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Our Founder’s Favorite Spa Treatments

May 7, 2021

I always receive the same text when a friend visits milk + honey for the first time. It’s always a little something like “What should I do?” or “Which service is your favorite?” And of course, it can be difficult to recommend just one spa service. For one, I haven’t tried all of them yet. And secondly, every single one I have experienced has been a dream. So, I decided to go to the top for advice. I sat down with milk + honey founder, Alissa Bayer to ask her for her current top three favorite services. Scroll for Alissa’s picks (in no particular order.)

 

The Spa Partisan

During the Spa Partisan, you’ll enjoy a scrub (made in-house) with crushed almond, brown sugar, and coffee — it smells amazing. For the coffee, you can choose from caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee since you can actually get a buzz from it being used topically. The full order of operations for this treatment is: body brushing, scrub, scalp massage, steam treatment, rinse off, then hop on a warm, dry table for a Signature Massage.

75-minute Signature Facial (with Ultrasonic Enhancement)

Our facials are highly effective and really help to transform your skin. You’ll leave with clear pores and glowing skin, but you will also feel very relaxed and refreshed energetically. Our estheticians customize facial treatments with safe and effective skincare products to achieve your skincare goals.

 

m+h Pedicure

While I love the extra TLC and massage with our Lux Pedicure, the m+h Pedicure is simply all I need to get my toes ready —in the summer or year round! I love our gel polish which lasts until my next pedicure (usually once a month). Our gel polishes are vegan, certified cruelty-free, and formulated without harmful chemicals so I feel good about bringing my daughters with me for a monthly mani/pedi date.

 

What’s your favorite milk + honey spa treatment? Let us know in the comments!

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Winter Storm Resources for Austin, Houston, and Fort Worth

February 19, 2021

Due to freezing temperatures and inclement weather in Texas, this week has been unimaginably tough, cold, and painful, but we sincerely hope that you are safe, warm, and slowly resetting in the midst of many still-present challenges.

We’ve compiled a list of how-tos and valuable resources within Austin, Houston, and Fort Worth to share and utilize as needed.

Prevention of Frozen/Burst Pipe

  1. Keep your water running, especially overnight. Just a light drip from the hot/cold water will serve. ******UPDATE: CITIES ARE NOT ALLOWING YOU TO DRIP WATER FROM YOUR FAUCETS ANYMORE DUE TO LACK OF WATER. PLEASE FOLLOW LOCAL GUIDELINES ON CONSERVATION OF WATER****
  2. Keep cabinets containing plumbing open (move harmful cleaners out of reach of children)
  3. Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  4. Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  1. If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  2. Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  3. Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove or other open flame device or you will cause more damage.
  4. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  5. Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

How to Deal With a Burst Pipe

  1. Know where your water shut off is
  2. Shut off your water at the main water valve.
  3. Electricity should be cut off to the area of the home with water.
  4. You need to prevent mold and mildew buildup so use mops, towels and a wet/dry vacuum to soak up the water.
  5. If someone suspects the water main is broken, report the location immediately so it can be repaired as soon as possible. Signs of a broken water main are water running down the street and buckled pavement.

 

AUSTIN RESOURCES

Warming Centers

  1. @littlepetalalliance is helping people get sheltered in Austin
  2. Austin Stone – North Campus 1150 McNeil Rd. Round Rock, TX 78681
  3. Point Community Church (Pet accommodations – must be crated) 11300 Old San Antonio Road Manchaca, TX 78652
  4. Hope Chapel 1508 Ruth Ave. Austin, TX 78757
  5. Friendship Creekside (Pet accommodations – must be crated) 14455 FM 1826 Austin, TX 78737
  6. Hill Country Bible Church (Pet accommodations – must be crated) 12124 Ranch Road 620 N. Austin, TX 78750
  7. Mosaic Church 12116 Jekel Circle Austin, TX 78727
  8. University Ave Church of Christ (Pet accommodations – must be crated) 1903 University Ave. Austin, TX 78705
  9. Promiseland Church 1504 E 51st Street Austin, TX 78723
  10. Palmer Events Center (Central) 900 Barton Creek Road Austin, TX 78704
  11. Lee Elementary School – CENTRAL 3308 Hampton Road Austin, TX 78705
  12. Murchison Middle School – WEST 3700 N. Hills Drive Austin, TX 78731
  13. Joslin Elementary School 4500 Menchaca Road Austin, TX 78745
  14. If you can’t find a warming shelter on this list, click here to find one that is near you: https://tdem.texas.gov/warm/ 

Food

  1. SPREADSHEET UPDATED DAILY FOR FOOD IN AUSTIN (check correct dates): CROWDSOURCED RESOURCES FOR ATX, AS OF 02/17/21 

What Where When (WWW) Spreadsheet

  1. Don Juan Taco- 2300 E Cesar Chavez St, as supplies last
  2. Vera Cruz Tacos- The Line Austin Hotel- Congress Austin Hotel
  3. Vaquero Taquero- 104 E 31st St- 11AM-2PM
  4. Free Meals – 607 W 3rd Street #105- 2-5PM
  5. Chi’lantro (2/18/2021 from 12:30-4pm) 1201 Barbara Jordan Boulevard #1460 Austin 78723
  6. Water:
    1. Batch Brewhouse, 3220 Manor Road
    2. Meanwhile Brewing Co, 3901 Promontory Point Dr→ water + electricity to charge phone
    3. Infamous Brewing (Dm @infamousbrewing for exact hours/assistance)

