It’s been three weeks since I closed the spa and I miss all of you every day. I hope everyone is staying well. I’ve been home, trying to stay busy.

Some days I eat healthy and walk 2-3 miles. Other days I stay in my PJs, eat chocolate chips out of the bag, and play endless word games on my phone. I bet many of you can relate.

I’m learning to be grateful for the small things: the company of my three fur babies, the ability to connect with friends via Zoom, and of course having the basic necessities like food, shelter, and water. Timothy and Smokey understand “shelter at home,” but Lucy isn’t having it!

If you’re stuck at home as well, be gentle with yourself in these trying times. If you’re still working, thank you for holding it all together and making sure the rest of us have access to the essentials. 

Self-care is more important than ever now.

Take time each day to do something for yourself that helps you relax and rejuvenate. Use the following DIY skin care recipes at home to treat yourself:

1. Sugar Scrub – combine 1 cup fine or coarse sugar, 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, and a few drops of essential oil like lavender, rose, lemon, or peppermint. Mix thoroughly. Store in the fridge in an airtight container; it will harden but melts quickly in your hand. Use this homemade sugar scrub in the shower to keep your skin soft, smooth, and smelling delicious.

2. Bath Salt – pour 1 cup Epsom salt, 1/2 cup baking soda, and 10 drops lavender essential oil under running water to create a muscle soothing, relaxing aromatherapy bath. Soak away your troubles.

As for hair removal, please don’t shave.

We all know that never ends well! Instead of shaving, use an electric razor or small trimmer and cut the hair to about 1/8th inch in length. Keeping it trimmed will make you feel fresher, and make it easier when you do return for a sugaring treatment.

I have no idea when I will be able to open the spa, but rest assured we will reopen! I have blocked the schedule until June 1st and will be cancelling any appointments on the book up until that time.

Thank you for the support!

I’m truly appreciative to those of you who prepaid for an appointment, purchased a gift certificate, or bought a package; these sales covered the rent at the spa for April. I’m hopeful that unemployment and/or the PPP loan I applied for will come through in the near future, but I’m not holding my breath as the system is glutted with applications.

During this trying time, we’re all learning, growing, and discovering what we’re made of on the inside. The earth is healing, and I see people supporting one another like never before.

My hope is that when this is over we’ve all been transformed into better, kinder, more tolerant people. We have so much more than 90% of the world. This is just a reminder of what others deal with every day. 

In closing, the best way to stay healthy is to have a strong immune system. Drink plenty of water, eat healthy veggies and fruits, and move your body. Pay attention to your emotional, mental, and spiritual health, too. Self care will address all these areas and keep you going.

As soon as I hear about reopening, I will let you know. In the meantime, you’re all in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda Hoff, Owner
Sugar Spa STL