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Infinity Med Spa’s 3 Simple Steps To Firmer Skin

Your summer beauty routine doesn’t have to disappear just because the season is coming to a close. Go for an “endless summer” mindset and keep your complexion glowing all year round. We asked Infinity Med Spa in Santa Clarita, California to share three simple steps to achieve toned skin.

Firmer skin is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • Exfoliate regularly. “We all need to increase our skin’s rate of cell turnover,” Infinity Med Spa states. Exfoliation is an excellent trick to minimize fine lines and wrinkles and is essential to maintaining healthy, vibrant skin. “We encourage our patients to exfoliate at least three times per week,” the spa says.
  • Drink water religiously…and lots of it. It’s simple and effective for improving skin tone. The best part? “This is tried and true, and you will see a big difference in your skin in only a few days,” the spa adds.
  • Escape to the spa. Sometimes, things are best left to the experts. For more tips on how you can improve the quality and tone of your skin, you can schedule a complimentary consultation with one of Infinity Med Spa’s expert aestheticians. “They can recommend cutting-edge treatments and products that will improve your skin,” the spa says.

Infinity Med Spa is one of the leading medical spas in southern California’s Santa Clarita area. The vibe: stylishly upscale yet inviting. The menu: state-of-the-art medical and day spa services comprising Coolsculpting, Botox and fillers, laser hair removal, HCG medical weight loss, massage, microdermabrasion, and more. The awards: everything from “best day spa” to “number-one injector of Botox and dermal fillers” to “number-one certified Coolsculpting practice in SCV.” The spa’s staff has also been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, and Inside SCV Magazine.

And because we’re on an “endless summer” kick, head to this Valencia-based spa to take advantage of this special offer.

Summer Spa Escape! Save $20 on any service of $100 or more. Good for first-time clients only and cannot be combined with any other offers.

Original Price: $100
Offer Price: $80 (20% off)

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Dtox Day Spa’s 3 DIY Skin Care Saviors

Summertime may be all about carefree living, but constant sun exposure and other environmental factors can wreak havoc on our skin. To help combat these summer skin woes, we tapped into the knowledgeable staff at Dtox Day Spa in Los Angeles, California. Dtox’s Lead Esthetician, Jannette Martinez, suggests focusing on these three factors when building a daily skincare routine and provides simple DIYs for combating these factors at home.

Hydration: “Not only internally, but externally. It’s important to bathe our skin cells with as much moisture [as possible] to prevent epidermal water loss. Our skin is like a sponge. Imagine environmental factors such as air pollution, fumes, smog, extreme climate change, and UV rays squeezing the sponge and leaving it dry, depleting it of moisture. Not only is it now dehydrated, but more susceptible to damage.
When our skin is dehydrated, it is more vulnerable, leaving all of these attackers to ravage our skin.”

How to hydrate the skin at home: “Ever wonder why spa’s use cucumber to add to their water? It’s not just for looks; cucumbers contain a high water content and are high in Vitamins B1, C, and K. Make a refreshing face tonic with fresh cucumber and natural spring water. [Spray] a few spritz before your morning regimen, and throughout the day for a quick refresher.”

Protection: “Protecting the skin with a light-weight sunscreen will prevent that thick, gooey feeling during this scorching summer heat. No more or less than a 30 SPF is needed. A zinc-based sunscreen is a great physical blocker and won’t cause irritation to even the most sensitive skin. Reapplication is essential for continued protection. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your ears, chest, and the back of your hands: Little sunspots tend to creep up on us. Protective sun wear is always a plus in preventing sun damage.”

Exfoliation: “Our skin sheds daily, just as our hair does. And just as brushing our hair is wonderful for stimulating hair growth, our skin receives similar benefits when exfoliated. Not only is [exfoliation] necessary to assist in the removal of dead skin cells, but in doing so, we are helping to stimulate new healthy skin cells which are working their way up to the surface”

How to exfoliate at home: “An easy way to exfoliate is to create a plain yogurt mask: It alone has lactic acid which assists the breakdown of skin cells. You can combine some raw organic honey [to the yogurt] to give it a soothing and moisturizing effect. If you want to get fancy, and add an antioxidant punch with extra exfoliation benefits, mash up a few strawberries and add them to the blend. [Applying the yogurt mask] once a week for 5-8 minutes should do the trick.

While all these home skin care remedies are essential to daily, healthy skin, monthly facials are recommended to maintain a clear complexion. You can work alongside a skin expert to meet your long-term skin care goals.”