Mutual Aid/Donations

    1. @austinmutualaidhotels (USE THIS FIRST ONE, WHICH ALLOWS THEM TO PULL MORE MONEY OUT AT A TIME)  and @austinmutualaid on VENMO
  • DO NOT USE @austinmutualaid_ IT IS NOT A REAL ACCOUNT
  1. $streetforum on CashApp for Street Forum ATX
  2. @austinpetsalive on Twitter
  3. @atxfreefridge on Venmo
  4. https://www.gofundme.com/f/kick-the-cold-austin-mutal-aid
  5. Austin Disaster Relief Network: The nonprofit is accepting monetary donations to help buy gift cards, pay for emergency housing and transportation, and supplies for people impacted by weather-related incidents
  6. Austin Area Urban League: The local affiliate of the civil rights organization is accepting monetary donations to help provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, and other supplies for the unhoused population.
  7. Free Lunch: The initiative has been feeding the Camp Esperanza encampment during the storm. To help their efforts, they’re accepting monetary contributions.
  8. The Austin EMS Relief Fund: The Austin EMS Association is collecting monetary donations for its fund to help feed first responder/medics during the storm.

 

FORT WORTH RESOURCES

Warming Centers

  1. Presbyterian Night Shelter @presbyteriannightshelter on Instagram 2400 Cypress St, Fort Worth, Texas 76102
  2. Fort Worth Convention Center 1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
  3. Worth Heights Community Center 3551 New York Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76110
  4. Handley Meadowbrook Community Center 6201 Beaty St, Fort Worth, TX 76112
  5. Diamond Hill Community Center 1701 NE 36th St, Fort Worth, TX 76106
  6. North Tri-Ethnic Community Center 2950 Roosevelt Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76106
  7. Summerglen Library 4205 Basswood Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76137
  8. Southwest Community Center 6300 Welch Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76133
  9. If you can’t find a warming shelter on this list, click here to find one that is near you: https://tdem.texas.gov/warm/ 

Food

  • Water Distribution Sites:
  • Station 9, 2575 Polaris Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76137
  • Station 31, 4209 Longstraw Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76137
  • Station 37, 4721 Ray White Road, Keller, TX 76248
  • Station 38, 13280 Park Vista Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76248
  • Trinity Springs Middle School (Keller ISD), 3350 Keller Hicks Road, Fort Worth, TX 76244.

DALLAS RESOURCES

Warming Centers

  • Dallas:
      1. Kay Bailey Convention Center Dallas, 650 S. Griffin St.
    1. Addison:
      1. -Addison Athletic Club, 3900 Beltway Drive
    2. Arlington:
      1. Water Utilities South Service Center, 1100 Southwest Green Oaks Boulevard
  • Carrollton:
      1. Newman Smith High School, 2335 North Josey Lane
    1.                 Bring your own food
  • Bedford/Hurst:
      1. Central Junior High, 3191 W. Pipeline Rd., Euless
    1. Cleburne:
      1. Cleburne Conference Center, 1501 W Henderson St, Cleburne, TX 76033
    2. Coppell:
      1. The CORE, 234 Parkway Blvd.
  • Coppell/Carrollton:
    1. -City of Knowledge, 5000 Main St Suite 228b, The Colony, TX 75056 CONTACT: 214-909-4120 for availability and requirements  (Must bring masks; there are socially distanced rooms)
  1. Irving:
    1. The Salvation Army, 250 E. Grauwyler Road Irving 75061
  2. Richardson:
    1. 2519 Custer Parkway (open 24 hours)
    2. First United Methodist Church, 503 N Central Expressway (Open 10am-4pm)
    3. Methodist Richardson Medical Center, 2831 E President George Bush Hwy (10am-4pm)
    4. Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd (10am-4pm)
    5. Richardson Police Department HQ Lobby, 200 N Greenville Ave (open 24 hours)
  3. Denton:
    1. Our Daily Bread, 300 West Oak Street Denton 76021
    2.  MLK Jr. Rec Center, 1300 Wilson Street Denton 76025
    3.  North Lakes Rec Center, 2001 W Windsor Street Denton 76205

Food

  1. Lucha Dallas
  2. @mercychefs (Instagram) serving free meals and distributing groceries
  3. North Texas Food Bank
  4. Feed the People Dallas
  5. Camp Rhonda
  6. 106 Mt Nebo Street- starts at 12 PM first come first serve 2/18
  7. Water:
    1. Southlake- Gateway Church, 700 Blessed Way- one case per household (starts 2/19)

