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Known for its purity, versatility and mineral content, Himalayan crystal salt offers overall wellness for the body. As it can be heated or frozen, it is great for aches and pains.
Mined from the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan, 100% pure pink Himalayan salt contains naturally occurring minerals and salts. It is certified organic, antimicrobial and antibacterial.
A few ways Himalayan salt benefits the body:
- Stimulates circulation
- Relaxes the body
- Exfoliates the skin
- Soothes sore muscles
- Removes toxins from the body
- Reduces inflammation
- And there are many more benefits to reap from the salt stones!
Three of my favorite ways to use the salt stones:
For massage: Holding more tension in your body than you would like? Schedule a massage treatment and add stones to the neck, back and shoulder area OR get a full body stone massage with the Himalayan salt stones.
As a deodorant: A natural alternative to traditional deodorants and antiperspirants, Himalayan salt provides a protective barrier against odor-causing bacteria.
For warming or cooling sensations: These stones are versatile in their ability to be heated or cooled. Warm stones soothe the body, while cooled stones provide relief for aches and pains.
We’ve all heard about all the fat-reduction treatments that are available and wondered if they work. Well, I can personally answer that question for at least one of those treatment options!
CoolSculpting is our choice for getting rid of those stubborn areas, and it’s very simple and noninvasive. It involves sitting in a comfy chair for a little bit of time while 1-2 applicators are applied to the area(s) you choose. You feel a cooling sensation for 20-40 minutes, and then there is a 2 minute massage to the treatment area. That’s it! Super simple. I literally sat there and watched Netflix.
Just to go a little deeper into this process, what’s happening here is the device is freezing those fat cells. The massage brings heat back to the treated area. There’s a little discomfort, no pain. It’s just like when you make snowmen, and you come back inside and your hands are FREEZING, and they kind of tingle when they start to warm back up. And just like that, then your lymph system starts the process of detoxing those dead fat cells out of your body! Using our infrared sauna can help this process, along with dry brushing, which stimulates the lymph system.
A few additional details to know:
- Having the possibility of 2 applicators being used at the same time is SPECIAL. A lot of facilities only have one machine, meaning to do each flank would take at least two applications. Here we can dual sculpt, which cuts your time in half! We lead busy lives – who doesn’t want to save time?!
- Also, as is true with most realistic treatments that actually work, results are not immediate. You’ll be numb in that area for awhile (my specific scenario was 2-3 weeks of numbness). Around the 3rd week is when a lot of people start to see change.
- This isn’t a numbers treatment – don’t look to be losing 50 pounds or anything – my weight only fluctuated by maybe a few pounds? The fit of my clothing is where I saw the biggest change, which is what I wanted!
- Most people need 2 rounds of treatment. Full results come 3 months after the 2nd round is completed.
- Pricing is totally customized – all bodies are different! We all need and want different things.
- Genesis offers free consultations for this treatment! Come make a plan to look and feel your best.
Summer is usually the season of vacationing, whether it be fun family road trips or romantic tropical getaways. This year has been a bit different, especially when it comes to our travel plans. I was looking forward to a family vacation to Cancun that had to be postponed. Even though we might not be able to travel to far off destinations, we can still look on the bright side because Missouri has a lot to offer when it comes to wonderful staycations!
If you’re looking for a small day trip, Hermann is only an hour drive from Jefferson City and has so much to offer during the summer months. Hermann is well known for its wineries, but it is also host to many outdoor live music festivities. Hermann's Wine and Jazz Fest features artists from all over Missouri. Local vendors set up for food and drinks in the outdoor amphitheater with plenty of space to be socially distant while relaxing with the family and listening to fun music.
Hermann's downtown area is full of beautiful stores, perfect for window shopping while taking a stroll around the town square. Make sure to stop off at Ricky’s Chocolate Box, Hermann’s delicious candy store, for some sweet treats for the ride home.
Staycation-ing in Missouri can also mean getting out into nature and away from the hustle and bustle. Echo Bluff State Park is located in Eminence and is one of my favorite places. The park sits right along the Current River which is part of the historic Osage Waterways. Echo Bluff offers amenities for any type of camper. From tent camping sites to beautiful cabins and lodges, anyone can create a little home away from home here. Around the park you will find playgrounds, river access for kayaking, swimming or fishing, gorgeous trails for hiking or biking, and even a restaurant in case you're too tired from all your daily activities to cook. Echo Bluff is really a place where you are able to take in all the beauty Missouri has to offer.
