Summer Wellness Tips

summerwellnessIn the summer I am out and about much more than I am in the cold winter. The season starts with graduation parties, progresses to birthday parties, cookouts, pool parties, and ends with labor day parties. In between all that we are going to the beach, and planning summer activities with our family to make the most of the summer months. There are times in the midst of all these activities and parties that I sit down and realize I have been going non-stop for days and then I realize, it is time for a self-care day. We all need to make time for them, no matter how many things we have planned in our calendar, taking time out for yourself is vital. Since we are smack in the middle of summer, I thought I would give a few tips for self-care that you can always make time for.

Hydrate yourself. I know I talk about hydration in almost all my posts, but I keep it up because it is so important. Water is essential to keep our bodies running, so staying hydrated is something we should stay conscious about. How much water should we drink each day? The old adage is 8 cups of water per day to stay hydrated, while a good general rule of thumb you may need more than this when you are spending more time outside in the heat or exercising. If you have a hard time remembering to drink water water-glass-heat-drink-161425through the day or maybe water just doesn’t suit your fancy, there are ways to remind yourself or make your water more palatable. These are all to personal preference but you could add it into your daily planner or journal, get an app that reminds you to drink water through the day, keep a big water bottle with you at all times. To make your water more fun or interesting, there are so many ways to infuse water with fruit to help you enjoy it more, of course, the one that comes to mind is lemon water because it is so common, but if you go onto Pinterest and search fruit water, you will get more ideas than you ever imagined!

Wear your sunscreen every day. Even if you feel as though you won’t be outside (unless you are actually staying in all day) you will likely be exposed to the sun on your commute or getting from A to B. Even just wearing a good broad spectrum mineral based sunblock-1461397_1920sunscreen on your face and decolletage will help guard you from the suns rays, that over time can break down collagen and elastin and increase your risk of health issues related to sun damage. If you will be out at the beach, or in the sun more than from home to work, find a good sunscreen that will help protect you while enjoying the summer weather.

Take some time out of your busy schedule to relax. Book a one hour massage or custom facial. There are more benefits to massage and facials than you may realize. Yes, they are wonderful to wind down and relax, but here are some massage benefits you may not have known. Our facials at SkinCatering are more than just relaxing, we customize our wellness-285590_1920facial to your skin type and your greatest concerns so that we can work together to help provide you with relaxation and results. Our Esthetician Holly is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner and offers Headache Relief Massage Reiki sessions and Custom Facials with Reiki which is the ultimate in self-care! We offer massage and facial services in Springfield and Holyoke, and Holly offers Reiki services in our Holyoke location.

pexels-photo-68468.jpegMy last tip, take a breath and enjoy life. Sometimes when we are caught up in the hustle and bustle of life we forget to take a minute to stop and breathe. Whatever it takes for you to take a moment for yourself is up to you. Some prefer to meditate, some just like to sit and relax by the pool, while others may want to join in on a yoga class. When it comes to self-care, even just taking a few minutes a day to clear our mind and relax can yield significant outcomes in our well-being.

 

5 Reasons You Should Get a Massage

benefitsmassageMost of us know that massages can be a nice relaxing way to pamper ourselves, or others when life gets a little hectic but did you know that there is much more to massage than just indulging yourself for an hour or two? The benefits of massage go far beyond that, read on to see the five reasons you should make an appointment for a massage today!

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Headaches – Massage may help relieve chronic tension headaches in less than 24 hours. In a study where chronic tension headache sufferers were given massage in the neck and shoulders, they saw reduced symptoms and frequency during the treatments and continued to see a reduction of symptoms during the study. If you are suffering headaches, you may want to stop into SkinCatering for a 15 or 30-minute Headache Relief Massage today.

 

Digestive Disorders – The reduction of stress and use of some aromatherapy can help relieve symptoms of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). In addition to that, the physical manipulation of massage may also help alleviate IBS symptoms by relaxing abdominal tense muscles causing pain and constipation. If IBS is something you are dealing with, it is best to find a professionally trained and licensed therapist and start with a consultation, letting your therapist know your history and current symptoms. Your massage therapist will be the expert on best methods of treatment as some massage methods could exacerbate symptoms.

