5 Tips for Choosing a Day Spa

“So you’re new to town, and you’re wondering where to go for some soothing relaxation and beauty treatment. You’re looking for a day spa, but not just any day spa, you’re looking for quality. There are a 5 tips you should keep in mind whilst on your search.” – Botanica Day Spa, Owner/Aesthetician, Gen Obolensky

Gen shares her 5 tips on how to choose a spa that is right for you:

1. Don’t choose a salon or spa based on price. Many people have a misconception when it comes to prices at spas. Don’t choose a spa just because it’s cheap, you’re most likely not going to get the customer service or quality of service you are expecting. Then again, don’t choose a spa just because it’s expensive. You may have your expectations very high for a place like that, and you may be getting overcharged. You’re looking for a place where you are getting quality service, customer satisfaction, while paying a reasonable price in exchange for what you are getting. Choosing a spa for yourself shouldn’t depend solely on what you would be paying.

2. Look, don’t just listen. There is nothing wrong with asking around about a good spa or checking for online reviews, but remember to look for yourself as well. Somebody may tell you that they recently got a brow wax at a local spa, and that they loved it or they hated it. Make sure you actually look at their brows to see how the spa did. You might hear that a certain place is awful and to avoid, but ask yourself if this person’s critique is truly a well-rounded review. In other words, try not to make a decision based solely on what you hear. One of the best advertisements for a spa is the actual product created; the quality of the brow wax, manicure, pedicure, etc., will show for itself.

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3. Look for good customer service. Customer service is a huge element of your spa experience. Let’s say you go to two different places for a pedicure. Both of the spas give the same great pedicure, but at one of the spas the technician is interested in making sure you are comfortable, is interested in talking to you and is generally kind and considerate towards you. You are going to enjoy yourself much more at a spa like that. People who have had a great spa experience will often rave about it. Keep your ears out for these kinds of reviews on your search!

4. Make sure they offer the kind of services you want. Visit the spa’s website or call in and speak to someone directly (also a great way to gauge the spa’s friendliness and customer service) to check out what services they have to offer. Spas usually have a “menu” listing their services and prices. Some smaller day spas may not have a service that you’re interested in, so you may want to check and see if they have what you’re looking for. A full-service day spa or med spa is more likely to offer facial treatments, body wraps, sauna, laser, botox and therapeutic massages but the cost may be higher.

5. Make sure it’s clean. One of the main things you want to be sure about regarding choosing a day spa is cleanliness! This is very important. Spas often have many clients back to back, one right after the other. If the sheets are not changed after every client massage/facial or if the tools are not cleaned after every pedicure/manicure, germs and bacteria can spread rather easily. A good spa is a clean spa.

Do you currently have a spa you’re loyal to? We’d love to be YOUR new spa! Come check out our two locations – SkinCatering in Springfield and D.Hotel Spa in Holyoke.

Love,

Leanne & Kim

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Do you have a ‘Wellness Strategy’?

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Do YOU have a ‘Wellness Strategy’ for 2017?

What is a ‘Wellness Strategy’? A wellness strategy is a plan of action to achieve personal wellness goals. For example; say your goal is to relax more, ask yourself “How could I accomplish that? What does ‘relax’ mean to me?”

A Wellness Strategy’s purpose is strictly to make accomplishing your goals attainable and less intimidating. To create a Wellness Strategy one must first decide what their wellness goal is. The next step would be to break that goal down into separate parts by asking yourself key questions.

