There is nothing more relaxing, even therapeutic, than getting away to the day spa for the afternoon for a little pampering. For some it is a necessity, for others it's a luxury that we don't experience enough. The good news is, now you don't have to look any further than your medicine cabinet in order to create your own day spa experience at home. So pull gather all your beauty products, turn on some music, make yourself a drink, and get ready to relax and explore your five senses. With these day spa treatments, you'll even get to save a little money too, and there is nothing wrong with that!
You know how after a long day, all you want to do is rush home, put on some comfy clothes and wash your face so you feel refreshed? Well, your skin needs to breathe too, so treat yourself to a pore-purifying facial. First, step into a warm shower to loosen up and wash away initial dirt and grime. Already you'll start to feel better. For a more professional facial, you can purchase an actual electric facial steamer from a store for this next step, or for the budget friendly at-home-remedy, heat a large bowl of water in the microwave or a pot of water on the stove. For about five minutes, hold your face over the hot water so that steam can enter your pores. Then, spread on a purifying mask that will sink in skin to clean out dirt and grime, while all you have to do is sit back and relax.
There is nothing more frustrating and uncomfortable when skin feels dull and dry. How do you achieve that glow that celebrities have in magazines? You need to quench your skin's thirst right away. For a natural solution, cut a lemon in half and rub it into your skin. The acids in lemon will naturally slough away all the dead skin cells that have gathered on the surface. Similar to the pore-purifying facial treatments, hover over a steaming bowl or pot of hot water for a few minutes before applying a rich moisturizer. Before you know it, you'll feel like a million bucks. Are you a big fan of the natural remedies? Apply a cranberry extract to a cotton ball and apply to skin. It acts as a natural astringent and do a lot to help purify and bring moisture to skin that will leave you feeling refreshed.
Is your skin a little more temperamental than normal? Some skin just doesn't mix well with most products on the market and you have to be very selective about what you use. Because of this, we know what a chore it can be to buy skin-care products. With a little research, you can find beauty products that are made for sensitive skin, making the pampering and cleansing process easier, putting some fun back into your routine. Only use a chemical-free product when cleansing and yes, you should still exfoliate. Exfoliating products made for sensitive skin can be peeled away once dry without irritation, kindly cleaning out pores and getting rid of dead skin cells on the surface. Now moisturizing products can get all the way into the skin and work properly. After exfoliating, apply a rich, creamy mask that soothes and calms skin while all you're required to do is relax.
When we look in the mirror, our face is the first thing we see, but the rest of our body deserves a little TLC as well. So why not pamper the rest of your body, too? You can buy scrubs at the store or make a variety of homemade ones as well with products you have in your cabinet such as honey, oatmeal, brown sugar, etc. Similar to using a scrub on your face, it will break down old skin cells and increase circulation so that you're skin feels smooth and will give it that healthy glow. For a little added moisture, you can even add olive oil to homemade scrubs, which will work wonders. With just a little innovation and some help with store-bought masks and cleansers, getting a little rest and relaxation can be extremely cost-effective and done within the comfort of your own home.
This article was written by the skin care experts at DorMauri.com.continue...
There are various ways to ensure your hair is neat and healthy. Taking a healthy diet is one of the surest ways to keep your hair healthy. Away from consumption of foods, you can also ensure that your hair is as perfect as you wish it to be. All a person has to do is follow some very simple tips for healthy hair.
* Wash the oily hair on a regular basis. The number of times you need to wash your hair depends on the amount of oil produced by your scalp. If you have an oily scalp, you should consider washing it at least once a day. On the other hand, if you treat your hair with chemicals, you should consider washing it less frequently because it is drier. As you keep aging, your scalp produces less oil. Therefore, you should not use the shampoo frequently. This can result to dandruff plus other scalp ailments.
