Our Skin in the Winter Months

As we enter the winter months and the heat is turned on we can instantly feel the difference in our skin. You may notice it feels  dry and tight. With the change of temperature we need to change up our skin care as well. We need to help our skin hold in its water content. Some ways to help with this is when you shower,  lightly pat dry your face or body and immediately apply your moisturizer which helps seal in the water. Also, a richer more hydrating moisturizer may be in order. Using a light serum for hydrating in the summer months may not be enough in the winter months. Upgrading to a richer moisturizer through the winter will help keep your skin looking hydrated and dewy. See you skincare professional for a consultation.

Fall Season: Don’t Skip Your Pedicures!

Why you should continue your regular pedicures outside of sandal season:
When boot season comes back around it’s no secret some skimp on their regular pedicures. Pedicures have long been regarded as a spring and summer staple; but during the cooler months, nails can become brittle and dry which leads to splitting, breaking and often pain or discomfort. It is so important to continue the regimen for just the health benefits of pedicures during this time. Ingrown toenails typically need more attention during fall and winter as more closed toe shoes are worn. Not to mention just the massaging your feet and lower legs loosens your muscles, increases circulation and helps with joint performance – often adversely affected in cold weather.
Enjoy a great fall pedicure with our Perfect Pumpkin Spiced Pedicure
This yummy pumpkin pedicure starts off with a real, organic, pumpkin mask. Pumpkin contains natural antioxidants Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin. It is then followed by a brown sugar and almond oil scrub and finished with an amazing apple pie massage! Enjoy your pedicure while sipping warm apple cider, pumpkin spice coffee, or hot scarlet wine punch. A special treat will also be served.
Feature pedicure for October!

The Benefits of Pumpkin and Your Skin

Fall is officially here, which means it’s time to indulge in everything pumpkin. Good thing this signature fall vegetable is packed with vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, vitamin C, E and beta-carotene—just to name a few. Among its numerous health benefits, pumpkin also helps promote glowing skin and healthy hair.

If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin and hair, then applying pumpkin treatments or adding it to your diet can help.

Vitamin C: Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin C, which helps protect skin from free radical damage, such as wrinkles and even skin cancer. Eating vitamin C rich foods also helps promote collagen production, which over time can improve skin tone and elasticity.

Carotenoids: Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and other carotenoids are the protective antioxidants that help to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture.

Pumpkins are also rich in copper and zinc, which play a big part in healthy skin and hair. Zinc helps protect cell membranes, maintain collagen, fight acne, and promotes skin renewal. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and easy to add into your diet. Try sprinkling them in soups, salads, or adding them to yogurt and oatmeal.

With all the guilty pleasures of indulging in the pumpkin craze this fall you now know you can indulge in a beneficial pumpkin facial or foot treatment guilt free!

So you want to try lash extensions?

Lash extensions are all the craze, who has time for mascara and applying falsies everyday? Individual lash extensions cut out the hassle. They give you either a natural or dramatic look depending on your preference for up to two to three weeks. There are a few different types of lash extensions, synthetic, silk, and mink. All are applied to each individual natural lash depending on what look you are trying to achieve. There are also a few different types of glues depending on your sensitivity. A sensitivity test can be done to rule out any allergies to glue. All hair on our bodies go through three growth stages, which is why it is important to go to a certified lash technician because they know where and which ones to apply, and proper products and procedures; causing no damage to your eyelashes!

“My pores are so huge!”

Have you ever studied your skin in a mirror and notice every pore and wrinkle that are emerging on a weekly basis? We’ve all been there. We over analyzing every line, spot or acne scar. One of my biggest complaints I hear during a facial consultation is how women hate their large pores. Can we shrink pores? No, but we can minimize the appearance of them. The pore opens up wider as our skin loses elastin. Elastin is broken down by free radical damage due to external factors such as sun and chemicals. Internal factors are our diet, genetics and smoking. Some simple ways to reduce the pore size is to exfoliate and add a retinol to your regimen. If you can exfoliate with a glycolic or enzyme mask once a week it keeps the dead skin cell layer sloughing off to reveal smoother, softer skin. The retinol stimulates collagen which help with the tone. The more you are consistent in exfoliation and using cosmeceutical grade products the quicker you renew healthy skin cells. Those healthy cells replace the dead skin cell layer. The quicker the cells turn over the more youthful qualities your skin will begin to reveal. Remember, people are not looking at you through a 10 times magnification mirror. They are looking at you about three feet away. All the details of your aging skin are for your eyes only. Be consistent with your products, slow and steady wins the race. Your best measure is seeing your friends who don’t take care of their skin compared to you who is, you will be thankful you started sooner rather than later.

