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how to: exfoliating face + body

January 8, 2018

 

Out with the old and in with the new.  Exfoliating removes dead skin cells to reveal renewed skin and allows your moisturizers and skincare products to do their job. The catch? Exfoliation strategies differ when it comes to the skin on your face and the skin on your body. Today, two milk + honey experts are sharing their insight on the topic of exfoliation.

 

Your most delicate skin is found on your face, so it’s important to incorporate the safest and most effective routine. We recommend starting with your skin type to determine your exfoliant regimen.

Choose a method

Two common types of at-home exfoliants are chemical and mechanical.

Chemical exfoliants use either acid or enzyme-based products to naturally begin the shedding process of your skin. That means it reveals newer, brighter skin for your best glow. These are used like serums or masks — you apply atop clean skin. Depending on the acid or enzyme, it will be removed with warm water or left overnight.

Mechanical (also known as physical) exfoliants are scrubs containing beads or other abrasive-style substances. This type of exfoliant refers to your everyday scrub that buffs away dead skin cells as you apply and rinse. Both methods can produce great results, but some mechanical exfoliants are too harsh and can create micro-tears. Ingredients like salt, sugar, and jojoba seed are small enough to get the job done without harming your skin. On the other hand, ground nuts or apricot kernels are too large and abrasive. A good rule of thumb? If a mechanical exfoliant feels too harsh on the back of your hand, it’s likely too harsh for your face.

Don’t go overboard

Exfoliation has many benefits, but it can be taken too far. “People are over exfoliating.” says milk + honey esthetician, Hollee, “They think that it will remove all of their blemishes, but in reality it is hurting their skin — causing the skin to over produce oil in an effort to rescue itself.” She recommends exfoliating two to three times a week for normal, combination, or acne-prone skin. Those with sensitive skin should only exfoliate once a week.

Add it into your routine

We recommend exfoliating after toner and before serum. Your routine should look something like cleanser, toner, exfoliant, serum, and finally, moisturizer.

 

The rest of your skin is less delicate than your face, but there are still best practices when it comes to body exfoliation. We’re tackling the buzzy topic of body brushing and at-home mechanical exfoliants.

 

Choose a method

We have two principle recommendations when it comes to at-home body exfoliation: dry brushing and mechanical.

If you’re an avid beauty or wellness fan, odds are you’ve heard of dry brushing (or body brushing — the terms are interchangeable.) Your skin, the largest organ in the human body, is an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. LaLa, a licensed milk + honey massage therapist believes body brushing is a crucial piece to a balanced wellness routine, “your lymph system is made of tiny valves and the act of dry brushing manually flushes the lymph fluid through your valves, eliminating all the toxins and free floating radicals faster,” she says.

Similar to facial exfoliation, mechanical exfoliation plays a key role. Scrubs come in handy for body exfoliation, especially on tougher spots like elbows and knees. Exfoliating with harsher scrubs (i.e. aforementioned ground nuts) is a-ok for these spots with thicker, dryer skin. milk + honey Body Polish combines organic sugar and sea salt with coconut and jojoba oil to gently remove dry or dull skin.

Technique

“Always dry-brush extremities first towards the heart” says LaLa.”Start with your feet and work up the legs and glutes toward the heart. Next, brush from your hands up the arms, and toward the heart. Then, cover your abdomen and back (as well as you can.) Finally, wrap up with your chest.”

Scrubs and body exfoliants aren’t all made equal, so the recommended techniques may differ. Generally, we’d recommend massaging scrubs into warm, damp skin and rinsing thoroughly. Follow up with a moisturizer and get ready to glow.

Add it into your routine

Ideally, we recommend dry brushing daily. Regular usage can boast benefits like exfoliation, lymphatic drainage, circulation, and prevention of cellulite. For most dynamic results and longevity of your brush, we recommend only using the brush dry — before applying any products or water to your skin.

For exfoliating body scrubs, we recommend a goal of two to three times a week. Pay extra attention to your elbows, knees, and heels. Feel free to add a loofah or natural sea sponge into the mix to take your exfoliation game to the next level.

 

To get started, follow the simple steps below:

 

 

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Life

detoxify your mind with gratitude

January 5, 2018

“focus on the positive things in your life, and you’ll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening.” – sophia amoruso

 

Throughout the week, we delved into strategies to remove literal toxins from our physical space. Today, we’re shifting our focus to decluttering our mind. We firmly believe it begins with a grateful heart.