* Use most of the shampoo around your scalp. Any time you wash your hair, focus on cleaning mainly the scalp instead of cleaning the whole hair length. If you wash the hair alone, you can end up nurturing flyaway hair that is coarse and dull. To avoid such a scenario, shampoo your scalp as often as you wash the hair.
* After every shampoo, utilize the conditioner. It is recommended that you use the conditioner after using the shampoo unless the shampoo you are using is 2-in-1 hence able to clean and condition the hair. When you use a conditioner, you will immensely improve the appearance of weathered or damaged hair. This is because the conditioner will help to increase the shine, improve strength and lower static electricity. In addition, a conditioner helps to protect your hair from the harmful UV rays.
* Concentrate the conditioner around your hair tips. Since conditioners can cause your fine hair to appear limp, you should only use them on the tips of your hair. This means you should not use them on the length of your hair or around your scalp. This will give your hair a great look.
* Select the conditioner and shampoo designed mainly to suit the type of your hair. For instance, if you have colored the hair, use the shampoo designed specifically for the color-treated hair. On the contrary, if you hair is chemically treated or damaged, you can utilize the 2-in-1 shampoo. Irrespective of the cost, most conditioner and shampoo brands provide similar benefits.
* Protect your hair whenever you swim. Most swimming pools contain chlorine. You should therefore, guard your hair from the damages resulting from chlorine. The best way to achieve this is to condition and wet the hair prior to swimming. Put on a tight-fitting cap while swimming and only utilize the specially formulated swimming shampoo and a deep conditioner after swimming. These will help to replace the lost moisture.
These are the basic tips to help you take care of your hair. However, if you have questions or perhaps need more information related to hair care, you should consider contacting the dermatologist or perhaps ask a knowledgeable expert at your local hair salon.
This article was contributed by the hair salon experts at Five Senses Spa & Salon.continue...
Gel manicures are popular among women because they keep nails strong and long-lasting. However under the surface, gel manicures can actually cause nails to weaken, causing brittleness, thinning, peeling and cracking.
A recently unveiled report by the New York University School of Medicine shows some health risks associated with gel manicures. Although the report highlights the latter issues of making nails brittle and weak, it also offers tips to keep nails healthy when getting a gel manicure.
Dr. Chris Adigun, an assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine, touches on the issue:
"As is the case with most things, moderation is the key when it comes to gel manicures. If you get them regularly, you need to be aware of the possible consequences and see a board-certified dermatologist if a persistent nail problem develops."
The root issue is that nails that are continually covered with nail polish can hide any health problems present under the nail. As a result, diagnosis and treatment of potential health risks can be delayed.
It's not for certain whether nail brittleness induced by gel manicures stems from the chemicals in the gel polish itself, or by the acetone needed to remove the nail polish. Dr. Adigun claims that acetone dries nails and irritates the skin around the nail. She also provides some tips to help sustain the health of nails with gel manicures:
There's a lot talk going around about the health risks of gel manicures. Regardless of the validity of some of these health concerns, apply some of the tips and take the necessary precautions to minimize exposure to these risks.
This article was contributed by the advocates at Five Senses Spa and Salon, one of the leading hair and nail salons in Peoria, IL. Five Senses was also ranked one of top 200 hair salons in the nation.continue...
Taking care of your skin is important for many aspects of your health. Skin is constantly exposed to various adverse elements that can contribute to aging as well as diseases like cancer. With mindful skin care using the right products and treatments, you can minimize the latter risks and maximize skin health for years to come.
Below we share with five of the best treatments for natural skin care:
Moisturizers are the first line of protection in fighting dryness of skin. They shield our skin from early signs of aging, such as wrinkles. Natural moisturizers use organic ingredients as primary components in creating effective moisturizers. Moisturizers are rich in natural vitamins A, E, and F which helps in maintaining your skin healthy and clear. Nowadays, skin moisturizers are a vital part of your daily skin care regiment.
