Trend Alert: Spas with Farm-to-Body Products

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You splurge on a facial at a spa in your town. Or maybe you book a massage at the hotel spa where you're vacationing. It goes without saying that you're psyched about being pampered to the fullest...until you find out that the products used in your treatment are packed with questionable ingredients—parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and preservatives—that you don't want on your body! How's a girl supposed to relax and feel good about that?

Suddenly pampering comes with a major downside other than the price tag.

Very slowly, this all too common scenario is changing. Not only are *some* spas adding natural and organic beauty lines like Naturopathica, Marie Veronique Organics, Eminence, and Amala, there are even a few spas creating handmade natural products of their own, in a new spa trend called 'farm to spa.'

Where can you take advantage of these flower- and herb-filled products, and indulge in true natural luxury?

Start with these pioneering spas:

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Survive the Summer with a Homemade After-Sun Face Mist

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You've gotta love green tea. Not only is it a major wrinkle-blocker, it helps you burn calories while it defends against sun damage and other forms of skin aging.

Drinking green tea (2 cups daily is the recommended dose), as well as applying it topically is a great boost for your summer sun defense. The antioxidant-rich polyphenols in green tea fight free radical damage that causes age spots, sagging skin, wrinkles and other forms of sun damage—what could be your biggest summer beauty headache. A new British Journal of  Nutrition study actually found that supplementing with green tea catechins (some of their most powerful plant chemicals) can make us more resistant to UV damage and the signs of aging that come with it. Green tea catechins also reduce redness and inflammation,  a product of too much sun exposure, so green tea can be your natural after sun savior as well.

For an easy, soothing, healing green tea recipe to use on your skin after a day, or an hour, in the sun, make this homemade facial mist and store it in the refrigerator (up to 3 weeks). It's a science-backed skin refresher. While you're at it, make yourself a cup of green tea to sip fresh!

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Padma Lakshmi's Slimming Body Oil Recipe

Padma Lakshmi, the gorgeous host of Top Chef who is also a former model, recently shared her personal recipe for slimming body oil made with natural oils. She says, "If I knew I had a big event or shoot (especially lingerie) I would make an all-natural topical diuretic that works wonders." Check out the recipe...

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Two Simple, Skin-Balancing Masks to Make at Home

When it's time to regain control of your skin, I recommend these two do-it-yourself masks. Use them whenever your skin is unruly. And for a fantastic store-bought mask, check out the end of the post.

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