclusion

If you follow all the instruction above while remodelling your bathroom, we are sure that you will forget that you ever considered it too small. But the most important thing is that you should listen to yourself, your preferences and needs. Don’t be afraid to experiment and include your own ideas. Options and possibilities are countless.

Good luck!

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Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.

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Things You Need To Know About Chronograph Watches

Although there are a lot of varieties in watches that you get to see on the market, chronograph watches get special attention from men. People usually choose this watch either for its sporty look or to get their running or racing timing right. If its style is your priority, then you may not take much interest in its functionality, though. However, a question remains – what is a chronograph watch? In simple terms, it is a stopwatch or timer. These watches may include one to three buttons for starting, pausing, and resetting the chronograph function. Mostly, car racers wear these wristwatches for tracking their time with precision and accuracy.

How to buy a chronograph watch?

Like everything else, you have to be careful about what you purchase in this type of watch. According to experts, you should look for an easy-to-read watch which comes with bright markings so that you can read it even during night time. For ease of operation, it’s better to opt for the one that has two to three pushers. Also, you should find out a piece that you don’t need to reset every time for convenience. Other than that, factors like water resistance, longer life, and accuracy have to be there.

An Emporio Armani watch in this category can be your best bet as it can offer you maximum satisfaction. The time hands, hour markers, and sub-dials can fulfill most of your needs. Plus, you can enjoy wearing one for its timelessness, sophistication, and functionalities.

Just make sure you don’t get carried away by the options. Some watches can offer you load of features to attract your attention. But these can interfere with the readability factor. Then, you wouldn’t want to pick something for outdoors that cannot cope up with mechanical shocks or water. You have to be careful about the buttons also. If it gets activated with an accidental light touch, you should better stay away from it. At the same time, you also have to be sure about its size for your wrist. An ill-fitting watch is most likely to start, stop, or reset the chronograph by itself, which you wouldn’t prefer for sure.

Why should you buy a chronograph watch?

Whether you are searching for a watch for everyday or occasional purpose, you can trust chronograph watches to deliver your expectations. You can sport it with chinos or formal suits to look your best. It can match your fashion sense without failing, regardless of when you wear one and how. Plus, you can use them to time anything, whether it includes race, cooking, or a work-related project. It would take care of your needs by being accurate. However, make sure you don’t overuse chronograph function as it can consume more power and switch off soon.

Some people stay away from chronograph watch because they find it complicated in terms of functionalities. But that’s not exactly true. When you need to turn the timer on, push the start and then stop buttons on your watch, and when done, you can press the reset button.

Emporio Armani men’s chronograph watches are available in exciting colors and range. You can explore this and other editions of the label for a satisfying experience.

Author Bio:

Sujain Thomas is a contributing author of h2hub.com. She has been passionate about watches since childhood. Although being raised in the digital watch era, she found her way to mechanical timepieces. After being active on watch forums from the 1990s onwards, she decided to start a blog on watches in 2004.

 

 

 

 

25 Uses For Coffee Filters

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11.. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

7 Steps To Take Before Your First Renovation

 

House renovation is a great way to get a ‘new house’ without moving to a different place. But planning your first renovation can be complicated because there are so many elements to consider. You can’t just focus on what you’d like your home to look like, it’s important to remember about the practicality of such changes. To achieve the best possible results, there are a few simple steps you have to take before any work starts.

Consider the location

Depending on the area you live in certain changes, like house extensions, may not be possible. If you are still looking for a new house, which you’ll want to renovate before moving into, it’s also important to consider the neighbourhood when deciding on a purchase. For people planning on removals to Chelsea, going there and having a look at the other buildings in the area may not be a bad choice. It’ll give you an idea of what to expect.

Set a budget

Calculate how much money you are willing to spend on a renovation. Some changes may just be too expensive and will have to be discarded. Focus on the most pressing matters at first, smaller alterations can be implemented further along the line. You should also count in a contingency of around 20%, which will let you avoid stress in case of any unexpected expenses. Knowing exactly how big your budget is will help you plan the renovation.

Plan the changes

When you think about what your dream house would look like, there are definitely elements that are more important to you than others. But your expectations may not always fit in nicely with the rest of the project. Consider what will work within the space you have. A glass stairs design is great for modern interiors, while wood floors will help in achieving a cosy atmosphere. Figure out what you’d like to change, this way, you’ll be able to ask contractors for exact quotes.

Find contractors

Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing a contractor. The cheapest one will not necessarily be bad, but there’s no guarantee that the most expensive one will be the best as well. Try to find good contractors through the recommendations from people you know. If this doesn’t help, at least try to look for reviews online. Renovations can get messy and time-consuming even at the best of times, and hiring inexperienced contractors will not help the matter in any way.

Get the necessary permits

Some parts of your renovation, especially if you plan on changing the structure of the building, may require planning permissions. You need to apply for those before starting any construction works, so make sure to find out what is necessary in your case. If you’re still unsure whether you need one or not, it’s advisable to check with your local authority. Having a house that is listed or located in a Conservation Area can limit your options, but even if you don’t need any permits, you’ll still need to comply with building regulations.

Check the insurance

You may already have your property insured, but does the insurance cover eventual damages sustained during building work? Will your insurance still be valid even if you move out of the house during the renovation? You need to carefully consider all the aspects to avoid unpleasant surprises later on. It may be a good idea to consult a specialist on the matter. Another important thing to check is whether the contractors working on your renovation are insured. Accidents can happen during construction works, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Schedule the renovation

Some parts of your renovation have to be finished before the others can start. It’s especially important in situations when you have hired different contractors to perform different tasks. You’ll need to schedule the works carefully. Make a list of all the changes in the order they have to be completed in. This way you’ll make sure that the whole renovation will go smoothly and you’ll avoid unnecessary damages and additional expenses.

The properly planned renovation will allow you to avoid unpleasant surprises during construction works. If you follow the steps listed above, you’ll get a house that’s, if not perfect, then at least close to your dream one. And after all the building work is done, you’ll be able to focus on the more enjoyable task of decorating your newly acquired space.