Among all the skin care products available, a sun block/sun screen is something which should be used regularly. Whether it's cloudy or sunny, sun screen should be worn every day. Sun screen products are available in lotion, spray, gel, and cream form. Over exposure to the sun can harm your skin's overall health, and in extreme cases, it may even cause serious skin problems, like cancer. Most natural sun screen products consists of green tea polyphenols, extracts of broccoli, and other similar ingredients.
There is a lot of skin toning products available nowadays. However, the best types are still the organic ones. A natural skin toner usually includes ingredients such as lavender, rosemary and aloe vera; as well as fruit extracts like that of papaya, pineapple and grapefruit. An effective natural skin toner restore your skin's pH level, as well as remove excess dirt and oil from the layers of your skin. Natural skin toners are a good alternative to toners made from alcohol.
In your face, the eye area is the most sensitive part. Therefore, only natural skin care products, such as natural eye creams should be used in this sensitive part of your face. Most natural eye creams include cranberry seed oil, jojoba oil, and other natural oil extracts. Using natural eye creams help in fighting the early signs of skin aging, therefore it is very important for use regularly.
Facial Scrubs are fairly important especially in the process of exfoliating. It gently removes dead skin cells, dislodges clogged pores, and helps in removing white heads and black heads. This will then result to the stimulation of cell renewal on the skin. Natural facial treatments and scrubs containing natural exfoliants are good for use at least 2-3 times a week.
This article was produced on behalf of the salon experts of Five Sense Spa & Salon, a highly acclaimed hair salon in Peoria, Illinois that has been ranked amongst the top 200 salons in the nation.continue...
Acne is a skin condition involving the oil glands found at the base of the hair follicles. Medically known as acne vulgaris, the skin disease is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads and scaly red skin, scarring and large papules. These lesions occur due androgen stimulation that is caused by to changes in the pilosebaceous units, hair follicle and the sebaceous gland.
Severe cases of acne may require specialized treatment from a dermatologist, but in some cases acne treatments at quality day spas can work too. Most acne cases manifest in non-inflammatory forms. However, the acne scars can be embarrassing leaving your skin to lose its smoothness and evenness. There are a number of proven spa treatments for acne that help in reducing the scarring effectively.
One of the spa treatments of acne is micro-dermabrasions. The procedure involves the use of a rotating brush equipped with diamond tips on the affected skin. The instrument removes the top layer of the skin gently leaving an even-looking and smoother skin layer. The hand-held device helps blow crystals onto your skin. The crystals gently polish your skin surface. The process removes the topmost layer of the skin gently promoting the growth of new and more elastic skin.
Chemical peels have also been reported to show excellent results in treating acne. The chemical peels not only reduce acne scarring but also helps in reducing wrinkles and stretch marks. Spa treatments use glycolic acid to remove the top layer of the skin while at the same time enhancing the growth of new scar-free skin layer. The therapy may in cases lead to redness, peeling and blisters. This however lasts for a short period of time.
Laser therapy is also an effective, yet more exclusive spa treatment for acne. It makes use of light wavelengths to enhance the growth of collagen. In addition, laser therapy stimulates the growth of elastin and production of melanin. Most day spas carry out blue light therapy which involves the application of low-intensity blue light on the skin. The blue light is known to destroy bacteria that are responsible for acne and it further improves the appearance of both acne the resultant scars.
The use of pulsed light and heat in spa treatments is also a recommended remedy for acne. Although considerably expensive, the use of pulsed light and heat improves the look on your skin by making use of alternating low intensities of light and heat. The treatment reduces the oil production on your skin as well as killing harmful bacteria and enhancing the growth of new, smoother and healthier skin layer.
There are day spas that use olive oil in treating acne scars. The oil contains an array of nutrients and antioxidants that are proven to deal with various skin conditions. Such spa treatments involve the application of warm olive oil on the affected skin and used to massage. This enhances the blood circulation and goes a great extent in reducing the acne scarring.
