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create a relaxing space for the season

November 19, 2018

Practicing self-care is essential when you’re feeling burned out or stressed. Being able to relax, rest, and recuperate should be easy, but it may seem difficult to work into a busy schedule. Check out the three tips below for ways to properly care for your mind and body from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

 

  1. Create a private sanctuary at home.

Taking care of your mental space is just as important as your physical health. Designate a space in your home to retreat to when you want some alone time, want to reflect on your day, or simply want to rest. You don’t need to dedicate an entire room to this, in fact, a small corner in your living room or bedroom will work wonders. The size of your cozy nook doesn’t matter as long as you feel comfortable and secure in your surroundings.

 

The way you design your home environment can affect your overall mood and wellbeing, so make sure you consider interior design psychology tools to improve your mood when picking out color schemes and decor items for your relaxing space. To ensure your living room nook is a tranquil place, choose a neutral color palette. White, grey, and tan will promote relaxation and allow you to reflect without being distracted by bright colors.

 

Before deciding on decor, it is essential that you pick out durable seating optimized for cozy days in. Don’t base your furnishings solely off style. The best way to set up a space you can relax comfortably in is by choosing a chair or sofa that provides proper support. We love the versatility of these supportive and sustainable living room pieces. Their seating options provide complete relaxation, plenty of room to pile up the pillows and thick blankets, and are made with durable material that is easy-to-clean, leaving you one less thing to worry about!  

 

Finally, warm up your relaxing nook with accessories and decor that are unique to your taste. This decorative teal pillow will add a pop of color to your space and provide you with lumbar support while reading, taking naps, or during long Netflix marathons. Adding in plants will purify the air and provide you with the calm feeling of the natural world, which will improve your mood. Add visual interest to your peaceful nook by placing fresh flowers on your side table in an fun vase (like this one). Bringing the outside world into your home can make you comfortable and more content in your space.  

  1. Soak your stress away.

Stress breeds anxiety which negatively impacts your mental space. Extend your calming experience beyond your cozy nook and into the bathroom to soak away your worries in a hot tub. This relaxing activity is an excellent way to practice self-care and will make you feel at ease. Add a natural muscle soak or a pure bath bomb into your self-care routine to soothe aches and pains. The pure essential oils will detoxify your skin and rebalance your body, leaving you happy and refreshed after a long day.

 

Aromatherapy is another excellent way to practice self-care. You can do this by surrounding yourself (and your bathtub) with essential oil candles or incense, like this sleek lavender and eucalyptus one here. Lavender has many benefits and research suggests it as a useful method for easing stress. The calming and skin-purifying health benefits of lavender make it perfect for cleansing your mind and body and uplifting your spirits.

  1. Immerse yourself in a good book.

Utilize your cozy nook to catch up on some reading. Books have the ability to transport you away to a world outside of your own, and reading can actually provide health benefits. You can check out some of our favorite reads here.

Taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional needs are crucial to feeling happy and motivated after a long day. Reading for self-care allows you to disconnect from technology and recharge in a cozy environment within your own home. Taking a mental break is imperative for good mental health, and reading is an engaging and exciting way to accomplish this.

What are your favorite ways to unwind?

Let us know in the comments.

This post was created in partnership with Arhaus.

Life, Living

how to enhance your nighttime routine

November 1, 2018

Sleep is key to improved beauty and a healthier mind and body. Therefore, it’s crucial to make sure you’re taking the time to prepare for a good night’s sleep before crawling into bed every night. To help you get the best sleep possible, we’ve compiled four suggestions to add to your nightly routine.

 

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Skin, Skin Care

a beginner’s guide to peels

October 1, 2018

Twice a year, we celebrate glowy skin with our Peel Party. When attendees purchase a peel, they receive a complimentary peel on their account for future use. Still, we realize a lot of people are new to peels or hesitant about the level of commitment that comes with taking the peel plunge. That’s why we asked an esthetician to answer some of our most frequently asked questions regarding peels.

 

How often should someone get a peel?

We recommend every 4-6 weeks because it takes about 30 days for your skin to turn over. A total of six treatments is recommended.

 

Do peels hurt?

With most peels, you will feel a tingle. It goes away in a couple minutes, and we follow up with a sunscreen that neutralizes any sensation. Throughout the treatment, we’ll check in on a scale of 1-10 — your peel shouldn’t be painful.

 

I feel like my skin is in great condition. What would be the benefit of getting a peel?

If you live in Texas, the sun can be intense. There are pollutants in the air that can be detoxed by, say, the antioxidant peel. Some peels can also help to create a protective layer against these pollutants.

 

Are there any things you can’t or shouldn’t do immediately after getting a peel?

You should avoid heat of any kind. Skip going out in the sun, working out, or taking a really hot shower so your skin can heal.

 

During milk + honey’s Peel Party, do we buy the peel day of or redeem the peel day of?

