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Make Your Nails Longer and Stronger

Whether your nail care is a form of self-care, an indulgence, or just routine maintenance, keeping your nails in tip-top shape is a worthwhile investment. Here are some tips to keeping your nails longer and stronger.

Moisturize Your Nails

Moisturizing is a well-known secret to healthy skin, but it’s often overlooked in nail care. While dry, brittle nails can be the result of many factors, they’re ultimately a cry for moisture, so consider proper moisture: the foundation of every nail care routine. When applying hand lotion, give your nails a little extra attention.

Avoid Contact with Water

You know how soft and bendy nails get after a long bath? The nail is like a sponge. It is 1,000 times more absorptive of water than the skin. Excessive water exposure can put significant strain on delicate nail cells, which can lead to brittleness, peeling, and breakage. Don’t avoid washing your hands, but do pay attention to your nail exposure to water.

Be Gentle

The best nail care is gentle care. You should resist the urge to use your nails as replacement tools—no matter how convenient it may be. When indulging in an acrylic or gel manicure, proper removal is important. When you peel those nails off, you’re really peeling layers of the nail, the nail plate, and that’s going to weaken your nails. Always consult a professional on the best way to remove acrylic and gel manicures.

Treat Your Nails Like You Treat Your Hair

Hair and nails are both composed of keratin proteins, so many of the same rules for treatment apply. Both can become dehydrated and damaged from over-processing. Frequent polish removal, gels, and acrylics do to nails what dyes, chemicals, and heat application do to hair. Just as hydration can help repair hair issues such as frizz and split ends, it can help improve dry and brittle nails. Like you would condition your hair with a leave-in or rich conditioner, you should condition your cuticles as well to promote healthy, growing nails.

Watch the Weather

Winter can be a rough time for skin, hair, and nails alike. Not only can cool, dry weather cause nails to get extra brittle, but extreme swings in temperature from going outdoors to indoors can cause additional damage. The shift from a heated home or office to the chilly open air can cause nail cells to contract and expand repetitively, resulting in a weakening between the cells, leading to breakage. It’s smart to always wear gloves in the winter and frequently moisturize your skin and nails.

 

Rethink Your Products

Nail files: Instead of those old-as-time emery boards, opt for a glass or crystal nail file. Traditional emery boards create microscopic tears in the nail that lead to splits and peeling.

Nail polish remover: In the best-case scenario, you would avoid nail polish remover altogether, but since most of us aren’t going to entirely give up the joy of a nice manicure, it’s better to instead use non-acetone removers that contain hydrating oils and ingredients.

Nail brush: Instead of digging under your nails with a filer, use a gentle nail brush to clean out dirt. Or you can use an extra toothbrush you have lying around.

Be patient with Nail Growth

If you’re a chronic nail-biter, you know the victory of finally growing your nails out past your fingertips. Healthy habits plus patience pay off in nail care, but the primary focus should be on figuring out how to strengthen your nails, not solving the puzzle of how to grow nails fast. Stronger nails can lead to longer nails if you practice good nail care, but it all takes time. If you battle brittle nails and constant breakage, it’s smart to keep your nails clipped short until they regain strength; then they’ll have the foundation they need to grow longer.

To schedule your next manicure/pedicure appointment please call (910) 484-9922.

Don’t Sleep Longer: Sleep Smarter

These days, most of us feel like we’re not getting enough sleep. To some extent, this is true: more than one-third of us don’t get enough sleep every night, but it isn’t just about the amount of time you spend in bed; it’s about getting to sleep, staying asleep, and getting good sleep.

This is how NuCalm can really help you enjoy a good night’s rest.

Fall Asleep Faster

Many people have trouble getting to sleep right away. There are too many distractions to let your brain shut down and enter its process for falling asleep. NuCalm can really help with this.

Using NuCalm helps you put aside the things that are bothering you and get some distance from them. You enter a calm state and stop obsessing about the things on your mind. It lets you focus on getting rest when it’s time to rest, which then makes you readier to work when it’s time to work.

Get Better Sleep

Spending lots of time trying to fall asleep when you can’t or staying awake when your body wants to fall asleep can create a situation where your body has a hard time either staying awake or falling asleep. Its ability to read and respond to environmental and behavioral clues is hampered, which makes it hard for you to get quality sleep.

NuCalm can help with this by “grooming” the body’s systems so it can function as it is supposed to. This makes it more possible for you to fall asleep faster and enjoy deeper, more restorative sleep than before.

Deeper Dreams

NuCalm helps your brain enter and stay at the proper brainwave frequencies for dreaming. By falling asleep faster and staying asleep better, you’ll also spend more time in the Restless Eye Movement (REM) state. This means that you can experience more detailed dreams. Many users of NuCalm report vivid dreams and sharper memories when they’re using the system.

