Turkish Bath

After I graduated from college I took a month holiday to celebrate in Greece and Turkey. While in Istanbul, we were lucky enough to visit a traditional Turkish Bath House or Hammam and it was experience I will never forget! The history of bath houses are so rich and interesting (learn more here), and if you travel to Turkey it is a must.

The beginning of the treatment begins with elevating your body temperature through alternating the sauna and steam room a few times. The next “step” is a plunge in cold water-where every few minutes we could hear a splash followed by sounds of a screeching woman! The point of this process is to strengthen your immune system and invigorate your body. After the rather shocking plunge, I was lead to a warmed marble table while I rested and waited for my scrub master/masseuse to bring me to the next station I like to call the scrub down table. I had never been so vigorously cleaned  (this was prior to my visit to the Olympic Spa in KoreaTown LA-more on this later) and although not a soothing body scrub as I was used to in the West, my skin felt amazingly smooth.

After the scrub I put on a robe and we drank tea. This was not optional. People do not rush out of the spa there as they do here, in fact, it is considered part of the treatment to continue to relax. Otherwise the point of the process would be lost. Although the experience on the whole was rather un “spa” like according to our standards, I rarely leave as relaxed and completely re-charged here as I did that day. In Turkey this is a ritual that is experienced by many of their people on a weekly basis, because they know it is a crucial restorative practice, and also because it is tradition. Also you can’t beat the price, cheap! Here is a link if happen to be in Turkey:

Turkish Hammams

If not, don’t worry, this worldly art has become quite popular recently and there are many Hammams popping up. Expect less traditional and more expensive but usually an absolute treat.

Try Trump Soho

Bath

Body Treatment

 

 

My Spa Water

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Pam Wenzel, author and creator of http://myspawater.com/ about the importance of water as it relates to our skin and overall health. She explains how essential proper hydration is and how to make drinking water seem like a day at the spa!

I ♥ SC: The benefits of drinking enough water seem endless, can you explain
some of the most important reasons we need to stay hydrated?

PAM: Yes Jessica you are correct, they really are endless! But speaking from
a Health perspective (as apposed to beauty), I think the most important reason
to stay hydrated is to lower our risk of disease. One of the MANY jobs of water
is to flush toxins that build up in the body that cause disease. Being an 18
year breast cancer survivor, I do follow and read many reports on this subject.
For example, I recently reviewed a study suggesting that Drinking 5 glasses of
water daily could decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, breast cancer by
79%, and developing bladder cancer by 50%. I think this is absolutely amazing!
More research is being done and of course much debate will follow. One thing
that resonated with me about this study though is that I had developed breast
cancer at an early age (27) and even though I did try to eat right and exercise
in my 20’s I very seldom drank water.

I ♥ SC: Do you believe there is a correlation to staying hydrated and the look
and feel of our skin?

PAM: Absolutely there is! I believe that water is the best kept beauty secret
of all time! Water naturally hydrates the body inside and out. Proper hydration
is the key to beautiful glowing skin as it helps keep skin from drying out, thus
preventing wrinkles and that’s what we are all striving toward! Hydrating your body facilitates cell growth and regeneration, elimination of wastes, and sloughing away of dead skin cells improving your skin tone!

I ♥ SC: Why is it important to drink water after a spa treatment?

PAM: Aside from being extremely refreshing after a hard day at the spa, water
can actually minimize muscle pain (muscles are composed of 70% water) and
soreness in the days following a massage.
A massage can also be dehydrating and it’s always important to replenish water
and even electrolytes that can be lost during treatments. But most importantly,
water helps relieve stress and relaxes the body making for a more enjoyable spa
experience!

I ♥ SC: I know people who don’t drink enough water because they feel its too
“boring”. Can you share any recipes that may entice our readers to drink
more water?

PAM:Yes it is actually quite boring! Would absolutely love to share. Here is
one of my favorites ~ Raspberry Mist ~ which comes from the Hyatt Tamaya New
Mexico (page 5 of our Spa Water Book).

This Spa Water is not only refreshing but absolutely beautiful! In addition to
their Excellent flavor, raspberries are full of strong antioxidants and
possess anticancer properties. Limes, known as an immune system boosting fruit,
add a vitamin packed zest!

Raspberry Mist from Hyatt Tamaya:

2 Cartons of raspberries
3 Limes thinly sliced
Ice and water

Method: Layer your beverage pitcher with lime slices and raspberries. Add ice.
Repeat until the server is full. Pour water over the ice and fruit.

This recipe can also be found on our blog
http://www.myspawaterbook.com/blog/2011/05/06/happy-mothers-day-from-myspawater-com-raspberry-mist-from-hyatt-tamaya/

Thank you Pam for the amazing information!I am drinking Raspberry Mist at this minute, yum!

