Winter is the toughest season for your skin. Between blustery wind, low temperatures outside, and heated indoors, your skin is prone to significant dryness no matter where you are. Battle the cold and treat your skin right by following Natural Body Spaâs 4 Ways to Winter-Proof Your Skin!
Locking in moisture to your skin is crucial during the winter months, when youâre especially prone to dryness. Once you leave the shower or bath (make it a warm one, not hot â that just robs your skin of necessary oils), make sure to apply a rich moisturizing lotion while you are still a little damp. Natural Body Spa can assist you in choosing the correct moisturizer for your skin type, with a fragrance you prefer – but generally a thicker body butter on your hands, elbows, and other trouble spots will diminish moisture loss while you sleep.
Shop Natural Body Spaâs selection of organic and natural skin care moisturizers which help combat winter dryness â our experts are happy to make suggestions!
2. Invest in a Humidifier
In addition to moisturizing before bed, you may want to run a humidifier during the night. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air and prevents dry skin from cracking during the night. Humid air can also prevent your lips from becoming chapped, and reduces the ability of airborne viruses to cause infection. Since your home is most likely warmed by dry heat produced by a furnace, running a humidifier overnight will allow you to remain comfortable and keep the air moist.
Dead skin cells are constantly accumulating, and it accelerates during the winter due to dryness, particularly on the hands and face. Itâs important to exfoliate to clear away those skin cells. Moisture canât be absorbed into the skin if there are layers of dead cells above it, so be sure to add exfoliation to your routine â twice a week should be sufficient.
Exfoliation also help improve the performance of moisturizers. In the harsh winter weather, youâll want your skin care products to work in harmony with one another. Moisturizing after exfoliation is a great way to lock in hydration for your skin.
4. Cool Off
In the coldest winter months, a hot shower can be the most relaxing part of your day. But donât linger too long â hot showers can dry out your skin. Extremely hot water will strip away your skinâs natural oils which lock in moisture, resulting in dry skin after drying off. For better skin throughout the winter, try a lukewarm shower between 10-15 minutes. Gently pat yourself dry after every shower and donât forget the moisturizing cream!
As always, the friendly professionals at Natural Body Spa are happy to recommend organic skincare and body care products specifically designed to combat winter dryness. Stop by one of our locations today and browse health and beauty products which help you stay moisturized all winter long!
Chemical peels often get a mixed reputation in the spa and esthetic industry. You may have preconceived ideas or doubts about getting a chemical peel, but in reality, many of these ideas are based on old-school practices from the past. Modern chemical and power peels are extremely safe and effective â read on to discover the truth behind some of the myths you may have heard.
Myth: Chemical peels are painful.
You should not feel pain during or after the procedure, although you may feel the âactiveâ ingredients in the products while they work. In the past, some chemical peels were performed using harsh ingredients which may have caused pain; modern spas now have the option to use products that achieve results without the nasty ingredients that can cause real discomfort. Since everyoneâs skin is different, you should expect a thorough consultation or preparatory regimen before your first peel. Your esthetician will be able to choose the safest and most effective ingredients for the peel that is best for you.
Myth: All chemical peels are bad for you.
The word âchemicalâ carries a negative connotation. Most peels performed in a spa can deliver clinical results without harsh synthetic ingredients. For example, an Age-Defying Power Peel with Natural Body Spa uses chemicals such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids, extracted from red wine and organic cocoa.
Be cautious of drugstores or online retailers which offer chemical peel treatments that can be done at home. We always recommend consulting a spa professional to perform a peel treatment to ensure safety and quality.
Myth: Iâll need to take time off after a peel treatment.
You may have heard of clients having to wear a bandage over their face for several days after a power peel. Today, there is generally no need to hide your face after a treatment. Most routines address oily or acne-prone skin with controlled penetration to hydrate and soothe the skin without any harsh side-effects. We typically ask clients to avoid sun exposure, and forego makeup, exercise and swimming for as at least 24-48 hours after they have a peel service.
Myth: Chemical peels only do one thing â peel the skin.
Chemical and power peels do so much more than peel your skin. Natural Body Spaâs clinical strength peel treatments can address conditions such as acne breakouts, premature aging lines, dry skin, ingrown hairs, and dull skin texture. These types of treatments may not involve any peeling at all â the actual procedures can be less harsh or invasive than most people may think.
Have more questions about chemical or power peels? Contact Natural Body Spa today to speak with one of our experts. Weâll clarify the entire process and choose the products and ingredients that will compliment your skin.
Your skincare and beauty regimen should change with the seasons. Depending on your environment, the weather can have a huge impact on your skin health and appearance. When itâs difficult to keep up with the best thing to do, follow these guidelines for the change of seasons. And why not integrate a facial for each season to start things off the right way?
