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Body, Skin Care

What are Back Facials and Why Should You Get One?

July 21, 2021
back facial

By now, everyone seems to have a skincare routine down. But what about the skin you can’t see? Back facials may seem like a new trend, but consider how much pampering you give the rest of your body. Your back skin deserves just as much care as the rest of you, and this is one area that you probably need a little help to tend to. 

What is a back facial?

Similar to the more common face-facial, a back facial is a series of treatments that opens pores, extracts impurities, and leaves the skin soft, moisturized, and refreshed. Steam is used to open the pores and prep the skin for cleansing and exfoliation. From there, the esthetician will assess the client’s skin and determine what treatments will bring your best back forward. 

If there is acne or clogged pores, the esthetician will perform extractions to safely remove the offending spots and help your skin clear up. On the other hand, dry skin will receive extra hydration through masques, serums, and oil-free moisturizers. 

Why should you get a back facial?

Whether you’ve got a formal event coming up, or a beach vacation, or you just want to feel more comfortable in your skin, anyone can benefit from a back facial. The back is an area we often forget about–after all, it’s out of sight, out of mind–but it’s also a crucial part of the skin that needs the same level of attention as anywhere else on the body. 

Exfoliate dirt, oil, and dead skin

Even if you don’t experience acne, your skin probably has some buildup from sweat, environmental dirt, and natural oils, which makes it harder to shed dead skin. Exfoliating scrubs and chemical treatments gently remove the buildup, preventing breakouts and unveiling your beautiful skin underneath.

Hydrate dry skin

Unless you’ve got the flexibility of a master yogi, you probably can’t reach every part of your back when applying moisturizer. Whether you’re spending the summer poolside or cranking the heat during a cold winter, your skin needs extra moisture and can certainly benefit from hydrating creams and serums. 

Clear acne breakouts

Who among us doesn’t live in fear of backne? If you’ve got breakouts holding you back from feeling confident, let your esthetician gently clear breakouts by implementing clarifying masques, extractions, and clarifying treatments. 

Reduce inflammation and redness

If your skin is sensitive to the aforementioned treatments, your esthetician can apply a calming masque or serum to help your skin feel as relaxed as you do. They may suggest additional products to follow up with at home. 

What to expect before, during, and after a back facial?

Before the actual facial begins, your esthetician will sit down with you to identify your skin needs and goals. After determining what you hope to get out of the spa treatment, specific treatments will be applied throughout the session, starting with steam to open the pores. If your goals require more invasive treatments, you may experience some redness or sensitivity after your session, but you’ll receive after-care instructions to ensure that you maintain that post-spa glow.  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself scheduling your next appointment on your way out the door! 

Schedule a back facial near you at your local milk + honey spa

Your local milk + honey spa has your back when it comes to a customized, luxurious back facial treatment. Go ahead and enlist a friend to take your before-and-after pictures: if everyone else gets to revel at your renewed skin, you should, too. Whether you’re planning for an event or just looking to treat yourself, milk + honey’s team of experts has the solution for you.

Skin Care

13 Tips for Preventing and Treating Maskne (Mask Acne)

July 21, 2021
mask acne

During the COVID-19 pandemic, masks became part of our regular routine as they were required in most public places. The primary reason for wearing a mask was to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but even after people got vaccinated some continued wearing masks because it also helps prevent the spread of other illnesses such as the flu. Beyond reducing the spread of viruses, other reasons people continue to wear masks include helping with allergies, reducing the need for makeup, or simply as a means of expression through the mask design much like with clothing and accessories.

While masks definitely have their benefits, they also come with one unfortunate consequence: mask acne or maskne. Masks, especially reusable fabric ones, trap oil, bacteria, and dead skin and then rub up against your face, clogging pores and irritating follicles which causes mask acne. Even if you’re wearing a clean mask every day, maskne is inevitable. 

If you plan on continuing to wear a mask, learn everything you need to know about mask acne including prevention and treatment tips.

What is maskne?

Maskne is acne around the mouth, chin, and cheeks that is specifically caused by wearing a mask. The term is an umbrella that can refer to acne (clogged pores), rosacea (a skin condition that causes redness and pimples), contact dermatitis (a sensitive reaction to the mask itself), or folliculitis (infected hair follicles). If you already had any of these conditions, the friction and buildup of substances can provoke a flare up. On the other hand, if you previously experienced clear skin (lucky you!), the addition of a physical barrier against your face can spark new skin issues. 

What causes maskne?

