All Facials Are Not Created Equal!

When you go to a salon to get a facial, are you overwhelmed by all of the different options available? I am!! And I have learned a thing or two along the way. Read on and learn how to choose the best facial for your skin care goals. 

There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of different kinds of facials to choose from. Start by asking yourself, "What do I want for my skin?" Maybe you want to reduce dark circles, help redness, acne, or age lines, rejuvenate or prevent signs of aging. For overall experience, I have always realized the best results by asking for referrals from other spa-savvy friends of mine. Once you land on a spa or private esthetician, you should feel free and comfortable communicating your skin needs and goals with them. It never hurts to do a little research of your own, but don't feel bad if you still feel lost. Most estheticians work hard to be an expert in their competitive field and should be happy to help guide your decision. 

If you have an event coming up that want your skin to "glow" for, it might be better to save the microdermabrasion for another week, where you plan to watch a Homeland marathon and be mostly indoors. Any process that includes a peel, laser or abrasive element of the treatment will make your skin very sensitive to the sun. Although these treatments often have the most benefits, they also have a longer healing period. 

For a spa party situation (where you can find BrideSPA), you can have lots of fun and rejuvenate with a variety of masks, steams, skin-type specific treatments, mild scrubs and extractions to give you that "glow" you are trying to achieve without the risk of a long recovery period! 

Once you are ready for the real-deal facials, then you have truly made a decision for your skin to be a priority. It is better late than never, but more importantly, better sooner than later! Signs of aging are much easier to prevent than they are to reverse. I always recommend asking your dermatologist what kinds of lotions and potions are safest and most effective for your particular skin-type. 

For more information or to book a spa treatment, fill out our "contact" page at www.bridespa.com

How to choose the best hairdo for your wedding!

If you are reading this, then you have either exhausted yourself looking at countless hairdo options for your wedding day, or you're just getting started. Allow BrideSPA to offer some helpful tips when deciding on the do for you.

Wait until you have said yes to a dress. If you haven't chosen a dress yet, then put a pin in your hair ....pun intended :) Once you have found a dress, think of some words that would best describe your dress and the theme of your wedding (ex: classic, vintage, fresh, couture, Hollywood). These adjectives will help you and your stylist hone in on some fitting ideas.

Don't be a daredevil. Just like trying a new recipe for the first time at Thanksgiving, its not a good idea to try a new hair style out on the day of your wedding.  Seems obvious, but it is usually overlooked. Do a trial run.  Be sure you try on any head pieces or veils to see how it will look and just as important, how it feels! You may have to "break in" your head wear so you don't get a headache on your big day. 

Extensions? If you want to have your hair down- even if you have long hair already, extensions are a great way to obtain some body and hold your do throughout the day and night! Listen up to this...Please, PLEASE- for YOUR best interest, make sure that your extensions and your hair match!! Buy extensions that are human hair so they can be dyed, curled, or straightened. Your stylist should feel comfortable working extensions into your hair, achieving a natural look.

Be Yourself. Choose a do that reflects your personality, and then take it up 20%! You are the center of attention. You are wearing a dress thats bigger (theoretically and possibly physically) that any one else and your make-up will be more glamorous than any other day. This is why we say, "bring it up about 20%." 

"Luck is preparation meeting opportunity"....You do the preparation, BrideSPA is the opportunity! 

 

Considering Eyelash Extensions? Read this first!

I'm sure you've noticed little by little, more and more women's lashes looking full, lush and long. How are they doing this, since you don't hear anything about Latisse any more? Don't worry. It's no miracle! They are having the latest eyelash extensions. Ok, I said it! Sorry eye-lashers! I totally just outted you. So how do you know which salons are safe and which ones can make your eyelashes fall right out? Read on...

Since there are no official safety laws, governed by the state or department of health, just about any Tom, Dick or Harry can glue eyelashes onto your eyelids.....scary, right? The good news is, the legit artists that are catering to this hot trend are are working very hard to move the line to create new parameters of safety. Below are some very important questions to ask before trusting someone to apply eyelash extensions.

1. What kind of glue do you use? This question is very important!!!! If they say "hair glue," RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!! That chemistry is not meant to be anywhere hear your eyes! There are several brands of safe glue to use, the main ingredient you are looking for is cyanoacrylate. It is a medical grade glue that doctors to use to close open wounds without stitches. 

2. How do I get the longest life out of my lash extensions? One of the best things about eyelash extensions is that you don't really need to wear mascara. Of course, you may still wear it, but stay away from waterproof mascara. Removing waterproof mascara is tricky enough with natural lashes. It can be painful and you almost never get it all off on the first try. Plus, the waterproof properties make the extension adherence and removal less effective. Remove eye makeup with oil free make-up remover and finally, wash your eye area with baby shampoo.

3. What kind of training should they have? In my personal and professional opinion, anyone applying eyelash extensions should be at least able to show you that they went to cosmetology school or esthetician school. Note: no one HAS to have attended any of these kinds of schools to be applying lashes. It is just good sense that you only allow someone who HAS an accreditation (AND ABLE TO SHOW PROOF) to be a good place to start when choosing the right lash artist for you. 

BrideSPA adheres to the utmost safety measures to ensure that there is no danger to you. If you have any further questions, visit our website or call 863-546-8240. 

 

3 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Couples Massage at Home

So. you want to have a couples massage. They're, quite easily one of the best ways to reconnect with your partner in a stress- free environment. Lets talk about why a couples massage at home can be a complete game changer for you.

The first and best reason is you can feel right at home...figuratively and literally. I have had hundreds of couples massages. Some great, but most are simply too typical. Each and every time the massage draws to an end, I just want to scootch over and snuggle with my mate! When you are at a spa, there is a definite time limit to your experience. Once its over, its over. Get up, get dressed, drink your water, pay and be on your way. If its a nicer place, maybe you can relax in your robes in the "quiet area." But, then you may be tiptoeing the line of social awkwardness if you wish to ...i'll just say it... make out!    If you are at home, you have the freedom to be how you want to be! It has changed the experience for us, for good! Try it. You'll like it!

You don't have to worry about being THERE on time, fighting traffic or arguing with your mate that their directions are wrong, etc. You just have to go home....where most of us wish we were anyways!  Believe me, the price difference in the experience, minus the hassle of traveling, getting caught in traffic and being late for your massage- ultimately resulting in your massage time being cut short is completely worth it. Typically, if a massage therapist is coming to you, they don't have another scheduled right after. If THEY are late, you can be sure that you are still going to get the full time that you are paying for...In fact some home sessions often go longer than agreed upon because the therapist wants you to know that your time and enjoyment are valued.

3. You can have upgrades just like an actual spa. Body treatments are all                the craze! The are indulgent, they are affective and lets face it, they just feel great! The most common upgrades are scrubs, but if a therapist really wants to add value, they will offer wraps and mud elements as well!

These three details are tremendously temping reasons to get a couples massage at home. Maybe you're looking for a new idea for a date-nite. Imagine surprising your mate with this! It has been, in my experience, that unless your mate is a complete touch-a-phobe, you will be regarded as the best mate on the planet for arranging a home couples massage!

To book an unforgettable couples massage, go to bridespa.com or call 863-546-8240