Mutual Aid/Donations

  1. @feedthepeopledallas (Venmo)
  2. Lucha Dallas (Venmo: @luchadallas)
  3. Feed the People Dallas (Venmo: @feedthepeopledallas, Cashapp: $feedthepeopledtx)
  4. Cashapp- $SunriseDallas
  5. Venmo-  Sunrise Dallas
  6. North Texas Rural Resilience (Venmo: @ntrr4yall)  Zelle: 940-735-8184 (Name: Lucy Minter)
  7. DFW Mutual Aid (Venmo/Cash App: dfwmutualaid)
  8. Cooperation Denton ( CashApp: $cooperationdenton)
  9. Dallas Harm Reduction Aid (Venmo: @DALLASHRA)
  10. Dallas Stop Evictions (CashApp: $dallasstopevictions)
  11. Help with Laundry- text 469-573-3513 or DM @sayitwithyourchestdtx
  12. Carrollton: DM @nandita.kumar4 on insta for help with food or shelter
  13. McKinney: DM @kashishbastola on Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat for help with food or shelter
  14. @OurCalling (Instagram): “OurCalling is to glorify God by leading homeless people to Christ and by making disciples on the streets.”
  15. Cook For the Community- 9AM to 9PM Beacon of Light 2604 Harwood St and Warren UMC 3028 S Malcolm X Blvd
  16. SRA DFW (CashApp: $sradfw)
  17. Cooks/Volunteers Needed- 4711 Westside Dr. – call 817-243-7457

HOUSTON RESOURCES

Warming Centers

    1. Gallery Furniture, 6006 N Freeway & 7227 W Grand Parkway S
    2. Lakewood Church, 3700 Southwest Freeway
    3. National Association of Christian Churches, 16605 Air Center Boulevard
    4. Copperfield Church, 8350 Hwy 6 N, Cypress
    5. The Foundry UMC, 8350 Jones Road, Cypress
    6. Recreation Center, 4141 Bailey Rd. Pearland
  • Chambers County
      1.  McLeod Park 10717 Langston Dr.
  • Galveston County
      1.  Galveston Central Church, 3308 Avenue O
  • Brazoria County
      1. Freeport Recreation Center, 803 N. Front St.
  • Matagorda County
      1.  Tidehaven High School, 144 FM 1095 El Maton
  • Montgomery County
      1. OverUnder Church, 600 S. Frazier St.
      2. Lone Star Convention Center, 9055 Airport Rd.
      3.  Church Project, 602 Pruitt Rd.
      4.  Madeley Ranch Elementary, 3500 Madeley Ranch Rd.
      5.  Wildwood UMC, 8911 FM 1488
      6. Rob Fleming Recreation Center 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands
  • Walker County
      1. – 455 SH-75 North

Food

  1. CROWDSOURCED HOUSTON BIZ OPEN DURING WINTER STORM 2021
  2. Salvation Army of Harris County
  3. Iglesia Cristiana Vision Divina
  4. call 832-369-9390 for the emergency referral line.
  5. Water:
    1. Water Tower in West University Place
    2. DM @texanjason on Twitter – 5 gallons of water
    3. Amahle Bar & Lounge- 1916 Baldwin Street
    4. GEORGETOWN- 445 E. Morrow St (12:30-5PM)

Mutual Aid/Donations

  1. Crowd Source Rescue (crowdsourcerescue.com/donate)
  2. Houseless Organizing Coalition (paypal.me/hochtx)
  3. West Street Recovery
  4. Homeless Houston
  5. Mutual Aid Houston is NOT accepting donations as of right now!

 

FAQ

How Often Should You Get a Facial?

January 7, 2021
Woman During Facial at milk + honey spa

Facials are a luxurious, yet effective way to care for your skin. After an hour or so of deep, but gentle cleansing, refreshing exfoliation, and a relaxing massage, it’s tempting to want to increase the frequency of your treatments. But how often should you get a facial? Depending on your skincare needs and goals, the frequency for which you should get a facial can vary from every three to eight weeks. The answer is different for each person; what’s best for you is probably different than what’s best for your friend because both of you likely have different skin types.

If you’re considering getting facials more often but aren’t sure how long you should wait between them, learn everything you need to know to help you set up a treatment schedule. 

FACTORS THAT AFFECT HOW OFTEN YOU SHOULD GET A FACIAL

Your skin regenerates every 28 days, so ideally, you’ll want to allow ample time for new skin cells to generate and make their way to the surface, at which point they’re ready to be sloughed off — a la a refreshing facial. So when it comes to facials, you want to space them out enough so that they’re effective and far enough apart so they won’t irritate or damage your skin. No matter how good it can feel when it comes to facials, you can have too much of a good thing. 

The frequency of your facials really depends on how well you keep up with your at-home skincare routine and your individual skincare needs; the sweet spot for most people is about once every four to six weeks. It’s also worth noting that if you have oily and acne-prone skin, you may want to bump up your facial to every three weeks, whereas if you have sensitive skin, you might consider dialing it back closer to the eight-week mark. 

When you’re trying to figure out how often you should get a facial, the answer is that it varies based on your skincare needs. In order to get the most out of your facial, it’s important to talk to your esthetician to choose the best treatment and products for your skin. Also, after a thorough assessment, your esthetician can recommend an optimal schedule for your facials and at-home skincare routine. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FACIAL?

Once you know how frequently you should get facials, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to schedule regular treatments. While you will see immediate results from a facial after only one visit, your skin will gradually go back to its former state over time which is why we recommend regular visits and proper after-facial care to maintain the results.

