Marshfield Welcomes A New Therapist: Caroline Miller

New Marshfield Team Member

Caroline Miller has joined our team and we couldn’t be more excited. She brings a wide range of talents and skills to our downtown Marshfield location and we know you will be happy with her great massage skills.

Caroline has worked as a hair stylist in Milwaukee for over a decade, and she brings her deep background in customer service with her as she begins her new journey in massage therapy. As an Associate Level therapist, she looks forward to growing her skills in relaxation, energetics, and therapy. Caroline will be training this September and will be able to provide waxing, facial, and body wrap services as well as massage later this fall.

She has already won over several clients. In the last week alone here is some of the feedback we have heard from her clients.

“She’s my new favorite!” 

“I will be back!”

“What a wonderful addition. You guys always find the best massage therapists around.”

“Her massage reminds me a lot of Joan Weber’s.”

 

 

Caroline is available for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments in our Marshfield location only.  To Learn more about her, check her bio on our Meet Our Team Page.

 

Associate Level

We haven’t had a new Associate Level therapist at Back To Bliss in a couple of years, so take advantage of her great prices to get to know her. Associate Level is an experience designation at Back To Bliss and we have set our Associate Level as our lowest price.  For more information on our price levels see the following link to a video on the topic:

 

 

Waxing, It’s Not That Bad! Part 2

Welcome Back

In the first part of this waxing series, we took a look at the technical aspects of waxing. In this post I would like to tell you what to expect, and some tips to make it a bit easier for you to bare.

Pain?

So many people ask, does waxing hurt? Yes, waxing can be painful, after all you are getting hair ripped out of your skin. The pain is definitely tolerable, the initial sting only lasts a short time. Some people will choose to take some ibuprofen beforehand to help with the pain, however you do not want to take aspirin, because of it being a blood thinner. Yes, there can be blood, all that means is that we got the entire hair follicle out, which is attached to a blood vessel. It is also a good idea to keep in mind that your body is more sensitive around the time of your period, so it will hurt a little more. The more often you wax, the less painful it will be, due to the fact that your hair is growing back thinner and more sparse. Like many other things in life, it gets better with time!

Hair Length

Another thing you need to know is that you need to let your hair grow! It needs to be about 1/4″ long, which means you will need to grow it out for about 4 weeks. If your hair grows a little faster, it may be longer than a 1/4″ and that is ok. If your hair is longer than that I can trim it without a problem, but if the hair isnt long enough the wax wont adhear to the hair.

Bikini Waxing?

The last bit of information you should know about the waxing process itself is; don’t be embarrassed about how much hair you have, because we all have hair! Basically any part of the body can get waxed. When getting a bikini wax, it may be a little weird getting your lady business waxed, but after a couple minutes of talking the akwardness seems to go away. To me, there is hair attached to skin and I need to remove it, I dont think about anything else. It is not one bit awkward for me, so I hope you don’t feel that way either.

After Care

You should avoid hot baths or hot tubs after a wax for at least 24 hours. Your freshly waxed skin is susceptible to bacteria infections for the first 24 hours after. You should also avoid tight clothing to make sure your skin can breathe after the wax. Try to avoid any activities that could cause friction on your skin. After the first 24 hours, you can start using a mild antibacterial soap and exfoliating lightly to make sure you do not get any ingrown hairs. What are ingrown hairs you ask? Ingrown hairs happen when the hair grows sideways, or curls back into the skin. Sometimes the hair is not strong enough to push through the skin, so it curls back or grows sideways under the skin. These need to be taken care of, because they can become infected. The best way to remove them would be similar to how you would remove a sliver, with a tweezers to carefully pull it out.

I hope that after reading this you will give waxing a try, afterall, it’s not that bad!

~Jess M

~It is never too late to be what you might have been.-George Eliot~

Derma

Did You Know?

You may already know that skin is our bodies largest organ, but did you know that the skin you see now, will be gone in about a month? That’s right, our bodies get rid of 30,000-40,000 old skin cells everyday!

Skin cells change shape, they start off fat and square. Over time, they flatten out and when they get to the top layer of skin, they flake off. Over 50% of the dust in your house is actually skin! Can you believe that there are about 19 million skin cells in every square inch of your body, that means there are about 300 million skin cells on your body! On average, you shed about 9 pounds of skin cells per year!

