From the American Academy of Dermatology

  1. Use sunscreen everyday (even in the winter!)
  2. Don’t Smoke
  3. Check skin for skin cancer
  4. Don’t use tanning beds
  5. Use skin care for your skin type
  6. Don’t over-exfoliate
  7. Wash your face morning and night
  8. Wash gently
  9. Reduce stress
  10. See a professional for advice

Literally translated, the term feng shui means wind-water.  In traditional Chinese Medicine, symbolically, feng has the meaning of wind/air and represents yang or masculine energy and shui has the meaning water and represents yin of feminine energy.  Yang should be thought of as outgoing, like a centrifugal force, while yin should be thought of as receiving, like gravity.  They are two parts of the same whole that create a duo energy that fuels all living things.

Using the feng shui bagua, color and the five element chart, you can see how energy flows through your spa space.  The goal is to create a safe and sacred space for clients to feel nourished that represents you and your essence.

The bagua, meaning eight areas, is a feng shui template that is used as an overlay to observe the natural flow of energy in your entire spa and individual rooms.  This is represented in a table:

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Hold the bagua table in your hand as you stand at the main entrance.  Your entrance will be through one of the following areas: knowledge/ self-cultivation, life path/ career, or helpful people/ travel.  Overlay your chart onto your room based on the entrance.  The far right corner will always be your relationships/ service area, and the far left corner will always be the wealth/ empowerment area.

Color:

Each color has its own vibratory rate that helps to energize, stimulate and even lift the spirits.  Warm colors, including red, orange and yellow, are most stimulating and energizing.  Blues and purples are cool and considered to be the most calming and enlightening.  As a shade gets closer to red, it becomes more stimulating; as it moves closer to blue, it becomes more calming.  Yellow is energizing, helping to lift the spirits; while green symbolizes new growth, balance and healing.  Each color has an intensity range, meaning how bright or soft it appears.  The brighter the color the more energy it will generate.  Your space will benefit most from soft, calming colors of the walls with corresponding color accents to match the various bagua areas you choose to enhance.

Five Elements:

They are a core part of traditional Chinese Medicine, as they represent the cyclical energy flow of nature.  Each is explained in the chart below:

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Pulling it All Together:

You don’t need to use every part of the bagua table.  Pick one or two areas to focus on rather than trying to make adjustments in all nine areas at once.

Starting in the relationships/ service area is ideal; it will enhance your client relationships.  Use the color pink, the color of love, predominately.  Also, display things in sets of two, like rose quartz hearts or crystals.  The knowledge/ self-cultivation area, across from the relationships/ service corner is also a good place to focus because it represents your level of skill and gives you credibility.  Use symbols of wisdom, like your license, in this area.  Exuding wisdom attracts a better quality of client.  Keeping a clutter free area will help to enhance wealth, along with using symbols like red silk mystic knot with coins, a fountain, a bamboo plant or citrine crystals.  Also, remember to keep trash and laundry out of sight.

There is no need to force these, just appreciate the laws of nature and honor them.  Allow the energy to flow through, not just your work but throughout your whole life.

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We often think hard about what we put on our face and how it will effect or skin, but what about the food we put in our bodies?  Everyone has a specific beauty goal in mind, and there are certain foods help with these; from Eczema relief to strong nails.  Here are a list of beauty goals and foods to help get you there!

  • Blemish Control: Fermented Food, Greens, Lemons, Oysters, Pumpkin Seeds, & Turmeric.
  • Calm Complexion: Coconut Milk, Ginger, Mushrooms, Raw Cacao, Raw Sauerkraut, &   Turmeric.
  • Diminish Dark Circles: Asparagus, Beets, Celery, Grapes, Greens, Escarole, & Watermelon.
  • Eczema Relief: Buckwheat, Ginger, Hemp Seeds, Onions, Raw Honey, Turmeric, & Wild Salmon.
  • Full Body Anti-Aging: Asparagus, Blueberries, Cinnamon, Green Tea, Pomegranate, Raw Cacao, Turmeric, & Wild Salmon.
  • Glowing Skin: Acorn Squash, Greens, Lemon, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, & Sweet Potato.
  • Healthier Hair: Bananas, Greens, Oats, Pastured Eggs, Radishes, & Sardines.
  • Hydration: Avocado, Cucumber, Flaxseed, Hemp Seeds, Mushrooms, Walnuts, & Wild Salmon.
  • Reduce Inflammation: Almond Butter, Borage Oil, Dark Berries, Dark Leafy Greens, Wild Mackerel, & Wild Salmon.
  • Strengthen Nails: Almonds, Hemp Seeds, Raspberries, Red Cabbage, Swiss Chard, & Winter Squash.

Rethink Your Moisturizer

That light and creamy moisturizer you used all summer isn’t going to cut it when the weather is cold and dry and humidity levels are low. Find thcopper peptidee right moisturizer for your skin type and add a skin serum underneath for additional hydration. For example, if you have acne prone skin, try Bellanina Botanical Calendula Oil Free Crème using our Copper Peptide Serum as an additional hydrator underneath. For dry skin, you want to use a moisturizer with oils such as safflower or soybean.   Our Restorative Marine Moisturizer with soybean oil is tops for hydrating in the cold winter months.

