Twas the Night before December

Twas the night before December
and all through the spa
the employees were working
to make the customers say “ah”

The retail was ready
and the services were happening
the gift certificates were available
and ready for wrapping

To start off the month
the KR team wants to know
what brings you joy during the holidays
and keeps you from getting low

So write us on Facebook
and Instagram too
what makes you happy
and you could win a whirl from us to you

We will be picking a random winner from all Facebook and Instagram entries 4 times during the month of December (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) to win a Young Living Joy Aromatherapy Bath.  All you have to do is tell us what brings you joy during the holidays.  Please direct the post or photo @kneadedreliefdayspa and hashtag #joytothewhirl

We look forward to all the positive messages coming our way.  For additional information please see our Facebook page or find us on Instagram @kneadedreliefdayspa

Happy Holidays and Joy to the Whirl

Young Living Joy Oil: Joy Essential Oil

The aroma of Joy™ invites a sense of romance, bliss, and warmth when diffused. When worn as a fragrance, it invites togetherness.

 

Ingredients
Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free), Cananga odorata† (Ylang ylang) flower oil, Pelargonium graveolens† (Geranium) flower oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Coriandrum sativum† (Coriander) seed oil, Citrus reticulata† (Tangerine) peel oil, Jasminum officinale* (Jasmine) oil, Anthemis nobilis† (Roman chamomile) flower oil, Cymbopogon martini† (Palmarosa) oil, Rosa damascena† (Rose) flower oil

†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil

*100% pure absolute

Exfoliation – Chemical & Physical

As the winter weather looms in the near future (very near future), the thought of dry, cracked skin becomes a daily concern for some of us.  Regular exfoliation can be the answer to this daily concern.  Exfoliation is a necessity for healthy skin.  Dead skin cells build up on the surface of our skin (your skin turns over every 4 weeks) giving your appearance a dull look.  Throw in winter weather, old make-up, dirt and oil and you have a combo that will only create a lackluster appearance.  To combat it, practice a simple 1-2 times per week exfoliation process.

There are two main types of exfoliation available – Chemical and Physical.  Either way will improve the appearance of your skin and maybe even shave off a few years of aging.  Who doesn’t want to look 25 again?  So what is the difference between chemical and physical exfoliation?

Chemical exfoliation uses a variety of chemicals.  Most commonly used are several types of enzymes, including fruit enzymes, alpha hydroxy acids like lactic or glycolic, and beta hydroxy acids such as salicylic acid.  Though the thought of chemical exfoliation might sound scary, it really isn’t.  Think of your skin like bricks and mortar.  Chemical exfoliators break down the mortar between the bricks which then allows the bricks (dead skin) to be whisked away.

Physical exfoliation on the other hand is a product that contains a rough material (sugar, salt, ground nuts, oats, etc.) that by being rubbed on the skin manually removes the dead skin cells.  Either option could potentially work for you and most of the time it ends up being a personal preference.  The important thing to do is to partake in the exfoliation process at least 1-2 times per week.  And this process should take place wherever you have skin, so not just the face.  I don’t know about you, but the lower half of my legs in the winter take on the appearance of an albino snake.  I did include here a before and after of my left hand.  This is a before and then after using Trillium Organic Body Polish.  You can see how much better color I have after a few minutes of exfoliation as well as a softer appearance of the skin.

Hand before Physical Exfoliation
Hand before Physical Exfoliation
Hand after Physical Exfoliation
Hand after Physical Exfoliation

Save your skin this winter and start an exfoliation process today.  It is a great habit and will only benefit you if you stick with it (even when it isn’t freezing cold outside).

Here is a list of Chemical and Physical Exfoliators that we use and recommend at Kneaded Relief.

Chemical:

  1. Bioelements Quick Refiner and Quick Refiner for Eyes
  2. Bioelements Kerafole
  3. PCA Body Therapy Lotion
  4. PCA Dry Skin Relief Bar
  5. PCA BPO 5% Cleanser
  6. Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze
  7. Tend Skin

Physical:

  1. Trillium Organic Body Polish
  2. Bioelements Pumice Peel
  3. Bioelements Measured Micrograins
  4. Bioelements Cactus Cloth
  5. Bioelements Face Brush
  6. Farmhouse Fresh Body Scrub

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and Exfoliator Extraordinaire

Should I get Naked?

Do I go Naked?
Do I go Naked?