StockSnap_46BMYP2BDJInsomnia – If you suffer from insomnia you are likely no stranger to anxiety and sleepless nights. Massage can greatly help us relax, relieving anxiety, but can also help us holistically treat insomnia. According to Nicole Cutler L.A.c., “The chemistry of sleep is relevant to massage therapists because massage can directly influence the body’s production of serotonin.” This connection calls for additional research of the direct impact massage has on serotonin and sleep. Meanwhile, the current research is enough to recommend consistent massage if you are suffering from insomnia.

Sports injuries – If you are an athlete I am sure you are no stranger to pain and injury. Massage helps to relax muscles and relieve tension and is a great therapy to help with sports related pain. Although you may not immediately feel the effects of massage, you should feel it within a day or two. Sports massage can help improve circulation, which can also aid your metabolism, can improve range of motion, shorten recovery times, prevent overtraining, and may even be able to help prevent and help injuries. SkinCatering offers Sports Massage at both their Springfield and the Holyoke locations.

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Soft tissue strain – Strains and sprains can be a real pain, even long after you think they may be healed. Another benefit of therapeutic sports massage can be to aid in preventing further injury. When a soft muscle injury is healed, it is usually replaced by scar tissue which will mean the loss of flexibility and will be much more likely to become reinjured. Consistent sports massage could help to reduce or remove the scar tissue in the affected area.

No matter the reason you are coming for massage, always make sure to let your therapist know if you have had any injuries or changes since the last time you saw them, and let them know your biggest concern so they will be able to help you best by focusing on those areas.

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447303/
http://www.ibs-symptoms.ie/?q=advicecenter/stress-anxiety/massage-therapy
http://www.integrativehealthcare.org/mt/archives/2005/08/insomnia_seroto.html
http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13434
http://stretchcoach.com/articles/sports-massage
https://www.amtamassage.org/approved_position_statements/Massage-Therapy-for-Those-Who-Exercise.html

Cell Turnover and Aging Skin

cell turnover and aging skinOur skin is our largest organ, and the way it works truly fascinates me, but I suppose that is partly why I became an esthetician. Did you know that the cells of your epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) completely turnover on average every 28 days? Pretty amazing (and kind of gross knowing that most dust is actually dead cells that have shed)! This turnover is also called the Cell Renewal Factor or CRF. There are some factors that can change the rate at which our skin cells turnover, the biggest factor being age. Our cell turnover slows down as we age, and this is why we turn to things such as AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acid) to help speed up that cell turnover.

Cell Renewal Factor that changes as we age:

Babies – 14 days
Teenagers – 21 – 28 days
Middle age – 28 – 42 days
50 and up – 42 – 84 days

As babies, our cell renewal factor is quick, which is why babies always have such soft,

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smooth skin, as we age this factor slows down, we start to see the fine lines, and wrinkles in our skin, as well as start to see thinner skin with less elasticity. Our skin also has a tendency to feel more dry or dehydrated as we age as well. All of this causes the cells to stick instead of shedding from the skin because they are not turning over like they should be, which means new youthful skin is not appearing as quickly. There are many products, modalities, and treatments to help increase cellular turnover and increase collagen and elastin to help prevent aging. Some of these include enzymes and peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, microcurrent, and ultrasonic facials. Using these treatments can help prevent, and to some degree, help to reverse the signs of aging.