One of the biggest benefits of a facial is having an esthetician deep clean your skin. In most cases, much like our Signature Facial, your treatment will also include toning, exfoliation, extraction, and a facial massage. All of these processes work together to reveal, fresher more radiant-looking skin. 

Regular facials can help with:

  • Acne
  • Clogged pores
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Dull skin 
  • Puffiness

And let’s not forget that sweet little ancillary benefit of feeling completely relaxed as your skin is massaged and indulged. To reiterate, you’ll see immediate benefits following a facial, but to maintain glowing, radiant-looking skin — we recommend getting facials regularly from a licensed esthetician in combination with a customized skincare routine they recommend for your needs and goals.

DIY vs. PROFESSIONAL FACIALS

Not all facials are created equal; homemade facials can help your skin stay clean and healthy between professional treatments, but for best results, you should work with an esthetician to develop a customized plan designed to achieve your skincare goals. A professional facial is customized to your unique skincare needs, whereas a DIY facial is more likely to be general for a wider range of skin types which can reduce its effectiveness. If you want to maintain the benefits you receive from a professional facial but don’t have the time or money for regular visits, your esthetician may work with you to develop a daily routine that incorporates products such as specific masks and tools suited for your skin. 

If you still aren’t sure how often you should get a facial, work with a licensed esthetician to create a customized schedule. Book an appointment with milk + honey spa and see how our experienced estheticians can help you achieve and maintain plump, radiant-looking skin.

FAQ

Swedish Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage: Which One Do You Need?

January 7, 2021
Man During Massage at milk + honey spa

When clients schedule a massage, perhaps the most common questions asked of our massage therapists are “what’s the difference between a Swedish Massage and a Deep Tissue Massage?” or “which one would you recommend?” To begin with, most clients know that they are looking for something to loosen tight muscles, target pressure points, and relax, but they still don’t quite know what to ask for. In the end, they tend to choose the option that seems less invasive and more comfortable. For that reason, Swedish — or, our Signature — massages are often the most requested massages. And while massage therapists can do their best to make recommendations, you might have a more successful outcome if you understand the basic differences between the two and decide for yourself what you really need. 

Ahead, we’ll examine a Swedish (Signature) Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage and walk you through the similarities and differences, so you can find the treatment that works best for you. 

Swedish Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage

While a Swedish massage and a Deep Tissue Massage have some similarities, there are some key differences and choosing one over the other depends on what you’re looking for. Generally speaking, these procedures differ in the amount of pressure applied, the area it’s applied to, and the technique. 

Swedish Massage (we call it our “Signature Massage”)

A Swedish massage is gentler than a deep tissue massage, and it’s ideal for those looking for stress relief and relaxation. During a Swedish massage, your therapist will apply light to firm pressure to loosen tight muscles, stimulate your circulation, and provide relaxation. Swedish massage is beneficial for relieving tension in the neck, shoulders, and lower back. So, if your muscles are sore from hunching over your computer all day, this type of massage might be a good fit. 

Moreover, Swedish massage is often used to stimulate blood flow and increase flexibility. Not to mention, most folks appreciate how the long gliding strokes of a Swedish massage just seem to ease away tension and reduce feelings of emotional and physical stress. 

Swedish massage uses five basic strokes, all of which you can expect during your treatment. These include:

  1. Effleurage – long gliding strokes that help the therapist identify problem areas
  2. Petrissage – kneading of muscles to release tension 
  3. Friction – circular rubbing that creates heat and promotes circulation 
  4. Tapotement – fast tapping that relaxes tense muscles 
  5. Vibration – rapid shaking of muscles using the fingertips or palms 

Swedish massages are great for first-timers and perfect for those simply looking to relax and unwind. Generally, they use a lighter touch than deep tissue massage, and the pressure is customizable to your liking; just be sure to keep the lines of communication open with your therapist. 

Deep Tissue Massage

As its name implies, deep tissue massages target deeper muscle structures and fascia (also known as connective tissue) to release tension deep within the tissue.  As you might suspect, deep tissue massage is not quite as relaxing as a Swedish massage. Let’s just say it’s more results-oriented. Because it works by releasing muscle tension layer-by-layer, deep tissue massage is best suited for those with chronic pain or for treating sports and small muscle injuries. 

During a deep tissue massage, your therapist will use their fingers, fists, and even elbows to penetrate deep into the muscle and connective tissue to release tension and deep knots. While deep tissue massage uses long strokes and kneading techniques that are similar to a Swedish massage, the therapist will apply more pressure and force to trouble spots. 

It may be worth noting that while it may seem more forceful and invasive, a deep tissue massage should not hurt. If you feel pain, be sure to let your therapist know. Also, you may feel some soreness two to three days after your treatment. This is simply a result of your deep tissue and deep muscle work. 

Should You Get a Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage?

While Swedish massage and deep tissue massage share a few similarities, they differ in the amount of pressure the massage therapist uses. If you’re not sure what type of massage to get, think about what you’re trying to accomplish. If you’re just looking to ease some tension and loosen tight muscles, you may want to consider a Swedish massage; if you need deeper work on your muscle for an injury or chronic condition, opt for a deep tissue massage instead. Moreover, your choice may all depend on the amount of pain and discomfort you’re willing to take. In both cases, it’s always best to speak to your therapist about your particular concerns and trouble spots so they can target those effectively. 

