Summer is drawing to a close. What better way to get your daughter and her friends excited about the impending school year than by hosting a spa party for them. After an almost 3 month absence youngins of either gender are eager to make a good impression on their peers on the first day back to school. If your child attends a school where uniforms aren't worn this becomes apparent in the endless hours some children can spend picking out the perfect outfit for the first day of school. With all of the pressure to impress one of the worst things that can happen is a facial breakout. Help the girls preempt this and give them a boost of confidence by inviting them all over for facials.
Welcome to Esthy High!
Esthy is a nickname used for estheticians, professionals who specialize in skincare. As the Headmistress of Esthy High it'll be your job to help your "students" learn how to take good care of their skin, and help them but their best face forward. You can set the tone for the party by creating folders for each guest that will include the class schedule as well as some course material. Some good ideas for course material include: this article on 10 Common Skincare Mistakes, and recipes for DIY facial care from Make Your Cosmetics.com like the Breakfast Mask, Blueberry Lemon Face Mask, the Egyptian Facial Mask and the Zit Zapper. You can also kick the school day off with a quiz like this What Really Causes Acne quiz that debunks common myths about where pimples come from.
For lab have students sit around a table and supply each with a large bowl, a face cloth, and a hand towel. In the center of the table place the materials that they will need to give themselves complete facials, this includes: a pitcher of hot water, fresh mint or peppermint tea bags, a facial cleanser, facial exfoliator, and a facial mask. For this party, I'll recommend Queen Helene's line of Mint Julep facial products for a few reasons:
1. Many of the products in the line are available locally at Walgreens or a beauty supply store.
2. You probably want to throw a nice party without breaking the bank and all of the products are available for under $5. The entire line can be found at Metrobeauty.com.
3. Queen Helene's Mint Julep Facial Masque has gotten very positive reviews, it has been around a long time and is many people's go-to cheapie facial product.
4. The mint julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, which makes it ohhh so Southern Belle, and I thought it would tie in well with a preppy pamper party theme.
It is worth noting however, that the facial scrub contains ground walnut shells as the exfoliant so be careful of nut allergies; also though the tingly sensation of mint is often refreshing, those with extremely sensitive skin may find that it burns.
The headmistress will be responsible for walking the girls through each step of their facials. If you need tips on how to do a facial at home check out this How Tute video care of Howcast.
For an additional step you can also have girls give themselves lip treatments to make sure their gloss goes on smooth. Lip facials can include either 2 or 3 steps, the first is to apply an exfoliating scrub, the 2nd which is optional is to use a lip masque, and lastly all lip treatments should end with the application of a moisturizing balm or oil. BathLife has a Peppermint Kiss Lip Scrub with jojoba beads, and Peppermint Creamy Shea Butter Lip Balm,which both fit in perfectly with the mint julep facial. Alternately, you can teach girls how to make their own "lip facial" products these two recipes are a good start:
Grapefruit Sugar Lip Scrub (Beauty Secrets Revealed)
One Tbsp. Granulated Sugar
One Tsp. Honey
5-6 Drops Grapefruit Juice
Super Smoother Lip Masque (Nature's Gift)
- 4 teaspoons kaolin or other cosmetic clay (either white or pink cosmetic clay...green clay is more drying)
- 1 teaspoon Avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon rosewater or neroli hydrosol (Orange blossom water)
Apply to lips and let dry for two minutes...no talking or laughing!
Rinse with warm water, blot dry gently and apply your favorite lip balm
Now the girls should have fresh, glowing faces, and be a bit more aware of how to keep them that way. You might want to add that staying away from boys is also a good skincare tip, if they disbelieve you say "Boys = Stress = Breakouts capisce".
Phys. Ed.: Yoga
These days our kids are busy. I may not yet be the mother of a tween/teen but between swim class, gym class and playdates my 19 month old's social calendar is about as packed as mine was at 19 years old. These busy bees often experience a lot of stress, they are dealing with increasingly test crazed schools, peers, parents, self-image and more. While it comes naturally for some people to take a deep breath, others need to be taught the skills to cope with it all. Yoga when done regularly can help kids/teens mentally by improving concentration, clarity and relaxation, as well as the physical benefits of increased strength, balance, and flexibility. It is likely that you can find a yoga instructor who will come to your house to do an hour long group lesson for between $60- $120. While the girls may not remember all the poses, tell the instructor that you'd like her to emphasize breathing and relaxation techniques that they'll be able to utilize. If you tell the instructor that you are doing a school theme, she may even have some course material that can be added to the folders.In the next Spa Party of the Month segment, I'll discuss what to serve for lunch.