Relaxing Valentine's Day With The Girls

Valentines Day isn't just for couples.

Before you have time alone with your special someone, why not have a fun get-together with the girls?

On The Early Show Thursday, contributor Katie Lee Joel had some great, entertaining ideas sure to be a hit.

Joel showed how to make some easy spa treatments to indulge in, some great appetizers to serve, and even an inexpensive gift for your guests.

And of course, it wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a little bubbly, so she prepared a sparking pomegranate prosecco drink.


Spa Treatments

Strawberry Hand and Foot Scrub

Why do strawberries make a good scrub?
Strawberries are a natural skin soother, packed with antioxidants. They contain natural fruit acid, which aids in the exfoliation. The sea salt is what gives the scrub its grainy texture, which of course helps exfoliate.

1 cup Strawberries, fresh or frozen (packed with antioxidants & soothes)
1/4 cup Coarse Sea Salt (exfoliates)
1/4 cup favorite moisturizer or shower gel (as needed for consistency)

Mix all ingredients together into a paste in blender or food processor
Massage into hands & feet over large bowl or bath
Leave on for 10 - 15 minutes
Rinse and pat dry

Tomato Cleansing Masque

Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and minerals that benefit our skin. They contain vitamins A, C, and E, as well as iron and potassium, which help nourish the skin. They can also serve as an astringent to remove excess oil and clean out pores. If you have any black heads or impurities it will help to clear them up.

1 finely chopped tomato
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon instant oatmeal

Blend all ingredients to form a thick paste.
Leave on 10 minutes then remove with a damp chamois and rinse.
Follow with an oil free moisturizer.

Rose Petal Steam

The steam helps open up the pores; it's very relaxing. It's best to do this steam after you've washed your face. Often, you can go to the florist and buy loose rose pedals very inexpensively. Or, if you get roses on Valentine's Day, when they start to fade, you can use those pedals!

1 cup fresh Rose Petals (chemical free)
1 gallon water

Heat water in a tea kettle until near boiling. Put petals in a bowl and add hot water. Lean over the bowl and cover head with a towel to keep in the steam. Keep face about 10 to 12 inches from the bowl and allow to steam for 10 to 15 minutes.