 Rethink How You Bathe

Although it is tempting to take a long, hot shower or bath when it is chilly outside, it prevents your skin from retaining all of the moisture it needs. A hot shower or bath affects the outer layer of the skin called the epidermis which has cells called keratinocytes. These cells, loaded with keratin (also found in hair and nails), provide the body’s defense against the outside environment and help to provide the barrier to allow your skin to retain moisture. In addition, your body produces a thin layer of oil on the skin’s surface to help this moisture retention.

Here’s what happens. The heat from your shower or bath softens your skin’s oils. Just think of how butter reacts when it is heated. When you add soap to the equation, your skin’s oil barrier can get quickly stripped away. Without these oils, the moisture in your skin escapes, leading to dryness and itching. The longer and hotter the shower, the faster this process takes place and the more moisture you’re likely to lose.

So, keep your shower or baths as brief as possible with lukewarm water. Don’t rub, but pat yourself dry and be sure to apply your body/face moisturizers within a minute after bathing while your skin is still slightly damp.

Exfoliation Is Even More Important In The Winter

Let’s talk about why. Cold, dry air coupled with intermittent bursts of hot, dry air indoor heating sucks the moisture out of cells, leaving skin feeling tight, dull and sometimes flaky. Cell turnover doesn’t actually slow down during the winter months, however, the weather extremes between hot and cold cause skin cells to ‘die’ faster as they dehydrate. As we age, our rate of skin cell turnover is reduced making exfoliation even more important.

Very gentle, exfoliation twice a week will wash away these dead cells at the surface, to reveal smoother, younger looking skin. Also, exfoliators improve the effectiveness of moisturizers. Since you will be using even more monew_jojobacroppedisturizing lotions and creams in the winter, you’ll want to exfoliate to maximize their hydrating potential.

There are two main types of exfoliants: chemical and physical.  Our Cosmeceutical Glycolic Cleanser is an example of a chemical exfoliant that contain glycolic acid. Our Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser is a physical exfoliant that employs natural jojoba beads to “scrub” away the dead cells.  It is always important to apply moisturizing cream or lotion to the skin immediately after exfoliation for the maximum hydrating effect.

Don’t Forget Your Lips

Always use lip balm or petroleum jelly to both moisturize and create a protective barrier between your lips and the cold, dry winter air. airlipvibran-c balm when you are doing the rest of your skin care, make it part of your routine. If your lips are particularly chapped, you can make your own lip scrub to smooth aways the dead flaky skin. All you need to do is apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to your lips and then rub them with a little sugar or a soft toothbrush using circular motions. Remember to be gentle and that all of the flaky skin may not come off in one treatment! You can also use our Vibran C lip treatment with lots of Vitamin C to repair your chapped lips.

Give Your Feet A Good Night’s Rest

For dry, callused feet, gently buff away the calluses with a pumice stone or foot scrub before bed. Immediately apply a thick moisturizer while your feet are still damp and wear socks made of natural fabric overnight. If that doesn’t do the trick, then up your game with an over the counter cream containing glycolic acid or urea that will exfoliate as well as moisturize. If you do that for a month, you should see some great results!

 

Comedogenic vs. non-comedogenic oils

A comedo, the least severe form of acne, is the result of a clogged pore. Pores become clogged if there is too much sebum and too many dead skin cells. Bacteria can then get trapped inside the pores and multiply, causing swelling and redness. The result is a pimple or a comedo. If a pore gets clogged up and closes but bulges out from the skin, you’re left with a whitehead. If a pore gets clogged up but stays open, the top surface can darken and you’re left with a blackhead.

Comedogenic products are the ones that will result in clogged pores. Since we tend to blend ingredients to make up our massage oils, you can see which ones are more likely to cause acne in the chart below.

Comedongenic Ratings(causing acne)

This list of ingredients has been derived and compiled from various sources including the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.

0 – Will not Clog Pores

1 – Low

2 – Moderately Low

3 – Moderate

4 – Fairly High

5 – High

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Virgin vs. Fractionated Coconut Oil

How you use coconut oil, whether in its virgin or fractionated form, is dependent on your reason for using the oils. Generally, the virgin form is used for dry skin and various skin ailments. On the other hand, the primary use of fractionated coconut oil is in cosmetics, skin care products, perfumes and as a carrier oil. Both virgin and fractionated coconut oils have a long shelf life. Virgin coconut oil maintains its potency and freshness for two years. Fractionated coconut oil lasts indefinitely.