  • “What does this goal mean for me or to me? Does this goal immediately affect my every day life or is it long term?”
  • “What could I do to accomplish this goal? What steps can I take to start?”
After asking yourself key questions such as these, one must then determine whether or not the goal is attainable and sustainable in their life. If your current lifestyle doesn’t allow the desired goal to be attained, how can you adjust your goal or your plan of action? How could you adjust your lifestyle to help make your goal attainable?
EXAMPLE: If your goal is to eat healthier
1st Ask yourself “What does that mean for me and my every day life?” Does this mean making more homemade meals with raw ingredients? Drinking shakes? Eating at home 3 nights a week?
2nd Ask yourself are these steps attainable and sustainable with your lifestyle. Does your work schedule allow time to shop for raw ingredients? Do you have time in the morning to prepare your day’s shakes? Are you home 3 nights a week to eat a meal?
3rd If your answer is no, your current lifestyle doesn’t allow for this to be attainable, then you must ask what you can adjust to make it attainable. Can you order your groceries online to be delivered to your home? Can you make your shakes the night before and store them in the fridge for the next day? Can you prep meals to freeze if you won’t have time to prepare them? If you can’t be home 3 nights a week, is there a vegan or all natural local restaurant you can eat at those nights?
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No matter what your wellness goal is, your Wellness Strategy will help keep you on track to attaining and sustaining your goal.
Of course, SkinCatering® is here to support you with any of your wellness goals relating to treating yourself more kindly, reducing stress, and honoring what your body needs in order to maintain it’s healthy balance.
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 Monthly spa memberships are available in three different options to fit your time & financial budget. We’d love to hear what your goals are and how can we help. Share your goals & strategies in the comments!
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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.

The *NEW* STORY TELLER™

You’ve already seen the big announcement naming STORY TELLER™ as the new ‘HERO’ due to trademark rights. (Need a refresher on what the amazing benefits of the former ‘HERO’ are? Click here)

Now we would like to introduce you to a NEW version- STORY TELLER™ GEL.

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STORY TELLER™ GEL is a Sports Gel for Sore Bodies. It differs from STORY TELLER™ cream in that it is a fast drying concentrated gel, it is easy to transport, and it doesn’t melt! Perfect for those who love to hike or work outdoors! This gel comes in a full 8oz bottle or a travel 2oz bottle, perfect for tossing in your bag.

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This concentrated sports gel uses an Aloe base that we make on site so there are NO PRESERVATIVES. When you use this gel you get all of the inflammation and soreness relieving benefits of STORY TELLER™ cream in a cooling, fast drying gel.

We all love STORY TELLER™ cream and massaging it into the skin for fast relief, so we are very excited for this easy to use gel that requires no massaging whatsoever!

Find STORY TELLER™ GEL and STORY TELLER™ Cream here

Need a refresher on the amazing benefits of the former ‘HERO’? Don’t worry! Click here

 

Teen with Severe Gluten Allergy uses THIS for Pain Relief

For 15 year old Mary-Kate, her Gluten allergy prevents her from being able to use pain relievers such as Ibuprofen when she experiences pain and cramps from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). Looking for a Gluten free product safe for her to use to relieve her cramps and other symptoms, Mary-Kate turned to SkinCatering’s all-natural SkinCare product, ‘Iron Maiden‘.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, more than 3 Million people in the United States alone are told they have a Gluten allergy each year. This is an allergy that is not curable and can last a life-time. You really don’t realize how many things you consume or use each and every day that contain Gluten until you can no longer consume it. There are also substances that may make symptoms of Gluten intolerance worse, such as anti-inflammatories and pain relievers.

Gluten allergy or sensitivity is similar to Celiac disease with the main difference being that Gluten sensitivity does not permanently damage your intestines. However, Gluten sensitivity does enflame your intestines and cause irritation. When you take an anti-inflammatory or pain reliever it “increases intestinal permeability allowing for [food particles] to access the immune system…” If you already have intestinal irritation stemmed from a Gluten sensitivity, taking anti-inflammatories and pain relievers such as ibuprofen will only worsen your symptoms.

Mary-Kate talked about her Gluten allergy and Dairy allergy in her testimonial video.

      “… I can’t use Ibuprofen or anything like that… I’ve used Iron Maiden… and it actually does help with everything. It’s very calming and just helps with the cramps [from PMS] because I can’t use the alternative.”

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Have you found yourself in the same situation as Mary-Kate and are still searching for alternative relief? You can find ‘Iron Maiden’ here. SkinCatering SkinCare ships internationally so don’t fret if you aren’t in the United States! Everyone can have access to our amazing SkinCare alternatives!