 

Our skin starts to feel more dry and/or dehydrated as we age. These are not one in the same. Dry skin is a skin type, that is due to a lack of oil in the skin. Thus causing it to be dry. A dry skin type can show signs of aging sooner as the lines are more pronounced in a thinner, drier skin. Dehydration, which can happen to any skin type is a lack of hydration (water). As we age our body does tend to produce less oil, so although our skin type never changes, a normal or dry skin may see a more pronounced decrease in oil production, and increase in fine lines. Professional exfoliation and at home maintenance will help greatly with improving dry skin and aging, as well as a beauty oil’s such as omega_serum_2-copy-600x600SkinCatering’s Omega Serum  (in fact the entire advanced skin care line is a great way to increase cell turnover!) Dehydration, can be much easier to combat than dryness, as it is a condition and not a type. This could be caused by many things such as nutrition, sun exposure, medication, hormonal imbalances. Once you know the cause, you can start to treat your dehydration, hyaluronic acid, and a good moisturizer can help, as well as increasing your bodies hydration as a whole.

No matter how dry, dehydrated, or hydrated your skin is, your skin health should be a priority and it is not too early to start maintenance facials to prevent the signs of aging before they even start. At SkinCatering Spa, Springfield, MA and D. Hotel Spa by SkinCatering, Holyoke, MA our team of skilled estheticians can give you a full skin analysis and recommend the best treatment options for your skin type to keep it healthy no matter your age.

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Sources:

http://www.justaboutskin.com/dry-vs-dehydrated-skin

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-does-skin-wrinkle-wit/

http://www.cosmedicine.com/blog/skin-cell-turnover-time-cellular-renewal-factor-part-1-of-2/

https://www.aad.org/public/kids/skin/how-skin-grows

Sunday Funday: Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds Style

It’s the last morning of the weekend and sunshine is filtering through the curtain onto your pillow. Rolling over, you’re greeted with a nuzzling kiss. Sunday Funday has arrived and you’ve got one thing on your mind – Brunch! And what’s the perfect romantic pairing with a mimosa-filled breakfast? Spa Sundays at SkinCatering, of course!

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Now open 9am to 1pm, SkinCatering has a special offer just for couples. Magically designed for you and your significant other to enjoy a much-needed relaxing time together, choose from our signature Couples Massage OR our new Spa Treat for Couples!

Our Couples Massage is a one hour massage in the same room. A blend of relaxation and pressure for therapeutic relief of body aches. This massage calms the nervous system, enhances muscle functions and helps center the mind & reduce stress. $125 on Sundays for a limited time (reg $130)

Spa Treat for Couples is a Sauna-Maintenance-Tips1.jpgspecial, same room 45 minute body treatment for two, focusing on the back, shoulders, neck and feet. Soothing aromatherapy oils are used to to hydrate your body, a heated foot treatment warms your feet on a cold day, and an invigorating clay mask is applied to your back. After, a 15 minute private infrared sauna session awaits. $99 on Sundays for a limited time (reg $120)

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Book your Sunday Spa Day ReTreat now, limited spots available!

Cheers!

#relationshipgoals

 

Think About This; What Sugar does to Your Skin

Glycation is this year’s buzzword according to an article by Nicole Altavilla in American Spa Magazine.

Glycation is the process in which a sugar molecule (fructose or glucose) bonds to a protein or lipid molecule. This bond forms a HARMFUL new molecule called Advanced Glycation End Products or AGEs.

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As AGEs accumulate they cause permanent damage to other surrounding proteins. The more sugar we ingest, the more AGEs develop. AGEs don’t just cause damage to the protein in your blood stream though, they also cause damage and inflammation of collagen and elastin in your skin.

Elliot Milstein, president and CEO of Biopelle, was quoted in the article stating, “Some new skincare products actually now include sugar in the list of ingredients. Nothing could be worse for the skin.”

That is why many skincare brands are jumping on the anti-sugar bandwagon and focusing on ingredients that help to reverse the damage caused by Glycation and AGEs. According to the American Spa Magazine article, some of these reversing ingredients include kombucha black tea ferment, omega-6 essential fatty acids, peptides, and tumeric.

Anti-glycation services are still hard to find on treatment menus as it is a growing area of research. SkinCatering’s esthetics expert, Kimberly, offers an all-natural White Willow Bark Facial treatment which is excellent in combating and reversing the effects of AGEs. You can find more information on this specific service here.