Skin Care for Winter
You may have read our guidelines for winter-proofing your skin. Winter is a harsh season with cold temperatures and dry air. To stay healthy, youâll want to make sure you moisturize to protect your skin from harsh elements and cracking.
We recommend our HydraFacial service during the winter months: itâs the perfect way to achieve exfoliation and high potency hydration.
Skin Care for Spring
As the weather warms up and you begin to spend more time outside, itâs especially important to consider sun damage. After the long months of winter are over, your skin may be particularly vulnerable to UV rays â make sure you get a head start on protection by utilizing sunscreen when youâre spending time outside.
If you experience some preliminary sunburn early in the spring, we recommend a VitaSkin Brightening Facial. It can reverse the effects of sun damage and smooth out uneven pigmentation.
Skin Care for Summer
Even if you live in a cooler climate, your skin can be prone to damage if you spend time outside in direct sunlight. Be vigilant about applying sunscreen daily and wearing protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. Extended tanning sessions can leave your skin dry and damaged.
Natural Body Spa recommends one of our VitaSkin Calming Facials during the summer months. Youâll be treated to calendula, chamomile, and arnica herb solutions which combine to sooth sensitive skin and even out your complexion.
Skin Care in Autumn
When temperatures begin to drop again and the air becomes crisp, your skin experiences an increased loss in moisture. Autumn provides a respite from the summer heat, but itâs important to get a head start on bracing for the winter. Use the autumn months to exfoliate and moisturize, and invest in a hand cream and lip balms to combat the coming dryness.
Stop in for our signature Natural Body Facial to talk about your skin care goals and hydration needs as winter approaches. Your skin will have a healthy glow as it recovers from the summer sun and prepares for the winter chill.
Contact Natural Body Spa today to learn more about our facial services â theyâre perfect for any season!
If you want a professional massage but are unfamiliar with the terminology and types of services available to you, weâre here to help. Natural Body Spa offers a wide range of massage services for our guests, but we also want you to choose the treatment that is best for you.
Read on to discover which type of massage is best suited to your own needs.
Natural Body Massage (based on Swedish Massage)
What is it? This is the type of treatment most people probably think of when they hear the word âmassage.â It uses long, sweeping motions of pressure to ease muscle tension and relax the body.
Who is it for? The Natural Body Massage is a great place to start for beginners. If youâve never gotten a massage before and are looking to experience one for the first time and just relax, you really canât go wrong. You can expect light-to-medium pressure with a focus on the entire body.
How will I feel after? You should feel relaxed with very minimal soreness.
What do I do next? We recommend plenty of water throughout the day, and a warm salt bath at night.
Power Massage, with Deep Pressure Therapy
What is it? Deep pressure massages are not necessarily for relaxation â they often treat pain or specific conditions. You can expect a deep pressure massage to focus on a singular area rather than the whole body, with the intent of smoothing out muscle knots.
Who is it for? You may be interested in a deep pressure massage if you notice chronic pain in your muscles, particularly from manual labor or sports. Trouble areas often include the neck or shoulders with a feeling or stiffness or cramping.
How will I feel after? You may experience soreness, as this is a therapeutic massage. The trouble spots may feel tender for a few days. However, after the muscles have recovered, you should be feeling better!
What do I do next? Plenty of water, an aromatherapy salt soak, and some arnica gel applied to the sore spots.
Heated Stone Massage
What is it? A Heated Stone Massage uses conventional relaxation massage techniques, with the addition of warmed stones added to provide weight and warmth to the experience. The heat helps release tension in your muscles.
Who is it for? If youâre comfortable with traditional relaxation massage and want to add an extra component and treat yourself, consider a Hot Stone Massage.
How will I feel after? Relaxed and free of tension.
What do I do next? We always suggest extra water intake after a massage.
What is it? A chair massage is a quick massage which focuses on the upper body, and can be performed in about fifteen minutes.
Who is it for? A chair massage is perfect for someone who is short on time or does not want to remove any clothing or be covered in massage oil.
How will I feel after? You will experience some relief of tension â itâs the perfect short-term fix for soreness.
What do I do next? Consider scheduling a full length, full body massage next!
Speak with a massage expert at Natural Body Spa and learn more about massage services we offer â and schedule an appointment when youâre ready!
Wow Robin, I canât believe itâs been over three months and I have not had to reach for the Prilosec! I am excited to report that I have three categorical take a ways from my sessions with you that will be with me now for life.
The first and most important one is smaller portions at every meal, drinking water some time before eating (maybe 30 minutes) and not during to keep my stomach from being stretched and I eat six meals starting with breakfast being the largest portion and dinner being the smallest. Â Also, I never eat within two hours of lying down.
