Essential Oils, Spa Treatments

Therapeutic Uses for Popular Essential Oils

GERANIUM

A small fragrant plant which grows to a height of about 3 feet.  There are over seven hundred different species of geranium.

Essential oil Therapeutic properties:

·        Anti-septic
·        Astringent
·        Anti-inflammatory
·        Anti-depressant
·        Diuretic – stimulates the secretion of fluid
·        Stimulant – uplifting effect
·        Tonic

Essential oil Therapeutic uses:

·        Improves circulation
·        Uplifting, anxiety, depression
·        Hormonal imbalances, PMT
·        Nervous tension, stress,
·        Oedema, Cellulite
·        Chilblains

LEMON

Evergreen citrus tree which grows to the height of 10-20 feet and has fragrant white flowers

Essential oil Therapeutic properties:

·        Anti-septic
·        Astringent
·        Anti-spasmodic
·        Anti-anaemic
·        Anti-rheumatic
·        Bactericidal
·        Hypotensive – lowers blood pressure
·        Febrifuge – combats fever

Essential oil Therapeutic uses:

·        Skin conditions – acne, oily skin
·        Warts
·        High blood pressure
·        Asthma, throat infections
·        Digestive problems – bloating, obesity, indigestion
·        Rheumatism
·        Anaemia
·        Brittle nails
·        Varicose veins

LAVENDER

Aromatic, woody shrub with grey-green, small pointed leaves and delicate violet blue flowers

Essential Oil therapeutic properties:

·        Analgesic
·        Anti-microbial
·        Antiseptic
·        Diuretic
·        Insecticidal
·        Parasiticidal
·        Sedative
·        Anti-depressant
·        Anti-rheumatic
·        Anti-spasmodic
·        Deodorant
·        Expectant
·        Stimulant
·        Tonic

Essential oil Therapeutic uses:

·        Migraine, headache
·        Depression, nervous tension, stress
·        Rheumatism and arthritis
·        Asthma, coughs
·        Scar tissue, burns, bruises
·        Skin disorders
·        Cystitis
·        Insect repellent – bites and stings
·        Insomnia
·        PMT
·        Shock
·        Epilepsy
·        Poor circulation

CONTACT US TODAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENT USES FOR ESSENTIAL OILS AND HOW TO PURCHASE!

HydraFacial, Spa Treatments

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Regular Facials

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SLOW THE AGING PROCESS

Regular facials increase circulation and promotes the production of collagen to give the skin a vibrant and youthful appearance.

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REJUVENATE YOUR SKIN

Exfoliating your skin during your facial removes dead cells that prevent your skin from properly absorbing your beauty products.

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TREAT SKIN CONDITIONS

Regular facials can help minimize or eliminate many skin issues including acne, scarring, and ingrown hairs.

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CLEAN & DETOXIFY

Facials allow you to clean and detoxify your skin as they remove dirt, oil, and toxins from deep within your skin.

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STRESS RELIEF

Facials can help you to feel more relaxed, reduce stress levels, and alleviate tension headaches.

GIVE US A CALL TODAY FOR MORE INFO ON THE BEST PRODUCTS TO USE IN YOUR DIY FACIAL AND TO PLACE YOUR ORDER! WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SHIP TO YOUR HOME

Spa Treatments, Stress Reduction

Missing Days at the Spa? Create Your Own Wellness Retreat!

 

Craving a spa day? Enjoy a rejuvenating wellness retreat from the comfort of your own home using these tips!

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BRING NATURE INDOORS

Decorate your living space with indoor plants, stones and fresh flowers to create an atmosphere of relaxation and to reduce stress.

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE IMAGES

Add images that reminds you of all the things you are grateful for.

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SET THE MOOD WITH LIGHTING

During the day, utilize lots of natural and white light to help boost your mood. In the evening, dim the lights and light some candles to help you wind down for the night.

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DO SOME SPRING CLEANING

De-clutter your living space to create an energy of peace in your home.

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Spa Treatments

How to Do a Spa Facial At Home

A good facial leaves your face smooth, bright and flushed. It’s fun to get a facial at a spa, but since you can’t at this time, try this at home:

Start by thoroughly cleansing and exfoliating your skin, then use a steam treatment and mask to draw impurities from your pores. Finish with toner and moisturizer to help your skin look beautifully soft and refreshed.

 

Step 1Cleansing and Exfoliating.  Pull your hair back from your face. Use a headband, hair band, or bobby pins to pull back your hair and bangs so your face is fully exposed.  Remove your eye makeup. Wash your face with gentle cleanser.  Use warm water, instead of cold or hot, since warm water is the best temperature for delicate facial skin. Be sure to remove all of your make-up before you continue with the facial.