The benefits of this aren’t just for sleep–you will likely see better creativity and more inspiration after you start using NuCalm.

When You Need to Rest but Have No Time

In addition to helping you sleep well at night, NuCalm is an amazing system because it gives you the ultimate ability to “power nap.” If you find your energy is flagging but your schedule is still full, you don’t have to set aside hours to restore your energy. Instead, just 30 minutes of NuCalm is the equivalent of up to two hours of restful sleep.

That’s because NuCalm puts you in the state of restorative sleep, which your body naturally transitions through repeatedly at night. By spending more time in this restorative type of sleep, you get more of your energy back and feel remarkably well rested for such a short period of time.

There’s Only So Many Hours in a Day–Use Them Right

If you keep feeling tired all the time, you might think you need to spend more time in bed. This creates a problem, especially if your schedule does not provide time for those extra hours in bed.

Maybe you don’t have to find more time for sleep–maybe you need better sleep. With NuCalm, better sleep is just 30 minutes away.

To learn more about the benefits of NuCalm, please call us at (910) 484-9922.

 

Article taken from https://www.nucalm.com/dont-sleep-longer-sleep-smarter/

Is It Worth the Time to Do NuCalm?

You may be looking at the Live Better benefits of NuCalm and thinking, “That’s great, but I don’t have time for NuCalm.”

We understand: everyone’s schedule is so busy that the thought of inserting another 20 minutes or more of an activity into your day can seem impossible. And definitely it might not seem worth it compared to all the other demands on your time.

But let us assure you, NuCalm is well worth your time. In fact, after you start doing NuCalm, you’ll probably find that you miraculously have more time than before. How is that possible? It’s simple.

 

Improve Productivity

When you do NuCalm, you’ll find that your productivity increases. The time spent in NuCalm lets your mind cut through the “noise” of your day, including stress and distractions. Instead, you can clearly identify the most important things for you to do today so you can get to them.

In addition, you’ll find that you have more energy. Sleep is important, but sleep is not the only way your body rests and regains energy. NuCalm helps your body finds its energy reserves so you’re better able to take on your day’s work. Not only that, but you’ll find that you are sleeping better than before. Your sleep will be more efficient, so you can get more rest per hour. No more crashing all day on the weekends just to try to catch up.

NuCalm users might see their productivity increase as much as 30%. Think about what it would look like to get 30% more done each day. Then compare that to the 20 minutes or so spen on NuCalm. See how great that bargain is?

Control Stress

Think about how much time and energy stress steals from you every day. How much time do you spend just worrying? Are you paralyzed and unable to act during the day? Do you stay up at night with worry? That is time wasted. Not only are you getting nothing done: you’re wearing yourself out. Anxiety is one of the most exhausting feelings.

With NuCalm, you can regain all that time and energy. Your stress will be reduced or eliminated. You can spend your time working to control the sources of your anxiety and not just be consumed by it.

Stay Healthy

Do you know what really saps your time? Getting sick. We’re in the throes of one of the country’s worst flu seasons in decades. People are being laid on their backs for days, weeks even. That’s a huge loss of productivity.

How does NuCalm help? NuCalm keeps you healthy partly because it removes your stress. Stress makes you more likely to get sick. It wears down your immune system and makes you more vulnerable to illness.

But NuCalm also helps tune your immune system. It places your body in parasympathetic nervous system dominance, which is the best state for your immune system to identify and respond to threats so your body can heal and stay healthy.

NuCalm Is Worth It

If you’re struggling with a life that seems just too full for you to get everything done, NuCalm is a great way to finally get control. You may be giving up a short time out of your day, but you’ll be getting that benefit back many times over.

To learn more about the benefits of NuCalm, please call us at (910) 484-9922.

 

Article taken from https://www.nucalm.com/is-nucalm-worth-the-time/

What is Localized Cryotherapy?

THE COLD RUSH

Cryotherapy, which literally means “cold therapy,” is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. The exposed skin reacts to the extreme temperature by sending messages to the brain that stimulate natural regulatory functions of the body.  The blood vessels constrict, immediately decreasing inflammation and swelling in the affected area by rapidly flushing the tissue of fluid and waste.

 

COLD SCHOOL

Many people wonder why not just use an ice pack, what’s the difference? There are several benefits with local cryo that you just can’t get with ice.

  • Local cryo allows the skin to get to a consistent, therapeutic temperature without the use of moisture so there is NO pain.
  • Icing is not cold enough or fast enough to create vasodilatation, and the brain feels the slow freezing effect of the ice then wants to send blood to the area to warm it up. This warming attempt can slow the inflammatory process and also slows the removal of lactic acid in the tissue which is the cause of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
  • With ice there is no way to sustain a constant, beneficial temperature.

Another benefit of local cryo over icing is once the cryo process is complete you can move and engage the area immediately whereas icing leaves you numb and stiff until the treated area warms up.

