There’s nothing quite like treating yourself to a spa treatment. Everyone deserves to be pampered now and again, so what are you waiting for? There are a wide variety of relaxing, refreshing, and rejuvenating options in terms of spa treatments, each with unique benefits for your skin and overall health (so the relaxation part isn’t all you’re getting!). Going out for a nice day at the spa is always fun and beneficial, and you can also give yourself (or have a friend or partner do it for you) spa treatments at home!
Today, Vine Vera would like to specifically talk about spa treatments that contain vitamin C. We’ve been talking about vitamin C a lot lately, and there are many good reasons for this. Vitamin C is highly beneficial to your entire body and general health, and experts recommend consuming a lot of it (200-500 mg a day) for maximum benefit. Besides that, it has all kinds of benefits when applied topically to the skin (it can brighten dark spots, protect skin from drying out, and more). It even has benefits when applied to the hair, and will strengthen your hair and allow it to reach greater lengths! As such, a vitamin C spa treatment is the perfect way to simultaneously relax and take advantage of the variety of positive effects vitamin C has on your skin and hair.
Grapefruit Oil Mineral Bath
Baths are pretty much always very pleasant and relaxing, and scented baths are even more so. If you pour a bit of grapefruit essential oil and dump some grapefruit-scented bath salt into the water before reclining in the tub, you’ll get a warm, relaxing bath that smells delightful and feels divine. It will nourish and hydrate the skin while infusing it with the helpful effects of vitamin C. Additionally, it will provide rejuvenating aromatherapy. For a variation on this, try other citrus essential oils, such as lime oil or lemon oil.
Instead of carefully avoiding getting your hair wet, leave your hair down for this bath, and lean back to let it soak in the tub too. Remember that vitamin C has a host of beneficial effects for hair, including protecting against damage, graying, and more, so soak it up!
Lemon-Lime Sugar Scrub
Sugar scrubs are a fantastic way to exfoliate, and they provide a soothing, and even energizing sensation to the skin. For a lovely smelling, vitamin C-infused sugar scrub, Mix a cup of of brown sugar with a quarter cup melted coconut oil, and a tablespoon each lemon and lime juice. Freshly-squeezed juice is highly recommended, so that you get the most vitamin C possible (vitamin C can degrade in bottled juices). You can substitute white sugar for the brown sugar if you like, and the coconut oil can be substituted for any other skin-safe oil (olive oil works great as well). Just apply to the skin moderately, and rub vigorously before washing it off. This is a great way to rub vitamin C deeply into your skin while exfoliating at the same time, but don’t do it too often; the acidity of the lemon and lime juice can be harmful in excess.
Orange Oil Massage
For this one, bring a bottle of orange essential oil (although any citrus fruit oil will do if you have another one you prefer) to a masseuse and ask if they’ll use it with their massage oil, or have a friend or partner give you the massage. Simply mix the essential oil with massage oil and massage away. This gives you the pleasure and pain relief from a massage, while rubbing vitamin C right into your skin!