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December Exclusive Offer – Andes Mint Back Facial and Peppermint Bliss Gift Set

Holiday Celebrations are underway and we wanted to celebrate by introducing to you our Andes Mint Back Facial.  This Facial is an exclusive offer that will only be around the month of December, so don’t wait to book!  It is available at all locations!

To Book Andes Mint Back Facial in Marshfield Click Here, 

To Book Andes Mint Back Facial in Colby Click Here

When you book our Andes Mint Back Facial you will indulge in this chocolate goodness with a hint of mint to awaken your senses and acquire all the benefits that this back facial has to offer. The rich chocolate mask flushes your skin with a beautiful rosy glow while the chocolate increases microcirculation.
What are Back Facials and Why would I want to get one? To Answer those Questions we pulled some tidbits from one of Victoria’s blogs called Back Facials ARE a thing you can read this full article below!

Who benefits from it?
Back facials are for anyone who is looking to keep healthy looking skin, but here is a list of people they would be very beneficial for.

  • Those who want to feel deeply relaxed
  • Those who experience breakouts on their back, neck, and shoulders
  • Those with scarring from burns (or other more intense scarring)
  • Those with dry, itchy skin
  • Those with inflammation
  • Even those who want to keep healthy skin

What does a back facial consist of?
Back facials are very similar to face facials in the way that they follow a very similar protocol.

The service includes:

Dry brushing to remove those dead, dry skin cells
Cleanser that is specifically for you skin type
An exfoliation to get rid of pore clogging debris
A lovely back massage (everyone loves a back rub, don’t they?)
A treatment mask to help your skin receive the maximum benefit
Healing and restoring cream to hold in the skin’s moisture
This service also includes extractions (if needed), a steamer to help open the pores and make the service even more relaxing; and a scalp, neck, and arm massage.

Exclusive offer

When purchasing the Andes Mint Back Facial make sure to grab your Peppermint Bliss Gift Set to receive a Peppermint Oil for Free. You can also purchase the Peppermint Bliss Gift Set separately for a low price of $35.

Health Benefits:

Peppermint Essential Oil:

  • Treats Acne
  • Nourishes Dull Skin
  • Boosts Energy
  • Relieves Headaches
  • Improves the texture of oily or greasy skin.

Hylunia Healing & Restoring Cream:

  • Helps to heal very dry, cracked, scaly skin.
  • Softens thick, calloused skin.
  • Good for all areas of the body.

 

The Journey To Flawless Skin

Why Skin Care is important:

More often than not, people look past the fact that a skin routine is a very important part of their daily routine. You may ask why? Well our skin is the largest organ on our body so why shouldn’t you be giving it more attention than anything else. The exposure our skin receives daily should be more than enough to convince you to want to always baby your skin. When it comes to our skin we want to keep it looking radiant, young, and healthy for as long as possible and that is why a daily skin routine and monthly facials are very important for our skin’s health. In order to start a skin routine towards flawless skin we must first determine a regular routine for our skin that will be suitable for it. You’ll want to determine what type of skin you have and in order to do that you will have to give yourself a little skin examination.

Here’s a little self examination quiz you can take to help determine your skin type:

1) How would you describe your skin? (you may choose more than one)

  • Shiny
  • Matte
  • Redness
  • Tight feeling,
  • flaky

2) How do the pores on your skin look?

  • Large, noticeable
  • Small, can’t see them
  • Not too big or small, average

3) Do you experience any sort of skin conditions? (you may choose more than one)

  • Minor breakouts
  • Severe acne (painful, inflamed)
  • Redness of skin (especially when eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol, or being exposed to heat)
  • Red-Pinkish flushing of the skin (not caused by anything)
  • Sensitivity (occurs with certain product- more harsh)
  • Discoloration of the skin (lighter than normal/darker than normal in places)
  • Aging (wrinkles, laugh lines, etc)

Once you complete the quiz, keep your results to help you determine what type of products would be best suited for your skin type. Of course since this isn’t an in person consultation your results can vary compared to the basic determination below.

Skin Type Results:

  • If your skin tends to have larger pores, its shinier, and you get minor to severe acne chances are you have oily skin.
  • Skin that is matte, pores aren’t too large or small, and a skin concern makes your skin normal and depending on which choices you picked in question #3 can determine if you’re skin is normal to aging, normal to sensitive, etc.
  • Skin has redness (not everyone), has sensitivities moves you more into the sensitive skin category depending on the severity. Skin sensitivities causes the skin to get red when it a product is too harsh on it.
  • Tight feeling, flaky skin, with small, hard to see pores brings your skin type to dry. Generally, skin that is more dry with aging would be placed into the mature skin category but premature wrinkles are a concern in some people.
  • Skin that is a mixture of pore size; shine and matte will put your skin type into the combination skin type. This means your skin is a mix of oily to dry (oily in some places, dry in other), normal to oily (shiny in T-zone: forehead, nose,chin, matte elsewhere), etc.

When it comes to skin concerns:

Redness of the skin due to a cause (spicy food, alcohol, excess heat) and appears like little red bumps or like a rash means there is a high chance you have Rosacea.)