To request an immediate appointment for this service click here.

Oh The Places You Will Go: 30+ Interesting facts about Springfield, Mass

Interesting Fact Number 1:

  • SkinCatering is opening it’s 2nd location in Springfield, MA in November 2013!

Yes, you read that correctly! My team and I have the honor of supporting, and caring for, the busy people of Springfield, Massachusetts.

So where will we be exactly?

Tower Square is the name of this special building that will house our 1600 square foot spa & skincare operation.

It’s located in the heart of downtown Springfield at 1500 Main Street.  Attached to the Marriott Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, and Mass Mutual, Tower Square has a 3 level parking garage, food court, restaurant (Currents), private dining club (The Colony Club), sports bar (Champions) and best of all…it’s within walking distance for most of our existing clientele that work in the area!

The view of our building from Main Street(photo courtesy of Tower Square)

The view of our building from Main Street
(photo courtesy of Tower Square)

I have a special love of Springfield, as this is where my grandparents were born and raised.

My grandma Shirley worked at the very first Friendly’s Ice Cream restaurant! She made the best Root Beer Floats when I was little.

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My grandparents, Fred & Shirley

While I grew up in Canada and visited Hampden County almost every summer, I’ve spent a lot of time here in the 16 years I’ve lived in the Pioneer Valley.  True to it’s historic reputation for innovative progress, I’ve pleasantly watched as positive changes have been made by people embracing the Revitalization of Springfield.  I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Before work, on your lunch break, or after work, you can schedule a full appointment or an express session at a time that fits your busy schedule.

Here are some great pictures of our second location:

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The view of our building from the Memorial Bridge
(photo courtesy of The Marriott)

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A sunset view of our building from the Agawam side of the river
(photo courtesy of destination360.com)

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A morning view of the Basketball Hall of Fame & Connecticut River, from one of the buildings in downtown Springfield. (photo courtesy of The Creative Strategy Agency’s instagram pic)

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A view of downtown Springfield & Tower Square on a crisp, Autumn morning.
(again, photo courtesy of The Creative Strategy Agency’s instagram pic)

More amazing pictures of the Springfield city skyline, can be found at:

Adam Belson’s Flickr Page

For our Boston friends wondering where Springfield, the 3rd largest city in Massachusetts and 4th largest in New England, is – It’s on the west side – between Worcester & The Berkshires!

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The other 29+ Fun Facts About Springfield, Massachusetts:

  • The Hartford-Springfield region is known as the Knowledge Corridor because it has the 2nd highest concentration of higher-learning institutions in the United States.
  • Recently, Springfield has become home to a number of biotech firms and high-speed computing centers. As of 2009 Springfield ranks as the 24th most important high-tech center in the United States.
  • In 1777,  George Washington and Henry Knox founded the United States’ National Armory in Springfield, which produced the first American musket in 1794, and later the famous Springfield rifle. (The Pentagon shut down the armory in 1968.)
  • In addition to its nicknames, Hoop City, The City of Progress, and The City of Homes, Springfield is also known as The City of Firsts because of it’s many innovations:

