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Squeeze Out the Stress and Recover Faster with Compression Therapy

Compression therapy has been pivotal in the fitness industry for many years. Professional athletes and active gym members’ alike have been using compression therapy to speed up their muscle recovery time.

But what makes compression therapy special?

 

Dynamic air compression effectively mimics the muscle pump of the legs and arms, enhancing the movement of fluid and metabolites out of the limbs after an intense workout. Created by a physician bioengineer, the Normatec compression line combines dynamic air compression with a patented pulse massage pattern that employs three key techniques—pulsing, distal release, and gradients. These techniques help to relieve muscle aches, pain and temporarily increase circulation resulting in increased flexibility and range of motion, injury prevention, and accelerated recovery time.

Compression therapy is not just for athletes and active gym goers. Normatec compression boots have a wide-variety of benefits fit for any lifestyle, including:

  1. Improved Circulation

Normatec compression boots employ a patented pulse technology that comfortably squeezes your limbs at intervals, improving blood circulation and treating venous insufficiencies like pain, swelling, varicose veins and even ulcers. This is perfect for those who sit or stand for long periods of time and pregnant women who suffer from swelling feet.

  1. Decreased Recovery Time

Compression therapy helps your body detox inflammation and eliminates lactic acid from your limbs over the course of one session. A process that usually takes your body several hours or even days to accomplish can be reduced to just a few hours of recovery time, perfect for any active lifestyle, including athletes with intense training regimens.

  1. Enhanced Lymphatic Drainage and Waste Removal

Lactic acid build-up fatigues the muscle pre-maturely, meaning it is important to try and flush lactate from your muscles post-workout. As compression boots improve blood flow and circulation following a workout, lactic acid is removed from the muscle faster. This reduces fatigue of the muscle and improves recovery.

Feel the benefits of compression therapy in as little as 10 minutes! To schedule your next compression therapy session, please call (910) 484-9922.

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.

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.

 

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