Maskne is caused by, of course, wearing a mask. Depending on which issue you have, though, the causes may vary. True acne is caused by clogged pores, which means the oils, bacteria, and dead skin that naturally occur are being trapped against the skin. Rosacea can flare up for a number of reasons, one of them being heat. Contact dermatitis could be a reaction to your laundry detergent or even the fabric of the mask itself, and folliculitis is caused by bacteria infecting the hair follicles.

How to prevent maskne

The easiest way to tackle any skincare issue is to prevent it before it happens, so here are some tips for preventing mask acne:

  • Wash your face before donning your mask so that there’s less oils, bacteria, and skin cells to collect.
  • Moisturize before you mask up to soften the skin and reduce friction.
  • Skip the makeup! Odds are it’ll get rubbed off onto the mask anyway, so embrace the chance to go au natural.
  • Keep your mask clean by washing after every use with a fragrance-free soap or detergent, which will help with bacteria buildup and reduce the chance of irritation.
  • Use a mask made of natural, soft fabric like cotton or silk; synthetics like nylon or rayon can be too abrasive for the face.
  • Make sure your mask fits well! It should cover the nose and mouth snugly, but not too tight which causes extra friction and irritates the skin.

How to treat maskne

If you’re looking for a solution, here are some mask acne treatment tips:

  • Wash your face regularly with a gentle cleanser–definitely at the beginning or end of the day, but if you get particularly sweaty, another quick rinse will help keep things fresh.
  • Supplement your skincare routine with clarifying treatments like benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
  • If your skin feels tender and irritated, cortisone cream and moisturizer with ceramides will soothe and protect your skin.
  • A topical antibiotic cream can help prevent infections: dermatologists recommend applying before you put on your mask.
  • Consider switching to disposable masks until your breakouts subside, to ensure that you’re starting with a clean slate every time you mask up.
  • If you’re sticking with fabric masks, try to swap out for a fresh one midday.
  • Wash your hands before handling the mask to reduce the transfer of oils and bacteria.

If none of the above helps treat your mask acne, consult your dermatologist for a stronger treatment, such as a prescription-strength antibiotic. Additionally, you should consider getting regular facial treatments to help exfoliate and refresh your skin. If you’re interested in getting a facial, check out the wide array of options available at your local milk + honey spa and book an appointment today!

Massage, Treatments

Benefits of Detox Steam And Massage Treatment

June 23, 2021
woman getting a relaxing massage

When you opt for a detox steam and massage from milk + honey, you’ll know from the description that it includes a body brushing, our signature massage with a delightful blend of rosemary, echinacea, eucalyptus, and geranium essential oils, and, of course, a steam treatment. But what are the benefits of steam, and why should you choose the detox steam and massage over any other body treatment to begin with? 

While the menus and brochures from your favorite spa might provide the information you need to make a decision, chances are you’ll still have questions about your treatment prior to your appointment. What should you wear? What happens when you walk into the treatment room? Will your massage therapist leave you alone in the room? If it’s your first time, your questions and (and maybe a little apprehension) are completely understandable. 

Ahead, we take a look at milk + honey’s Detox Steam and Massage. We’ll talk about the benefits of steam for your body (and why you may want to consider adding this treatment highlight to your spa experience), and we’ll also walk you through the process so you’ll know exactly what to expect when it’s time for your appointment.  

 

Benefits of Steam for Your Body

Body steaming releases impurities and supports the immune system. Additionally, it triggers a “thermoregulating” effect in your body where the blood vessels in your skin dilate and stimulate your circulation. With improved blood flow comes a fresh delivery of nutrients and oxygen to your skin cells, and this imparts a healthy glow to your skin. Moreover, hot steam has the added benefit of warming and relaxing your muscles. 

 

What to Expect During Your Detox Steam + Massage Treatment

To give you some insight into your detox steam and massage body treatment, we caught up with James Curry, Head of the Massage Department at the Austin Arboretum Market. James walks us through this spa service from beginning to end. 

Step 1: You’ll walk into the steam treatment room, and your massage therapist will spend some time chatting with you to figure out why you’re there. He/she will determine if you have any contraindications for the treatment, such as:

  • Pregnancy
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Burns

If there are no contraindications for the detox steam and massage body treatment, your massage therapist will begin the treatment, and he/she will continue to walk you through each step of the process as they go. There are no surprises, and you won’t be caught off guard. 

Step 2: The treatment begins with body brushing. 

Step 3: The body brushing is followed by our Signature Massage with rosemary lemon and peppermint essential oils. 

Step 4: After the massage, you’ll be guided to the steam tent, where you can relax and enjoy for 15 minutes while the steam does its work. You will not be left alone in the room. Very often, your massage therapist will offer a relaxing head and neck massage while you steam. 

