The Art of the Bath

In the spa industry one of the fundamental treatments is the bath. In fact SPA is centered around taking in the healing benefits of water. The history of bathing for medicinal purposes, social gathering and peace of mind has been around since the Greek and the Roman days. These days we take baths to cleanse but the benefits go far beyond rinsing the dirt off such as:

Soothing achy muscles
Clearing out congestion and relieving pressure from a cold
Relaxation
Detoxifying the body
Taking time for yourself

Of course you do not need to visit a spa to take in these tremendous benefits (although that would be lovely too). At home baths are wonderful -I love to add hydrating bath oils or bath salts, put on a facial mask and really benefit from some nice quiet time. Check out this past blog on at home facials, you can do this all in the bath:

http://iheartskincare.net/2010/06/13/facial-101/

Winning?



 

Watching Charlie Sheen this past week on every TV channel I noticed his chain smoking. Got me thinking about the havoc cigarette smoking has on the skin. Visibly you can see the obvious markers of a long term smoker in the face: heavier wrinkles, thin lips and deep lines around the eyes.  At the cellular level DNA is damaged, this happens deep in the dermal layer of the skin. The cells are actually mutated because of the toxins and this is how wrinkles and even cancer is formed.

 

The newest research coming out explains how badly the damage can be, worse than we even thought before. The harmful effects of smoking can be compounded while exposed to the sun’s UV rays, which is why smoking is starting to become banned on the beaches. Second hand smoke is a danger also to be avoided. By this day and age we all know that cigarette smoking is terrible for our health and we should not smoke. I mean look at Charlie. Duh.

Too Much or Too Little?

 

When recommending products for my clients they usually ask me how much they should use. I think it is a common misperception that more is always better and that is rarely true when applying product to your face. This is a simple guide to reference for most products, of course read the labels on the carton and ask your skin care therapist for guidance. If you are overusing your skin care you are most likely throwing good money away, using the proper amount will help your favorite products last as long as they should.

Eye Cream/Gel-pea-sized amount for both eyes

Dot your eye cream around the bone gently with ring finger. Avoid eye lids. You can actually have a break out if you use too much, over applying will not make the crows feet disappear quicker! This is also one of your higher price points so follow the directions.

Moisturizer-quarter-sized amount

Typically this amount should cover your face and neck. I like to treat my décolleté as well.

SPF– half dollar amount

This is the one area where you can go to town; the more you are covered the better so go for it. Also double up, use a foundation that has an SPF.

Cleanser– dime-sized amount

Most cleansers today are highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. You can always add more water if you feel you need more cleanser.

All Puffed Up

 

Now that I have less than a few months of pregnancy left, sleep has become more of a challenge. I am big, hot and uncomfortable which makes it difficult to get my zzzzz’s. The last few days I have been waking up with puffy, tired eyes. My solution? Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Daily Eye Roller. I love the metal roller applicator, it feels nice and cool on my hot and puffy eye area. This product has caffeine and Vitamin B5, great for puffiness and dark circles.

Because this is so lightweight, it is great underneath a more hydrating creamy eye product or it can be used alone for oily skin types. Best thing is the price, completley affordable at $11.99.

Considering how soon my little guy will be here, I think I will be keeping this one in my medicine cabinet!