 

A new perspective on gratitude

Think of a time your heart swelled with gratitude. Perhaps it was a holiday memory with your family, while reading your child a bedtime story, or opening a letter you received from a good friend. That full-heart feeling is something you can cultivate on a day-to-day basis by taking the time to focus on gratitude. When you’re full of gratitude, it is all consuming and leaves little room for stressors, sadness, jealousy, or any other negative feeling. Start thinking of gratitude as a tool that can be used to clear our minds of those toxic thoughts and harmful stressors. It can be used to maintain control over ourselves, even in stressful or difficult situations. In fact, studies have found when feeling grateful, people experience increased self-control.

 

Incorporate it into daily life

There are many ways to incorporate gratitude into daily life – we recommend trying a few strategies to see what works for you.

 

1) Journaling

Capturing a moment of gratitude is inspiring in the moment, but it also creates a document of positive memories. It can be rewarding to capture written gratitude first thing in the AM – before turning to iPhones and emails.  Here are a two of our favorite journals

 

Moleskine – the perfect morning companion for your moment of gratitude

One-Sketch-A-Day Visual Journal – for those who prefer to sketch their gratitude

 

2) Letters (read: not an email or a facebook message)

When it comes to gratitude for others, we simply don’t share or express it often enough. Handwritten letters or notes to others are an effective, and often contagious, way to spread gratitude. These tokens say “I appreciate you enough to pause and take time out of my busy day to think about how important you are in my life.”  Dedicate a few minutes each week to some quality time with your favorite stationary.  Your loved ones will appreciate it, and your mind will too.

 

3) Change your password

If you are anything like us, you spend a lot of time resetting passwords because you routinely forget one of the 1,500 passwords we must remember to navigate our modern lives.  Transform this mundane and frustrating task to one that reminds us to be grateful.  Try incorporating something you are grateful for in your next password reset.   It can serve as a reminder to pause – even for a second – to focus on the positive aspects of your life.

 

Share your own gratitude note with the #BeeGrateful hashtag to join our always-positive online conversation.

 

Life

detoxify your everyday – renew 2018

January 2, 2018

Mother Nature reveals how vital it is for cleansing and releasing in order to rebuild. Throughout the month of January, we’re focusing on cleansing our bodies, minds, and environments of the toxins that inhibit or disrupt our natural rhythms. From everyday cleaning products to the paint on your walls, there are often ingredients at arm’s reach that have the potential to do harm. Today we are focused on easy and approachable ways to minimize exposure to toxic chemicals.

1. Increase your awareness of toxins

Here is a list of ingredients we always try avoid in any products we use at our spa or when formulating our own body care products:

Parabens

What is it? A type of preservative used to avoid growth of bacteria and mold.

Why eliminate? They are endocrine (hormone) disruptors – aka chemicals that can interfere with your body’s development, as well as cause disturbances in the immune and nervous system function.

Found in: Shampoo, cleansers, body wash, body lotion, foundation, skincare products, and more.

 

Sulfates

What is it? An added detergent that creates a lather to cleanse away dirt and oil.

Why eliminate? Sulfates can strip your hair of their natural oils, leaving your locks feeling rough, dry, and brittle.

Found in: Shampoos, conditioners, body washes, toothpastes, detanglers, and more.

 

Phthalates

What is it? A type of plasticizing chemicals that make products pliable and help fragrances to stick to skin.

Why eliminate? Phthalates are also endocrine disruptors and may cause reproductive effects such as birth defects.

Found in: Synthetic fragrances, nail polish, hairspray, and plastic materials.

 

Aluminum

What is it? Aluminum is added to antiperspirants to plug pores and prevent sweat.

Why eliminate? Sweating is an important part of your body’s detoxification process.

Found in: Mainly deodorants

 

Artificial Dyes + Fragrances

What is it? An unnatural, engineered color or scent

Why eliminate? These dyes and scents may contain stock chemical ingredients, including endocrine disruptors and allergens.

Found in: All cosmetic categories

 

– Nature has provided many botanical alternatives that do not sacrifice efficacy. –

 

2. Audit your beauty and personal care products

Detoxify your beauty and personal care routine by utilizing Environmental Working Group’s website. They have a list of consumer products and brands they’ve verified using their testing framework. The EWG audits each ingredient and product based on its green rating. It’s an eye-opening resource for identifying actionable changes you can make for you and your family.