Step 5: Once your steam treatment is over, your therapist will remove the steam tent, and you’ll likely feel a rush of cold air. 

Step 6: The damp drape will be removed, and a warmed, dry draped will be offered. 

The drape changeout concludes the treatment; your therapist will leave the room and allow you to get dressed in private. From start to finish, milk + honey’s detox steam and massage lasts about 90 minutes, and the dry brush used in your session is yours to keep. If you’re interested in this treatment, book an appointment at your local milk + honey spa today!

Treatments

MILK + HONEY’S 5 MOST SOOTHING AND HEALING SPA SERVICES

June 23, 2021
relaxing spa treatment

Self-care often falls to the bottom of most to-do lists. But the truth is, taking the time to relax and rejuvenate with a bit of self-care is a crucial part of any health and wellness routine. The next time you’re in need of a reboot, Milk + Honey offers plenty of spa services that heal and soothe. Not sure which one to choose? Here are our most soothing and healing spa services. 

Find Some Stress Relief With Our Signature Massage 

If you’re looking to find your zen, you’ve come to the right place. Milk + Honey offers a Swedish massage (also known as our signature massage) that focuses on relaxation and stress relief.  Our licensed massage therapists offer one on one consultations so that they can tailor your massage to your specific needs. Every massage includes our choice of organic aromatherapy oil or organic body butter, heated massage tables, and steamed hot towels that heal and soothe. 

Wrap Yourself In Warmth With Our Hydrating Body Cocoon 

Milk + Honey’s Hydrating Body Cocoon is just as divine as it sounds. This spa service includes an invigorating full-body brushing and Milk +Honey’s signature massage with aromatherapy infused body butter followed by a wrap in a warm cocoon of blankets. This treatment will soothe, heal, and leave your skin feeling healthy and hydrated. 

Intoxicate Your Senses With Our Detox Steam And Massage 

Our detox steam and massage stimulates circulation, releases impurities, and even supports your immune system. This invigorating body treatment also includes a full body brush and our signature massage with a soothing blend of rosemary, echinacea, eucalyptus, and geranium essentials oils. 

Sweeten The Deal With The Spa Partisan 

Of all our spa services, this one might be the sweetest. The Spa Partisan begins with a full-body brushing, followed by our signature scrub infused with brown sugar, coffee, and crushed almond. If that weren’t enough, it’s all topped off with our signature massage. This relaxing treatment offers plenty of stress relief and delivers a little detox and exfoliation to reveal brighter, smoother skin. 

Soothe Your Skin With A Relaxing Facial 

While facials are often thought of as just a beauty treatment, the truth is they are deeply relaxing and always a superb option for stress relief. Our menu of spa services includes facials that cleanse, tone, exfoliate, extract, massage, and deeply hydrate.

Hair

Best Hair Masques For Common Hair Concerns

June 23, 2021
hair shining outdoors

Your hair is your crowning glory, but in your effort to make it so, it’s likely that your tresses are — a little stressed. From blow dryers to flat irons and from highlights to lowlights, and any assortment of boxed dyes and hair products, it might be time for a little TLC. A good hair masque (also known as a hair mask) could be the breath of life you need to restore hair that’s lifeless and dull.

Fortified with “good for your hair” ingredients like keratin, bamboo extract, and powerful antioxidants, hair masques offer deep hydration to repair dry and damaged hair. While the formula you choose should be tailored to your specific hair concerns, hair masques can pick up where your conditioner leaves off; they deep condition parched hair, repair split ends, and perhaps, more importantly, restore your hair to its former glory. Ahead we’ll take a look at a few of the best hair masques for common hair concerns. 

 

Best Hair Masque For Color-Treated Hair

Davines Essential Minu Hair Mask ($38)

Made with caper blossom extract sourced from Italy, Davines Essential Minu hair mask is packed with Vitamin B and iron, both of which are incredibly important for healthy hair. Formulated to deeply nourish color-treated hair,  this hair mask leaves your hair soft and silky without weighing it down. To use, apply to towel-dried hair, leave in for 10 to 15 minutes,  comb through, rinse, and style as usual.

 

Best Hair Masques For Dry or Damaged Hair

Kevin Murphy Angel Masque ($39)

Made with a nourishing blend of bamboo extract and eight essential amino acids, Kevin Murphy’s Angel Masque not only restores crucial moisture while offering deep repair, but it also provides a protective barrier, restores elasticity, and boosts volume and shine. To use, massage into the scalp for 2 to 10 minutes, rinse and style as usual. 

Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Masque ($117)

The key to gorgeous hair is deep hydration, and Kevin Murphy delivers plenty of it with the Hydrate Me Masque. Formulated with rosehip fruit extract, evening primrose oil, and shea butter, this masque deep conditions and repairs your hair. This unique formula also features vitamin-charged micro-capsules that explode on contact to moisturize your hair from root to tip. To use, massage into the scalp for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. 

 

Best Hair Masque For Damaged Hair

Davines Essential SU Hair Mask ($29)

For those who spend a lot of time in the sun and sand, Davines Essential SU hair mask is a must-have. Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, this hair mask deep conditions and restores hydration to hair that’s been damaged from sun exposure, salt, and chlorine. Designed for use during and after sun exposure, this mask can be applied to towel-dried hair. Leave on for 5–15 minutes, then rinse clean.

Virtue Restorative Treatment Mask ($28)

Infused with Virtue Labs proprietary alpha keratin 60ku®, this intense hydrating hair mask deep conditions hair to impart shine and moisture. This lightweight formula works on all hair types and restores resiliency in under 3 minutes without weighing your hair down. To use, apply generously to wet hair, distribute evenly and rinse off after 2 – 3 minutes. Use once a week or as needed.  

Skin

What Is A HydraFacial And How Does It Work?

June 23, 2021

With more and more people leaning into the natural (read: no makeup) look and praised by celebrities like Kate Winslet and Amy Poehler, the HydraFacial has created quite a buzz in the skincare industry. In fact, it’s estimated that one HydraFacial is performed globally every 15 minutes. Frequently offered by dermatologists and in spas, this patented skin treatment is used to treat a slew of skin concerns such as acne, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. Ahead we’ll take a closer look at the HydraFacial and explore the benefits to help you determine if it’s right for you. 

 

WHAT IS A HYDRAFACIAL?

The HydraFacial, also referred to as HydraDermabrasion (or HydraFacial MD), is similar to microdermabrasion because it exfoliates the skin. But while microdermabrasion uses aluminum oxide crystals to achieve these results, the HydraFacial is a multi-step process that uses chemical exfoliants paired with deep hydration. The HydraFacial bears some similarities to a regular facial, but it tends to offer more dramatic results. 

Moreover, the HydraFacial is far more soothing to the skin, so much so that it is commonly offered one to two weeks after more invasive procedures like chemical peels or laser treatment. Not only does the HydraFacial effectively slough off dead skin after these treatments, but it also soothes and hydrates the skin. 

 

BENEFITS OF A HYDRAFACIAL

The HydraFacial thoroughly cares for your skin, providing cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and hydration, including Vortex-Fusion® of antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. It also removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. The treatment is soothing, refreshing, non-irritating, non-invasive, non-surgical, and immediately effective.

 

HOW DOES A HYDRAFACIAL WORK?

Usually performed by a licensed esthetician or a dermatologist, a HydraFacial is a three-step process facilitated by a mechanized wand. During the procedure, the tips of the wand are swapped out for each step of the process. 

If you’re considering a HydraFacial treatment, here’s what you can expect:

 

Step 1: Deep Clean And Peel – The first step of the process uses a tip that essentially works like a vortex to clean out dirt and debris from deep within your pores. Additionally, during this step, the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin are exfoliated with a series of chemical exfoliants such as lactic acid, glycolic acid salicylic acid. 

Step 2: Extraction – The second step of the HydraFacial uses a tip that extracts or vacuums any remaining debris from clogged pores. 

Step 3: Deep Hydration – The final step of the HydraFacial uses a pen-like attachment to apply a hydrating serum (typically consisting of hyaluronic acid and peptides) to the skin.  

 

HYDRAFACIAL AFTERCARE

The results of a HydraFacial are immediate. Following the procedure, most people will notice brighter, more radiant skin, more even skin tone, and there should be no signs of irritation, redness, or peeling.  

Moreover, the great thing about the HydraFacial is that there is no downtime. And while there’s nothing specific to do regarding aftercare, it’s best to steer clear of any type of exfoliation or other invasive procedures following a HydraFacial. 

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET A HYDRAFACIAL?

There are no hard-and-fast rules about the frequency of HydraFacial treatments, but as you may suspect, it really depends on the needs of your skin. While some people may require a HydraFacial every two weeks to achieve their desired results, others can stick to doing a HydraFacial once a month just as well. Your esthetician or dermatologist can help you determine the frequency that’s right for you based on your skin type and your ultimate skincare goals. 

 

HOW MUCH DOES A HYDRAFACIAL COST?