Your Derma

What are some important things to know about skin? Changes in skin, if you notice you skin is drasically changing, there might be something causing that you need to address. Pimples for example are not always caused by diet or dirt. Hormone levels and menstratuion can be some of what is causing breakouts, as well as sweating, some medications or beauty products. If you have heard that the sun can make acne better, that is not actually true. The UV rays actually stimulate oil procution, in turn actually causing acne to worsen. The other thing you need to watch out for is moles, and the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.

A – asymmetry
B – border (irregular or poorly defined)
C – color (if it varies from one area to another.)
D – diameter (anything greater than 6mm)
E – evolving (if it changes size, shape or color)

If you notice any of these changes, you should see your docotor right away.

Skin Nourishment

There are some vitamins that are crutial for healthy skin.
Vitamin A treats sun damage and cellulite. Vitamin D reduces spots and growths. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, regenerates Vitamin E and provides sun protection. Vitamnin E is also an antioxidant and protects against sun damage and aging.

Skin is a very interesting organ, the only one of its kind to have all the functions it does. From protecting our organs, muscles, and bones to regulating our body tempurature. Skin is an amazing thing!

 

 

“Dream big and dare to fail.” ~Norman Vaughan

Six Reasons To Hire A Pro Makeup Artist for Your Big Day

When planning your wedding, there are plenty of things to check off your to-do list. Get the dress, choose the venue, pick the flowers, etcetera. So why worry about what you want your face to look like and how to achieve it? Here are a few reasons to not skimp on your makeup for your big day!

1. Lights, Camera, Makeup!

Let’s face it, most of us aren’t on camera for a living, or even take a selfie on a daily basis. A professional has worked with photographers, and know how to highlight all of your good features, contour, and conceal any spots you don’t want in pictures. Pros are also trained to consider lighting during your photos, (will they be indoors in a dimly lit church, or outside in the afternoon, when the sun is right overhead?)

2. It’s All About the Memories

Your photos will have some of the greatest memories you’ll ever have! You’ll want to look like yourself, like a timeless, slightly more glamorous version of yourself! Going to a professional will make it so easy for you to achieve the look you really want in all those pictures.

3. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, and Likely to Cost around a Thousand Dollars!

Don’t let the small investment of getting a makeup application discourage you from going to a pro. If you think of the budget of your wedding and how much you’ve spent of the other picture-perfect aspects of your big day such as: Photographers, Hair, Dress, Shoes, and Flowers, Makeup is one of the least costly of them all. Remember, your face will be one of the most photographed of the entire day!

4. The Pro Knows

If you happen to come across a super-cheap on-location wedding makeup application, you may want to consider the following:
Are they licensed? If not, they may not be following the sanitary laws that keep us from getting sick.
Have they had any schooling for makeup artistry? If they haven’t, they may not know the basics of the color wheel, what complements certain skin tones, how to work with different bone structures and features, or how to blend makeup appropriately.
If you are leary about any of the following, it’s likely the person doing the makeup has a cheap price because they lack experience or professional education.

5. We Let the Bride Shine!

The bride is the star of the show–and we recognize that! We make sure she gets special attention and consideration for her look, and we consider the entire bridal party when making her shine!
What about the bridal party? We will consider each person’s preferences, coloring, and overall look when applying, but will also stay within an overall “look” or “feeling” for the entire party that compliments the bride and meshes well with the wedding colors and decor.

6. Be Stress Free!

Every bride and bridal party has enough to fuss over and think about going perfectly on the big day. Why worry about bringing a ton of makeup, trying to find all the best looks for everyone, and trying to do everything else before the ceremony and pictures? Consider also that nerves may be a factor, and hands may be too shaky for applying that perfectly curved cat-eye or lip-liner. Just let the pros at Back to Bliss worry about the makeup, while you sit in our relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. We have a wide range of shades and colors to match your needs, and everything is the highest quality and toxin-fee.

 

If you have further questions or are wanting to try out multiple looks, booking a “Trial Run” makeup application is a fantastic idea.  In the trial run you can bring in pictures of yourself that you really like how you look, or you can find ideas from magazines or websites. Your makeup artist will do the rest. This is a nice way to even further lower the stress factor by knowing how the makeup will look on you and trying out different looks if you aren’t sure exactly what you want.

All in all, getting your makeup done by a pro at Back to Bliss will make you look fabulous in person and in pictures, decrease stress on your wedding day, and most importantly, make you feel confident and happy about how you look. So don’t skip it!

Waxing: It’s Not That Bad!