Virgin coconut oil

Virgin coconut oil has the taste and scent of coconuts. It is used for cooking and in skin and hair care products. Virgin coconut oil is oilier (more comedogenic) than fractionated coconut oil and can clog pores with continuous use. Virgin coconut oil maintains its potency and freshness for two years A solid when cool, this oil is produced by using fresh coconuts and separating out the coconut oil in one of two ways:

  • Dry method – The coconuts are quick dried and the oil is pressed out mechanically. This is the most common method used to produce the coconut oil found in most stores.
  • Wet method (wet-milling) – This is a more complicated method where the “coconut milk” is produced by pressing the coconuts. The oil is then separated from the liquid in several ways. The virgin coconut oil from our oil uses the centrifuge method. Other methods include boiling, enzymes, refrigeration and fermentation.

Fractionated coconut oil

Fractionated coconut oil has had the long chain triglycerides removed and is made by a process of hydrolysis and steam distillation. This makes the oil less oily (less comedogenic) than virgin coconut oil and generally better for use in skin care products. Fractionated coconut oil has a higher concentration of Capric acid and Caprylic acid which means it is a better antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant. Unlike virgin coconut oil, it remains a liquid when cold, has very little scent and lasts indefinitely. This oil can be found in soaps, skin care products, as a carrier oil for essential oils and herbal extracts, massage oils and hair care products.

 

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Beyond a caring touch, how you interact with your clients is key to generating repeat business, referrals and add-on sales! Do you carefully plan each customer experience?  Chances are your focus is primarily on the massage itself and not on your conversation with your client which can make the difference between an average experience and a great one.  Conveying your caring and concern about your clients’ well-being will generate both repeat visits and referrals.  So take a cue from other businesses and don’t leave anything to chance. Many companies script their employee/customer interactions. For example, you might hear “would you like to try our new mocha latte today?” in your local cafe. Although you are not selling coffee, you are in essence “selling” a wellness experience and can create your own scripts to follow depending on each customer’s need.

For example, you are always concerned that your clients receive the helpful benefits of the massage you give them so why not let them know how they can extend those benefits when they go home.

“You can extend the benefits of your massage today by…….”

Another key message is to let your client know that they may experience some discomfort a day after the massage and what they can do to manage it.

“Although everyone reacts differently, it is normal to feel some discomfort after your massage. It can be like a workout at the gym for some muscles. Also, massage increases the blood flow and releases built up toxins into your blood stream. If you feel any discomfort, I recommend you……..”
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You may opt to retail foam rollers, massage balls, creams, Bellanina Spa Mineral Bath etc. to recommend to your clients as a way to stretch and soothe at home. This is not hard-core selling, it is simply suggesting ways to help.

“Many of my clients have had success with this foam roller in helping them stretch at home. Let me show you how it works.”

Lastly, always have a script to book your client’s next appointment.

“Would you like to make your next appointment today or do you want me to call you to book one later?”

In addition to your hands-on work with them, scripting is a great way to make sure you verbally communicate that you care for your clients health and well-being.  Having your own standard phrases for your key messages will ensure you are consistent and thoughtful in your communications with your clients.  Create the scripts that will work for you, write them down and use them every time.

Did you know that your most important cosmetic is water? That’s right, the most essential nutrient our skin needs is inexpensive and right at our fingertips and all of the creams, lotions and serums we have in our cosmetic bags aren’t going to have their intended affect if we don’t get enough of it.

Water makes up 50 to 70 percent of the body’s overall composition.waterfall

Blood 83% water
Heart 79% water
Muscle 76% water
Brain 75% water
Skin 72% water
Bone 22% water

 

Water  performs many functions in the body. Inside our cells, it provides the medium in which necessary chemical reactions occur. It is the basis of our internal transport systems, the blood and the lymph. Water is essential in regulating the body’s temperature. It aids in waste removal and lubricates our joints.

Although our skin is the largest organ, the water we intake reaches all of the other organs we have first. When we don’t drink enough water, our skin becomes dehydrated resulting in dry, tight, flaky skin with a dull tone.

It is important to keep the skin hydrated. To keep the skin smooth and bright, experts say to drink at least six 8 ounce glasses of water a day or more if you are sweating or exercising. If you aren’t drinking enough water, give your kidneys and digestive system a chance to adjust by adding increments of 8 ounces a day at a time. If you think water is too bland, spice it up by adding a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint or fresh fruit that has been frozen into an ice cube.

Doesn’t drinking more water cause bloating and water retention? Exactly the opposite, by helping to rid the body of any excess sodium, drinking more water actually results in less water retention. If you drink too little water, the body will hold on to it, resulting in more fluid retention.

Besides drinking water, you also get water from many of the foods you eat. About 80% of our water comes from drinking beverages and 20% from eating foods. Although all beverages count toward our daily water intake, the best is calorie and sodium free water.   Please note that alcohol is a dehydrator. If you want to partake, try drinking one glass of water for each alcoholic beverage to counterbalance the dehydrating effect.

In addition to drinking enough water, hydrate your skin by:

  1. Applying a moisturizer within minutes of bathing as this allows better absorption. Try our Bellanina Botanical Moisturizer with hyaluronic acid
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    which attracts and hold water to the skin.

  2. Serums containing hyaluronic acid such as Copper Peptide Hydrating Serum or Hydra Gel.