Typically, HydraFacials will cost about $175 per session. The Milk & Honey HydraFacial, for example, costs $175 for a 45-minute session. Keep in mind that there are add-ons available as well, such as lightening treatments for hyperpigmented spots or light therapy add ons that use red or blue light to increase collagen production or eliminate bacteria, respectively. If you’re interested in scheduling a HydraFacial, book an appointment at your local milk + honey spa!

Skin

HOW TO USE A FACE ROLLER AND GUA SHA AT HOME: TIPS FROM AN ESTHETICIAN

June 23, 2021
face roller

For some women, glowing skin is only afforded to us courtesy of iridescent finishing powders and dewy foundations. Over the last few years, however, more and more women have embraced the natural beauty movement, and many are looking for ways to up the ante on glowing skin. For that reason, face rollers (also known as facial rollers) and Gua Sha are creating quite a buzz in the beauty industry. And while these two skincare powerhouses may seem new, the truth is the practices of face rolling and Gua Sha are centuries old. If you’re looking for some guidance, a quick scroll through the internet will yield plenty of articles and, of course, some great photography with these tools. But besides being a pretty addition to your vanity, what do these tools really do, and how should you use them? 

We caught up with our very own Jess Heron to unravel the mystery behind these two skincare powerhouses. Jess talks to us about the benefits of facial rollers and offers a few best practices to help you achieve maximum benefit. Here’s our Q & A. 

 

Q: What are the benefits of face rollers?   

A: There are multiple benefits to using face rollers. With the proper placement, facial rollers encourage lymph drainage, reduce inflammation and puffiness, and soothes and detoxifies the skin. Face rollers also stimulate microcirculation, bringing blood flow to the surface of the skin; this assists with better product absorption and revitalizes the skin. Finally, by reducing inflammation with the roller, clients may also notice that their face looks slimmer as well. 

 

Q: What are the benefits of gua sha?  

A: Gua sha has similar benefits to the facial roller. It relaxes muscle tension in the face, increases blood circulation, and provides lymphatic drainage. Another benefit of Gua sha is that it’s a helpful tool for breaking up the fascia (the connective tissue that envelops the muscles, which tends to interfere with proper circulation). Gua Sha also rebalances the Qi in the body. It clears the energy and allows the Qi, (or life energy) to flow freely throughout the body.  

If you want to do Gua Sha at home, remember that there are different shapes of Gua Sha tools for different parts of the body. The material of the tool is also an important consideration as the different materials offer different types of healing.  

 

Q: What’s the best process for using face rollers? 

A: A best practice would be to use the facial roller first for the lymphatic drainage benefits, then use the gua sha for deeper muscle release.

 

Q: These tools seem to do similar things, what’s the difference between the two? 

A: The Gua sha tool provides a deeper massage experience than the face roller. It stretches the skin with deeper pressure and provides better results for contouring the facial structure. The gua sha tool comes in different shapes that you can fit into the different areas of the face; a more accurate placement leads to better results. The face roller glides across the skin with light pressure. I personally like the gua sha over the facial roller because it’s more beneficial for the skin, and I can truly customize the massage technique to the area I am working on. While face rollers really only address lymphatic drainage, the Gua Sha does more for your face and skin. 

 

Q: What are some best practices for using face rollers and Gua Sha? 

A: The best way to use the facial roller is to cleanse the skin first and then use it with your favorite oil-based serum; this will help the roller slip and glide with ease. The Milk + Honey Luxe Face Oil and the Milk + Honey Rose Quartz Facial Roller are an amazing combo. 

Use the roller up to two times a day, in the morning or the evening. Morning is a great time to use your face roller because fluids can stagnate in the lymph system while sleeping. This causes puffiness upon waking, and the facial roller will assist with flushing the excess fluids. The face roller will help rejuvenate your skin and revive a tired appearance. You can repeat the series of full facial rolling 1-3x. Make sure to follow it up with your favorite eye cream and moisturizer. 

 

Q: Would it be helpful to pop these tools into the fridge?  

A: Yes, popping the roller into the fridge enhances the cooling effect of the natural stone. The stone is already cool in nature, so refrigeration is not absolutely necessary. A refrigerated roller can feel really good on your skin, and it creates an even tighter, firmer feeling as the cold tenses and tightens the skin tissues. Do not put the roller in the freezer; it’s too cold, and the stone will crack.  

 

Q: Does gua sha always require a facial oil and which one do you recommend?  

A: Yes, a facial oil works the best with both the gua sha and the facial rollers. Milk + Honey’s Luxe facial oil works beautifully for both the face roller and the gua sha tools. It boosts hydration, improves elasticity, and brightens the skin.

Body

What is Dry Brushing and Why Is It Good for You?