It has happened!  You walk in for your spa appointment and the woman at the Guest Service Desk asks, “Would you care to change into a robe today?”.  You immediately think, “um, well what does that mean?.”  The Guest Service Rep then explains that you can change into a robe or change in and out of your clothes within the treatment room when the therapist has stepped out.  You end up choosing the robe and head to the locker room and then panic sets in.  You think to yourself, “Am I suppose to get naked?”, “Should I leave on my bra, underwear?”, “What about my socks?”.  You think about the message keeping or taking off your clothes will send to the therapist.  You think about whether you shaved your armpits, legs, toes (yes sometimes people worry about their toes).  You think about laying on a table NAKED!  Well I am here to help you make a decision that feels appropriate for you and to provide you with some much needed information on the services and the providers to help ease your thoughts.

First and foremost, during any service you receive at Kneaded Relief, our professional staff is trained to properly drape you.  Nothing will show that shouldn’t be shown.  Your privacy is well respected at all times.

Secondly, regardless of the service (except for waxing), the therapist is paying no attention to whether or not an armpit, leg, toe or anything else has been shaved or waxed.  With or without hair the therapist is able to perform the service.

Third, if you are requesting in a massage service for an area to be worked on, the therapist can and will work around a clothing item; however without it there the therapist does not have to make the adjustment for the clothing being on the body.  So if you feel comfier having it on, keep it on, but if you take it off then the therapist will be able to work a bit more seamlessly without it.

Next, because we always appropriately drape the body, the therapist does not care if you leave on or take off your underwear.  They aren’t judging your style of undergarments or lack there of.  They are there to provide a service that helps your wellness.

When it comes to hydrotherapy services, all of our hydrotherapy units are private.  Swimsuits are then a personal option but not a necessity.  Also, all of our hydrotherapy units are cleaned and sterilized between each use.

Finally, as a client, you should feel comfortable during a service and not thinking the entire time about whether or not you should be wearing your undergarments.  So do whatever will allow you to relax the most.  There is nothing worse then spending your hard earned money on a service and instead of focusing in on the experience you find your mind circulating on the fact that you kept your socks on.

My hope now is for every guest who walks through our door to field the robe question with much more confidence.  And if you still are unsure, ask your therapist or a guest service member what is the main focus areas in that type of service you are receiving (i.e. back and shoulders in a 30 minute massage, or face and neck in a facial) and they can let you know what will most likely be exposed and then you can make a quick shift if necessary.

Retinols

Happy National Healthy Skin Month!  Who doesn’t want amazing looking skin?  Most everyone knows that our skin is our largest organ, but when you think about it how well do you take care of that very large organ?  It might be the largest but it can also be one of the most neglected.  I have recently been introduced to the world of Retinols and it is something I wanted to share with everyone.  During Healthy Skin Month I ask that each of you evaluate just how much love your skin gets and then consider adding some Retinol superpower to your regimen.  The below information has been provided by PCA Skin.

What is retinol?: The superhero ingredient of skincare
Retinol gets a lot of attention for its skin health benefits, including the increase in your skin’s natural cell turnover rate, removal of dead skin cells that clog pores and an increase in collagen production. With all of these amazing skin benefits, what is retinol exactly?

Retinol is a member of the vitamin A family called retinoids, which your body requires for healthy bone growth and a strong immune system. While our bodies don’t naturally produce vitamin A, foods including sweet potatoes, carrots and dark leafy greens contain high amounts of vitamin A to help your body meet its minimum requirements.

However, your skin is the last organ to get the vitamins you consume, so relying solely on diet won’t provide many vitamin A benefits to the skin. Topical application is the best way to reap the many anti-aging and healthy skin benefits that vitamin A has to offer.

There are many different forms of vitamin A, all part of the retinoid family. These include retinol, retinaldehyde, retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, and the active form, retinoic acid. When applied to the skin, vitamin A goes through a conversion process, eventually turning into retinoic acid that interacts with your skin directly. PCA SKIN® chooses to formulate with retinol because it is more stable than many other forms and has a shorter conversion in the skin than some other over-the-counter vitamin A options. The shorter conversion means that more of the retinol applied actually gets converted to retinoic acid, delivering the power of the ingredient. Longer conversion times reduce the amount of retinoic acid eventually created, resulting in less dramatic changes in the skin.

Now that you know what it is, here are 3 products at Kneaded Relief that contain Retinol

Intensive Brightening Treatment:
Lifts and improves discolorations
Brightens skin tone for a healthy, luminous glow
Unique pairing of retinol and resveratrol for increased brilliance

Intensive Clarity Treatment:
Clear acne breakouts
Support a clear complexion and strengthen skin
Strengthen and protect skin with retinopeptide and plant stem cell extract technology

Intensive Age Refining Treatment:
Strengthen skin with minimal irritation
Reduce age-related skin yellowing and redness
Minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and firm the skin with retinopeptide and stem cell extract technology

If you have any further questions regarding your skin care regimen, please consider booking a complimentary skin consultation with one of our knowledgeable Estheticians.

Dana Neal – Spa Manager, Group Fitness Instructor and new PCA user

PCA Skin for more information