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Category Archives: Self Care

Why SPF is Your New BFF

Sunscreen: It’s the best kept beauty secret that’s not really a secret. It’s hard to resist the warm weather once summer rolls around, but over-exposure to the sun can result in serious skin damage, so it’s vitally important to make sure you’re protecting your skin with SPF!

The protection shouldn’t stop when summer ends. Even as the weather begins to cool, sunscreen should be incorporated into your skincare routine every day of the year.

What Makes the Sun Rays So Dangerous?

The sun emits UV rays known as UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays have shorter wavelengths penetrating the outer layer of the skin whereas UVA rays have a longer wavelength and reach deeper into the skin. Overexposure to these UV rays can cause sunburn, premature ageing, wrinkles, and in extreme cases – skin cancer. These UV rays are always present, even when the sun may not be, so SPF is essential in keeping your skin healthy all year round.

Best Sunscreen Practices

No matter your skin tone, you should wear sunscreen. Because sunscreens naturally break down over time, make sure that you reapply your sunscreen every two hours. If you’re swimming or sweating, you’ll need to apply it more often. According to the FDA, “water-resistant” sunscreens maintain their SPF for 40 minutes in the water, while “very water-resistant” sunscreens maintain their SPF for 80 minutes. Remember: even the mildest of sunburns can have damaging effects so it is important to protect your skin.

When in Doubt, Apply More than you Need

Believe it or not, most people do not get the full SPF protection advertised on a sunscreen bottle because they don’t apply enough. To cover your entire body adequately, you need to use one ounce of sunscreen. For reference, that’s about the size of a typical shot glass.

Add an Extra Layer of Protection with Makeup

Many sunscreens wear beautifully under makeup, so there’s no reason to skip this essential step. You can streamline your morning skincare routine by using a moisturizer that also has sunscreen in it. Take your sun protection to the next level by using lip balms with SPF and wearing broad-brimmed hats to protect your head and ears.

The Benefits Are Endless

Sunscreen not only protects your skin from sun damages, the leading cause of fine lines and wrinkles, it also contributes to your overall skin health. Essential proteins in the skin like keratin are protected when sunscreen is applied. These proteins are primarily responsible for keeping the skin smooth and healthy both in appearance and function.

How to Pick the Right Sunscreen

It is recommended that your sunscreen should stay between 30 and 50 SPF. The best sunscreens are also “broad spectrum” meaning it will fully protect you from UVA and UVB rays.

Pevonia Hydrating Sunscreen Broad Spectrum is a silky-smooth, greaseless sunscreen that protects your skin from the sun’s harmful UVA & UVB rays. Enriched with Vitamins E, C, and B, SPF 40 safeguards your skin, counteracts sun damage, and prevents premature aging on your face and body.

 

 

Trying to level-up your skincare routine? Book a facial with one of our amazing estheticians and they’ll walk you through your skin’s specific needs. Call (910) 484-9922 to schedule an appointment.

Look Better at the Beach: Prepare and Protect Your Skin All Summer Long

Summer is almost here! Are you ready for sunshine and tan lines? This year, spoil your skin and prepare for summer with a body treatment.

Why are body treatments important? Even though the vast majority of our skin sits below the neck, it’s easy to overlook. Body treatments offer a wide variety of health benefits, especially when our clothes come off and we’re exposed to sunshine all summer long.

Better Texture

Skin cells naturally grow in and shed at their own rate, but they don’t always shed evenly. It is normal for someone to have layers of dead skin, causing uneven textures all over the body. Body scrub treatments exfoliate those cells, remove dullness and increase blood circulation, leaving your skin more vibrant and youthful.

Prevents Body Acne

Just like a facial, an exfoliating body scrub treatment clears away toxins and dirt that can clog pores and feed the bacteria causing blemishes. Body treatments open your skin’s pores, leaving it clean, evenly colored and glowing.

Ready to Tan

Body treatments prime your skin to better absorb moisturizer or moisturizing sun tan lotion. Through exfoliation, the skin comes out smoother without blemishes which is a perfect canvas for a smooth and even tanning application. Real or fake, your tan will absorb more evenly and last much longer.

Post-Tan Treatment

A body treatment prepares your skin for summer while maintaining health during the tanning months. Constant exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on the skin, leaving it tougher, loaded with dead cells and unevenly colored. Routine body exfoliation ensures skin tone stays beautiful, even and soft.

Helps Prevent Cellulite

One overlooked advantage to body treatments is the prevention of cellulite. The uneven appearance of cellulite results from fat expanding and pushing up to the skin’s surface. An exfoliating body treatment, especially one that’s coupled with a massage, stimulates circulation of the blood and lymph vessels, preventing the formation of cellulite.

