Last Thursday I attended the Urban Escape Day Spa Annual Skin Care Event. This is a fabulous spa in a modest setting located in the heart of downtown Golden, 700 12th Street Suite 130, (303) 278-1709.
Not only did they have wonderful mini massages and hand treatments, but they had two recipes for “Do it Yourself” facial masks and a host of “good for your skin” food.
Fun “Do It Yourself” facial masks (excerpted from Urban Escape Spa)
If you want happy skin, then cucumber is the answer. As cucumber and the skin share the same level of hydrogen, it becomes easier for cucumber to mask all the problem areas. It helps in soothing and softening your skin which can get you relaxed in no time. Due to its cooling effect it can be termed as a magic wand for all your skin problems. The cleaning and cleansing property helps your skin tremendously making it soft and supple.
Yogurt adds enzymes and oils to the skin, working as a natural moisturizer. It can improve overall skin texture, and give you a healthy glow. Yogurt contains zinc which naturally fights bacteria on the skin and can help to fight acne.
Instructions: Puree 1/2 pealed, sliced cucumber in a blender or food processor and add 1 T yogurt. Apply to face and let set about 20 minutes. Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.
Creamy Avocado and Honey Mask
The oil in avocados is similar to our skin’s natural oil. Avocados are healing and soothing in addition to being a great form of hydration on the skin.
Honey provides nutrients, hydration, an anti-bacterial effect and antioxidants to the skin. Its natural humectant property relieves the dry skin.
Instructions: You’ll need 2 T of mashed avocado, 3T of honey and 1 whole egg (separated). Mix together egg yolk, avocado and honey. Stir thoroughly. Now add egg white. Whisk/stir thoroughly.
Urban Escape Skin Friendly Foods
The above photo is a snapshot of the wonderful skin friendly foods provided by Urban Escape Spa staff. You will see a fruit skewer with banana, blueberry and strawberry with honey yogurt dipping sauce,berry muffin, flax-seed rice crackers with pomegranate and avocado dip, broccoli, carrots and cucumber, spinach salad with strawberries and walnuts served with a vinaigrette dressing, and a whole wheat spinach wrap. In addition Tea forte’s Cucumber Mint tea was served. See below for 15 skin friendly food choices as excerpt from Urban Escape Spa.
Water: The number one thing you can put into your body if you want great-looking skin is water. The more water you drink, the more you flush all of the other stuff out of your body and the healthier your skin is going to look.
Green Tea: When you’re not drinking water, you should be drinking green tea. It has many, many different health benefits including benefits for the skin. You can drink it cold or warm. Avoid adding sugar to it if you want the best benefits for your skin.
Berries: Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are all berries that are also rich in antioxidants. Eat them alone, toss them in cereal or add them to the sides of other dishes to increase the healthiness of your skin all throughout the day.
Broccoli: This is a great vegetable that has many different health benefits which is why you’re always hearing that you should “eat your broccoli”. One of the things it contains a whole lot of is Vitamin A, a vitamin that is great at improving the turnover of cells in the skin. This means that when you eat broccoli, your skin gets renewed more quickly and the freshest (nicest looking) skin is on top where everyone you meet can see it.
Spinach: This food doesn’t just make you strong like Popeye. It’s also rich in the same Vitamin A properties that broccoli has so it’s good for your skin as well.
Carrots: If you want to get your Vitamin A but you aren’t that big of a fan of leafy green vegetables then you may want to turn to carrots to improve your skin with this vitamin.
Low Fat Dairy & Yogurt: Dairy products are a really great source of Vitamin A so they can be beneficial to the skin. Yogurt is also rich in calcium as well as Vitamin D.
Flax Seeds: You don’t have to eat fish to get the essential fatty acids that your body needs (and that improve your skin). An alternative option is to eat flax seeds and to cook with flax-seed oil.
Walnuts: These are yet another option that you can choose in addition to flax seeds or fish dishes if you want to improve your skin with those essential fatty acids.
Whole Wheat: Another ingredient in some foods that is really good for your skin is selenium. This is found in whole wheat cereals, breads, and baked goods. This improves the skin at a cellular level and keeps you looking young and beautiful.
Almonds: A handful of almonds can give you Vitamin E, magnesium, monounsaturated fat, and even some protein. They also make a low-calorie and filling snack.
Avocados: They are extremely high in Vitamin K and oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that can help in skin health. They can also help with cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Pomegranate: it is rich in ingredients that enhance the beauty and life of skin. It is a good source of elegiac acid and antioxidants, which are helpful in destroying free radicals.
Honey: It is a wonderful alternative to sugar and gives your body antioxidants to help fight aging.
Cucumbers: They are a good source of antioxidants as well as Vitamin A and Vitamin C.