|Posted on 3 February, 2021 at 17:00||comments (5)|
In a world of tight schedules, harmful pollution, chemically-laden products, high anxiety, and environmental toxin overload, it is impossible for our skin not to feel and show the effects of it all! Thankfully, with a little commitment, you can maintain your skin's natural beauty in the comfort of your own home! And since we are spending more time at home than normal at the moment you may want to keep reading to get some tips and simple at-home methods to reduce stress, maintain your radiant skin, and ght the signs of aging!
Cleansing your Skin
The first step in caring for your skin is to properly clean it! Perspiration, grease, dust, stale make-up, dirt, and bacteria all collect on your skin and must be completely removed. There are many different skin types; oily, dry, sensitive, prone to acne, etc and different cleansers do better with each type based on the pH and other varying factors. Cleansing helps to clean the skin, open the pores, and allows for the skin to best absorb the products you are going to apply. If you wear a good amount of make-up, you may want to use a makeup remover to get the majority of the make-up off your face prior to cleansing.
To properly cleanse, begin by wetting the face with lukewarm water. Apply the cleanser that is best for your skin type on your face and neck and gently massage it in circular, upward motions for at least ve minutes (duration also depends on the instructions provided with the cleanser you are using). Remove by using a damp wash cloth and warm water to ensure all of the residue is removed from the face.
Toning your Skin
Next, tone your skin using skin freshener (mild), skin tonic (medium strength), or an astringent lotion (strong). Toning is important because it helps remove any remaining greasiness on your skin after the cleansing process is complete. It helps to close pores, rene skin, maintain the skin's natural pH, and if you intend to us makeup, it leaves a smooth clean texture which will hold foundation and powder much longer.
Nourishing your skin
Nourishing your skin is also an essential part of any beauty routine. Dirt, dust, hot and cold weather, cosmetics, and even sunlight, all tend to dry out the skin, robbing it of moisture and oil. Consequently, making sure to cleanse your face each night before bed is essential to younger looking skin. Skin "foods" or moisturizers attempt to replenish nourishment to the skin, reviving its natural healthiness. Again, different moisturizers work well for different skin types. If your skin is more on the oily side, avoid moisturizers that contain oils and opt for one that contains glycerin instead. If you have drier skin, applying a moisturizer right after washing your face is benecial to prevent drying of the skin and to get moisturizer locked in right away. If you have neutral skin, you can usually get away with using a product that contains oil or glycerin. Just make sure to look for a product for neutral skin types.
A facial is the quickest way of cleaning, reviving, and rening faded skin, leaving the skin light, soft and glowing. A facial also does a thorough job of relaxing frazzled nerves so that you emerge not only looking younger but also feeling fresher and more relaxed! A facial once or twice each month will ensure rejuvenated and fresh skin for a long time to come!
If it is in your budget to seek out a spa or professional for your facial, find someone who uses natural products and pays attention to your skin type. However, if you do not have the time or cannot afford the luxury of regular salon treatments, you can give yourself a facial at home! Choose a time when you can be undisturbed and quiet, and get everything ready before you start so that you can relax and really enjoy it!
Follow the routine below for a quick, at-home facial:
- Tie your hair away from your face and neck, using a headband to pull any remaining hair away from your forehead.
- Begin by removing your makeup either using makeup remover wipes (Im not a fan of these but if this is all you have to hand use them), coconut oil or another method to remove all residue from the face.
- Cleanse your face and neck with a good cleanser and thoroughly remove.
- The next step is a gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria allowing the skin to best absorb the other products. We love using a simple, DIY exfoliant of organic coffee grounds, hot water, and warmed organic coconut oil but you can also nd wonderful store-bought products to use.
- Prepare a face mask suited to your skin type. On a thoroughly cleansed and exfoliated face, spread a fairly thick layer avoiding the mouth area and creating large circles round the eyes. Then, lie on your back and keep the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes or until dry. There are many options for creating an amazing mask at home but the one we love the most is a simple concoction of organic coconut oil, honey and fresh avocado.
- When the mask is dry, wash your face and neck with lukewarm water, keeping your eyes closed. Dry your skin and apply your favorite toner that is best for your skin type.