Waxing… down under FAQ

Bathing suit season is upon us and  you may be wondering if you need to step up your grooming game in your more sensitive areas. Along with underarm and leg waxing, a bikini wax or Brazilian wax will allow you to feel confidently hair free this summer.

So here are some of our most frequently asked questions when it comes to waxing below the belt:

  1. What is the difference between a Bikini Wax, a Full Bikini Wax and a Brazilian Wax?
    Removes the hair just to the pantie line. Imagine you are wearing a classic pair of underwear, a Bikini wax would remove the hair that comes outside of your panty line. This does not include any hair from the inner thigh area.

    Full Bikini
    Removes the hair just inside the panty line and inner thigh area. This would remove the same as a Bikini wax, plus about one inch just inside the pantie line, plus hair coming out from the inner thigh to pantie line.

    Anything more than a Full Bikini. Can include all hair being removed. A Brazilian wax does not necessarily mean that all the hair is removed, although you can go for it all. This allows the client to customize the amount of hair they want left. 
  2. How long will my wax last? What is the maintenance like?
    There are three stages of hair growth, so each time you get a waxing service you are never removing ALL the hair from that area. Meaning there are some hairs that are under the surface waiting to make their appearance, plus the hair that is already out and ready to be waxed. Once you have received 3-4 waxing services about 3 weeks apart you should, theoretically, have waxed all of the hair. After that, your waxes will last longer, closer to 4-6 weeks.
  3. Will it hurt?
    Pain for waxing services can vary person to person. Again, though, the more often you get waxing done, the less hair that needs to be removed and thus it will hurt less. If you are concerned about pain, or know that these services are painful for you to receive, you can take a pain reliever such as Tylenol before your service.
  4. What do I or don’t I wear to my appointment?
    For a bikini wax or a full bikini wax you can wear your own underwear for the appointment, preferably a thong type, or we can provide a disposable pair of underwear. Some clients like to wear the same pair from home for their waxes since sometimes wax residue can be left on the fabric.
    For a Brazilian wax, your Esthetician will give you a towel to cover up with and will ask you to remove your bottoms completely.

If you have more questions about any of our waxing services you can schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Estheticians.

Taking time for you….

There is never enough time in the day. Between taking the kids to school, going to work, picking up the kids, then heading to their nightly sports activity, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. When will and how you ever just take time for you?

First, you need to plan time for you. Schedule it just like you do anything else and commit to it. Then be held accountable, just like having a gym partner, making time for your self with a friend will hold you more accountable to follow through. Make plans with the best friend you haven’t see in weeks or catch up with a group of friends.

So once you have committed to making time for yourself, what are you going to do with this time? To make the most of your relaxation and time away from your hectic day to day, we suggest a spa treatment or a whole spa day.

Once you enter Body Bliss Salon & Spa you will instantly relax. We offer a peace full environment will soothing music and an overall pleasing atmosphere. We are a full service salon and spa offering: massage, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair services.

Getting a massage or a facial is a great way to unwind. Massage has been proven to help relive stress, decrease feelings of anxiety and depression and lower blood pressure.

“A massage helps you shift your thoughts away from everyday worries and allows your body and mind to relax. Massage also helps you feel that you’re in control over your health and plays an active role in managing chronic illnesses.” –Livestrong.com

As for your face. Your face will show all sign of stress, from dark circles under your eyes to fine lines and wrinkles or even a break out, your face reveals it all. Treat your skin to a relaxing facial, which in addition to the great benefits of our skin care line, you will enjoy a neck, shoulder and arm massage and leave with a fresh glow.

Other services such as manicure, pedicures and hair services are also great ways to relax and you get the added benefit of changing up your look.

Our manicures and pedicures are performed in private, relaxing rooms. Our Ultimate Manicure and Pedicure will offer the most pampering including a foot and leg massage, callus and hydrating treatments, sea-salt scrub and detoxifying mask. Plus the added bonus of freshly painted fingers and toes which will serve as proof that you made time for yourself.