If you’re interested in getting a Swedish or Deep Tissues massage, book an appointment at milk + honey spa. Each appointment includes a thorough consultation with our licensed massage therapists so we can tailor your visit to address specific needs. If you’d like to give a massage as a gift to someone else, you can also purchase a gift certificate that can be redeemed at any of our locations.

 

FAQ

After-Facial Care: What to Do and What to Avoid

January 7, 2021
Woman after Facial Treatment at milk + honey spa

Spa facials can work wonders for your skin. They deep clean to remove impurities, and with a little exfoliation and a facial massage, they leave you feeling refreshed and restored. But without the proper after-facial care, the time and money you invested into this luxurious treat may be all for naught. 

The immediate effect of your facial: plump, radiant-looking skin — will typically last anywhere from three to five days. No doubt that stellar results like that will always beg the question: how do you keep it going? 

To help you keep your post-facial glow long after you’ve left the spa, here are three things to do and four things to avoid after a facial.

5 THINGS TO DO AFTER YOUR FACIAL 

1. Hydrate 

When it comes to your skin, hydration is the key to pretty much everything. On any given day, hydration helps your skin cells function effectively; it helps you flush out toxins and leaves you with glowing skin. While a good facial will leave your skin feeling deeply moisturized, you’ll want to keep it going by drinking about two liters of water daily.

2. Moisturize 

If your facial includes exfoliation, remember that means the layer of dead skin cells is being removed from the surface of your skin — and along with it, the natural oils that usually protect your skin. So, in addition to hydrating your skin by drinking plenty of water after your facial, you should also use a gentle moisturizer to replenish and lock in that moisture. If you’re looking for a moisturizer to help keep your skin hydrated after a facial (and everyday in general), check out our Intense Hydration Cream, which boosts hydration and restores luminosity. 

3. Be Gentle 

Following deep cleansing, extractions, and exfoliation, your skin may be a bit sensitive after a facial. For that reason, it’s important to stick to gentle cleansers (and you might want to skip the toners for a few days, too). After a deep cleaning, harsh skincare products are unnecessary, not to mention, they can likely exacerbate any minor irritation. Furthermore, when washing your face in the days following a facial you should use lukewarm water and pat dry.

4. Use a Clean Pillow Case and Fresh Towels   

A facial deep cleans your pores leaving them open and exposed, so make sure you’re using a clean pillowcase so dirt and oil doesn’t clog pores when you sleep. The same goes for towels, or anything else that might come in direct contact with your face for an extended period of time.

5. Follow the Esthetician’s Instructions and Advice 

Depending on the type of facial you get and the unique characteristics of your skin, your esthetician will provide instructions including what to do after your facial. Additionally, the esthetician may provide recommendations including specific products to incorporate into your skincare routine, or lifestyle tips to help you achieve your skincare goals.

4 THINGS TO AVOID AFTER YOUR FACIAL

1. Picking at Your Skin 

While refraining from picking at your skin is essentially skincare 101, never is this more important than in the days immediately following your facial. If you’ve ever had a facial, then you know what happens within the next two to three days. Your skin will begin to purge. As your skin expedites its recovery, it pushes everything to the surface, and the end result is a healthy mix of whiteheads, pimples, and even blackheads. While it can be a bit maddening, rest assured that it’s a good sign. The important thing to remember is that under no circumstances should you pick at your face after a facial. Doing so can lead to further irritation and even scarring. 

2. Wearing Makeup 

“Can you wear makeup after a facial?” This question seems to pop up repeatedly, and the answer to that is, “Ideally, no.” Immediately following a facial, it’s probably best to stay away from your makeup (at least for 24 hours). Again, remember that your pores are still open, and anything you apply to your face can irritate your skin and lead to a breakout. This is particularly true for makeup and the tools you use (including your fingers) for its application because they tend to harbor healthy doses of bacteria. Needless to say, you don’t want that setting up shop in your pores. Moreover, when you forego your makeup for a short stretch, serums and moisturizers have a little breathing room of their own to do their magic. If you absolutely have to use makeup for an important event, make sure to clean your brushes or applicators first. 

3. The Gym 

After a facial, your skin needs a minute to calm and repair itself. So, it may be best to skip the workout for a day or two, as sweat and other pollutants can cause or worsen irritation. Similar to the warning about wearing makeup after a facial, remember your pores are likely still open from the steam used during your treatment. You certainly wouldn’t want any sweat to make its way into those freshly cleaned pores.

4. The Sun 

Freshly exfoliated skin is decidedly more vulnerable to harmful UV rays. So, after-facial care requires a conscious effort on your part to stay out of the sun. That’s not to say that you should avoid going outdoors altogether, but extended periods of time in direct sunlight is not the best move. If you are using Retinol or retinoids as part of your skincare routine, minimizing sun exposure is crucial, and at the very least, always apply SPF before leaving the house. 

Make the Most of Your Next Facial

Now that you know what to do and what to avoid after a facial, you can make the most of your next trip to the spa and maintain the radiant glow following your visit.