- Lastly, now that the skin is thoroughly cleansed, exfoliated, and the pores are open, it is time to apply skin serum and/or moisturizer to the face. Spend some time massaging it in using upward, circular motions.
Massaging your Skin
Massaging your face is another essential practice for healthy skin and can also be really relaxing! While being an effective way to counter wrinkles, massaging is a slow process and its results are obvious only if it is practiced regularly for an extended period of time. That said, there is no doubt that massage is highly benecial for tightening facial tissues, increasing blood flow, stimulating nerves and thus, boosting collagen production.
Massage is most effective if the skin is thoroughly cleaned first . Do not forget to remove all traces of make-up, otherwise particles of dirt will end up blocking the pores of the skin. If the skin is oily, then remove oiliness by applying cleansing milk or some astringent lotion. Fresh lemon juice is also very effective in removing excess oiliness. If the skin is dry, use a good moisturizer before massaging it. Finally, apply Vitamin E cream using only enough to give sufcient greasiness to the skin so that the hands and fingers move smoothly on the face.
After having cleaned the skin, press it with light but firm fingers, putting a little pressure while applying a good moisturizer. Make sure to hold the skin rmly and apply even pressure. The massage should start from the neck upwards and end at the forehead or temples because all veins and tissues get an increased blood supply by this process. The skin around the eyes is delicate, so it is advisable to apply cream on this part without pressing it in too deeply. Cream takes 15 to 20 minutes to get absorbed by the skin, so massage should continue that long. Wipe off extra cream with a cotton wool swab soaked in water (preferably rose water).
The best time to massage the face is before going to bed.
Types Of Facial Massages
Slow Massage- This is the most common method of massage. The secret is to massage slowly while patting/vibrating the skin. Using the eshy part of your finger tips, press the skin lightly but rmly. The process starts at the base of the neck at a slow speed. The speed increases as the ngers move upwards. Stroking gives rest to the nerves and the vibration is useful in subduing pain that might be caused on sensitive areas.
Fast Massage - The front half of both the palms are used to massage at speed, taking care to make a circular motion upwards.
Pressure Massage- This is a method when slow, deep pressure is applied by the fingertips and is very effective for removing pouches beneath eyes.
Stroking Massage- Cheeks are stroked with the tips of ngers and strokes are applied from the nose to the temples on both sides.
Friction Massage- This massage requires pressure on the skin while it is being moved over the underlying bone and muscle structures. Fingers or palms are usually best for this type of massage and hard movements are usually employed on the scalp while light movements are used on the face and neck.
Piano Playing Movements- This exercise develops facial muscles and makes them firm. It should be done on the entire face, especially the cheek area, with your ngers, and the movements must be supple yet brisk.
Pinching Massage- Effective for a sagging chin or wrinkles on the jawline, the skin is held, as in pinchers, between the thumb and ngers and gently massaged.
DIY Skin Products
DIY Face Scrub
In a bowl combine 1/2 cup of Organic Brown Sugar and 1/4 cup of Organic Avocado Oil. Mix well until combined. Scoop out a Kiwi and muddle it down and then mix it in with the sugar and oil. Store the mixture in an air-tight glass jar and refridgerate for up to two weeks.
Homemade Massage Oil
Add 1/4 cup of your favorite carrier oil to a jar or container(almond oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil are all great options) Next, choose your favorite essential oil or combination of oils and add 1 tsp total to the carrier oil. Mix well and allow to stand overnight.
Melt together 2 tablespoons lanolin or beeswax, 2 tablespoons almond oil and 1 tablespoon apricot oil. Then add 3 tablespoonslemon juice or lemon essential oil. Apricots are very rich in vitamin A and this mixture is great for helping to reduce wrinkles!
Mix together the following ingredients: 1/4 cup of shea butter, 1 tbsp coconut or almond oil, and 16 drops of your favorite essential oil (we love lavendar, rosemary, frankincense, and lemon). Mix well by hand or in a mixer and add to a clean jar.
So there you have it! By following these simple tips, and being consistent with your routines, you can easily start having brighter, healthier, and more rejuvenated looking skin in no time at all!
|Posted on 21 August, 2017 at 10:25||comments (160)|
Have you ever felt like you need a treat but don’t know what to go for? Maybe you’ve got a hot date and need some help getting ready? Perhaps you just need a break from the school holidays?
