Combating Winter: Turn Your Bathroom Into a Hawaiian Spa Getaway

When I lived in Southern California, my husband and I were stressed out and worked crazy hours. To help ourselves relax and reconnect we jetted off on vacation once a year, and because we like not having to worry about if the water was potable and to spend as little time as possible on a plane… We usually went to Hawaii.

One of our favorite vacations was to Kauai, where we stayed at the Grand Hyatt. It was beautiful, the food was great and the pool…. wow, I don’t even know what to say. Amazing. I distinctly remember amazing massages at Anara Spa the day after our arrival, and the next day I had a facial that left me glowing until well after our return home.

Some day, I’m definitely heading back!

The estheticians at Anara Spa (Maureen, Valerie & Rochelle) put together some easy DIY skin treats with readily available ingredients. The scents will induce thoughts of summer & relaxation, and your soft skin & hair will thank you. I already feel more relaxed!

Face Treatment
1 banana mashed
¼ c sugar
2 T milk
1 T honey
Mix and gently rub onto face. Let sit for a minute or two and rinse.

• Sugar exfoliates, banana nourishes skin keeping it supple and glowing, milk nourishes skin and provides lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid, that exfoliates and cleanses. Honey softens skin and is anti-microbial.

• Can be refrigerated & reused within a week. Double recipe for a full body treatment.

Hair Treatment
1 banana mashed or ½ avocado
3 T coconut oil
Mix together and massage into hair.
Leave in hair for 5 minutes. Rinse.

• Banana and avocado are nutrient rich, nourishing hair, coconut oil deeply moisturizes making hair soft and manageable.

Bath Treatment
½ c oatmeal (in cheesecloth bag)
½ c sugar
¼ t vanilla

Dissolve sugar in the bath water. Place cheesecloth filled with oatmeal in water. Add vanilla to water just before getting in.

• Oatmeal cleanses, exfoliates and soothes skin, sugar encourages new skin turnover and collagen growth, the aroma of vanilla soothes the nerves, reducing stress.

Anara Spa



  1. February 7, 2012 / 4:29 pm

    We must be on the same wavelength. I've been craving a spa getaway too and put my simple bath retreat on my blog. Hmmm, must be the winter. Cheers!

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