Maybe life has got you a little too busy right now for a day or weekend trip. Genesis can help with that! From June to July we are offering our very own Staycation Spa Package. This four hour experience includes a Himalayan Salt Glow Body Treatment, Hot Stone Massage, and our Signature Manicure and Pedicure. All of these services are infused with our Laminaria oil to create the most luxurious experience possible. With all the added stress that the past few months has brought, this treatment was designed for ultimate relaxation. We might not be able to bring you to the beach, but we will do our best to have you so relaxed and refreshed that you feel like you just went on that tropical vacation.
However you decide to spend your summer, I hope that you take time for the small things and look for the fun in the unexpected and the unplanned. Hope to see you soon!
We all know that protecting our skin from the sun is a very important part of skin health, but did you know that we also have to protect the “barrier” of our skin as well? Whenever I think of skin barrier, I think of a time in my life that I was completely addicted to Carmex for my lips. The entire purpose of Carmex is to exfoliate the barrier of our lips and offer a little bit of hydration. With continued use you are constantly stripping the barrier of your lips by over-exfoliating, leaving you feeling that you cannot go a day or a minute without your Carmex, which is the culprit not the answer.
More recently I look to my hands. Going back into work at the Medspa this week means constant hand washing and use of hand sanitizer. The top of my hands feel like alligator skin because I have stripped the barrier. They need more than moisture to recover from this.
Many clients come in with a compromised skin barrier. The common things that they tell me are that their skin is super dry and sensitive and they can't find anything that will soothe and make it feel hydrated. They have tried endless thick heavy products and nothing seems to sink in. Well, when you have a compromised skin barrier, nothing will quench the dryness without gently removing the dull dead layer of skin that lives on top. So really, the thought behind the Carmex is spot on... in moderation.
Our skin's barrier is made up of keratinocytes, which are the little bricks that form the protective wall on the surface of our skin. Each little brick holds the skin together and prevents our skin from losing water (transepidermal water loss), which plays a huge role in our skin’s hydration and healthy function. The bricks also prevent “bad” things or aggressors from entering our skin. When our “brick wall” is healthy, our skin appears supple, healthy and youthful. Over time the keratinocytes can become unhealthy; sun, chemicals, pollution, aging and so many other reasons contribute to the build up of keratin. Picture your brick wall cracking, and you keep adding more bricks and mortar but never fixing the underlying issue. This causes your skin to feel rough, red and unhealthy, showing more lines and wrinkles.
The fine line or balance that comes with getting a healthy skin barrier is that some mild exfoliation is needed. One of the best gentle options for exfoliation comes from acids. Alpha hydroxy acids, like lactic or glycolic, gently “eat” away the buildup of keratin while hydrating and soothing. Beta hydroxy acids, like salicylic acid, will encourage the sloughing off of the keratin buildup. This in combination with a gentle physical exfoliation, like a granular scrub, allows your skin to accept hydration and to rebuild its natural barrier function.
For the face, the SkinMedica AHA/BHA cleanser and cream are the perfect combo to remove that layer of dead dry skin.
After you have prepared your skin and removed some of the keratin buildup, it is very important to look for products with ingredients like niacinamides and antioxidants. These will encourage the stimulation of healthy cells as well as restoring the protective barrier.
Pep Up is my absolute favorite for antioxidant protection and its ability to recharge and repair the skin and its barrier.
Redness Relief is my go-to for anyone with redness in their skin along with a compromised barrier. It has an ingredient called niacinamide, or vitamin B3, that keeps your lipid barrier healthy, in turn helping your skin to retain its own moisture while reducing inflammation and redness.
For very compromised or post-procedure skin, TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream is an absolute must for restoring the skin's lipid barrier.
All of Colorescience’s Total Protection products will assist in protecting from the sun and the environment, and maintaining the skin's natural barrier. Even Up and All Calm are the final step in your complete barrier protection for your face. They are actually corrective treatment products that also serve as makeup primers and SPF. The entire line of Colorescience is made to correct, protect, and make the skin instantly beautiful.