If you’re interested in getting a facial, book a visit at milk + honey spa and choose from a wide variety of treatment options along with enhancements to customize your experience. Our licensed skincare expert will customize your facial based on your skin type and goals.

Book a facial at milk + honey spa today!

 

FAQ

What Kind of Facial Should I Get?

January 7, 2021
Woman receiving Signature Facial at milk + honey spa

While facials can transform your skin from dull to the divine, figuring out the best type of facial for your skin is often the first step. However, facial menus can be confusing, to say the least, and with so many different types, choosing the right one can be difficult. When making this decision, the important thing to remember is that skincare is never a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. Everyone’s skin is different, and it’s always a good idea to choose the facial that’s best suited to your particular skincare concerns. 

Very often, spas offer a baseline facial, much like our Signature Facial, that offers a deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, a facial mask, and deep moisturization. However, once you schedule your facial, it’s important to speak with your esthetician so they can tailor the service to your specific skincare needs. In the meantime, here’s a look at some common skincare concerns and the specific facials recommended for each.

Best Type of Facial for Each Skin Type

There are several different types of facials, and the type that’s right for you depends on you skin type. To help you find out which type of facial you should get, find your skin type and view general details about what’s best for your skin including the type of facial we recommend.

For Normal/Dry Skin

Dry skin is caused by a lack of water in your skin’s cells; that lack of water, in turn, stops your skin from sloughing off dead skin cells as it should. So, for those with dry skin, exfoliation is key. Facials for normal to dry skin can and should include the usual hallmarks of a relaxing facial, including a deep cleansing, exfoliation, a hydration mask, and intense moisturization. For those with normal skin, the good news is that there are very few limitations on the types of products that can be used. 

Our suggestion: Signature Facial, Lux Facial, Signature HydraFacial

For Combination Skin

Since combination skin has areas of oily and dry skin, opt for a facial that addresses both concerns without exacerbating either. While exfoliation and extraction remain important, the biggest difference could lie in moisturization. To that end, you should talk to your esthetician about using an oil-free moisturizer and a mask that addresses both concerns. 

Our Suggestion: Signature Facial, Lux Facial, Signature HydraFacial

For Oily Skin

Oily skin attracts dirt and debris (think dead skin cells, makeup, environmental pollutants, etc.). So facials for oily skin should focus on deep cleansing, exfoliation (preferably a chemical exfoliant such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid), extraction, and toning. Masks used in facials for oily skin should remove excess oil and shrink pores. 

Our Suggestion: Signature Facial, Lux Facial, Ultimate Facial, Signature HydraFacial

For Sensitive Skin

While all skin needs exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and boost the effect of serums and moisturizers,  those with sensitive skin should steer clear of harsh exfoliants during their facial, which can further irritate the skin. Consult with your esthetician about the best ways to gently exfoliate and what products to use that won’t irritate your skin. 

Our Suggestion: Signature Facial, Signature HydraFacial

Book a Facial or Talk With an Esthetician to Find the Option That’s Right for You

Hopefully, this guide has helped clear things up for you. If you know which type of facial you’d like to get, you can book an appointment at milk + honey spa or you can talk with our experts to help determine which treatment is best for you. 

During your visit, you’ll get a consultation with a licensed esthetician to help tailor your treatment to achieve your skincare goals. After getting the facial, the esthetician will also provide product recommendations and tips to incorporate into your skincare routine. Book an appointment today at any of our locations, or purchase a gift certificate for someone else!

FAQ

What Should You Wear to a Spa?

January 7, 2021
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First-time spa-goers tend to have a lot of questions, and rightly so, new experiences can be a bit stressful when you don’t know what to expect. Not to mention that when you have more questions than answers, a trip to the spa may not be the relaxing treat you thought it would be.  

For those new to the spa experience, one of the most common questions asked is about the spa dress code.

The answer is that “spa clothes” don’t seem to vary much from spa to spa, and most places will provide a robe and slippers upon check-in. Once check-in is complete, clients are often led to a private room where they can change. If you’re looking for more information about spa etiquette and what you should wear, here’s everything you need to know before your visit. 

DO I NEED TO BRING A ROBE AND SLIPPERS TO THE SPA?

You do not need to bring a robe and slippers to the spa, most spas will have these ready for you when you arrive. Depending on the treatments you receive throughout your visit, you may also switch to a new robe if it gets dirty or damp. The same also goes for towels, your spa should provide these for you so there is no need to bring your own. Additionally, some spas may also provide other amenities including showers and toiletries for use before and after your visit.

WILL SPAS OFFER DIFFERENT SIZES OF ROBES AND SLIPPERS?

Most spas will offer different sizes for robes and slippers to ensure guests feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their visit. The range and availability of sizes offered by the spa you’re visiting may vary depending on where you go, so if you are concerned about properly fitting attire it’s best to contact your spa before your appointment.

WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR UNDER A ROBE?

What you wear under your robe will be highly dependent on what services you choose. If you choose to wear nothing under your robe, that’s completely fine. If you’re just going in for a massage, your underwear should suffice. It’s truly up to you.

Additionally, your massage therapist or esthetician will also let you know if anything else needs to be removed and you’ll be given time to privately undress before starting your treatment. For messy spa treatments that involve wraps, mud, and oils, your therapist will offer you a pair of disposable underwear so yours doesn’t get wet, dirty, or otherwise compromised. 