Body Treatments Available at the Renaissance

Aromatic  Moor Mud

This muscle releasing treatment begins with a deep exfoliation cleansing treatment utilizing aromatherapy salts. Warm aromatic moor mud is then applied to your entire body to relax sore muscles, stimulate circulation and relieve stress. This treatment is perfect for relieving pain from rheumatism and arthritis.

Aromatherapy Salt Glow

Bring back your skin’s radiant glow as this exfoliating sea salt rich in ylang ylang, tangerine and lavender, leaving your skin silky, smooth and mineralized.

Cactus Melon Body Treatment-NEW!

With notes of fresh watermelon, this treatment uses Watermelon Basil Vodkatini Body Polish to exfoliate the skin while improving elasticity with a Cactus Toning Gel. Finish off the detox with a Harvest Green Shea Butter application leaving you feeling fruity and firm! This body treatment is around for a limited time!

To schedule your next Body Treatment please call (910) 484-9922.

Are You Experiencing the Winter Blues? You Are Not Alone!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons. It typically starts in the late fall or early winter and goes away during the spring and summer. Some symptoms of SAD include low energy, hypersomnia, overeating, weight gain, craving carbohydrates, and social withdrawal.

Color Light Therapy, or Chromotherapy, is the science of using colors to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Chromotherapy helps with SAD by resetting the internal biological clock (Circadian rhythms), helping individuals sleep better and regulate their mood.

Color has been used to treat medical conditions since ancient times! The benefits can help with inflammation, pain relief, accelerated healing, increased range of motion, regulated mood, improved sleeping patterns, anti-aging, and much more!

Here at the Renaissance, we use Chromotherapy lights in our infrared sauna to achieve the wellness benefits of color light therapy.

Feeling the Heat

The heat from our infrared sauna penetrates deep into the skin and muscles to deliver therapeutic healing benefits. The heat increases circulation and metabolism, burns calories, helps break down cellulite, relaxes muscles and boosts your immune response, reduces arthritis pain, joint stiffness, and muscle spasms. It also detoxifies, rids the body of waste, and helps heal cuts, bruises and scars.

Our sauna uses infrared heaters to emit infrared light experienced as radiant heat which is absorbed by the surface of the skin. Traditional saunas heat the body primarily by conduction and convection from the heated air and by radiation of the heated surfaces in the sauna room.

In short, our infrared sauna allows heat to deeply penetrate your body in a shorter amount of time and at a much lower, more comfortable temperature than you would see with a traditional sauna.

This is a perfect treatment on its own for some much needed ME time! You choose the temperature! You choose the music!

To schedule your next infrared session please call (910) 484-9922.

How Your Hair Care Routine Should Change With the Season

The change in temperature can really confuse your hair, both in color and texture. These changes can be hazardous to your overall hair health. Here are our top tips for getting your hair back in good condition for the colder months, and how to prevent further seasonal damage.

Keep Moisturizing

You know the itchy, dry skin that naturally comes with colder weather? The same goes for your hair. Dry hair breaks easily and also make it difficult, if not impossible, to grow hair longer.  The transition between summer to fall is when it is vital to add a moisturizing hair mask or change your shampoo or conditioner so your hair can adjust to the change in temperature. Look for extra moisturizing ingredients to secure hydration in your strands. We love the Bumble and Bumble Gentle shampoo and Super Rich conditioner.

Focus on Your Diet

Sunny days are far and few between in the autumn, lessening further into the winter months. This means your Vitamin D levels can take a drastic drop. Vitamin D is essential to healthy hair growth, so invest in a supplement containing it. Eating Vitamin D rich foods, such as salmon and mackerel, can also help.

It’s Time to Cut Your Hair

The combination of indoor central heating and the extreme change in weather conditions from rain, wind and autumn sun can affect the health of your hair, making it more prone to damage and split ends. Light doesn’t reflect well from damaged hair either so it can be dull and lackluster. The solution? Head over to the salon and get a trim. This is the perfect time to get that new autumn look.

Invest in a Hair Mask

As well as switching up your shampoo and conditioner, it’s a good idea to give your mane some love with a regular hair treatment. Soothe and protect your strands with a weekly treatment mask. Hair masks come in all kinds of varieties for different hair needs, so shoot for a weekly treatment to keep your hair in tip top shape. Bumble and Bumble While You Sleep Mask is the perfect overnight treatment for hair damage.

Embrace the Season of Change

Fall is all about change, the leaves change color, the heat turning into crisp air, drinking iced coffee turns into hot coffee. You should bring about change too. Clean out your closet, set up your planner, and most importantly take great care of your hair.

To schedule an appointment and learn more about the products we offer, please call (910) 484-9922.

 

 

 

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.