Spa getaways can do the body, mind, and spirit good. But then again…with hot, moist environments come bacteria, fungi, and parasites. And some bacteria, like those found in hot tubs, saunas and showers — when breathed in — can be downright dangerous. What if seemingly clean foot spas and mani/pedi tools aren’t sterilized correctly? Bacteria and fungi can cause skin, ear, eye, urinary tract infections, and worse, life-threatening diseases. Throughout the U.S., spas are re-opening with safety measures, hopefully in place. But what hidden dangers could still be lurking at your spa? Beyond physical distancing and wearing masks, what can you do to avoid exposing yourself to potentially harmful bacteria?
Few pantry staples are as useful — or as inexpensive — as baking soda. At around $1 a box, this ingredient will quickly become your new favorite beauty go-to. From homemade toothpaste to a cleaner for your makeup brushes, here are 11 easy ways to include baking soda in your beauty routine. [Read more…]