We all need some me-time every once in a while, whatever the reason. Narrowing down the choices can be a challenge, but why choose when you can have it all?
The Top To Toe Package from BodyNSoul Salon gives you a bit of everything, including a discount! Throughout August, you can enjoy an Express Facial, Swedish Back Massage and a Shellac Manicure all for just £75, saving you £17.
Alternatively, if it’s sweet feet you are looking for, then opt for the £85 package, which gives you a Full Body Massage, Manicure and Pedicure and saves you a whopping £25.
This summer, take some time out for you, and feel pampered from top to toe! Appointments will book up quickly, so call 01276 36866 for your slot now!
|Posted on 4 July, 2017 at 8:15||comments (0)|
When it comes to your skin, how much thought do you give it? When choosing your skincare, do you put a lot of thought into it or simply pick the cheapest? Do you even have a skincare regime?
It might seem like something that is unimportant, but protection and care for your skin is vital in keeping it healthy and youthful. Establishing a good skincare regime makes a big difference to how your skin looks and feels, but choosing the right skincare is the key to keeping your skin in the best possible condition.
All of the BodyNSoul beauty therapists are professionally trained in skincare and can not only treat your skin effectively but also recommend the right products to use at home. A salon favourite is the Environ range of skincare, as it effectively targets the key signs of ageing. This professional range of skincare is rich in intensive ingredients that will boost the health and appearance of the skin.
Throughout July, BodyNSoul Salon are giving you the chance to try it with their special offer of 10% off the incredible Environ AVST Moisturiser. Packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C and antioxidants, it helps to even skin tone, improve the natural moisture levels of the skin and minimise the visible signs of ageing and sun damage.
To give it a try, pop into the salon or call 01276 36866.
|Posted on 3 May, 2017 at 6:15||comments (0)|
Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot
For many people the summer means a time to switch off and unwind, but some will need a little extra help with this, and your business could be the answer.
Traditionally beauty salons were developed to make their clients look prettier, but these days, treating the inside is as important as treating the outside. Relaxation treatments are now a vital part of any treatment menu as an increasingly stressed out society look for ways to relax.
A Hot Stone Massage is one of the most indulgent and wonderful ways to achieve this, and more and more members of the general public recognise what it is and are actively looking for it. It is very much a specialist treatment that combines holistic techniques with a unique form of massage to offer relief for every client, so it is imperative that you a professionally trained before attempting to offer this treatment.
BodyNsoul Training Centre are currently offering a 10% discount on their VTCT Hot Stone Course, making this a great way to learn a terrific new skill that will elevate your treatment menu to new heights.
The course takes place over one day or two evenings and you will already need to hold a Body Massage qualification. The relaxed teaching environment of the BodyNsoul Training Centre is the ideal place to learn all the techniques of a Hot Stone Massage as well as the basic essentials such as hygiene and health and safety.
Your experienced tutor will take you through everything you need to know and will be on hand to offer support and guidance throughout. To book your Hot Stone course with BodyNsoul Training Centre, call 01276 36866 or visit www.bodynsoultrainingcentre.co.uk.
|Posted on 3 May, 2017 at 4:45||comments (0)|
I Want To Be A Billionaire
We have all had dreams of being a billionaire; the cars, the mansion, the handbags! To be a billionaire, they say you need to think like a billionaire, but first you need to look like one!
The first step in that direction is the amazing Billion Dollar Brows treatment, which will frame your face and make anyone believe that you should be part of the jet set.
Billion Dollar Brows are not just another waxing or plucking service. Instead they combine a range of specialist techniques to create a unique brow specifically suited to your face. The brow experts at bodyNsoul are trained to design the perfect shape for your face, and use different methods of hair removal including cutting and waxing to make them perfect.
Once the eyebrows have the perfect shape, they need the perfect shape. The range of brow pencils and tints in the Billion Dollar treatment mean there is something to suit everyone. Your brow stylist will ensure that by the time you leave, your brows are even, natural and simply stunning.
