Massage therapists typically see more of a client’s skin than the client does. That fact alone carries with it a responsibility to be educated about some common and not-so-common skin conditions. A well-trained massage therapist will know what creams or lotions might best soothe a rash or what conditions to avoid touching altogether. You could even be the sentinel who discovers and alerts a client to a potentially life-threatening illness.
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue has been the good luck wedding custom for years. Now it looks like the good luck is rubbing off on spas, since the wedding tradition increasingly includes pre-wedding spa events, complete with body wraps and scrubs for the bridal party.
Winter and all its drying effects are upon us. While your esthetician can help guide the way through this challenging season, these at-home cures can also help.
Put away your foam and soap and stock up on cream cleansers. Cleansing creams, lotions, and milks are very effective cleansers and they do not contain the typical surfactant or detergent ingredients that most cleansing gels do, which can be too harsh on your skin.
If you’re a fan of bodywork, there’s a little secret we need to let you in on—if you haven’t yet tried one, please do, because you’ll love a facial. A hydrating, cleansing, noninvasive facial is a close relative to massage and includes many of the same elements and philosophies that make massage good for you. To the massage benefits you’re already aware of, add aspects of cleansing, exfoliating, and hydrating and you’ve got the makings of a rejuvenating, healthful skin care experience.
Americans have known for nearly two decades wine isn’t just good for the soul: it’s also good for the heart. The French paradox—the seeming disconnect between French slenderness and their rich-food habits—spurred extensive studies starting in the early 1990s, concluding wine, especially red wine consumed in moderate amounts, can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But only recently have we begun to rediscover wine is also good for the skin.
Someone once said, “Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.” The signs of aging are obvious—wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin, age spots, enlarged pores, hormonal imbalances. Yet, we live in an age where skin care is at its most advanced, allowing us to prevent and treat the signs of aging like never before. First, let’s take a look at how the aging process affects our skin, and then hear from the experts about how to combat those effects.
A longtime Chinese elixir, green tea has been used historically to treat head- aches, body aches, poor digestion, and improve life expectancy. And it’s also good for skin.
Chocolate and skin care aren’t words often used together in the same sentence unless there’s a warning involved, as in: For a healthy complexion, avoid chocolate. But perhaps that premise should be questioned.
The first documented account of scleroderma was in 1754 by Dr. Carlo Curzio of Naples, Italy, who described his 17-year-old patient with the following condition: “Her complaint was an excessive tension and hardness of her skin over all her body, by which she found herself so bound and straightened she could hardly move her limbs. Nor could she fully close her eyelids or open her mouth, due to the firmness of the skin and membrane.”
Eons ago, back when evading predators and foraging for food were humankind’s main activities, stress was essential to survival. The body’s fight-or-flight response to stress in the face of danger set off a chain reaction of physiological changes, priming the body for action and increasing the likelihood of escaping physical harm.