June 23, 2021
dry brushes

While dry brushing may be new to most of us, this ancient practice, also known as garshana (pronounced gar-shun-uh), has been an integral part of ayurvedic medicine for centuries. With celebrities jumping on the bandwagon, the internet is abuzz with the myriad benefits of dry brushing. But is all the hype about body brushing worth your time, money, and effort? Well, depending on what you hope to gain from it, the answer could be a resounding yes. Ahead we’ll take a closer look at dry brushing and why it’s good for you, and share some best practices to help you get the most out of it. 

 

WHAT IS DRY BRUSHING?

Just as its name implies, dry brushing (or body brushing) is the practice of gently massaging the coarse natural bristles of a brush all over your body, usually in an upward motion. Of late, it would seem that dry brushing has become increasingly popular because it can help detoxify the body and restore the natural glow to dull, flaky skin. It probably doesn’t hurt either that dry brushing also has the celebrity stamp of approval, with Gweneth Paltrow and Miranda Kerr singing its praises. 

 

BENEFITS OF DRY BRUSHING 

It may be important to note that there are plenty of claims surrounding the practice of body brushing. Its advocates swear by the practice for help with everything from a reduction in the appearance of cellulite to weight loss, but there is relatively little scientific evidence to back up such claims. But while the perceived benefits of body brushing are largely anecdotal, there are some real benefits to be had. 

EXFOLIATION

Dry brushes are great physical exfoliators. The process effectively removes dead skin cells to reveal brighter, healthier, more radiant skin. 

STIMULATES CIRCULATION AND HELPS WITH LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

Just like a massage, body brushing can stimulate your circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage, and help detoxify your body. So much, so that dry brushing is offered as an enhancement for massage services at Milk + Honey, you may want to consult with your esthetician about it when booking an appointment.  

UNCLOGS PORES

As body brushing exfoliates the skin, it also clears out dirt, oil, and residue from your pores. Not only does dry brushing unclog your pores, but the cleanup can make them look smaller or at least less noticeable. 

NATURAL ENERGY BOOST 

Dry brushing tends to leave some folks with a natural energy boost of sorts. This is likely a bi-product of the stimulation in circulation and blood flow. 

A MOMENT OF SELF-CARE

Again, just like a massage, body brushing offers its practitioners a mindful moment of self-care in an otherwise busy life. 

 

HOW TO SELECT A DRY BRUSH

Like most beauty products, the qualities of a good dry brush can be pretty subjective. While you need a dry brush with firm bristles, be sure to choose one that’s not too abrasive. Very often, users may find that synthetic bristles are too abrasive, while natural boar bristles are more comfortable. Also, handles can be an important factor for dry brushing. Long-handle dry brushes can help you get to hard-to-reach spots with ease, while dry brushes with no handle tend to offer more control. Milk + Honey’s body brush kind of splits the difference with a medium-length handle, so essentially, you get the best of both worlds. 

 

BODY BRUSHING: BEST PRACTICES

Believe it or not, there is a wrong way to dry brush your skin. To help you get the most out of body brushing, here are a few best practices: 

  • Make sure that the brush and your skin are completely dry 
  • Don’t scrub too hard; use slightly firm pressure
  • Start at your ankles and work your way up towards your heart
  • Brush only in a circular motion
  • Follow up with a soothing moisturizer

To get a better understanding of body brushing and how to do it the right way, take a look at this short video created by Milk + Honey.

Massage

WHAT TO DO AFTER A MASSAGE

June 23, 2021
woman getting a massage

At a basic level, massage therapy is the pressing, rubbing, and manipulation of soft tissue to include muscles, tendons, and ligaments. On a deeper level, massage therapy is a relaxing and soothing experience with healing powers. Not only do massages relieve tight muscles, knots, and soreness, but they also offer relief from stress and anxiety. Moreover, they trigger the release of plenty of endorphins (otherwise known as the feel-good hormones). Indeed, a good massage will leave you feeling like you have a new lease on life, so it’s only natural to want to extend the benefits of your massage beyond your therapy session. Ahead we offer a few tips to help you keep that post-massage feeling. 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A MASSAGE

After getting a massage, you’ll likely feel loose and maybe even a little lightheaded for several hours after. It’s also possible you may feel sore or sensitive if you received a deep tissue massage; as these massages involve intense stimulation to muscle groups across your body. 

