Going to a day spa is a special indulgence that can feel wonderful. But if you don’t have the time or resources to splurge often you can still take time to create that feeling of relaxation and luxury every day, right at home.

Carving out small moments of personal time on a daily basis is especially important for busy women who must juggle multiple obligations. Often, little time is left for attending to personal needs. So taking a few minutes, just for you, can be the best way to feel good both inside and out, and help ensure that you can continue the hectic pace.

Facials are a great way to relax and perk up tired skin. For that pampered feeling at the end of every day, try an at-home system that allows you to deep clean and moisturize. The HoMedics Facial Spa Ultra Cleansing System includes seven attachments and four cleansers and lotions, including a microdermabrasion treatment for beautifully polished skin.

Relaxing after a hard day in a warm bath filled with skin softeners is another great way to put life back in balance. The Web site SpaIndex.com offers a host of spa treatment recipes you can create in your own kitchen. Try a Roman Bath Soak by combining one cup of fine grade oil (try sesame, olive or avocado oil), one cup of mild shampoo and 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil in a clean bottle or jar. Shake vigorously and pour two tablespoons into the running bathwater. The mild shampoo helps emulsify and disperse the oil to ensure silky soft skin.

Even with a nice soak in the tub, dry skin can be especially pronounced on hands, feet and elbows. To really soften skin and relieve everyday aches and pains, a paraffin bath is the best choice. The HoMedics ParaSpa Plus paraffin bath includes two pounds of hypoallergenic wax, that, when melted, soothes tired joints and softens even the most sensitive skin.

Exercise is another great way to take time for yourself. Some people crave the social aspects of a class at the gym, while hikes and bike rides are better for those looking for quiet time. To track fitness levels, experts trust body fat percentage measurements, not just weight. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat, so monitoring the number on the scale may not be an accurate way to manage your fitness goals. For a clear picture of your progress, invest in a product like the HoMedics Body Fat Analyzer and Scale. It provides concise readings and helps each member of the family manage their weight.

Taking care of oneself doesn’t have to be a big time commitment to get results. Just small moments of “me time” can go a long way toward a more balanced life.


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