Pam Wenzel (Author of Spa Water) is a forty-six-year-old mother of two. As a
seventeen-year breast cancer survivor, she has made it her goal to help Dr.
Susan Love Research Foundation’s Army of Women initiative reach their target of
recruiting one million women to help determine the cause of breast cancer. Pam
grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington and now lives in McKinney, Texas, with her
husband, Rusty, and their two children, Palmer and Stevie.

In support of research to find the cause of breast cancer, a portion of the
proceeds from the sale of Spa Water will benefit the Dr. Susan Love Research
Foundation. Pam encourages readers to join the Army of Women and become one in a
million.
Learn how adequate hydration can help lower the risk of cancer.

Please learn more about Pam on her website. And make sure to follow her on Twitter:@MySpaWater and like her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/myspawater

 

 

Hairroin Salon-Addicted to Style

 

Every time I travel to L.A. there is always one stop I have to make, Hairroin Salon in Hollywood. I go to visit my long time friend Irene who is a master stylist and to get my hair did. You will not find attitude or weird vibes in this salon. You WILL find mad talent, the best products and the look you have always wanted. Ask for Irene, you won’t be sorry. Check out their website below:

 

 

 

 

Outer Beauty, Inner Health

 

In the beauty industry we are finally starting to realize what an impact healthy living can make on our outer appearance. This is not a new concept for Kerstin Florian International. I had the pleasure of interviewing Charlene Florian, Vice President of Corporate Creative Development, and daughter of Kerstin Florian about the company philosophy, her favorite products and amazing new treatments they offer:

Tell us a little about Kerstin Florian and the company history.
Kerstin Florian is a Swedish born esthetician who has a passion for skincare and a unique ability to make beautiful natural products that produce results.  She began her career as a model in Italy where everything was about outer beauty.  There she began her journey to understand true beauty, that everyone is beautiful and has the ability to find their true beauty and vitality through health, well-being and proper skincare.  After becoming an esthetician and working on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, she opened a day spa in Laguna Beach, California.  It expanded three times until she had 22 employees.  She was hired by many of the finest hotels to develop their spa concept and menu.  Now she has a complete range of 100 products, lives in Sweden six months out of the year and works with many of the worlds most exclusive spas including the Dorchester in London, the Dolder Grand in Zurich, Fairmont Willow Stream Spas worldwide and the newly launched Hilton Eforea Spas worldwide.

What is Kerstin Florian’s philosophy on healthy skin and ways to incorporate into every day life?
Our philosophy is Outer Beauty Inner Health.  We believe that total well being is comprised of Proper Nutrition (Lots of vegetables, superfoods, Pure Water and tonic herbs (teas and green smoothies are a great way to get these everyday) in the diet), Regular Exercise, a positive attitude as well as Care of the Face and Body (applying antioxidants and nourishing ingredients topically).  Our skin is a reflection of our daily lifestyle.

What are some of your favorite KFI spa treatments and products?
My favorite facial treatment is with our new K-Lift , Age-Management System.  The results are incredible.  It uses Kinetic energies in three phases:
K-Light: Photobiostimulation and Impulse Microcurrents used simultaneously
K-Firm: Impulse MicroCurrent for Tightening Facial Contours
K-Fusion: Transdermal Delivery for deeper penetration of topical ingredients
Results:

  • Improves collagen synthesis
  • Improves cell membrane permeability allowing better metabolite and enzymatic exchanges
  • Increases level of lymphocyte activity which allows better waste elimination (detoxification)
  • Restores dermal density
  • Energizes Mitochondria (Mitochondria is the power center of the cell. Its main    function is to generate energy
  • Targets “Anti-gravity” muscle groups and tones facial muscles.
  • Triggers DNA regeneration and cell repair

My favorite products include:  Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk, Correcting Intensive Renewal glycolic 15, Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30, Caviar Age Defense Serum, Brightening Eye Crème, FuB Balm.

I would like to thank Charlene for taking the time to talk to me and share her philosophies and knowledge with us! This a woman who truly practices what she preaches about living a healthy lifestyle and it shows. Visit Kerstin on her website to learn more about the products and find a spa near you. Your mind and body will thank you.

Other Kerstin Florian Related Posts:

Kerstin Florian Multi-Vitamin Day Crème SPF 30

Favorite Exfoliators

La Bonne Vie

 

I can not say enough about the Dolphin Bay Resort and the spa La Bonne Vie. We went for a weekend getaway, perfect for anyone in Southern California. The central coast is far enough that I felt I was away but I did not have to get on a plane. The first thing we did after check-in was go straight to the spa to book my appointments. It was small, had a shabby chic beachy feel and felt very inviting. I booked a facial the first morning and a massage the next. I promise you I would have made more appointments but my husband had that “really?” look on his face. I loved my Decleor facial, my esthetician was amazing and I tried hard not to fall asleep. My skin glowed the rest of the weekend.