The oil contains vitamins A, D and A that get dissolved in the skin and helps improve the appearance of acne. The oil may also be mixed with vinegar and water making a cream that not only moisturizes your skin but also exfoliates it.
Many of these acne treatments can help restore an individuals overall skin health and senses of well-being. To learn more about day spa treatments for acne, click here to visit the website of Five Senses Spa and Salon.continue...
Spa treatments till recent times had been an indulgence that women liked to pamper themselves with. With changing times, spas and salons have come a long way in finding a new clientele in men who appreciate the wonders of improving their looks and health with an added benefit of unwinding themselves in the tranquilized environs of the modern spas.
The menu lists at today's spas and salons display many different spa treatments suitable for men with the choicest therapies using the most popular oils and skin nourishment products. Spa treatments that are most preferred and are in high demand among the men are facials, eyebrow treatments, manicures, hair removal, and deep tissue massage, among the variety of massages.
Facials - Exfoliation and deep cleansing with organic and natural products revitalises the skin tone followed by facial massage by herbal creams that bring about a natural shine, providing a finishing touch by wrapping up in facial masks that result in a smoother, flawless, glowing skin tone.
Eyebrow Treatments - Eyebrow maintenance find a large number of takers. Although a unique spa treatment for men, trimming those bushy patch of hair into a comparative neat and trimmed look, in no way tries to hamper a macho image, rather presents a modern and well kept look.
Deep Tissue Massage - The most preferred way of de-stressing these days is by massage therapy. The massage therapy suited for active men who spend hours in exercising or face deep stress, is the deep tissue massage therapy. The therapy is devised to provide relief from stress as well as injuries. Working on muscles that are deeply placed within the body, the flow of strokes is much slower and firmer than in ordinary massage. Deep finger pressure is applied to remove strain from particular stressed areas.
Especially tending to the trouble spots such as back, neck and shoulder, stiff neck, lower back tension and sore shoulders are some of the problems that one gets respite from. Often stressed muscles and adhesions block circulation, resulting in inflammation and release of toxins, this type of massage aims at loosening the muscles by breaking down these adhesions and by de-stressing and improving circulation. The focus of deep tissue massage is recovering from muscle spasm, injuries and chronic pain.
Manicure - Most men do not really tend to take care of their hands but those who are in professions where one needs to use the hands more lightly, manicure offers a trimmed and clean look as well as the feeling of goodness that only a manicure can impart by pampering. Only select spas and salons offer these treatments, such as Five Senses Spa and Salon in Peoria, IL.
Hair Removal - With increasing number of men opting for hair removal, the spa treatments are offering a variety of hair removing techniques ranging from waxing to electrolysis to laser therapy. Bikini wax that was earlier common among women, has now found favor with men. Pubic grooming with Brazilian wax has become a trend with younger men. Displaying clean and smooth chest and back while exercising in the gyms is very popular with the exercising enthusiasts. Removing excess hair has become equally popular with the new age men.
Spa treatments are definitely a great way to improve one's physical looks and men are no exception to it. Looking forward to unwind and relaxation after hours of hard work is what everybody desires and spa treatments offer a package that comprises of treatments that make one look good and provide de-stressing massages which improve mobility.continue...
Nails may not be as important as our organs, but they are an integral part of a clean and healthy appearance. Unfortunately, most people don't really know how to properly clean their own nails, let alone keep them healthy. So to help you keep your nails look fresh and clean, here are several grooming and cleaning tips for you to consider.
Learning how to detect dirt and discoloration on your nails is the first step in keeping it clean. Most of the things that damages the appearance of our nails are caused by the things we touch or use, including chemicals, various nail products or simple physical abuse. So learning what causes your nails to look ugly, dirty or both will not only help you avoid them, it can also help you remove them from your nails.
