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Life's a Peach

Cathy Christensen April 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
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The month before my oldest son was born, my husband and I planted a dwarf peach tree in our front yard.

I distinctly remember having to gingerly sit on the ground in my maternity overalls to even see the hole in the ground, I was so huge. In spite of the odds, we were enjoying fresh peaches off of that tree the very next year and began to look forward to future years, planning to share with family and friends, and enjoy all the peach goodies imaginable. Unfortunately, our tree had a run of bad luck last year due to overproducing and frost, and literally bent until it broke. And although it is currently reminiscent of the pitiful tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas special, I have hope it will soon be back to its full glory—and my husband and I are learning a thing or two about maintaining fruit trees in order to avoid another tragedy.

But no matter how pathetic that little tree is right now, I can’t look at it without thinking of my baby boy, now 4, and all the hopes, worries and anticipation we were feeling during that summer ... a time I am instantly transported back to when I savor a fresh-picked peach.

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Treatment Recipe: Peaches and Cream Manicure & Pedicure

From The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Manicure—30 minutes; pedicure—50 minutes

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The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta reflects the ultimate in luxury and contemplation. It features a contemporary, tranquil setting that allows clients’ stress to melt away, and its urban sanctuary promises to replenish the total being. The Peaches and Cream Manicure & Pedicure begins with a creamy, fruit-infused soak, followed by a frothy layer of a hydrating mask. After a massage with oil infused with jasmine and fuji apple, the hands and feet are treated to a layer of warm whipped topping to hydrate and nourish—and it’s is all fat-free.

Duration:

Cost: Manicure—$45; pedicure—$75

Products needed:

Strengthener or base coat

Top coat

Peach mineral bath salts

Spray cleanser

Nail file

Jasmine and fuji apple massage oil

Wildcrafted Indonesian ginger essential oil and microalgae mask

Sugar scrub

Peach scrub

Callus remover

Peach hydrating cream

Equipment needed:

Pedicure or manicure soaking bowl

Towel

Orangewood stick

Step 1: Fill soaking bowl with warm water. Disinfect all implements and surfaces.

Step 2: Welcome the client and perform a consultation to determine whether the client has any health or lifestyle concerns. Diabetic clients should check with a physician before receiving a pedicure. Suggest a strengthener or base coat and a top coat.

Step 3: Add one scoop of peach mineral bath salts to the water and gently place the client’s hands or feet into the water, depending on the treatment being performed. Allow them to soak for five minutes.

Step 4: Remove one hand/foot from the water. If performing the pedicure, spray the client’s foot with cleanser.

Step 5: Perform a visual check and nail analysis, then file and shape free edges.

Step 6: Hydrate cuticles. Apply a layer of massage oil and perform a hand/foot massage for five minutes.

Step 7: After the massage, apply the mask, which energizes the solar plexus chakra, smoothes rough areas and sloughes off dead skin cells.

Step 8: Apply sugar and peach scrub over the oil and gently rub in a circular motion.

Step 9: Place hand/foot back in the water and repeat on the other hand/foot.

Step 10: Remove hands/feet from water and pat dry clean cuticles.

Step 11: If performing the pedicure, file calloused skin with a foot file and apply callus remover, if desired, to heels and balls of feet depending on the amount of exfoliation needed. Immerse feet back into water and then bring them out to clean beneath free edges with an orangewood stick. Pat dry.

Step 12: Apply peach hydrating cream on hands and arms or feet and legs, and massage for three minutes.

Step 13: Making sure all residue is removed, polish nail beds, if desired by the client, or buff them.

Step 14: Apply base coat or strengthener, two coats of color, and finish with a top coat.

Recipe: Peach Gazpacho

From Executive Chef Jason Graham of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California

Makes 10 servings, 90 calories, 6 grams of fat

Ingredients:

5 peaches

1 1/2 heirloom tomatoes

3/4 hot house cucumber

1/2 small shallot

1 tablespoon chopped basil

1 tablespoon tarragon

1 tablespoon Italian parsley

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon agave

1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 cup champagne vinegar

1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup ice

Preparation:

1. Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend at high speed for one minute.

2. Strain through a china cap by pushing with a ladle.

3. Strain through a chinos by tapping.

4. Refrigerate for at least four hours.

Quick Facts: Peaches

  • The ancient Chinese considered the peach a symbol of longevity and immortality.4
  • The nectarine and peach are so similar there is only one gene that separates the two to make them distinct—the one that dictates fuzz.4
  • Cling peaches have a pit to which the flesh clings while freestone peaches have pits from which it is easily pulled.4
  • Johnston, South Carolina, is known as the Peach Capital of the World.4
  • The saying “You’re a peach” originates from the tradition of giving peaches to loved friends.4

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