Thursday, May 7, 2009


Love these tips in this week's GOOP newsletter.... (GOOP by Gwyneth Paltrow is a weekly newsletter full of helpful thoughts and tips - easily one of my favorite weekly emails)

At-Home Treatments:

Detox Bath
I love Epsom salt baths to detox, revive muscles and de-puff skin. While in the bath, I use an exfoliating mitt (the kind used in Korean bath houses – you can get them at beauty supply stores, Asian markets or health food stores). The exfoliation stimulates skin and leaves it soft and bump-free. After the bath, I slather my skin with extra virgin organic coconut oil. It is sold in jars at health food stores and literally melts on your skin.

Body Scrub
1) Mix Turbinado sugar, olive oil and coursely ground coffee to soften and cleanse pores.

2) Oatmeal and honey also work as a scrub to soften skin.

3) Aloe vera juice will reduce the redness of razor burn, irritations and some rashes.

Other Skin Treatments
To reduce the puffiness of morning eyes, place either a chilled spoon (keep in freezer) on the eye area or soak cotton pads with milk and rest on the eye area.

Also, help prevent wrinkles around the mouth with daily facial exercises. Pull exaggerated “O” and “E” (as if you were saying “Eeeee…”) shapes with your mouth for 30 seconds. Purse lips right, center, and left and hold each movement for 30 seconds. Repeat. Stick your tongue out as far as you can while keeping your eyes wide.

Tension in the face and jaw can make us look older and “mean.” These exercises relax and restore facial integrity.