We have so many options for helping you keep or repair your skin's healthy barrier functions. Call us at 573-761-2601 to set up a virtual consult to walk you through your best options!
Products to exfoliate and repair your skin's barrier:
Moisture is one of the key aspects of our skin’s health, and one of the biggest complaints that I hear is that your skin is so dry that nothing seems to help. One of the questions that immediately comes to my mind is: is your skin oil dry or water dry/dehydrated? There is a big difference and some of the time the answer is both.
True dry skin is lacking moisture or our natural oils, usually from over-stripping with a harsh cleanser or living in a climate where the air is very dry. Oil dry skin is very vulnerable to becoming irritated and very sensitive to anything that you apply to it. It commonly looks red and feels rough.
Currently I think of my hands when I think of dry skin. The constant use of antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer has left them beyond dry. A few key ingredients to restore moisture are ceramides, essential fatty acids, and other active ingredients that will restore the lipid barrier. Dermal Repair and Pep UP are wonderful for restoring moisture for dry skin.
Dehydrated, or water-lacking skin, can still appear smooth but lines and wrinkles appear more prominent. Think of a grape and a raisin: the raisin is just the grape without all its water. Humectants are products that draw water into the skin, and hyaluronic acid is our go-to for dehydrated skin. HA5 is a product that will deliver instant hydration along with supporting the skin's natural ability to retain moisture, changing your skin back to a plump healthy grape. For some clients that tend to have more oily skin this is enough moisture for daily use, and for everyone else this applied with a little water prior to your moisturizer is a game changer.
Protection is always key in dealing with either dry or dehydrated skin. Colorescience’s EnviroScreen technology uses patented active ingredients, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, that create a barrier preventing free radical formation and oxidative stress, blocking UVA/UVB and blue light damage. All of this, while hydrating and moisturizing at the same time. Total Protection Face and Body Shield SPF 50 are my go-tos to maintain moisture and protect.
Let us help you decide if your skin is dry or dehydrated. We would love to see you for a virtual consult.
Dry Skin Package
Avene Oil Cleanser
Total Face Shield SPF 50
Dehydrated Skin Package
Total Face Shield SPF 50
With all this extra time at home, spring cleaning our houses may have taken on a whole new meaning... clean, organized and decluttered is how our homes will come out of this quarantine time. My time was spent helping our oldest daughter remodel her first home. It is amazing what can be done in three weeks, and I am always amazed at the things that my husband can accomplish. I have painted walls, doors and trim, and helped install a floating floor. Different days than my job at the medspa, but so gratifying to see it all come together. I hope that you are enjoying projects and time spent with your family as well.
A little slower pace and time for self-reflection gives us a more meaningful time for body spring cleaning. The winter months leave our skin dry and rough, especially our feet – I have heard countless people say how badly they need a pedicure. Baby Foot foot peel is a fantastic way to remove all the dead layers, uncovering healthy soft feet. Yes, for now you may have to polish your toes at home, but if you are open to the thought, remove your polish and let your nails “breathe”, taking a little polish break. What better time than quarantine time??
Olive oil and sea salt or sugar, with the addition of your favorite essential oil, can make a great at home skin polish. Applied to dry skin, this makes a gommage or a more aggressive exfoliation; the addition of water will break down the scrub and when rinsed off the olive oil gives a nice amount of hydration.
Supracor's Stimulite Bath Mitt is another great way to exfoliate your body at home – it cleans, exfoliates and massages your skin. It needs just a touch of soap to create a foamy lather. Or you can also use it dry, brushing your body with upward strokes toward the heart, stimulating the lymph system and releasing the toxins that produce cellulite. Naturally antifungal and antibacterial, it can be washed/sanitized in the dishwasher, so you will never need another bath sponge that you wonder if it's time to throw away.
Take time to take care of you – take a bath, take a walk, drink your water, or find a great yoga routine that you can do at home. We all want more “time” and we finally have it, so enjoy the slow down. We are taking advantage of this time by thinking of all the ways that we can pamper you when we get to see you again! Until then, we miss your face.