When To Wax

Generally in winter, the last thing you think about is waxing, especially the parts that aren’t exposed to the chilly air; but you should not skip waxing in the winter for many reasons. What if you are going on vacation? You’ll want to wax those areas that a swimsuit won’t cover; and who wants to worry about shaving while you are supposed to be relaxing.

Why do you want to wax year round? Our hair grows in 3 stages: the growing stage, the dormant stage, and the falling out stage. When we get in a routine of waxing, we can get the hair when it is the dormant or falling out stage which can make the hair come out easier and it can hurt less. The hair will also stay away longer. You want to wax throughout the fall and winter, as well, so that when spring and summer comes it wont be as difficult to wax. Some people will choose to wax in the warm months and shave in the cold months, but that is not suggested, you should either shave or wax. The reason being, you will get out of the routine of hair growth and you will basically start all over. You can trim some hairs if they get to long before your next wax, but don’t shave.

What can you get waxed?

Just about anything! From eyebrows down to your toes, it can be waxed. If you have never been waxed, I wouldn’t jump into body waxing right away. I would start small like the eyebrows; that way you get a small taste of what to expect. Here at Back to Bliss we have 4 categories of waxing; Slick, Glazed, Polished, and Smooth. The Slick category includes: brows, chin, upper lip, fingers, and cheeks. Everything in the Slick category is $10 no matter who you go to. The Glazed Category includes: under arms, bikini, abdomen, and shoulder, these services range in price from $30-$36 depending on who see. Last but not least the Smooth Category includes: brazilian, full leg, and full back; depending on who your practitioner is the price ranges $50-$60.

Clarifying Bikini Waxing

If you are wondering what the difference is between the bikini, bikini shaping, and the brazilian; let me clarify for you. The bikini wax is anything that is outside the panty line. The bikini shaping is just a bit more in and a bit lower than the regular bikini wax. The brazilian is the removal of all hair in the pubic area, front to back.

Different Types Of Wax To Use

There are two types of wax, soft wax and hard wax. The reason there are different kinds of waxes is for different areas of the body and the difference in coarseness of the hair. When using a strip wax, the hair as well as the top layer of skin gets removed. Generally this wax gets used on the eyebrows and larger areas of the body. When using a hard wax, only the hair gets removed. This wax is used on people with very sensitive skin, and on very sensitive areas; for example, when getting a brazilian wax.

This is all the technical information about waxing. I will be doing another blog about waxing, the things you should know about waxing and what to expect. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Jessica McCord

~Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.~ Yoko Ono

Why I Love Coconut Oil

I have recently rediscovered what is sometimes called the healthiest oil in the world: coconut oil. When I first learned about this superfood, I used it as much as I could and tried to incorpotate it into just about everything! I still am using it because of all the benefits I’ve gotten from the wonderful oil and I will continue to use it forever!

For many years, people have been using coconut for so many different things. Pacific islanders believe the coconut is the cure for all illenss and the palm tree from which they grow is known to them as the “Tree of Life”. In traditional medicine, coconut was used to help heal such things as; bruises, burns, earaches, fevers, lice, rash, sore throat, upset stomach just to name a few. As the years have gone by, modern medicine has discovered even more ways coconut oil can be helpful in everyday life. Researchers have even found that it can kill viruses, bacteria, and fungi!

One of the many ways to benefit from the oil is to consume it! You can use it to cook with, as a subsitiute for butter, incorporate it into smoothies or eat it raw! Coconut oil is lower in calories than other fats and can promote loss of excess weight by increasing the metebolic rate! Another way it can help with weight loss is that it can reduce hunger because of the way the fatty acids are metabolized. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are immediatly transfered into the liver and turned into fuel. Consuming the coconut oil, you can also get stronger bones and teeth because of the calcium it contains. Coconut oil is also a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium, electrolytes and amino acids.

Another way to use coconut oil is to use in on you skin and in your hair, which is the way that I use it most often! I use it in my hair everyday morning and night; I use it when my hair is wet and when its dry without my hair getting too greasy. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that protect our skin from free radicals, which can slow down the aging process. Another way coconut oil benefits the skin is that it imporves the lipid mositure and acid mantle which helps protect the skin. If you are a person who likes to enjoy the sunshine in the summer, coconut oil is very useful to protect your hair and skin from up to 20% of UV rays! After being in the sun, it is also a good idea to apply it to avoid peeling if you do end up with a burn.

