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Preparing Your Skin for Summer Time

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Combining Treatments for your clients is a benefit to the spa and also the clients’ relaxation is essential in everyday life whether it is a relaxing 30 minutes with a book or catching time to spend on yourself.

Preparing for spring it’s essential to look at how we can improve the texture of our skin after winter.

Body exfoliation

A scrub or body polish weather it is a salt or a sugar scrub is an exfoliator which leaves the skin feeling fresh, smooth, and after being moisturized feels so nice. As we come out of our winter clothes and expose areas of the body which have been wrapped up to keep warm we need to exfoliate all the dead skin cells away with an abrasive product which is massaged  across and into your skin. When rinsed away reveals a moisturized layer of fresh, clean and smooth skin.

What is a scrub good for?

A scrub can be really invigorating as well, and improve the circulation of blood and lymph to the surface of the skin, helping to fight cellulite and improve your skin tone.

A good body scrub or polish forms the basis of other body treatments

  • it prepares your skin for an even tan
  • it relaxes the pores and wakens the skin before a wrap or mud treatment
  • the oils used can relax or stimulate your senses ready for any similarly-focused treatment that you might be having afterwards
  • Safe Tanning
  • A tanning treatment at a spa can leave your skin looking and feeling great, as well as being a relaxing read an enjoyable experience. Self-tanning creams, oils, sprays and lotions are a safer way to achieve an even tan than exposing yourself to the sun.
  • You can wear your own bikini bottoms, underwear, the disposable knickers provided – or nothing at all. Spray tanning in a plastic pod is available in most spas: your therapist will tell you where to stand and when to turn around.
  • Tan treatments will treat the skin first, exfoliating all over. An oil free moisturizer will be applied to more vulnerable areas, such as wrists, armpits, elbows and knees, then a tanning product will be evenly smoothed over your skin.
  • A professional application means less likelihood of streaking. You will also get advice on how to look after your skin post-tan.
  • Tip: To help your tan look even better, make sure you wax/shave and exfoliate 24 hours before your treatment – not on the day. As self-tan stains, it’s a good idea to paint your nails too.

Cellulite treatments

Most cellulite-fighting creams contain caffeine as their active ingredient, which can be more helpful than you’d imagine when applied religiously. This is because of the temporary effects caffeine has on the body, which are actually prolonged to daily effects. It shrinks fat cells by dehydrating them. Apply these creams daily with an aggressive massage or a rolling motion to help aid in the penetration and see better results.

And keep this in mind: Like any non-invasive technique, cellulite is known to creep back up when treatment of any kind is halted.

Dry Brushing
A more holistic approach with a similar level of effectiveness to coffee scrubs, dry brushing is a technique that’s been around for centuries.

By brushing upwards towards the heart, focusing on cellulite-prone areas to stimulate the lymphatic system, it exfoliates the skin, boosts circulation and elasticity, and reduces the appearance of cellulite.”

 You'll also need to do this once a day to maintain results.

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