  • Reddish/Pinkish flushing of the skin that is always there and isn’t worsened by anything is an unknown condition that several people deal with. It is harmless but can be very annoying. It can make it harder to find a foundation that doesn’t look unnatural. There can be
  • Discoloration of the skin (can appear in small spots or large areas):
  • f lighter: hypopigmentation (loss of skin pigment), caused by melanin depletion or a decrease in amino acid tyrosine, responsible for allowing melanocytes to produce melanin
  • if darker: hyperpigmentation (overproduction of skin pigment), caused when melanin produced too much and forms darker spots on the skin.
  • As far as the others go they are fairly self explanatory. But if you are experiencing severe acne or premature aging you will want to get that checked out because the conditions may worsen if gone untreated.
    In order to determine skin concerns you can come in for a facial to receive more information on your skin and also to get a more in depth analysis of your skin. Like mentioned before this little skin type determination test is just to get a basic idea of where your skin type lies.

Your skin care routine and monthly facials:

Included in your skincare routine you will want to have a cleanser, toner, treatment, mask (once a week), and moisturizer (sunscreen in the morning). If you are looking to have a more simple skin routine all you would need is a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer (sunscreen in the morning). The importance of a mask is to give your skin an extra deep clean at home and a treatment product would be to help treat any skin concerns such as breakouts, excessive dryness, redness/sensitivity, anti-aging, scarring, etc. A toner’s importance is to help balance out the skin’s pH. There are also different types of toners depending on your skin type and concerns.

Although having a daily skin routine is necessary to maintain upkeep on the skin, monthly facial are still crucial to getting flawless skin. Facials help to do a more thorough and deep clean and also if you have any skin concerns that you are unsure about you can ask your Esthetician at this time. We are usually able to answer the questions and concerns you may have to help you gain or keep flawless skin. Remember throughout your daily and monthly skin maintenance you want to make sure you aren’t overdoing any of your routines. You want to wash your face morning and night but I would personally recommend having a more complex night time routine since your skin has undergone all the environmental stressors throughout the day and will need more of a deep clean at night more so than in the morning.

Outlook:

When it comes to your skin, you want to take care of it in the best ways possible. Don’t forget your sunscreen and always be aware of any changes that may occur with your skin. Treat your skin like the incredible part of our body that it is. After all it has so many amazing qualities (protection,sensation,heat regulation,excretion,secretion,and absorption) that we often overlook. Take care of your skin and it will reward you 🙂

Hopefully, after determining your skin type and knowing a bit more about how to take care of your skin, you decide to make a change and start to give your skin the attention it so kindly deserves. Start your daily routine and begin to come in for monthly facials to help keep your skin looking great! You will start to notice the amazing difference! It is time to start a new journey: the journey to flawless skin!

About our products at Back to Bliss:

Here at Back to Bliss, all our products are from natural sources. We make sure that we stay a clean, environmentally friendly place, and in order to achieve that our skin care products are free of known chemicals, fragrance free, and vegan. Knowing this you are then aware that our two skin care lines (Bindi and Hylunia) are safe for your skin and they will help you to achieve the flawless skin you would like. Come and see me at Back to Bliss and I can get you started on your journey to flawless skin!

~Victoria

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Do you struggle with Acne, Wrinkles, Rosacea, Eczema, Dry Skin, Large Pores???  If you said yes to any of these skin conditions you will love this special.

Our Licensed Esthetician will diagnose your skin and then choose from our Hylunia skin care line which products will benefit you. Let her expertise guide you to solving your skin problems!

Why are we offering this amazing special?  Because we believe in creating wellness at an affordable price.  We want to show you the importance of taking care of your skin and the benefits this can have, not only on your skin, but on your whole soul.

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Why you should get a Chocolate Facial!

Facials are great for your skin as they help to clear the skin of impurities and give your skin a fresh new look! Many people look past the fact that their skin needs quite a bit of attention. It’s time to let your skin receive the feeling of being renewed.

The Chocolate facial is great for the month of Valentine’s. I mean who doesn’t like getting chocolate for Valentine’s day? The difference with this chocolate compared to the lovely and tasty Dove chocolates your lover might be getting you is that this is ALL FOR YOUR SKIN! Finally! Your skin gets to absorb the smooth and tastiness of the chocolate that you love!

This facial starts off with a cleanse that then leads into the exfoliation process. This is where the smells of the delicious chocolate start to come into play. The Chocolate facial scrub gently exfoliates the skin to create a healthy glow to the skin by removing dead skin cells and debris from pores. As you take in the great smells you get to relax as you receive a scalp massage. Once the exfoliant is removed, you receive a facial massage with a delicious smells of lemon meringue pie (Mmmm) just to add to your “sweet” experience.

Next is the best part! Hopefully you don’t get too hungry as the chocolate mask sits on for 10 minutes and you take in the yummy smells of chocolate, not to mention the added pleasureful smells of the lemon oil. The chocolate mask brings all the uncontrolled stomach growls as it provides a rosy glow and softens the skin. It contains Tamarind which is a natural exfoliant that contains tartaric acid. This helps to give a little extra oomph to the exfoliation to help you shine bright with your healthy skin and then chocolate (the tasty part) increases microcirculation so that the skin can absorb the fruit acids. After the facial is complete you will leave with the smell of sweetness still lingering.

I, Victoria, am giving these facials at an unbeatable price of only $40! Book your appointment and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about. You’ll get to be the tasty treat instead of the yummy chocolates taking all the credit! Hurry and book today before this unpassable deal is over!

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

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~