Body & Soul: Tropical Spa Treatments

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<p>The lure of tropical locales, with their colorful blooms, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees, is hard to resist when winter’s chill sets in. Although you might not be able to travel to the islands each winter, you can pamper yourself at home with island-inspired body-care treatments. Using natural ingredients, such as herbs, spices and exotic fruits, these ancient beauty secrets produce glowing, healthy skin and refresh your body and spirit.</p>
<strong>Homemade Island Getaways:</strong>
<p>• <a href=””>Balinese Boreh</a>
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• <a href=””>Tropical Body Polish</a>
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• <a href=””>Volcanic Clay Body Scrub</a>
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• <a href=””>Thai Herbal Body Glow</a>
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• <a href=””>Traditional Lulur</a>
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• <a href=””>Creamy Coconut Bath</a>
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<h3>Tropical Beauty Ingredients</h3>
<p>The following ingredients are used throughout the tropics and are known for their exotic beauty uses:</p>
<strong>Ginger:</strong> increases circulation; refreshing scent<br />
<strong>Mint:</strong> antiseptic and cleansing; energizing scent<br />
<strong>Cloves:</strong> antiseptic; increases circulation<br />
<strong>Turmeric:</strong> astringent; cleansing properties<br />
<strong>Aloe Vera:</strong> healing and soothing<br />
<strong>Avocado:</strong> moisturizing<br />
<strong>Rice:</strong> exfoliating<br />
<strong>Coconut:</strong> conditioning and moisturizing<br />
<strong>Sandalwood:</strong> calming scent</p>
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<em>Janice Cox is the author of</em> Natural Beauty at Home <em>(Henry Holt and Company, New York) available in bookstores nationwide. For more information and recipes, visit her at</em>
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