Step 2- Steam. Boil a small pot of water on the stove. Turn off the heat and stand over the pot with a towel draped over your head, so that the steam coming from the water will be trapped around your face. Steam your face for five minutes. For a more luxurious experience, add some essential oils to the water. You’ll get a steam and aromatherapy treatment in one. Try a few drops of lavender. Use a facial scrub or another ex-foliant. Dead skin cells build up on the face and leave it looking a little dull. Ex-foliating your skin to brighten it up is an essential part of any facial routine. Use your favorite facial scrub to gently rub away the dead skin. If you don’t have a scrub, you can make your own. Try this simple combination: 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon milk.  Rinse your face and pat it dry. Give your face a final rinse to remove all traces of your facial scrub.

Step 3- Give yourself a facial massage. Massage increases circulation, leading to brighter, healthier skin. Now that your face is clean, give yourself a massage before moving to the next phase of your facial. Use your forefinger and middle finger to massage your face in a gentle circular motion.

Step 4- Facial Mask– You can buy a facial mask product from the spa, but it’s easy and fun to make your own at home. Try one of the following masks: For dry skin: mix 1 mashed banana and 1 tablespoon honey For medium skin: mix 1 tablespoon aloe and 1 tablespoon honey For oily skin: mix 1 teaspoon cosmetic clay and 1 teaspoon honey for any type of skin: use plain honey, which has antibacterial and moisturizing properties perfect for any skin type Apply the mask for 15 minutes. Smooth it over your skin, then wait for it to do its magic. In the meantime, give yourself an eye treatment? Lie back and place two cool cucumber slices over your closed eyes. If you don’t have cucumbers, two chilled teabags work just as well. Rinse your face and pat it dry. Use warm water to remove all traces of the facial mask.

Step 5- Toning and Moisturizing– Toner helps to brighten the skin and restore its ph balance. You can use a store-bought toner, but many products you probably have on hand at home work just as well. Try one of the following homemade toners: 1 tablespoon witch hazel mixed with 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon rosewater mixed with 1 tablespoon water.

Step 6– Finish with a moisturizer. The final step is to apply moisturizer that suits your skin type. Moisturizer will keep your skin from drying out, preserving the results of your facial.   If you want to use a homemade, all-natural moisturizer, try argon oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. Aloe is another great natural moisturizer that has healing properties as well.

Step 7- Eye Creme

 

Margot recommends a Biodroga Caviar facial. You will need the following products:

  • Cleanse-Biodroga Cleanser and Toner
  • Exfoliant
  • Massage-Biodroga E&P Oil
  • Mask- Biodroga Caviar Sheet Mask
  • Moisturizer- Biodroga Caviar Moisturizer and Eye crème

 

You can call the spa and a Skin Care Specialist is available to answer all of you questions and can help customize a facial for your skin type.

Here is a list of some Natural Anti-Aging Secrets:

  • Green Tea- rich in anti-oxidants, which helps battle wrinkles and increase skin turnover.
  • Banana- It is known to boost collagen.
  • Olive Oil- Anti-aging properties can be traced to the polyphenols and oleic acid in it.
  • Avocado- High levels of fat and Vitamins like A, D and E which helps retain moister.
  • Aloe- Powered with beta-carotene and Vitamin C and E
  • Cucumber- helps reduce wrinkles around the eyes
  • Lemon Juice- Contains Alpha Hydroxy acids, a common ingredient in anti-aging treatments which helps peel away layer of dead skin.
  • Orange-Powered with Vitamin C, which is a natural skin brightener.

 

Your home care is extremely important during this time. Please follow this daily regimen:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Tone
  3. Serum
  4. Eye Creme
  5. Moisturize
  6. Sunscreen

Two times per week:

Exfoliate and mask

 

All products are 20% off until April 15th. A Spa Professional is available to take your orders and your product will be shipped directly to your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skincare, Spa Treatments

Dry Brushing: Benefits and Techniques

Interesting Facts:

  • The skin is the largest and most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day.
  • The skin eliminates over one pound of waste products each day for the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands.
  • The skin receives one third of all the blood circulated through the body.
  • The skin is the last organ to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency.

Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands and transportation systems including the skin, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and mucous membranes. Dry brushing stimulates the organs of detoxification to function more efficiently which has a myriad of benefits for the body:

1) Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. Lymph is part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing them nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood, so you can see how important this is.

2) Dry brushing removes dead skin layers. Dry skin brushing helps shed dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cellular renewal. Dry skin can be a sign of detoxification; therefore it’s good to keep the process going by removing the dead skin daily. If this does not occur regularly, a buildup of dead skin cells and lead to eczema, psoriasis and dandruff, in addition to blocking the skin’s regular excretions like sweat.

3) Dry brushing strengthens the immune system. Dry skin brushing may reduce duration of infection and accelerate the clearing of toxins. It helps support the immune system during treatments for cancer and other chronic illnesses (but always check with your health care provider). By stimulating the lymph vessels to drain toxic mucoid matter into the organs of detoxification, we can purify the entire system. After several days of dry brushing, sometimes you may notice a gelatinous mucoid material in your stools. This is a normal sign that the intestinal tract is renewing itself.