Aside from identifying the various sources of nail discolorations, it's also worth mentioning that the condition of your nails can tell you a lot about your own health. For example, pale nail beds can be a sign of anemia, whereas yellow tinged nails, along with a slight blush at the base, can signify the onset of diabetes. So whenever you try to clean up your nails, always remember that what you see in them may help you stay healthy.
Although washing one's hands is healthy, overdoing it can wreak your nails, particularly if you do it more often than the average person. However, if hand washing is something that you need to do frequently (which is often the case with doctors and healthcare workers), you have the option of using a moisturizer. Not only will this prevent water damage to your nails, you can also rub a little extra around your cuticles several times each day to help keep them healthy.
Aside from hand washing, you should also be careful when you carry out activities where your nails are exposed to chemicals, such as laundry detergents and dish washing liquid. These chemicals can damage your nails if used excessively, so try to use rubber gloves whenever you need to use them.
Moisturizing your nail bed can help improve the appearance of your cuticles and protect your nails from breaking. This is because nails which are prone to breakage are usually the ones which lack moisture. To address this problem, putting a little oil around the cuticles in order to help moisturize the entire nail, thus preventing cracking and chipping. Basically, anything that helps moisturize one's nails is a good way to prevent breakage. Many nail manicure and pedicure salons offer these services when performing manicures.
Biotin, which is part of the Vitamin B family, is said to increase the thickness of human nails, which means that it is an ideal supplement for people who often have to worry about their nails splitting or breaking. Aside from Biotin, two other substances which are believed to make nails stronger are silicon and the supplement MSM. So if you're concerned that your nails are not strong enough to withstand breakage then taking these substances may help solve the problem.continue...
Although these signs are embarrassing and upsetting, they are important warning signs that you should start taking good care of your hair and scalp before things get worse. However, to ensure good health of your hair you need tips to guide you. There are several ways through which you can keep your hair and scalp naturally healthy.
1. Washing hair correctly: Washing hair daily causes stripping of natural oils of the hair and the scalp by showers and baths. As such, it is not advisable to wash hair every day. When you wash your hair, massage the scalp using an appropriate conditioner or shampoo for about 40 seconds and then wash it out. This helps in increasing blood circulation in the scalp and reducing dandruff. If you have wavy or curly hair, use silicone or sulfate free shampoo. Always wash your hair in a cool setting. This helps in sealing hair cuticles while locking in moisture which is good for a healthy scalp.
2. Do not brush your hair before drying it: Wet hair is likely to break when brushed. Therefore, dry your hair carefully using a blow dryer. Hold the blow dryer at a distance to protect your hair and scalp from heat. When brushing, use a bristle brush that will distribute oil in your hair making it shinier and softer.
3. Treat your hair: Use natural conditioning treatments on your hair regularly. Such conditioning treatments include mayonnaise, full-fat milk, egg and olive oil. Rinse the treatment thoroughly after two to three hours but do not apply shampoo when you use them. Treating your hair and scalp twice every week will enhance the health of your hair and scalp.
4. Use styling products wisely: If not used carefully, styling products will dry the scalp. To avoid this, stop using styling products more often. Styling your hair at most four times per week will help in preventing hair and scalp damage. To accessorize your hair, use barrettes or clips. You can coordinate these accessories with your personality or outfits to achieve the look that you desire. If you must use elastics, go for fabric-covered elastics that will prevent hair tangles and breakages.
5. Adopt a good diet: Eating healthy foods will keep your scalp and hair naturally healthier. A good diet can also prevent problems that lead to hair loss. Omega 3 fatty acids and other essential fatty acids are vital in promoting a healthy scalp, hair, skin and nails. Include foods that supply your body with these fatty acids in your diet daily. Such foods include fatty fish like tuna, salmon and mackerel. Other foods that can supply essential fatty acids to your body include fax seeds oil, milk, almonds and walnuts.
Your goal should be to keep your scalp and hair naturally oily and strong. Following these tips will help you achieve this if you practice them regularly.continue...