There are SO MANY other uses and benefits of coconut oil, I have just listed a few that I found most interesting. What I love most about the oil is that it is so versitile, eliminating the need for so many different products. Now that you know why I love coconut oil, I hope that you will try it and love it too!

You can find a quality cocunut oil right here at Back to Bliss.  We have Dr. Bronner’s Magic “All-one” Coconut oil for $26.99! The jar is 30oz so it will last you an incredibly long time! You will notice that the product is in a solid form, but liquifies with just the warmth of your fingers! I hope I have given you enough of a reason to pick one up today so you can enjoy these health benefits as well.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Signature Scent Vata Trimester

With October quickly approaching,Vata Season is upon us.  At Back To Bliss, we are attempting to bring the natural Ayurvedic cycles of nature into our programming. With three main phases of the year, we are bringing you programming based on Trimesters, four months to each season.  This usually includes and down cycle for the last season and the uprush of new energy for the next season.

Vata Season is October through the end of January.  Being some of the coldest months of the year, this time of year often leaves us feeling drained and down. On a deeper level our body is transitioning for the wintery weather ahead.  Our skin may start to dry out due to the changes in the temperature, humidity or just the additions of the seasonal winds.  The dust, mold, and allergens are starting to build in the air and clog pores or respiratory systems.  In order to balance with these changes we should add some warm and comforting scents to our routines.  Emily has formulated a blend to do just that!

Orange, Cypress, Ginger and Ylang Ylang all blend together for a warm and inviting scent that provides energetic balance for the season ahead.   Orange is great for fighting depression, a diuretic, and helps to calm nerves.  Cypress helps boosts the immune system, helps us to fight respiratory issues, it speeds up wound healing, and soothes skin conditions.  Ginger aids in calming digestive issues, it is a great anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and stimulating agent that gets the blood pumping.  Ylang ylang will help balance and soothe the warmth of this oil, it’s an aphrodisiac and helps to calm the skin and our soul.

Using our Signature Scent in a massage oil and regularly getting massages during the whole season can help you better transition from the heat of summer to the cold of fall. It will help you to dispell the gloom on your spirit that often comes with a decrease in daylight and a restriction to the activities of summer.

Our Signature Scent for this Vata Season has been added to several products. These products have been created to help complete your wellness routine and focus it for this seasons stresses.

Emily’s suggested use:

After a massage: with the Signature Scent oil, take Signature Scent epsom salts and place 2 cups in a warm to hot bath.  Relax for 20-30 minutes.  After use 2 tbsp of Signature Scent oil to moisturize before towel dry.  Sleep well

To start your day:  Dry brush in the direction of the lymph nodes (toward the heart or watch the video), Shower and use 2 Tbsp of Signature Scent oil after showering and rinse off or blot dry.  Allow oil to soak in before dressing.

Dry Skin, Help Me!

As we all know, Wisconsin winters can be brutally cold.  A hot shower can take away the chill, but what is that hot water do to our skin? About 47% of the population suffers from dry skin. Although most of us only have to deal with it in the winter, some have trouble year round. If you are one of those that have to struggle with it more than just in wintertime, you may have a chronic skin condition. Sometimes the culprit can be the products you are using on your skin.

Asteatosis and Xerosis are the medical terms for dry skin. One of the causes of this are the lack of ceramides, which are fats found naturally in the outer layer of the skin. Ceramides are what hold the cells of your skin together, kind of like a glue. Another cause of dry skin is one that can easily be reversed – dehydration. You should drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day to stay hydrated and also to keep your skin in its optimum condition.

Sometimes the products we are using can cause dryness. Some soaps are too harsh, they are alkaline and can actually strip the skin of its protective outer layer. Soap itself is an emulsifier, which removes oils on the skin. Excessive use of these can cause your skin to dry out. A common mistake many make is scrubbing while cleansing; you should not feel tightness after, but refreshed.

Now that you know what some of the causes of dry skin are, I bet you are wondering how to prevent and treat it. One of the best ways to take care of your skin is to moisturize it daily. Moisturizers encourage the desquamation (shedding of the dead skin cells) process that makes skin appear smooth. You can also use a dry brush to exfoliate the skin as well. Moisturizing lotions also contain emollients, which are substances that inhibit the evaporation of water. When you bathe, your skin does absorb some of the water; however it evaporates into the air and takes excess water out of the skin along with it. The way to prevent this from happening is to apply a lotion as soon are you pat yourself dry after getting out of the shower or tub.