Getting a fresh cut and color is the greatest way to change up your look. All cut and color services start with a thorough consultation and include a shampoo with head massage. You will leave the salon feeling like a new person!

Come and schedule time for yourself at Body Bliss Salon & Spa.

Preparing for your Norvell Spray Tan

At Body Bliss Salon & Spa we use Norvell Airbrush Spray Tan.
Why  we choose Norvell:
• Natural color results for any skin type.
Norvell formulations offer a beautiful instant bronze with a smooth transition to a natural looking DHA tan. Results are natural across a broad spectrum of skin shades and tones.
• Not just a tan, it’s a healthy skin treatment too!
Skin firming formula builds and restores the skins’ matrix reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Norvell’s highly concentrated antioxidant blend aids in the reversal of daily skin damage.
• Guaranteed fast drying, non-sticky, streak-free formula
• No “orange” color development & DHA negative odor control
• Lasting results
Our clients can expect 5-7 days of gorgeous “just off the beach” color with proper maintenance. Even fading makes for complete customer satisfaction.
Preparing for your Spray Tan:
  • Do exfoliate 24 hours before
  • Don’t apply any moisturizer, deodorant, perfume or other beauty products before your tanning appointment.
  • Do shave or wax the evening before or right before your appointment
  • Do wear loose clothing and flip flops
  • Wear an old bathing suit and/or undergarments that you are okay with messing up. We also offer disposable underwear and bras if needed.
  • Do use a tan extender to reduce patchiness and extend the life of your tan. We do offer the Norvell pre and post maintenance products for purchase.
  • Norvell is a custom spray tan which means that a spray tan technician sprays you, not a machine. You can choose to wear your under garments, bathing suite or nothing at all during your session.

Call us at 919.435.7373 to schedule your spray tan experience or book your appointment online.

Spray Tanning: A Safer Alternative To Have That Healthy Summer Glow

We all love the way we look and feel with a little color. Our teeth look whiter and our clothes look better with that little bit of golden color to our skin. However, the damage we do to ourselves to achieve this look can hurt us over time. Skin cancer is on the rise and the wrinkles and sun spots caused from UV light can be depressing. The good news is there is a safer alternative.

There are many types of sunless tanning. There are the lotions or toilettes that you can buy over the counter that you apply yourself. There are spray tanning booths that spray a mist all over you in a capsule, and then there are custom spray tans. This is when an operator will carefully spray you evenly for the most accurate of applications. Regardless of how it is applied, it is a safer alternative to tanning beds and hours in the sun trying to get that summer glow.

At Body Bliss Salon & Spa we offer the custom spray tan in a medium or dark color. At your appointment you will stand in a shower, wearing disposable panties and a bandeau or whatever you choose. The operator will spray you evenly with the product. You will dry with a fan then be on your way. You can’t shower until the next day when you will see the marker color wash away and your golden glow will be revealed. A spray tan will last longer if you apply the recommended enhancer as a body lotion. You can expect a good three days with your tan or even longer if you are not swimming. The best way to see if you like a custom spray tan is for you is to try one. It is the safest alternative to sunless tanning with remarkable results.

What is all the buzz about Essential Oils?

Everyone is talking about essential oils. Essential oils are used either aromatically, topically or internally. They are being used as an alternative to many other methods to improve focus, anxiety, congestion and skin ailments to name a few. If you are looking for an essential oil make sure you find a pure form. I decided to look into them as an alternative to help with focus, immunity defense against colds and flu and for calming anxiety. The best way for an oil to absorb is through a diffuser, inhaling a few drops on your fingertips and a drop or two on the bottom of your feet. Depending on the reason for treatment, you may need to reapply morning and night.

You are able to choose different oils for different outcomes. For calming and relaxing qualities try lavender or frankincense. To support immune function there is chamomile and cinnamon bark.

To protect against environmental and seasonal threats diffuse orange or melaluca to help clear the air in your home. For grounding your emotions Vetiver and Cedarwood help calm and focus . To help with respiratory function and clearer breathing Peppermint and Cardamom. These are just to name a few. Some are sold in a blended form so you would get three or four oils in one bottle for a specific benefit. I’m in love with how they smell and how calming they are. Once you get used to the diffused oils in your home you may never go back!