4) Dry brushing stimulates the hormone and oil glands, thus helping all of the body systems perform at peak efficiency. The skin is your body’s largest organ. When improperly maintained, the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys. So, give your kidneys a break—keep your skin clean and rejuvenated. Bathe daily and dry brush beforehand to help stimulate blood flow to the surface so toxins can more readily escape.

5) Dry brushing tones the muscles. Dry skin brushing helps muscle tone by stimulating the nerve endings which causes the individual muscle fibers to activate and move. It also helps mobilize fat and helps to even distribution of fat deposits. This is a great technique for those with limited mobility.

6) Dry brushing stimulates circulation. Our skin breathes! However for most people this vital route of detoxification is operating far below its capacity because it is clogged with dead skin cells and the un-removed waste excreted through perspiration. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that helps you to feel energized and invigorated. By activating the circulation you also help prevent varicose veins.

7) Dry brushing increases skin functions. Dry brushing helps your skin respire by eliminating clogged pores. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health. When you brush, the pores of your skin open allowing your skin to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins. Clogged pores are not just a cosmetic concern. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health.

8) Dry brushing helps reduce cellulite. Improving cellulite is one of the main reasons people look into dry brushing. Toxins are often trapped in the subcutaneous later of fat cells just beneath the skin which contributes to cellulite (in addition to other health concerns). Cellulite is unattractive but also very difficult to affect. Dry brushing is a cheap and non-invasive way to improve the appearance of your skin in addition to the many health benefits it provides.

How to Dry Brush:

Always dry brush your dry body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result of the brushing action. The brush should be dry and your skin should be dry.

Ideally you want to brush from toes to neck because most of the lymph in your body drains to a central area near your collar bone.

The entire body should be brushed, including your back, but skip the face and scalp. Use long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction to help drain the lymph back towards your heart.
Note: Stroking away from your heart can put extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and over time may lead to ruptured vessels and varicose veins.

  • Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet. Don’t overdo it, remember this is not tile or grout but a living organ!
  • Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 10 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day can be beneficial.
  • Avoid sensitive areas like bruises and anywhere the skin is broken, such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts or infections. Also never brush an area affected by poison oak, poison ivy or sun burn.
  • For added benefit: Finish up with your regular shower and end with three hot and cold cycles. That means turning on the water as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then as cold as you can handle it, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with either hot or cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the epidermis. Or try a bath with Epsom salts or mineral-rich salts which also help encourage detoxification.
  • After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oils such as jojoba, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, coconut or cocoa butter.
  • Tap your brush over a trashcan to shake off dead skin cells. Each person should have their own dry brush, just like a toothbrush! Keep your brush in a dry area away from steam and potential mildew. If you do wash your brush with soap and warm water, rinse well and make sure it is thoroughly dried in a sunny area before use.
  • Some people have more sensitive skin so dry brushing may feel uncomfortable at first but your skin will adjust. Other people find it invigorating and love it from day one.

 How to Dry Brush (Easy, Fast Instructions):

  • Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
  • Continue brushing up your legs.
  • Proceed to your hands and arms.
  • Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
  • Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
  • Use light pressure on the breasts and any other sensitive areas.
  • Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.
Skincare, Spa Specials, Spa Treatments

Perfect Pout

CINNAMON POUT

If you are going to pout because it’s cold outside, you’ll want your lips looking good. : {}

Soak cinnamon sticks in olive oil for a couple weeks and you have your very own, homemade cinnamon lip plumper! Rub the cinnamon stick on your lips before applying your lipstick. The cinnamon mildly disturbs the skin on your lips causing them to swell and redden.

Make sure to apply a conditioning balm after your treatment to create a fuller, plumper look. Now your ready to pucker up!

Massage Therapy, Pedicure, Skincare, Spa Specials, Spa Treatments

The Cranberry is a Health and Beauty Powerhouse!

cranberries-1329499-640x480Cranberries may be a perennial source of debate at Thanksgiving dinner but in the skincare community, the verdict is clear: cranberries are a wonderful source of antioxidants, so don’t hold back when they come around the table this year. Cranberries are actually a type of acidic berries that are rich in vitamin C and believed to contain excellent infection fighting properties. A source of phytochemicals known as condensed tannins, these berries are a powerful antioxidant and natural antiseptic with an anti-inflammatory effect. So eat your cranberries!

Enjoy this month’s cranberry treatments by going to our specials page at Margots.com.

Skincare, Spa Treatments, Stress Reduction

Zen Your Skin

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Did you know that stress shows on your skin? High levels of tension can spike hormone production that leads to breakouts or aggravates conditions like psoriasis. Controlling stress keeps skin calm – but that’s easier said than done. Give yourself a break and while giving your skin a soothing beauty boost. Take a 10-minute time out to apply a face mask and lie down on your bed to help your body relax.

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