Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Reduce Cellulite at home with Water Therapy and Heat

I have been thinking about how great it would be to be able to give yourself spa treamtments at home.
My motto is what you do everyday is what matters most. So while spa treamtments are wonderful, they don't do as much for wellness as your daily routines.
I have the advantage of knowing what can be done at home and just recently started packaging home spa treatments. The first of this was ElectroLast which mimics the microcurrent facials performed at spas. Now I am working on a cellulite massaging device to mimic the endermology toning treatments for cellulite. There is much that can be done without purchasing much of anything. Taking a bath each day is an under-used and under-valued water therapy that is great for overall wellness. In the colder months I indulge in a bath and put a half cup of Epsom Salts and a few drops of my favorite aromatherapy oil. Soaking for ten minutes or more gets the circulation going. Now I am working on the body wrap method that can be done at home. I just purchased an EverLast warm-up suit made to be used in saunas. Since I don't have a sauna, I am going to prepare the herbs I use for body wraps at the spa, soak 6 ace bandages for 10 minutes in the herbal solution, wrap my legs, buttocks and abdomen and enter into this loose fitted warm-up suit. I'll just lay down and meditate for a good 15 minutes and unwrap the bandages thereafter. Then I will slather on Cellaction Contour Gel and be on my way to a bathing suit ready body by February. (That's my goal in any case.) For you at home, try incorporating a warm bath at least once a week. Invest in a body brush and brush your skin from the ankles up towards the heart once a day. Massage a natural cellulite gel into your skin at night when the skin naturally heats up. And keep in touch with me, it will not be too long until I package an at home body wrap. As with any of my products, the first test is with me. Will keep you posted, pictures and all!

Monday, December 10, 2012

To Wax or Not to Wax?

Believe me when I tell you I have seen it all! I started waxing in my NYC spa in the early 1980's and had women, men, transgenders, you name it, all coming to remove hair that they didn't want. Whatever the reason may be to remove unwanted hair is not as important as whether or not there may be a better option. When it comes to waxing areas where the skin sits on a good strong bone, like the legs for instance, I am all for it. Since the skin is taught, there is not a lot of pulling on the skin and the results are usually great. For the more delicate areas, like the lip or the coochy, you have to more careful. The skin is looser in these areas and with frequent waxing can contribute to premature wrinkling. The skin around the upper lip is where most women will find their first lines.
Using hot wax, then taking a strip and pulling in the opposite direction of the hair growth is not ideal for keeping the skin toned.
The same applies for brazillian waxing. Hey, nature gave hair for a reason, it offers some protection. If you pull and pull on that oh so delicate skin, over time you will loose elasticity and wish you had your hair back! By it may be too late as when you wax often, the hair grows back finer. I have some suggestions that I think you find helpful. First off, if you have fine and light hair on your upper lip, consider trimming it. If your hair is dark, bleaching is a good option. For coarse hair, electrolysis and laser work well. Brazillian wax is great for special occasions and keep it to that. Go semi-hairless-ask for the landing strip-it leaves a small area of hair on the most delicate area of the bikini area. And if you must wax because you love the results, ask for hard wax. This type of wax is applied warm, then cools and is removed without using a strip cloth or any kind. It is easier on the skin, and causes less sensitivity.