28th August 2013
Benefits of a Facial
A professional facial is way more than a luxury – it’s hygiene & exercise for the skin. Facials offer you the opportunity to work with a skincare specialist who will analyze your skin, help you improve your complexion & show you how to have proper homecare for your skin. A facial provides a deep cleansing, deeper than the cleansing you will get at home.
A facial includes deep cleansing, as well as exfoliation, which helps unclog your pores along with extracting (if necessary) to help rid skin of any blemishes. Your skin professional will help soften the skin with steaming moist towels, enzymes or other exfoliants particular to your skin’s needs. Your Aesthetician may choose a specific masque to detoxify, calm, energize, tone, lift or hydrate your skin.
A facial helps increase circulation & stimulate the skin. It can help slow down premature aging by custom- targeting your skincare. Facials are great preventative treatments to help you beat wrinkles before they occur. Keeping your skin hydrated will help keep the
skin moist and stop dehydration and more wrinkling.
A professional facial is recommended every 4-6 weeks, though can be given on a weekly basis – especially if you are experiencing unusual time of stress or menopause. During these times your skin can be unpredictable and experience breakouts.
To prolong the results of your facial, it is recommended that you are diligent with your homecare program, like cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and protecting. Never skip on sun protection!
When received regularly, a facial massage can result in noticeable improvements to skin tone, texture & appearance. A proper facial massage can also restore the skin’s normal balance of oil and pH. Additionally, temporary results may include heightened skin softness & pliancy, increased circulation of blood to the face & an overall soothing of the spirit. As an added bonus, most people find receiving a professional facial to be exceptionally relaxing.
20th August 2013
What is a muscle knot?
Our muscles are made up of strands of fibres, and these fibres are made up of threads of proteins called sacomeres. Sarcomeres are the smallest unit of skeletal muscle cells, a single muscle cell contains about 100 000 sarcomeres, (a muscle cell is smaller than the diameter of a strand of hair). The sarcomeres are responsible for the movement of muscle contraction. However the problem begins when they contract and then instead of relaxing they stay contracted. Not much is known about why this may happen, but some possible causes are injury, stress, emotional and physical fatigue, poor postural habits or working positions. Perhaps it is just that the balance of the body has been disrupted for some reason and this is one way the body lets you know it needs some attention.
When these sacromere contract the fibres won’t loosen, and it is for the likening of this to a tangled piece of rope that we call it a knot. When the fibres tighten the blood flow is restricted, and nutrients and oxygen have a tough time getting out. This lack of lubrication causes the muscles to become dry and the fibres to become even more entangled, imagine a tangled piece of rope, knotted when in the sea, and then left out in the sun, it dries and is ingrained with salt. This further irritates the sensory nerve endings, which increases the contraction and so perpetuates this cycle.
Back or full body massages will break the cycle and through pressure starts to separate the fibres and untangle the knot, thus allowing fluids to move in and waste to move out. Increasing the circulation increases the oxygen and nutrients to the muscle and helps with the untangling process, additionally the sacromeres are manually stretched and encouraged to stop contracting.
Environ products and facials are based on Vitamins and antioxidants, and when these ingredients are combined, they help to heal, repair and protect against free radical and UV damage. Vitamin A being one of the key ingredients having a corrective affect on the skin and of course anti-ageing, the word we most love to hear and believe in.
Vitamin A, C and E also helps to stimulate the natural production of elastin and collagen, something that unfortunately depletes as we age. Environ is all about results and is more cosmeceutical as opposed to cosmetic, penetrating through the layers of the skin rather than just sitting on the surface. There are many ranges in Environ, all designed for different and specific skin types allowing each individual a bespoke regime. With our conscientious help, you will see a new, improved and youthful you for the future! If you would like to know how Environ can be benefit your skin, pop into the salon or give us a call.
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