One of the best perks about this spa is that they are always having specials on treatments and sometimes even products. Everything in the spa was 20% off that weekend and the prices are already so low for a resort property!

It was the perfect weekend really. I mean, waking up to a spa treatment, wine tasting in beautiful Edna Valley, eating gourmet food on a cliff over looking the coastline. La Bonne Vie? Yes it is.

 

Antioxidant Skin Care

Recently I was asked to shed some light on incorporating antioxidant skin care products into a home care regimen. It’s a great question and and even better idea. Using antioxidant rich products *effective products* is important for helping to even out skin tone, minimizing pigmentation and prevention. To prevent further damage you also want to do the following:

Exfoliate!

Wear Sun Protection (religiously)

Use Antioxidants (and eat them!)

Get Facial Treatments

So back to the antioxidants, there are many used in the industry. Vitamin C is a standard and it’s very effective. One of my favorite products uses C but also some other potent ingredients that are super effective when combined.

Phloretin CF by SkinCeuticals is the product I would always recommend to my clients in search of a result driven product that offers prevention along with correction. It’s best used during the day time for extra protection against the sun and free radical damage.

Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Prevents premature signs of aging and corrects existing photodamage
  • Divides and conquers the range of reactive oxygen species (ROS) throughout the skin
  • Prevents cell mutation by shielding skin’s DNA
  • Accelerates cell turnover
  • Boosts skin’s support structure
  • Inhibits UV-induced discolorations

If you really want to see a difference in the hyperpigmentation, I love to couple with Phyto +. Here are the benefits as listed on SkinCeuticals website:

  • Contains kojic acid and arbutin to help reduce hyperpigmentation
  • Active ingredients work synergistically to lighten the appearance of skin
  • Natural alternative to the chemical skin lightener hydroquinone—less likely to cause irritation
  • Contains anti-inflammatory cucumber and anti-bacterial thyme to soothe and calm irritated skin
  • Helps maintain results following invasive cosmetic procedures
  • Ideal for all skin types

Hope that helps April, this ones for you. ♥

 

Got Acne?

It may be surprising to some how common adult acne is. And if you have ever had problems with breaking out (even if it is just one pimple), you know how it can be completely stressful and upsetting. This is the first of more posts to come where I will be focusing on bringing product solutions and tips on how to handle the acne beast.

My first begins with a terrific cleanser, since that is usually where we start with any skin care regimen, the Clearing Skin Wash by Dermalogica.

* Key Ingredients listed from Dermalogica.Com:

* A synergistic anti-acne combination of Licorice, Milk Thistle, Lemon, Arnica, and Bergamont botanicals helps soothe while preventing future breakouts.
* Salicylic Acid stimulates natural exfoliation, helping to clear impacted follicles and minimize acne formation.
* Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Golden Seal and Matricaria help eliminate acne-causing bacteria.

This cleanser can be used sparingly as needed or more often depending on what your level of breakout is. Check out other mediBac Clearing Products as well for acne treatments that actually work.

Barex Sun Essential Oil




Skin is not the only thing that we need to protect as we frolic in the ocean and pool during these hot months ahead. Our hair takes a beating in the summer with the salt, sun and pool water, which is why I love the Sun Essential Oil by Barex. Not only does it help repair sun damaged hair with vitamin E and Rice oils, it also helps protect it from all of the elements.

 

Multi-vitamins and UV filters help keep hair soft and shiny so you can avoid the dull and dry looking “summer hair” I personally can do without this season! I just spritz on my hair and I am ready to go. You can’t resist the smell, I like to pretend I am on holiday in Tahiti. Where will you be going?

 

3 Reasons to Wash Your Face Before Bed

 

 

Are you too “busy” to wash your face at the end of the day? Are you embarrassed to take off your makeup in front of your new boyfriend so you just sleep in it? Did you pass out after a night of dancing at the club and just forget to cleanse? Hey I don’t judge, I have had so many clients tell me they routinely skip their nighttime cleansing.  However, this is one habit I highly suggest breaking. Here are my top three reasons why you should wash your face at the end of each day:

1. Get rid of dirt, debris and make-up.

This will help prevent clogging of the pores, sensitivity and dehydration. Even if you do not wear makeup, dirt and bacteria still need to be removed. 

2. Treatment products can penetrate into the skin

Our skin cells are regenerating fastest while we sleep which is why we treat our skin with all of the highly potent ingredients at night.  Cleanse the skin and then apply products to target which ever area of concern you may have.

3. Avoid breakouts

This is common sense people, but if you do not wash your skin, bacteria will spread and you can get acne breakouts. Period. Include washing, treating and moisturizing your face and neck into your routine just like brushing your teeth.

Any questions?