 

HOW TO EXTEND THE BENEFITS AFTER A MASSAGE

Aside from feelings of relaxation, massage therapy can help improve blood circulation, mobility, and your ability to sleep. To extend the benefits, make sure to do these things after a massage:

TAKE A RELAXING BATH 

A warm bath can be quite relaxing but beyond that, think of it as a way to continue the process of releasing tight muscles and alleviate any lingering soreness. While the warm water (not hot) can do plenty on its own, you can also add Epsom salts to your bath to help flush toxins from the cells and ease muscle pain. Consider a calming bath soak like Milk & Honey’s Blend Nº 08 infused with lavender and eucalyptus. And for particularly tight muscles, try following it up with Milk & Honey’s soothing Arnica Balm to stimulate your circulation and reduce pain and swelling. 

STRETCH 

It should come as no surprise that your muscles are warm after your massage, and for that reason, it may be an ideal time to gently stretch problem areas. Not only will it help you maintain that relaxed feeling, but you’ll also find that you’ll be able to achieve a deeper stretch with very little effort. 

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER 

After your therapy session, your massage therapist may advise that you drink plenty of water, and there’s a good reason for this. Massage therapy often releases toxins and metabolic waste, which needs to be flushed out. This process could go on for up to two to three days after your massage, and drinking plenty of water will facilitate the process. Moreover, it will keep dehydration and fatigue at bay. 

STAY ACTIVE 

After a massage, your muscles may likely stiffen up a bit; this is especially true of deep tissue massages. To minimize any discomfort, consider a little light exercise (like walking) to keep joints mobile and stimulate blood flow. 

TRY A SELF-MASSAGE 

A foam roller or tennis ball can be particularly useful for working trouble spots a little more. These tools have the added benefit of releasing tight muscles and pinpointing crunchy muscles, so you can extend the benefits of your massage and maintain the progress you’ve made between appointments.  

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, REST IF YOU NEED TO

While light exercise and stretching are often recommended, everyone is different, so it’s equally important to listen to your body. If you feel like you’d rather sleep, then go for it. Remember that while massages can be healing, it’s a process. By giving yourself time to rest, you’ll undoubtedly aid your body’s repair and regeneration processes and extend the benefits of your massage even further. If you’d like to book a massage, do so with the experienced massage therapists at milk + honey spa. Check locations, book now, or purchase a gift certificate for future use!

Medical Aesthetics

Complete Guide to Injectables and Fillers

June 9, 2021
Someone getting an injectable

You can’t fight the passing of time. Or at least that’s what the mirror says when you lean in for a closer look at your skin. You might see crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, sunken cheeks, thin lips, or the dreaded “11s” — those vertical frown lines between the eyebrows.

The good news is, you’re not stuck with those age-related issues. If topical treatments aren’t cutting it, but you’re not ready for invasive surgery, a course of injectables could deliver the youthful appearance you’re craving. Injectables can smooth wrinkles and folds or add definition and contouring, and with minimal downtime to boot.

Before you walk into your dermatology center or med spa, it helps to know more about injectables landscape. There are several treatment options, and they don’t all function in the same way. Read on for the scoop on the types of injectables available, including how they’re used, how much they cost, and what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment.

 

Injectables and Fillers Overview

What are injectables?

Injectables are a class of anti-aging treatments for the face, neck, and hands. They get their name from the method of application. A dermatologist or aesthetician injects a medicine into the skin as a temporary fix for wrinkles, lines, or the loss of contouring.

There are three types of injectables, each with a different method of action:

  • Neuromodulators freeze the facial muscles that cause wrinkles.
  • Dermal fillers, explained in more detail below, add volume underneath the skin.
  • Kybella breaks down fat deposits, specifically those that build up below the chin.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are gel formulations that plump the skin. They can treat various anti-aging complaints, including thin lips, wrinkles and creases, and age-related definition loss. The face is the primary treatment area — lips, mouth, eyes, jawlines, cheeks, nose, and chin. But aestheticians may also use dermal fillers on the backs of the hands, which can also become sunken with age.

Ingredients you might see in a dermal filler include Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA), Poly-L-lactic Acid, and Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA).There is also a procedure that uses fat harvested from the patient’s body as a filler.

 

6 popular types of injectables and fillers

Botox

Botox is the original neuromodulator. Dermatologists and aestheticians use it to smooth crow’s feet, forehead lines, and creases between the eyebrows.

Xeomin

Xeomin, also a neuromodulator, works like Botox but has fewer inactive ingredients. The manufacturing process strips away unnecessary proteins to isolate the active protein, which is botulinum toxin Type A. Dermatologists believe Xeomin’s additive-free formulation prevents people from developing resistance to the treatment — which can happen with Botox. There is no definitive evidence that the purer formulation produces better or different results, however.

