Monday, February 13, 2012

A skin care and waxing field trip to TMH!

My client Tara was pregnant with her baby girl Geneva and on bed rest at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Well, no problem! It was my very first time traveling outside of Body Wisdom to do a treatment. But I remembered all my stuff and the treatments went very well. We did a facial, a Brazilian wax, and a full leg wax. Where there's a will, there's a way!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Facial massage is more than relaxing!

Facials are rejuvenating and it may seem like we're not doing much but relaxing you, but the massage is actually doing more for you than just relaxing you. There are a few motives when massaging the face.

We want to unclog your pores, relax the muscles to delay wrinkle formation, and tone the muscles with an upward outward stroke movement that works against gravity. Although it does feel good, it also relieves headache, unclogs your sinuses, and gets the knots out of your neck. For those who are my clients, I personally spoil you with a foot rub! 

Facial massage simulates circulation in the skin and brings the color and clarity back by circulating blood flow to your capillaries so they can exchange nourishment to your skin cells. It also stimulates collagen production and tightens the skin. Capillaries are the smallest of a body's blood vessels. They are parts of the microcirculation and enable the exchange of water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and many other nutrients and waste chemical substances between blood and surrounding tissues. Ever heard of expression lines? This is due to smiling, frowning, crinkling in between your eyebrows, looking serious and thinking really hard. A good facial along with exfoliating can help improve (but not completely remove) the appearance of expression lines.

A foot massage to close out your facial massage can relax the whole body and mind. It can take the weight of the world away in just a good 5-10 minutes. It relaxes other organs with certain pressure points in the foot. Needless to say, I'm an aesthetician not a massage therapist, so I'm not preforming reflexology on the feet in the treatment room. But you can imagine how a few minutes of attention to your feet can rejuvenate the mind and body.

Here's a tip on how you can rejuvenate your skin in between your facial appointments:

In the morning in the shower use a few drops of jojoba oil and gently massage your face using circular movements for about 5 minutes. Then wash your face with your cleanser, rinse, and apply a moisturizer. You can find jojoba oil at the New Leaf Market in Tallahassee or elsewhere at health food stores.

Massaging your face will make your skin glow. You'll notice smaller looking pores, clarity, pinker, and healthier looking skin. Ever wonder why about a month after you've have a facial your skin starts to look grey and or dull? It's because the facial removes dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow and jumpstarts the skin to function once again. It's like an energy drink boost except, in this case, it's an oxygen boost to the skin. Just a five minute pick me up facial massage in the shower will get you through till your next facial appointment. 

Remember the skin's main functions? It provides protection, heat regulation, water resistance, and sensation through your nerves. Imagine for a minute what the positive effects of receiving a facial massage communicates to your brain. Facials are more than a just treat: they communicate a sense of self-care and worth to your skin.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Tallahassee Blueberry Peel Facial Review

Caroline, one of my clients, left a review for her Blueberry Peel Facial here in Tallahassee at Body Wisdom. Thank you so much Caroline for your wonderful review!

I recently had the blueberry peel with Amber. I had not ever tried a peel before, but I was having some issues with my skin and decided to treat myself with some Christmas $ to one since I'd heard such great success stories! She did a wonderful job & I really enjoyed the hand & foot massage:) My skin was a little red for a few hours after(that's to be expected), but my skin looked amazing! I felt so refreshed and like my skin was glowing that I didn't wear makeup for a few days after. I'm tight on money, but will absolutely be setting some aside for another peel with Amber. Fantastic results & definitely worth every penny! Wish I could see her more often! It's so nice that she is very experienced and knowledgeable & knows about the Cosmedix products so well!