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The Biggest Hair Mistake You’re Probably Making

Beauty expert and veteran hair colorist, Bridgette Hill, has been the hands behind photo shoots, celebrity coifs, and forward-thinking salons from New York City to South Florida. Hill recently touched down at the Four Seasons Palm Beach where she helps vacationers and locals (and even a few long-distance commuters, self-included) achieve that covetable, fresh-off-the-beach look.

She’s seen the hair business evolve, and with it, people magnetized by the latest trends and products—for better or for worse. As a proponent for science-based hair education, the fact that many people blindly follow beauty trends baffles Hill. “It’s like what happened with contouring,” she notes. “Contouring was meant to be done for photo shoots with specific lighting. Kim Kardashian made it popular, but she did it because she was always being photographed and on-camera. It’s wasn’t meant to be worn daily, and it didn’t fit everyone’s style.”

Hill adds that people make the same big, one-size-fits-all mistake with hair. Her advice: “Don’t always look towards the products and hair techniques that are marketed to you. You need to understand your hair’s specific needs, and sometimes that goes beyond looking at products that are marketed to a particular sex, ethnicity, of hair type.”

It’s a mistake that can be quickly corrected by visiting a hair treatment specialist or colorists like Hill, who can examine your scalp and overall hair health. “I’ve seen young girls losing their hair too much. Things like that make me want to get to the bottom of it and create individualized treatments and color regimes for my clients. Discover what your specific hair needs are and build from there.”

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Everything You Need To Know About Your Nails

Nails reflect our current health state, so understanding the health of the nail, and what the nail says about our overall health status is an important aspect of SpaRitual‘s Slow Beauty practice—a practice devoted to sustainable self-care. If the eyes are the windows to our soul, then the condition of our nails is a window to our health. Plus, nails serve many purposes. In addition to their anatomical functionality, nails are also an intrinsic part of one’s appearance.  Women, and now men, are attaching more importance to their care and grooming as the popularity of hand and foot ritual services grow. Here, I will outline the fundamentals of nail knowledge.

Nail Makeup: The fingernail is a flexible plate of horny tissue formed by the natural hardening of epidermic cells.  Many factors influence the development of this tissue, including genetic makeup, diet, and the environment. The essential components of the nail are keratin, water, and calcium and iron lipids.

Nail Growth: Nails grow all the time, but their rate of growth slows down with age and poor circulation.  Fingernails grow faster than toenails at a rate of 3mm per month.  It takes six months for a nail to grow from the root to the free edge.  Toenails grow about 1mm per month and take 12-18 months to be completely replaced.  Protein, pectins, and fatty acids in the daily diet help to strengthen and speed the growth process.

Nails & Health: Changes in the human body are often reflected in the health of the fingernail.  These include the effects of childbirth or even illness such as high fever and pneumonia. Even psychological shocks can affect the matrix and appear on the surface of the nail as uneven or deep grooves. Just as poor health and dietary deficiencies can inhibit the growth of a nail, illness and diet can also influence the condition of otherwise sound nails. In general, any circulatory condition that reduces the supply of blood to the matrix of the nail can prevent it from receiving proper nourishment and developing normally.  Other health problems that can affect the nails include glandular disorders, poor metabolism, allergies, anemia, and calcium, amino acids and essential nutrients deficiences.

 More Nail Intel:

  • The average growth rate for nails is 0.1 mm each day; individual rates depend on age, time of year, activity level, and heredity.
  • Nails grow more rapidly in the summer than in the winter.
  • Men’s nails grow more quickly than women’s, except possibly during pregnancy and old age.
  • Nails on a person’s dominant hand grow faster.
  • The nail of the middle finger grows fastest, and the thumbnail grows the slowest.

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SpaRitual & Nails:

SpaRitual offers a variety of nail treatments and essentials for manicures and pedicures to keep nails both feeling and looking healthy. In 2004, we launched the SpaRitual nail color and care category of the brand. In addition to offering high-quality vegan products to nail technicians and their clients, our mission was (and still is) to offer consumers more conscious product options.

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Celebrity Wellness: Alicia Keys Sparks A #Nomakeup Movement

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Alicia Keys, shot by Paola Kudacki.

Alicia Keys isn’t the first celebrity to confidently photograph herself without makeup, but she may be one of the only stars saying she’s had enough with cosmetics altogether. In a recent Lenny Letter, the Grammy-winner explained a heart-to-heart she had with herself while writing her new album, confessing the insecurities she faced when she stepped out without makeup. One day, she walked onto a set for her album photo shoot — makeup-free and fresh out of the gym — and a female photographer insisted on shooting her in her raw state. Keys’ initial unease melted into empowerment, leading her to pronounce she’s done with “covering up” any aspect of herself —makeup included.

‘Cause I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.

View Keys’ breathtaking makeup-free spread in Fault Magazine.

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