 

LICENSE TO CHILL

Our all electric,  X°CRYO machine’s uniquely designed treatment  applicators and adjustable high velocity of the cooled air (-30ºC/-22ºF) coupled with efficient heat extraction, provides comfortable and fast treatment of

pain, mobility restrictions and inflammation and is possible to focus on  areas like the knees, ankles, elbows, wrists, neck and the scalp. An added bonus is our innovative cryofacial mask that makes toning and soothing facials refreshingly easy.

There are a multitude of benefits to localized cyro with the X°CRYO machine.  Not only can it be used to boost athletic performance and recovery, increase wellness, and improve health, but it is also a key component in increasing beauty.

Athletic performance and recovery

It can deliver an accelerated muscle recovery, reduction of lactic acid, improved muscle mobility and overall elasticity. It is suitable to be used to treat a variety of sports injuries, back, neck and shoulder pains, sprains, strains and other soft tissue damage.

Wellness

Localized cyro reduces swelling and liquid retention, joint pain and inflammation as well as reduces stress and boosts blood circulation.

Health

It accelerates recovery from injuries and medical operations, and can provide relief from chronic pain and arthritis.

Beauty
It can reverse signs of aging, promote skin tone, reduce cellulite, increases collagen production and provides treatment for various skin disorders

A recommended, typical session lasts between 1–3 minutes. You’re literally minutes away from a more refreshed, pain free, fit, well and beautiful you.

 

Self Care Series

What is Self-care?

The answer is very simple.  Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of ourselves mentally, emotionally, and physically.  Practicing self-care is essential in maintaining a healthy and positive relationship with numero uno, yourself! Think of it as the Golden Rule reexamined. Treat yourself as you would like to be treated.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking. Taking time for you is not high on the priority list.  You have got way too much to do! It can feel selfish.  It can even make you feel guilty!   I recently started on my own self-care journey and it took weeks of griping and excuses before I gave myself permission to do something that was just for me! It then took an entire extra month more before I was not feeling guilty about spending time doing things I actually liked!

So, after 3 months of spending a lot of time getting to know myself,  I finally feel refreshed!   Self-care for me has helped to produce positive feelings, help boost my mood, help calm anxiety, and even elevate my self-esteem resulting in higher levels of self confidence.  And, here’s a major bonus, when you feel more confident, you get a certain bounce in your step that lets the whole world know, I AM FEELING GOO-OOD!

A lot of times when people talk about self care, they are talking about the emotional aspects of it.  Dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and sadness often disrupt long term feelings of wellbeing.  Self-pampering does wonders to help trigger the relaxation response, which can prevent chronic stress from damaging your health.

Self-care takes practice and can mean different things to different people.  Here are a few basic things that everyone can add to their self-care checklist.

  • SLEEP! Sleep is an essential part of self care and taking care of you. Adults usually need 7-8 hours of sleep each night.  If you are having trouble sleeping, try things like rubbing lavender oil on your feet.
  • Eat well. DIET can be a scary word and there are tons of diets to choose from! Just trying to figure out what to eat can be stressful! Start small. Stick to things that are healthy and not processed. Try and replace one bad thing with a good thing, like water for soda or grilled instead of fried. How about eating vegis first? Small habits stick!
  • Learn to say no! Make a list of things you don’t like to do or just no longer want to do! Examples might be learning how to say no to taking on extra things that you know you don’t have time for. Maybe it’s turning off your phone at a certain time, or something as simple as not checking emails once you get home.
  • I know, I know.  You don’t want to.  You don’t feel like it.  You don’t have time.  But here’s the rub.  Exercise is not just good for you physically; it’s also amazing for your emotional well being.  It helps you to blow off steam and can lift your mood as well as your energy.  So choose something you like to do (or maybe that you don’t dislike as much ) and get to work!
  • Medical Care- schedule your annual exams! Do your follow ups!
  • Spend time doing things you love! Write that novel or short story.  Spend time with your family.  Visit the museum!  Whatever it is, take a cue from Nike and JUST DO IT!
  • Relax! Try relaxing exercises like breathing or meditation. Get a massage or facial or a pedicure.  Take a short walk, listen to your favorite song, call your favorite person.
  • Laugh! Laugh as many times a day as you can!

 

Follow me over the next few weeks as I take a deeper look into self-care.  I will be interviewing both team members and clients about their self-care regimens and talking about the huge benefits of the services at the Renaissance Day Spa as well as services that other businesses and friends of the Renaissance have to offer.  I would love to hear all about your self-care journey as well!  If you would like to be featured in our Self-care Series, please share your story with me at selfcare@thereneaissancedayspa.com.

Remember, taking care of yourself allows you to project awesomeness everyday!

Take care you,

Natalie Spencer