Xeomin is FDA-approved for use on creases between the eyebrows, though aestheticians also use it to smooth crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.

Dysport

Dysport is also a Botox alternative. Compared to Botox, Dysport is more diluted and spreads out more easily after injection. For that reason, aestheticians may recommend Dysport over Botox for larger areas of the face like the forehead.

Juvederm

Juvederm is a brand of gel dermal fillers made of HA. The Juvederm product family smooths moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles. It can also add volume and restore lost contouring of lips, cheeks, and the area around the mouth.

Restylane

Restylane, like Juvederm, is a brand of dermal fillers. Restylane HA gels can correct wrinkles and folds around the mouth and cheeks. Aestheticians also use Restylane to add volume to the cheeks and lips.

Revanesse Versa

Revanesse Versa is a newer HA filler that’s designed to cause less swelling and last longer than other treatments.  As with Juvederm and Restylane, Revanesse Versa fills in facial wrinkles and folds around the mouth and cheeks.

 

Injectable and filler areas for the face

Lips

Lips can show aging earlier than other parts of the face. As skin breaks down with age, lips lose definition and start to look thinner. The corners of the mouth can also begin to droop.

HA fillers remedy those issues temporarily by adding volume and definition, directly to the lips or to the area around the mouth.

Cheeks

When you’re young, your face has naturally occurring fat pockets that add shape and contouring to cheeks and other areas. With age, those fat deposits lose volume and can even move — leaving sagging skin behind.

HA fillers can restore the lost volume temporarily, which also corrects sagging skin.

Forehead

Forehead lines and wrinkles develop from repeated movement of the forehead muscles — usually caused by frowning. These can appear in your 20s and become more exaggerated over time, particularly with sun exposure.

Neuromodulators are the injectables of choice for smoothing out forehead wrinkles. Since these formulas freeze the muscle, they can also slow the formation of new wrinkles.

Chin/jawline

Aging-related volume loss in the chin can create an imbalance in facial features. The chin or jawline can appear weak or undefined as a result.

An aesthetician might recommend a dermal filler to restore chin or jawline definition, smooth wrinkles, or even to fill in a cleft chin. For a double chin specifically, Kybella is also an effective treatment.  

 

How much do injectables and fillers cost?

Neuromodulator injectables are sold in units. The units themselves are inexpensive, but the total price of treatment depends on how many units you need. A targeted treatment might be as low as $75, though most will pay $400 to $500 per session.

Dermal fillers cost more than Botox and its competitors. Depending on the type of treatment and the formula being used, you might pay $525 to $1,000 per treatment.

 

What to expect during your injectable or filler treatment

Your injectables procedure should always begin with a consultation. That’s when you share your skin concerns with your dermatologist or aesthetician. Based on your input and a skin exam, your skincare professional will recommend a treatment plan.

Neuromodulators

At the time of treatment, your professional will clean your skin. You should not need anesthesia for neuromodulator injections. The pain is minimal — you’ll feel only a small prick. You will need multiple injections, but the exact number depends on the treatment area. You might get four injections to smooth forehead wrinkles, and only two to correct lip wrinkles.

One thing that can be confusing is the difference between a unit of Botox or Xeomin and an injection. To be clear, each injection can include more than one unit of the medicine. For example, you might get 20 units of Botox administered in four shots.

Your neuromodulator treatment should take 15 to 20 minutes.

Dermal fillers

The dermal filler procedure is similar but with two key differences. First, the procedure may take longer — up to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. Second, specific to Restylane injections, you may receive a topical anesthesia. Juvederm and Revanesse Versa generally don’t require anesthesia.

 

Recovery time after receiving injectable and filler treatments

Most people experience minimal to no downtime after their injectable treatments. The most common side effects are swelling and bruising around the injection site. The swelling normally resolves itself within an hour but bruising and soreness can last up to two weeks. For that reason, it’s smart to clear your calendar of any special events for two weeks following your treatment. 

 

How long do injectable and filler results last?

The smoothing effects of Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport normally last two to four months. Dermal fillers can retain their effectiveness for up to one year.

 

Which injectable or filler is right for you?

Injectable treatments may seem routine and commonplace, but they are medical procedures. As such, it’s critical to work with a qualified provider who can recommend an individualized treatment plan — and then deliver that treatment safely and effectively.

milk + honey Medical Aesthetics partners with renowned dermatologist Dr. Tyler Hollmig so you receive the highest quality care available. Hollmig, along with a team of Board-certified medical professionals, can skillfully identify the best injectable treatment for your skin and your lifestyle.

Turns out, you can fight the passing of time. Set up a consultation today and get ready to look your best tomorrow!

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