According to Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, a health psychologist at the University of New Hampshire and one of the editors of The Handbook of Women, Stress and Trauma says, “It is becoming increasingly clear that men and women have different sources of stress and trauma in their lives, and respond to stressful and traumatic events differently,” Kendall-Tackett says. “Some of those differences include that women’s sources of stress are often relationally based, they have twice the lifetime rate of depression compared to men, and they appear more vulnerable to post-traumatic stress disorder after exposure to traumatic events.
Knowing this, women need to take every opportunity they can to relax, recover and recuperate. One of the best ways to do this—is to steal time from your regular schedule and mix it up with time for yourself. A spa day at home is indeed possible.
To help to facilitate your relaxation transformation, we have a variety of products that have been “road tested” and we believe you will discover them as great finds for your own at-home spa.
Bigen Hair Care
This Protect & Repair Deep Conditioner is a popular Asian product. Made with naturally derived ingredients from botanical sources, it is supposed to control frizz, nurture and create smooth hair. We tried this product and it does indeed make a difference. We love it. It made flat-ironing easier, hair was shinier and felt soft and marvelous. The price is great, only $1.99 for a single package (you can get more than one use from the sunflower-covered packet). Find it at Bigen-USA.com
Air Wick Isle Royale (National Park limited edition) Wax Melts
Don’t underestimate the power of smell for relaxation (cosmetics would be lost without fragrance—especially hair care). This product goes into a wax burner and there are lots of different beautiful containers—ours is pictured. This Isle Royale fragrance emulates Sugar Maple and Hazelnut Crisp! It smells good enough to eat.
Weleda Lavender Relaxing Body Oil
There is a kit offering seven different body oils for a variety of uses. They are made from plant oils—seeds and fruits—and essential oils. We have put the lavender on our neck, it is supposed to assist relaxation and facilitate sleep. Rub it on a sore neck or shoulders.
FAB First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
As we get older, it seems like skin can dry out and look much less supple. This product claims to nourish dehydrated skin. Oatmeal typically is used to work on sunburn, rashes and minor skin irritations. What we didn’t know is that is also removes dead skin cells.
This is applied over a cleansed face. It is free of harsh chemicals, fragrances and dyes. Wait 10 minutes and rinse off. It does make the skin feel softer and more plump. It would be a good precursor to a bath. This is 2.0 oz and retails for $22. FAB First Aid Beauty: Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
This product is known for what it can do to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks. We were surprised to find out it is also used in burn clinics and contains no preservatives. You have probably seen Bio-Oil on shelves in drugstores and elsewhere but never knew what to do with it specifically. Here are some suggestions:
• Use for uneven skin tone
• Rub on dry skin and to guard against moisture loss
• Use over sunburn
• Rub into cracked elbows or heels
• Good for cuticles and to moisturize hands
• Rub into a dry scalp to reduce itching and flaking, or as a hair serum.
The point is, this is an economical way to treat all over the body for a variety of issues. Retail is $11.99 for 2 oz., $19.99 for 4.2 oz. and $27.99 for 6.7 oz.