News and Tips from Eva Claiborne
I absolutely love peppers and luckily for me, I was born in a country known for its peppers and paprika. The Szegedi paprika is a paprika that is known all over the world. It is a staple in Hungarian cooking, and my kitchen, and can be both sweet and spicy. I grew up smelling the aroma of the paprika in both my mother and grandmother’s kitchen in the city and the country home. The smell of paprika transforms me back to my childhood and reminds me of all the good times I had with my family.
During the end of the summers and the beginning of fall, the paprika harvest would take place and I would get to participate in picking the paprika from the garden at the country house. We would eat the paprika raw on sandwiches and/or cook them in stews. My grandmother would also dry the paprika out and grind it down to a powder that we could cook with all year round. She would tell me that the secret to a man’s heart is through good cooking, but only with some great paprika. Whether that is true or not, not only does the paprika add a depth to any cuisine but the paprika is filled with essential vitamins and minerals.
My mood, and the cuisine I am cooking, will determine whether I cook with a spicy or sweet pepper. Both are great and both offer health benefits. Some of these benefits include:
- Vitamin C – an antioxidant, which is important for healing and boosting the immune system.
- Vitamin B6 – aids in metabolism.
- Vitamin K1 – promotes healthy kidney function, bones and is essential for blood clotting.
- Vitamin A – found in red peppers, helps bone growth and good vision
- Capsaicin – increase metabolism, fights inflammation, and reduces cholesterol.
The next time you want to add a little extra flavor and a dash of health, add some paprika to your favorite meal.
Summer is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I have many fond memories of family vacations in Hungary; spending time on Lake Balaton, camping by the Tisza River, or soaking in one of the Thermal Baths. Late nights were always filled with eating good food, drinking local wine, playing cards and laughing. By the end of the summer it was guaranteed that all the outdoor activities left me with a golden tan. As much as I loved getting a tan, it isn’t always the best for the skin.
A tan is simply the skin reacting to the ultraviolet radiation from the sun and is your skin producing melanin, which is the way it protects itself from the UV rays. Too much exposure to UV rays can have negative effects on the skin and cause wrinkles, discoloration and/or skin cancer. It is imperative to always use a high-grade sunblock, re-apply and limit the exposure to the sun. Remember to avoid the direct summer sun between 10 am to 4 pm. If you can’t, cover up.
There were times when I accidentally did get sunburned, and I would treat my sunburn the old fashioned way like my grandmother used to and apply sour cream to my skin. The coldness of the sour cream has an instant soothing relief and the fat, enzymes, calcium, lactic acid and PH in dairy help soothe irritated skin. The colder the dairy is, the more it restricts the blood vessels and helps reduce the swelling caused by the burn.
Besides enjoying my time outside with friends and family, summer was also the time when watermelons were in season. Watermelons are one of my absolute favorite fruits. They are juicy and sweet and are the perfect dessert or snack. Besides the delicious taste of them, they can also help drop a few pounds of water weight. I was introduced to the watermelon diet from a young age by my mother. Before every vacation, she would have a ritual of eating as much watermelon as possible for 1-3 days She claimed, that it helped her lose the necessary inch or two for her bathing suit body. I myself, would partake in this diet right before my vacations.
- Eat as much watermelon as possible for 1-3 days, no other foods allowed. .
- Drink only water
I wish all a wonderful rest of your summer and look forward to seeing you in my spa.
HydraFacial Happy (Skin) Half-Hour – As one of the few spas in the area with this famously effective facial therapy, I’ve come up with a way to maximize your results and efficiency. This treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, exfoliating and rejuvenating serums. I am bringing back our Happy (Skin) Half-Hour plan. Enjoy a 30-minute HydraFacial MD treatment, for the month of July, for $125 (originally $199).
Teen Time! There are certain times in one’s life when hormones and bad habits (not washing the face properly) can result in painful acne — treat your teen to a Teen Facial and Consultation. Our purifying facial treatments are formulated to transform skin suffering hormonal shifts ranging from blemishes to acne, into a clear healthy looking complexion. The treatment includes cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, special serums, facial mask and LED Light Therapy. Keep in mind that there are special cases when I would refer your teen to a trusted dermatologist – but for the most part – your teen can regain his/her youthful glow with a few treatments and lessons for a lifetime of radiant (blemish free) skin.
Eva’s Tips for teens
- DON’T pick your skin – you can easily infect your own skin and create more acne
- Wash your face at least twice a day
- Wash your hands before you wash your face
- Follow your prescribed home regimen.
Can’t Make it to Hungary this Year? Make your own soothing mineral bath.
- 2 cups regular sea salt
- Favorite Bubble Bath
Directions: Fill up your bathtub with warm water. Take 2 cups of regular sea salt and and your favorite bubble bath. My favorite bubbles are Antica Farmacista; s Damascena Rose, Orris and Oud because it is gentle on the skin, and enriched with honey, aloe vera, green tea and jojoba oil. Soak and relax for 20 minutes. Finish your home mineral bath with the luxurious gold shimmer oil by Omorovicza.
June is filled with many celebrations and events including; Father’s Day, graduations, weddings and vacations. Let me help you look your best for these events with my complimentary skincare consultations. Your personalized skin care regimen and treatment plan will help you create healthy, beautiful, and rejuvenated skin.
I have decades of experience in helping brides and grooms prepare for the big day! I offer special packages for the entire wedding party to make sure everyone will have that special glow. Services may include: Facials, Massage, Make-up for the day and a glass of champagne. On-site Make-up service available.
The Perfect Gift for Dad!
The Gentleman’s Facial (60 min) with a complimentary soothing shave.
Regular skincare helps a man have smoother, healthier and more youthful looking skin. The Gentlemen’s Facial is the right gift for that special man in your life. The treatment consists of a cleansing and exfoliation with lightly scented natural products; a deeply nourishing mask of a mineral-rich Hungarian thermal mud; a unique Hungarian facial massage soothes the skin and stimulates microcirculation; followed by a scalp and shoulder massage to relieve tension and stress.
Eva’s Monthly Beauty Tip
- HYDRATE – Drink plenty of water. My favorite is lemon slices and mint leaves in iced water.
- PROTECT – Use an antioxidant serum under your sun protection. It helps to prevent UV damages.
- AVOID – direct sun between 10 am – 3 pm.