This week I am staying at The Kauai Hyatt and they have a wonderful tropical spa called “Anara” on the property. The spa embraces the Hawaiian concept of Lokahi which means the closer you are to nature, the closer you are to discovering yourself. This is actually a practice we all can do very simply at home going outside and finding harmony and balance.
Here a few tropical spa treatment inspired by this Hawaiian spa that you can DIY at home. Enjoy and Aloha
Papaya Body Polish
Papayas are excellent skin softeners because they contain “papain” a natural enzyme. In fact the greener the papaya the higher the papain content. I like to use ripe papayas as I can enjoy the fruit for breakfast with a bit of lime and then use the seeds in this skin cleansing exfoliating body treatment.
1 /4 cup fresh papaya seeds
1 Tablespoon sea salt or raw sugar
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
Mix together all ingredients in a blender or food processor until you have a coarse grainy mixture. Spoon into a clean container. To use: Massage all over your body with a clean loofa sponge or washcloth and rinse well with warm but not too hot water.
Yield: 2 ounces
Coconut Lemongrass Body Polish
This is a good scrub for sensitive or aging skin as it is mild and hydrating.
1 /4 coarsely grated fresh coconut
2 Tablespoons raw sugar
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3-4 drops essential oil of lemongrass
Mix together all ingredients and spoon into a clean container. To use: In the shower or bath massage into damp skin using a clean loofah or cotton washcloth. Rinse well with warm water.
Yield: 3 ounces
Volcanic Pumice Foot Massage
Pumice stones are super cooled bits of lava. You can use pumice stones to remove dead and rough skin from your feet. They work best when wet. Soak your stone for a few minutes in warm, soapy water. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the water too. Rub the stone gently over your skin. You can also create pumice powder by taking a hammer and smashing your stone. You can add this powder to your favorite rich cream and massage into your feet. Pumice stones can be found at most pharmacies.