One of the best ingredients to look for in a good lotion is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is already present in our bodies and holds up to 1000x its weight in water! Just a little fyi for you, all of the products in our Hylunia line contain hyaluronic acid! I would recommend the Healing & Restoring Cream; it is a favorite here and is used at the end of our body wraps.

Along with a good moisturizer, some foods can help with dry skin, especially oils. Some examples are olive oil as a natural moisturizer, coconut oil helps the skin store moisture, almond oil nourishes the skin and heals damaged skin, and avocado oil decreases dry skin and age spots. You can use these oils by either including them in your diet or applying them right on the skin. This is one of the reasons Back To Bliss only uses oils in our massages as well.  Although there are many other oils that are beneficial these are just some of the most common. Turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, and ginger are some great spices as well for the skin because of their therapeutic properties.

I hope I have saved you some itching and scratching and have made Wisconsin winters a bit more tolerable!

~”If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas A. Edison~

Skin Fact Quiz – The truth may surprise you!

As part of my apprenticeship I get quizzed all the time.  I read facts, myths, and theories all day.  Today, I thought I would put together one of my own for you!  Here are several facts and myths that I found interesting.  One of the four statements below is true; the others are false.  Take a guess, which one is true?

  1. Shaving makes hair grow back thicker.
  2. Eating chocolate causes acne.
  3. The higher the SPF, the better the protection.
  4. Your skin makes up 16% of your body weight, up to 20 pounds.

 

ANSWERS:

If you guessed that shaving makes hair grow back thicker, you are…incorrect. After shaving the blunt hair growing back looks thicker, but it’s the same size as it was before. If you decide to try waxing, the entire follicle is removed. The hair coming back grows in different cycles, making it appear thinner. Your hair will also take longer to grow back than shaving.

Now, if you guessed that chocolate causes acne you are, wrong again. Sebum getting clogged in the pores of your skin is what actually causes acne, not chocolate so you don’t have to give up chocolate completely for clear skin. Eating dark chocolate is actually beneficial for your skin because it contains antioxidants.

The higher the SPF the better the protection, that’s gotta be it right? Nope sorry! The SPF refers to the amount of protection the product offers from only UVB rays. An SPF of 15 screens out 93% of UVB light. An SPF of 30 screens out 97%. Anything higher than that doesn’t really do anything more. You need protection from both UVA and UVB rays; you should look for a broad spectrum sunscreen which protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

Hard to believe that skin weighs 20 pounds isn’t it? But that is the correct answer! Skin makes up about 16% of your total body weight and is about 22 square feet, which is about the size of a standard doorway. Skin is the largest organ in your body which is why we need to take care of it.

 

Were you just as surprised as I was?  There are so many interesting things about skin, which is why I decided to become an esthetician. It’s always good to do your research so you can decide what to believe and what not to!

Jessica M.
~Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau~

Your An Esthetician… What’s That?

During the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to meet many new people. When they ask what I do, I say that I am an Esthetician and Cosmetology Apprentice.  Almost everyone gives me the blank stare and asks, “What’s that?” To clear up the confusion, let me tell you a little bit about what I do.

As an Esthetician, also known as a skin care specialist, I am able to work at salons, day spas or medi spas. I was trained in the cosmetic treatment of the skin, facials, body wraps, waxing, and makeup. Cosmetologists are also trained in all of those treatments, but not as in depth as I was as an Esthetician.  My training allows me to focus on skin care and all of its facets.  I attended the State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau. My training was 32 hours a week for 19 weeks totaling about 600 hours. I graduated in 2010 with cum laude honors and continue to educate myself in the field.

As well as being an Esthetician, I am also a Cosmetology Apprentice. What that means is, I am learning how to cut, color, and perm hair as well as manicures and pedicures right here at Back to Bliss! Instead of attending a year long program at a school, I get to work as I learn. After finishing my apprenticeship I will have completed a two year training program which is 3,712 hours on-the-job training with Monica, and 288 hours of theory training online. I will then be able to take my state boards and receive my cosmetology license.

I also am starting a new journey of blogging, which is completely foreign to me, but so exciting. I love learning new things about this industry, and about myself. I will be blogging about anything from skin to hair and everything related to beauty. If you have any ideas about topics for me, please let me know I’ll gladly take them! You can email me at jessmb2b@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Jessica McCord

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain