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A Moment of Leisure

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The holiday frenzy is liable to bring out both the best and worst of us. It's only natural, life has an unrelenting habit of combining the most positive experiences with what can be ridiculously frustrating circumstances. The way we handle these situations shape the structure of each experience. All experiences have the potential to become memories, and cherishing single moments in all the hustle and bustle each year brings is particularly important for creating vibrant, positive memories.

A clear mind is must in order to maintain a positive outlook in various situations. A clear mind may ultimately be found through relaxation, which can mean many different things depending on who you are and what you like. Some people exercise while others prefer a quiet day at home. I enjoy both, but in the post-holiday exhaustion that is January, staying home offers a cozy and inexpensive way to soothe my nerves. You don't need to go out on the town for all the perks of a spa; you can create a relaxing and rejuvenating spa experience in the comfort of your own home.

Spa's are specifically designed for relieving stress and rejuvenating the mind and Spirit. Creating a home-spa for yourself can be quite liberating with the correct steps in place. The first thing to do is to eliminate any outside sources of annoyances, such as lighting and noise. Designate a comfortable space with neutral temperature, an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, and soothing aromas.

Playing music is the auditory component that can tie the sensory environment together. Choose something soothing to you personally. Tuning the atmosphere to your specific tastes is the best way to alleviate the most stress.

Once you have a personal space for your at-home spa, the options of what to do are nearly endless. Gifts from the Earth allows you to treat yourself from head to toe. Our facial masks will leave your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. The Green Goddess of the Earth mask gently exfoliates while soothing impurities and absorbing excess oils. The Skin Repair mask is also a dream come true for those with problematic or sensitive skin as it works to repair and rejuvenate stubborn comlexions. 

I recommend putting a drop or two of essential oil to a steaming towel to provide a little aromatherapy and extra moisture to your treatment. Following the mask, use a gentle moisturizer and a serum to complete the ultimate facial.

For hands and feet, use a rejuvenating soak followed by an exfoliating scrub to slough off unwanted wear and tear. To finish any spa experience, remember to moisturize. The Warming Foot Lotion provides a toasty finish to your winter spa occasion. Remember, different skin types have different needs, so choose products that compliment your skin's natural complexion. If you are unsure which products are best for you, we want to help.

We will be hosting a Make-Me-Over event located at Artistic Portland (4042 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland). To show our love and appreciation for you in this new year, we will be having a 20% off discount sale in the store for the event. On top of that we will be handing out goody bags and holding a raffle for participants. A warning - there is a 10 person limit to the event, so RSVP with haste to reserve your spot! We aspire to help you connect with your inner beauty, so come prepared for a fun-filled and luxurious evening on Thursday, January 29 from 6:30- 8:00 pm.