When you purchase your peel, an additional peel will be added to your account for the future.

 

If these answers didn’t help to demystify peels, please leave additional questions in the comments. We’ll ask a milk + honey esthetician and follow up with you in no time.

To reserve your spot during our Peel Party, call 512.236.1115.

Life

what we’re #currentlyreading

September 6, 2018

From our milk + honey HQ office to the halls of our spas and salons, we often find ourselves discussing books. The books we’re reading, what we love to read, what everyone else is reading—you name it, we’ve gone there. We even started #bathtimebookclub earlier this summer to discuss some of our favorite reads of the moment. When we discovered today is National Read A Book Day, we knew it was time to strike up the convo again. In honor of the (admittedly niche) holiday, we’re sharing some of our current favorites.

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Products

which deodorant is for you?

August 16, 2018

Our cult-favorite clean deodorant was recently relaunched in stick format. Along with the updated format, we launched three strengths: Extra Strength, Regular Strength, and Baking Soda-Free. Don’t know where to start? No worries — we’ve got you covered. Take our short quiz below to discover which Deodorant is for you.

 

Products

Alissa’s summer must-haves

August 13, 2018

Summer may officially be coming to an end, but sunny Austin feels the heat (almost) year-round. That said, us Austinites have a keen sense for seasonal staples. To round out these last couple months of summer, our founder is sharing her favorites. From sun hats to sunglasses, we’ve got you covered.

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Products

the deodorant that has instagram talking

July 30, 2018

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It’s been nearly a month since we re-launched our cult-favorite aluminum-free Deodorant in stick format with a new blend and three new strengths. The verdict is in: it really works. But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve rounded up Instagram mentions, feedback, and tips from early adopters. Scroll on to read the word on the streets (or should I say, the screens.)

 

 

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Promotions and Celebrations

one day only

July 30, 2018

Mark your calendars, haircare fans. All milk + honey locations are featuring a USmooth promotion for just one day this week.

All Austin locations will offer the promotion on August 1st and on August 2nd, the offer will go live at our River Oaks location in Houston. Stop by your nearest milk + honey to stock up on USmooth tools at 50% off.

 

Find your nearest milk + honey location.

 

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milk + honey is coming to Fort Worth

July 18, 2018

“I’m happy to share that we are opening our first spa and salon in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, slated to open this winter. The newest location will be located in The Shops at Clearfork and will feature 14 treatment rooms, eight salon chairs, and four mani-pedi stations.

Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to have thousands of Dallas/Fort Worth clients join us in Austin and Houston, so when the opportunity to expand into The Shops at Clearfork was presented to us, we knew it would be a great fit.

We’ll keep you updated as we near our opening date in Fort Worth. In the meantime, you can follow us at @milkandhoneyspa for sneak peeks along the way.

Thank you for your continued support!”

Alissa Bayer, founder + owner
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what to know before you wax

July 17, 2018

It’s that time of year again. Pool parties and beach vacays can often mean one thing: waxing bikini lines and beyond. Though many favor rocking body hair these days, (you’ve gotta do you!) we’re sharing some pro-tips to make the most of your next waxing appointment. We caught up with the ever-glowy (and incredibly kind) milk + honey esthetician, Jessica H., for her hair-removal best practices.

 

Grow it out

Jessica says the hair length should be at least a quarter of an inch long. “This means grown out approximately two weeks after shaving and three to four weeks after waxing. The hair needs to be long enough for the wax to grab the hair and pull it out by its root.”

 

Don’t forget to hydrate

“Hydrated healthy skin is very important,” says Jessica. “This eliminates hair breakage and skin lifting. Hydrated skin also helps eliminate ingrown hairs from forming between waxing services.”

 

…and exfoliate

Jessica also encourages exfoliation to make waxing easier and prevent ingrown hairs. “Layers of dead skin can interfere with the quality of the service,” she says. “Exfoliating the skin will ensure a more comfortable service and thorough removal of the hair.”

 

Know your wax

“If your skin is prone to ingrown hairs — especially on the bikini line — request that hard wax is used in your service,” Jessica advises.

 

Use product post-wax

“Using a post-wax serum that promotes skin cell turnover, an anti-bacterial environment, and hydrates the skin in one multi-action formula is a must,” Jessica insists. “At milk + honey, we carry Flawless and Cosmedix Pure Enzymes — both are really popular retail items that are used by our clients.”

 

Hold off on breaking a sweat

Jessica recommends waiting 24 hours after waxing to engage in extreme perspiration (i.e. hot yoga, running, biking, etc.) This includes direct sunlight for excessive periods of time, steam showers and baths as well as chlorinated pools and hot tubs. “Try to keep the waxed area clean and hydrated,” she says.”  “Keeping the body cool and hydrated will inhibit any skin reactions and irritations.”

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