A good eyebrow can really lift the whole face, so whether you want to be the height of fashion, ten years younger or just a billionaire, we can help.
For more information about anything on offer from bodyNsoul salon, call 01276 36866 or visit www.bodynsoul.co.uk.
|Posted on 3 May, 2017 at 4:35||comments (0)|
Sizzle This Summer
Is that bikini in the wardrobe filling you with dread? Do your flip flops recoil in horror at your feet? Are sweat-induced panda eyes keeping you up at night? It must mean summer is coming!
Summer should be fun, but many of us need to put in a lot of hard work first to feel beautiful and confident. You might fear baring pasty white legs, or showing cracked, unloved feet in those summer sandals. Whilst a beauty salon can fix all of this, the hassle of arranging a selection of different appointments can be more trouble than it’s worth.
That is why BodyNSoul have come to the rescue with their sizzling summer package. It includes everything you need to get summer ready, all in one nice, neat package. You can enjoy a Shellac manicure and pedicure, spray tan (or 30 minute sunbed session) and a lash tint, and the best bit is that you save £21.50 in the process!
You can enjoy this for just £85, and gives you everything you need to stun this summer. Feel body confident on the beach this year, but hurry, this offer won’t last long. Call us now on 01276 36866 to book your package.
|Posted on 13 February, 2017 at 5:45||comments (0)|
Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show your love for someone special, and how better to do it than with a pampering treat?
Here at bodyNsoul we have a range of Valentine’s Packages available, so you can spoil a loved one no matter what their preferences or your budget.
The packages range from £35 to £65 and each one includes at least one treatment as well as yummy treat of prosecco, chocolates or even hot chocolate. You indulge your other half with one of the packages, or splash out the Lovers Package for you to enjoy together.
The treatments on offer include a Relaxing Back Massage and Chocolate Pedicure to ensure a special feeling of being pampered.
All of the staff at bodyNsoul are expertly trained to ensure every experience is luxurious and wonderful in every way.
To book a terrific bodyNsoul Valentine’s Package simply call 01276 36866.
|Posted on 8 December, 2016 at 7:40||comments (0)|
Perfect Party Pampering
Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst Santa takes care of the presents, you need to start thinking about taking care of you! At bodyNsoul we have something for every Christmas party beauty desire!
To make sure your skin is glowing with health and vitality then you need one of our incredible facils. Our Environ facials offer vitamins or collagen – whatever your skin is lacking. The Hydraboost facial plumps and firms whilst the Purifying facial assists with acne, scarring and deep skin congestion. The bodyNsoul Aromatherapy facial is tailored to your skin and offers a gentle, aromatic and luxurious treatment. For those struggling to find time in amongst the Christmas madness then the bodyNsoul Express facial achieve maximum results in the minimum amount of time.
For those who want the added benefits of technology our Caci range of treatments offer rejuvenating anti-ageing which is tailored to your individual skin needs.
Nails are the ultimate party accessory that goes with any outfit, and with our choice of the best brands you can enjoy a nail treatment that suits you. Our CND manicures include a facial for the hands as well as a choice of a vast range of colours. The Shellac Gel polish gives you a longer lasting look that will see you through the whole of the festive season. For up to two weeks of chip-free polish then the Shellac Gel Polish will be perfect. If you are someone who likes a bit of bling then you need our incredible Swarovski Pedicure! With approximately 300 Swarovski crystals applied to your toes then you are sure to dazzle wherever you are!
If fitting in to that little black dress fills you with dread then book in for an incredible Shrinking Violet Body Wrap. This pain-free, non-invasive treatment helps to whittle that waistline and shrink those inches in just a single treatment.
Just because it’s Christmas, it doesn’t mean you can’t glow. Our Sienna X spray tan gives you flawless colour in just 10 minutes and will leave you looking healthy and bronzed.
For the ultimate treat, then get together with your girlfriends for our amazing Pamper Party. Simply get together with the girls and we will do the rest! We incorporate our fabulous pampering treatments including massages, facials , manicures and pedicures, so you look perfect Christmas whilst having fun with your friends.
Our Christmas appointments are booking up fast, so get in touch now to get your slot! You can call us on 01276 36866 or email [email protected]