A massage from natural oil can be blissfully comforting and relaxing. Using natural oils for massage gives the body's immunity a boost and leads the toxins from the blood and fluids from the lymphatic nodes to the kidney and out of the body. These natural massage oils can also induce energy and alertness. And most commonly, people use natural oils to add luster to their skin and improve complexion. So why not apply these same great oils for a massage?
It is important to choose your massage oil wisely, as some oils tend to leave you feeling greasy after a massage, while some others go rancid quickly and give an unpleasant smell. Even worse, some oils may cause allergic reactions on your skin type. So mostly you must look for natural massage oils which suit almost all skin types.
Based on our research, the best three natural oils for massage are sesame oil, grape-seed oil and sweet almond oil. Below we go into the benefits (both general health benefits and skin benefits) of these natural oils for massage.
Sesame oil is a magical potion that offers many beauty and health care benefits. It emanates a pleasant smell which makes it an ideal base for massage oils. Its health benefits are simply amazing.
Grape-seed oil, as the name suggests, is extracted from seeds of grapes, typically wine grapes. It is light in color and flavor. It is polyunsaturated and contains many beneficial compounds like linoleic acid. It is a good choice for massage oil as it glides smoothly on the skin and also moisturizes it. It assists skin repair due to its astringent and antiseptic properties.
Sweet almond oil is by far one of the most popular massage oils. It is extracted from almonds and is pale yellow in color. It makes a good choice for massage oil as it allows hands to easily glide over the skin and gets absorbed fairly quickly. Also it is more reasonable than other natural massage oils. It usually doesn't cause skin irritation. It is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and protein content.
If you want to learn more about the various types of massage oils that are ideal for your skin, you can visit N8 Touch Massage in Bloomington, IL. Their massage therapists are experts in knowing the ideal massage oils to use for you skin.continue...
A trip to a spa and salon may seem like an indulgence to many. Whether it is a massage, getting your nails done, or having a facial, these things are not only enjoyable, but they can also be beneficial and help rejuvenate the individual who is having them done. If you are stressed, need a little time off from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and need the right stress relief, visiting a local spa and salon may be the perfect solution for you.
A facial is a great way to take a few years off your appearance. Not only will your skin look younger once it is done, but after your face has healed, your skin is also going to feel smoother, and will appear far healthier as well. Or, how about getting your nails done and hair done.
These things are going to make you feel better, as your appearance is going to change. When you look better, you are also going to feel better. These simple services may simply transform your physical appearance, but can also do wonders for your health if you are feeling tired and stressed.
If you have had a hard day at the office, or if life at home has gotten stressful with the family and finances, a massage is the perfect way to relax. Visiting a spa and salon you can get a great massage. Not only will it help you relax, it is also going to help release tension and anger that you have built up inside. Further, if you suffer from any type of pain, why not try a massage prior to visiting your local chiropractor?
In many instances, a professional massage therapist can help with pain management and relief, it will help eliminate the pain you are feeling, and it can help get you back on your feet if you haven't been able to move or properly function due to the pain you were feeling and the stress you were experiencing.
Of course with a younger looking appearance, stress relief, and pain relief, your body is going to feel and look far better. But, these things are also good for your mind. By eliminating the sources of stress and pain, you are also going to be able to clear the clutter in your mind, and will be able to think straight again.
So, you can get back to work and feel rejuvenated, you can go back home and deal with the stresses of family and work, and you can think clearer, when you aren't dealing with pain and discomfort you were previously experiencing. One primary example of a healthy spa and salon retreat in Peoria, Illinois is at:
Five Senses Spa and Salon
7719 N Grand Prairie Dr
Peoria, IL 61615
Phone: (309) 693-7719
Five Senses Spa in Salon Peoira IL
Although a spa and salon day may seem like an indulgence, it can also serve the purpose of helping relax and rejuvenate your body and mind, and it can also work to help with pain relief you may be suffering from if you were injured or simply feel aches and pains from aging.
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