It may be worth noting here, too, that spa therapists are taught special draping techniques, and only the part of your body that’s being worked on will be exposed at any given time. No doubt, these draping techniques have the added benefit of keeping any potential embarrassment or any body consciousness to a minimum.

WHAT TYPE OF FOOTWEAR SHOULD YOU WEAR?

As noted earlier, most spas will provide slippers or plastic flip-flops for you to wear during your visit, and when in doubt, you can always bring your own. However, if you do bring your own slippers or shoes their use may be restricted to certain areas of the spa for hygienic reasons. If this is your first visit to a new spa, it may be best to ask for some guidance when you book your appointment. 

WHERE DO I PUT MY PERSONAL BELONGINGS WHEN VISITING THE SPA?

There’s no need to bring a bag to carry around your personal belongings while at the spa, as most spas provide guests with a locker to use during their visit. Even so, if possible we recommend leaving any valuables you don’t absolutely need at home such as electronics and jewelry.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO STAY IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Remember that discomfort is counterproductive to a relaxing day at the spa, and body consciousness doesn’t help either. The important thing to keep in mind is that you should only undress to the point where you still feel comfortable. Also, be sure to communicate with your spa therapist and let them know what you’re comfortable with. Moreover, if you’re nervous, don’t be afraid to share that with your therapist as well. You’re not the first jumpy client, and you certainly won’t be that last — your therapist may be able to offer some additional help with a trick or two to soothe shaky nerves. 

If you’re looking to visit a spa in the near future, book an appointment at milk + honey spa and choose from a wide range of services including massages, facials, and more. For more information about what you should wear to the spa, contact them before your visit.

Medical Aesthetics

First-Time Xeomin Experience: What I Really Think

November 16, 2020

Age: 29

 

Skin Type: I would say my skin type is combination. I never drink enough water (though I try!), so it can get dehydrated. I’m prone to hormonal breakouts and depending on the season, my skin can also be pretty sensitive.

 

Feelings on medical aesthetics pre-treatment: I’ve always had really positive feelings in regards to getting “work” done. Perhaps that’s thanks to many years spent watching The Real Housewives or maybe it’s simply seeing the great results my friends have had with medical aesthetics procedures. Either way, it’s totally normalized to me. If you could wave a magic wand and love the way you look even more, why wouldn’t you? I can love myself and love that these enhancements are available thanks to modern science. And I do!

 

Walk us through your experience:

To be completely honest, my decision to get Xeomin was extremely last-minute. I was at milk + honey receiving a touch up for my Versa Lip Filler and mentioned to Allison (the amazing Nurse Practitioner at milk + honey) that I’ve always wanted to do something about my 11s. I explained that I (unwillingly) sleep with my forehead scrunched and often wake up with red lines on my forehead from furrowing my brow all night. We talked a little bit about Botox vs. Xeomin vs. Dysport and I ultimately chose Xeomin because it’s newer, doesn’t have the protein encasements or additives, and (let’s be honest) Gwyneth Paltrow had just posted about getting Xeomin on Instagram.

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Medical Aesthetics

INTRODUCING: milk + honey Medical Aesthetics

October 5, 2020

We are thrilled to officially launch milk + honey Medical Aesthetics, our enhanced spa experience in partnership with renowned dermatologist, S. Tyler Hollmig, M.D., in our milk + honey Arboretum Market location. Schedule your consultation now. Plus: there’s more milk + honey Medical Aesthetics on the way! Houston, Fort Worth, and additional locations in Austin are coming soon. Join the waitlist for future launches at other milk + honey locations.

 

Meet the Team

S. Tyler Hollmig, M.D.

Dr. Hollmig is Director of Dermatologic Surgery and Director of Laser and Cosmetic Dermatology at Ascension Texas. He attended Duke University, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Hollmig attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern and graduated valedictorian. He underwent dermatology residency at Stanford, followed by a fellowship in Mohs and Dermatologic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Hollmig returned to Stanford as Mohs surgeon and Director of Laser and Aesthetic Dermatology, and was on the medical faculty there for five years. Dr. Hollmig has a special interest in skin cancer removal and advanced, highly aesthetic surgical reconstruction, along with laser & cosmetic dermatology.

 

Allison Deshotel, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Allison is a Board-certified, Family Nurse Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the medical field. After graduating with honors, and obtaining dual degrees in both Nursing and Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she went on to obtain her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from the University of South Alabama.

After years of specializing in Family Practice, with additional experience in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care settings, Allison was introduced to the world of aesthetics where she developed a passion for non-surgical face and body rejuvenation.

Allison has acquired a multitude of aesthetic certifications and specializes in cosmetic injectables including neuromodulators, dermal fillers, Kybella, and sclerotherapy, as well as laser therapies, microneedling, and more. She believes in taking a preventative and proactive approach to facial aesthetics, and strives to produce beautiful, yet natural looking results with each client’s aesthetic goals in mind.

 

Our Medical Aesthetic Treatments:

We vet all medical aesthetic treatments for utmost safety and efficacy in order to offer the best of state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive enhancement procedures.