Second, I plan my food well in advance starting with the weekend shopping spree and making sure that I have healthy snacks for periods during the week when I may be too busy for a meal.Â Seeds have become my new friend and almonds are a staple.Â Cowâs Milk is totally out. I canât believe how sensitive I am Â to butter.
When I eat out and the kitchen mistakenly uses it on my dish, I know right away.Â People in neighboring tables will hear my stomach as it angrily complains! Cane sugar is outâŚ.. this was the hardest for me even though Iâm not a sweet eater it shows up in surprising places, so now Iâm a label reader for life- Sugar will make me almost nauseous.
Last donât take for granted that itâs all about portions and what you put into your body.Â I finally went back to using a straight razor and I canât believe how my skin looks. No more bumps or rashes I contributed to the razor lube strip that was loaded with an allergen of mine.Â Iâm also happy to be using an inexpensive and sustainable product as a replacement.
Iâm still feeling great and my workouts are better than ever.Â I contribute that to lean muscle mass and proper fuel. We have to eat to live and trust me Iâm still a foodie. Last night a Gluten free beer (before dinner), crab claws dipped in a yummy E.V.O.O. and crunchy Green Beans.Â Cici-
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For Cici, the past 30 days of the LEAP Program have been focused on observing her reaction to the âgreenâ (safe) foods on her MRT150 blood test results.Â A âgreen,â vs. a yellow or red result, means that the particular food is unlikely to cause noticeable symptoms.Â Yellow and red foods are likely to cause symptoms because the her body mistakenly perceives these foods as somehow dangerous.Â The body, in its infinite wisdom, will mount a defense against these foods, and it is this overblown defense system that creates the symptoms.
The food sensitivities test gave us the framework to start our investigation, but it is the actual food testing that gives us the answers. So up until this point, we have learned a lot about Ciciâs individual food tolerances.Â She has seen a definite improvement in her reflux symptoms, but she has also has had some bonus symptom relief in other areas that are not so easily attributed to food sensitivities and better nutrition. Cici stated that her overall energy levels and concentration have improved.Â She feels emotionally and mentally clearer.
How can food affect you that way? The gut literally has a mind of its own, called the enteric nervous system. Half of your nerves are in your gut. Neurotransmitters (chemicals that allow your nerve cells to communicate with each other) are found in equal amounts in the brain and the gut.Â Ever heard of serotonin? Drugs that manipulate neurotransmitters are widely prescribed to treat depression.Â Some of the chief side effects of these drugs are GI related because they will not only affect the serotonin in your brain but also the serotonin in your gut.Â Doesnât that make sense?
I have learned new eating habits that I hope to keep for life.Â I feel great and I have not had reflux in 10 days.Â My digestive system is working like a charm!Â Simply said, my new eating habits are upside down from what my routine has been for more than 4 decades.
During the last ten days I have concentrated more on portions and planning than my limited ingredient choices of the last month.Â It is most important toÂ plan the days diet at theÂ beginning ofÂ the day with thinking about my dinner and what my food choices are leading up to that meal.
I prepare portions that start with more volume at breakfast and eating within one hour of getting up, lunch and dinner get progressively smaller as the day folds.Â FocusingÂ on this task is so important forÂ reversing my condition as stomach acids are at their highest in the morning.Â I learned this importantÂ stepÂ after I mistakenly ate late and heavier a few weeks ago and immediately noticed the reflux” YUK”Â came back.Â I was having huge strides of no discomfort leading up to my next appointment withÂ Robin.
May 9-12, 2013 Online Gift Card Promotion
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This week I introduced some new foods. Robin suggested that I try foods on their own first to determine if there is any response and when possible have it raw. Almonds and corn, awesome-popcorn, Susie cakes and almond butter.Â I’mÂ newly excited!Â Errr a sweet taste started to come up and I worried about scaring my newly healed esophagus, ugh.
Ok, Â I can do thisâŚ. corn cakes and almond butter are low on my list of allergens, Â so what is causing the old issue to come back? Â Slow down…back up…almonds first and raw. Ok not bad at 6 almonds.Â Add some more and yep that’s it.
Try Susie cakes on their own and all is well.Â Add almond butter back on and it comes back. Â Cool! Â That’s what it’s all about; eliminate and reintroduce. Â Ok, I can be in control of my digestion.
Fun foods are beginning to be added into my program and I’m loving it. No reaction to mango, pears, salmon with a maple glaze all good and delicious simply prepared or raw. Quinoa with olive oil, walnuts, and crunchy sea salt. Yum, I’m getting the hang of simple foods.