    • The first use of interchangeable parts and the assembly line in manufacturing, (1819, Thomas Blanchard)
    • The first American horseless car, (1825, Thomas Blanchard)
    • The discovery and patent of vulcanized rubber, (1844, Charles Goodyear)
    • The first American gasoline-powered car, (1893, Duryea Brothers) which in 1895 won the first automobile race in Chicago, Illinois.
    • The first successful motorcycle company, (1901, “Indian Motorcycle Company”)
    • Forest Park housed the United States’ first public swimming pool (1899)
    • The first and most widely read American-English dictionary, Merriam Webster, was created in Springfield (1806)
  • The world’s second-most-popular sport, basketball,  was created in Springfield (1891, Dr. James Naismith.)
  • Famous children’s author, Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka “Dr. Seuss”) was born in Springfield, which inspired much of his work.
  • Springfield is home to Massachusetts’ largest Fortune 100 company, Mass Mutual Financial Group.
  • Is home to the world’s largest producer of handguns, Smith & Wesson, founded in 1852.
  • Springfield serves as the headquarters of the professional American Hockey League, the NHL’s minor league. (My personal favorite fact!)
  • The Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League (now located in Peoria, Illinois) was the oldest minor league hockey franchise in existence.  In 1994 the team relocated to Worcester and was replaced by the current Springfield Falcons, who play at the Mass Mutual Center.
  • Forest Park is one of the United States’ largest urban parks and also one of its most historically important urban parks. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted – the famed designer of New York City’s Central Park – Forest Park is nearly as large, and similarly diverse.
  • Springfield resident Mr. Everett Barney invented the clip-on ice skate and popularized the roller skate during the 19th century.
  • Springfield is home to Massachusetts’ 3rd largest employer, Baystate Health, with over 10,000 employees.
  • WWLP is the oldest TV station to air regularly scheduled programming in the market, launching its schedule on March 17, 1953, on Channel 61. (Now in Chicopee, MA)
  • Springfield was home to the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States, and the oldest radio station of any kind in New England: WBZ, which broadcast live from Springfield’s luxurious Hotel Kimball at 140 Chestnut Street, (now the Kimball Towers Condominiums) before moving to Boston in 1931.
  • Friendly Ice Cream Corporation – Founded in Springfield, 1935 (now located in Wilbraham, MA)
  • Good Housekeeping Magazine – Founded in Springfield in 1885.
  • Goodyear Tires – Founded in Springfield in 1844
  • Milton Bradley Company (maker of games like Memory, Battleship, Operation, and Candyland) – established in Springfield in 1860 (now located in East Longmeadow, MA)
  • Rolls-Royce of America Inc. was formed in 1919 in Springfield. A manufacturing plant was set up on Hendee Street.  The factory’s 1,200 employees produced 1,703 Silver Ghosts and 1,241 Phantoms. The 1929 stock market crash lead to the plant’s closure in 1931. The 1996 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Springfield Edition was made to commemorate Rolls-Royce of America’s 75th anniversary.
  • Sheraton Hotels and Resorts – founded in Springfield in 1937 with the purchase of The Stonehaven Hotel, and later the famous Hotel Kimball.
  • In 1968 Springfield Technical Community College was founded behind the Springfield Armory National Park. It is the only “technical” community college in Massachusetts, and was founded to continue Springfield’s traditional of technical innovation.
  • The Quadrangle, a cluster of  5 museums and a library (paid for by Andrew Carnegie) that surrounds a sculptural garden, includes the first American-made planetarium, designed and built (1937) by Frank Korkosz, and the most extensive collection of Chinese cloisonne outside of China.
  • Volleyball was invented in nearby Holyoke, MA but it’s first exhibition match was held in 1896 at the International YMCA Training School, now known as Springfield College.

Famous musicians from Springfield include:

  • Blues legend Taj Mahal
  • The band Staind and its front-man Aaron Lewis
  • The band Shadows Fall
  • Linda Perry, former leader singer of 4 Non Blondes and now famous songwriter and producer
  • Taj Mahal’s sister, Carole Fredericks, a soul singer very popular in France
  • Numerous jazz musicians, including Joe Morello, drummer for the Dave Brubeck Quartet; Phil Woods, saxophonist for Quincy Jones; Tony MacAlpine, keyboardist and guitarist with Steve Vai; and Paul Weston, composer for Frank Sinatra, among many others

Watch our facebook page to see pictures as we move in and as we share news of special events!

CHEERS!

Kim toasts to our success!

 

Coffee Talk: Episode 1, Collagen Treatments

Our very name says what we do!

We cater to skin. YOUR skin.

Proving we can be a little more serious when it comes to caring for our clients, Kim & Leanne discuss collagen treatments vs. natural treatments for your skin in this short episode of Coffee Talk!  But of course, we can’t help but to let our personalities peek through.

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