Our Medical Aesthetic services include:

  • BBL photofacials
  • Moxi laser treatments for fine lines and skin rejuvenation
  • Neurmodulators (Xeomin, Botox, Dysport)
  • Soft-tissue fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Revanesse)
  • Microneedling
  • Chemical peels
  • Dermaplaning
  • Hair restoration treatments

Learn more about milk + honey Medical Aesthetics.

Do you have medical aesthetics questions? Drop them below in the comments.

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An Update on Reopening | May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

 

After weeks of planning, protocol training, and implementing enhanced safety measures that exceed state and federal regulations, we are slowly reintroducing services at all milk + honey locations this week. 

I’d like to provide in-depth detail about our reopening phases. I hope this transparency equips you with the necessary information to make the decision of when returning to milk + honey feels right for you. 

First, I’d like to highlight some critical aspects of our employee requirements:

  • At this time, we are recalling employees on a volunteer basis. It is not mandatory that service providers return to work.
  • We have updated our paid-time-off policy to include an expanded sick leave benefit. This benefit is for all employees to use toward sickness, disability, medical appointments, or if a doctor has recommended that they self-isolate due to coming into close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19. 
  • We have partnered with Remedy, a fleet of open-air, drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston, that is available 24/7, 365 days a year. This partnership provides our team with free COVID-19 evaluation and testing. 
  • All milk + honey employees are required to certify they have not been in close contact with anyone who is/was COVID-19 positive to their knowledge.
  • All milk + honey employees are required to have their temperature checked with a non-touch thermometer when they arrive to work. Any employee with a temperature of 100ºF or higher will be sent home.
  • Employees will continue to follow strict sanitation policies before, during, and after each service and/or client interaction.
  • Upon arrival at any milk + honey location, there will be additional safety and sanitation measures noted throughout the space. We will have visual social distancing markers in the retail and lobby area as well as the lounge to ensure physical space is kept between individuals. 

We’re calling this current phase our “soft opening.” During this phase, we’re only offering salon treatments with reduced capacity and staggered appointments to allow for optimal social distancing. All hair-dryer/blowout and keratin services are suspended until further notice. At this time, we are prioritizing clients on the reservations waitlist as well as those who had appointments canceled due to our closure in March.

Phase 1 of our reopening begins on June 1 and we will expand our service offering to include massage, esthetics, and nail treatments. This phase is also voluntary for our employees. All services will be offered in a reduced capacity, in staggered appointment times, and with necessary modifications. In addition to blowout and keratin services, all Body Treatments, Couples Treatments, and the Warm Oil Head and Neck Massage and Hair Masque enhancements will be suspended until further notice. Any steam elements received in facial services will be replaced with hot towel compresses. Select online appointments will be available to reserve, but we will continue to primarily contact clients who have joined the reservations waitlist. If you have not done so already, you can join here

In Phase 2, we will continue to adhere to all of our enhanced sanitation and safety protocols that were put into place during our soft opening but will also increase our capacity to provide services. During this phase, we will open up additional shifts and invite more of our employees to return to work. 

The following phases will be contingent upon feedback from employees and clients, our own and expert risk assessment of the spread and danger of the virus, and further monitoring of the COVID cases here in Texas. We will provide more detail around later Phases as we know more.

Throughout every phase, we will exceed COVID-19 regulations provided to us by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and ask that the following precautions, listed below, be met by our clients. If they are not, we will kindly ask you to reschedule your appointment to a later date.

  • Clients are required to wear masks upon arrival and throughout the duration of their reservation. There will be minor exceptions, which include facials, facial waxing, and changing from a personal mask to a disposable one for haircolor services. 
  • Only the client receiving the service is permitted to enter. Additional guests, including children, will not be permitted. We apologize for the inconvenience. 
  • Social distancing will be enforced — with the exception of the service provider that a client is scheduled with.
  • All clients will be asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their reservation to allow time for an extended check-in. Check-in will include taking the client’s temperature with a non-touch thermometer. If the temperature is above 100ºF, we will ask the client to reschedule.
  • Our concierge will verbally screen clients upon arrival and inquire about the following symptoms:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Chills/shaking
    • Muscle pain/headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Feeling feverish
    • Known contact with a person confirmed positive for COVID-19
  • A temporary sanitation surcharge will be added to each ticket.
  • We will make every effort to make payments touchless. The same card used to schedule the reservation should be physically shown to the Concierge at the time of checkout.
  • Clients should bring minimal personal items to their reservation.
  • Our amenities in the locker room are temporarily unavailable, including showers, robes, sandals, and styling products.
  • We encourage clients to bring their own water bottles but will provide water upon request in single-use cups. 
  • We recommend that our Concierge handle all retail and ask that clients refrain from touching the products on the shelves. If a client would like to try something, they may request a sample in a single-use container.

As a business owner, mother, and fellow human navigating these murky waters, I know that reopening is a big step — one that will undoubtedly spark questions and concerns. While I feel confident that our team has done (and will continue to do) an exceptional job in addressing every aspect of employee and client safety, I welcome any and all questions you have regarding our reopening. The best path forward is to continue the conversation honestly, openly, and together as we move into these next phases. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

With optimism,
Alissa Bayer

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