7 Homemade Spa Treats for Kids

Make luxurious treatments and enjoy a spa day with your kids this summer, or all year long!

Spa Treat #1: Avocado Carrot Cream Mask

Girls of all ages love to apply beautifying masks. Wendy Allred, training and education manager of New York City's Bliss Spa, shared this homemade version, fun for two great activities - making and applying!



Materials:

* 1 avocado, mashed
* 1 carrot, cooked and mashed
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 1 egg, beaten
* 3 tablespoons honey

Instructions:

1. Blend everything together in a large bowl.
2. Apply to your face and let it set for 15 minutes before washing off. "The mask is rich in vitamin E, beta-carotene, antioxidants, calcium, and protein - all good for her young skin and good for rebuilding skin collagen, improving tone and texture, and fading age spots for you," says Allred.


Spa Treat #2: Brown Sugar Body Scrub (Easy!)

Making this treat and pampering yourselves is a terrific bonding experience. Just ask Julia Coney, editor of the beauty blog All About the Pretty, who provided this idea. She got her first manicure from her grandmother when she was just five years old.

Materials:

* 1 cup brown sugar
* 1 cup raw oatmeal
* 1 cup olive oil

Instructions:

1. Mix all ingredients together and, using your hands, rub the mixture onto dry skin in a circular pattern. "Make sure you both stand on a plastic bag or a towel because this gets messy," says Coney.
2. After scrubbing, rinse off in the shower, and your skin will be baby-soft.


Spa Treat #3: Fruity Foot Bath (Easy!)

Treat your feet with this heavenly mixture from Wendy Allred, training and education manager of New York City's Bliss Spa.

Materials:

* 2 cups fresh-mashed pineapple
* 2 cups fresh-mashed papaya
* 2 cups hot milk


Instructions:

1. Test the milk's temperature on your wrist and, if it doesn't feel too hot, dump all three ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Soak your tootsies for 20 minutes, rinse and then top them off with a basic lotion. "You can do this once a month and your feet will be summer-ready all year round," says Allred.


Spa Treat #4: Grape Sensation Skin Treatment

Wendy Allred, training and education manager of New York City's Bliss Spa, recommends this simple, skin-tastic treat.

Materials:

* 12 bunches of red or green grapes

Instructions:

1. Put the grapes in a bucket and channel your inner Lucille Ball as you squish them until they're nice and messy.
2. "Coat your skin in the mash," says Allred, "and let the antioxidant-rich fruit mixture set for ten minutes before rinsing."


Spa Treat #5: Lemon Lip Gloss

Kristina Fitzhugh, editor of online directory Spa Index, shared this popular recipe. This lip gloss is great for little girls who are crazy about makeup and parents who aren't ready to see their darlings with ruby-red lips.

Materials:

* 1 teaspoon honey
* 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
* 1 teaspoon aloe vera
* 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
* 1 tablespoon pure almond extract
* 6 drops lemon essential oil

Instructions:

1. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, remove from the heat and, while stirring constantly, add the honey, aloe vera, almond extract, and vitamin E.
2. Add the lemon essential oil last, let the mixture cool and pucker up.


Spa Treat #6: Pre-Shampoo Rinse

Julia Coney, editor of the beauty blog All About the Pretty, says this concoction is "especially great for hair in the summertime, to fight sun and chlorine damage."

Materials:

* 1/4 cup jojoba oil
* 1/4 cup canola oil
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/4 cup sesame oil

Instructions:

1. Combine all the ingredients into an empty - and clean! - plastic ketchup bottle.
2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and all your hair, cover your head with a plastic shower cap and let it set for at least 30 minutes.
3. Then shampoo and condition as usual.


Spa Treat #7: Spectacular Bath Cookies

This recipe may take more time than our other spa treats, but Kristina Fitzhugh, editor of online directory Spa Index, says this is one of the most frequently downloaded on her site.


Materials:

* 2 cups finely ground sea salt
* 1/2 cup baking soda
* 1/2 cup cornstarch
* 2 tablespoons light oil
* 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
* 2 eggs
* 5 to 6 drops essential oil of your choice

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all ingredients and form into a dough.
3. Taking a teaspoon of dough at a time, roll it gently into a ball in the palms of your hands, then place the "cookies" in lines on an ungreased baking sheet.
4. Bake your bath cookies for ten minutes or until they are lightly browned. Do not overbake.
5. Allow the bath cookies to cool completely. To use, drop two cookies into a warm bath and allow to dissolve.

Yields enough for 12 baths.

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