 

3. Edit your cleaning routine

 

First of all, ensure you are always minimizing exposure to any cleaning products with the use of gloves. Next, check your products against the EWP and consider swapping them out for homemade and natural alternatives. We recommend the book THE NATURALLY CLEAN HOME by Karyn Siegel-Maier as a great resource for natural recipes.

 

4. Trade ordinary paint for low-VOC or VOC-free paint

Ordinary paints contain heavy metals, formaldehyde, and other ingredients that release toxins directly into the air you breathe each and every day. While it typically costs a bit more, investing in low-VOC or VOC-free paint is an investment your health.

 

5. Be discerning with home fragrance

Think twice before plugging that diffuser into your wall. Instead, seek out candles and home fragrances that use essential oils and all-natural, plant-based ingredients. Burn plants, not toxins.

 

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Life, Uncategorized

renew 2018 by milk + honey

December 31, 2017

In 2018 we are focusing on helping you RENEW through a holistic approach of reconnecting with your natural self. Rather than worrying about resolutions too stressful to keep, we’re here to champion simple and approachable ideas to CLEANSE your body of toxins, RECONNECT with your mind, body, & environment, and NURTURE a conscious lifestyle for a lifetime.   While we hope our day spas continue to provide a delicious respite from your busy lives, we want to help you incorporate the restorative experiences of our spa into your daily life in 2018, leaving you feeling whole, happy, and renewed.

MONTH 1 | JANUARY — IT’S TIME FOR A DEEP CLEAN

Mother Nature reveals how vital it is for cleansing and releasing in order to rebuild. Throughout the month of January, we’re focusing on cleansing our bodies, minds, and environments of the toxins that inhibit or disrupt our natural rhythms.

 

MONTH 2 | FEBRUARY — RECONNECT WITH THE REAL YOU

After minimizing the exposure to toxins, February is about simple and approachable ways to elevate your mind, body, and environment to maximize your health and happiness, the true foundation of beauty.

 

MONTH 3 | MARCH — NURTURE YOURSELF ALWAYS

Knowledge is indeed power, but the real results come from practical applications of what you’ve learned that you can sustain throughout the year. That’s why Month 3 is all about nurturing you by creating grounding rituals, routines, and habits that promote wholeness, wellness, and rejuvenation all year long.

 

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Life

Fall Favorites

November 13, 2017

fall pumpkins by emily blincoe

It’s finally fall — take your scarves out of storage, dust off your boots, and order that PSL (that’s short for Pumpkin Spice Latte, naturally). While we won’t miss the excessive July dewiness (read: sweat), we’ll be longing for those summer Fridays soon enough. Luckily, there’s three months of autumnal activities ahead and a bunch of milk + honey products to try. Here are our fresh picks for the season:

milk + honey lip polish 40

1. Lip Polish Nº 40

Falling temps are good for the spirit but flaky on the lips. You’re out-and-about without any lip products to speak of, and you lick your lips for a fleeting moment of relief. Of course, this only leads to more drying and cracking. Lip Polish is here to cure. Grains of sugar gently exfoliate while organic oils reintroduce moisture. The vanilla and cardamom combo is ideal for autumn, equal parts sweet and warm.

milk + honey lip butter 40

2. Lip Butter Nº 40

For a fall one-two punch, follow up your Lip Polish Nº 40 with Lip Butter Nº 40. Coconut oil and vitamin E oil are super hydrating and now super portable. Wear alone or layer under your signature fall lip for easier application and a truer hue.

milk + honey hand purifier

3. Hand Purifier Nº 8

Between school, work, and life, we come into contact with a lot of germs. Hand Purifier Nº 8 is your quick, easy fix for clean hands — sans soap, water, and that unpleasant alcohol smell.

milk + honey bath body oil 14

4. Bath & Body Oil Nº 14

Some days are so dry that no lotions or creams can save you. Enter: Bath & Body Oil. Add a few drops to your bath and apply after bathing to seal in moisture and soften skin. The lavender scent soothes year-round, but it’s especially calming as we collectively shake off our summer lethargy and dive into frenetic fall.

milk + honey everything oil

5. Everything Oil

The “everything” product for everyone. Vitamin E oil hydrates and rosehip oil reduces hyperpigmentation. Apply it on your cuticles for an added layer of protection, run it through the ends of your hair to guard against split ends, or use it smooth flyaways. Our preferred way to use at the moment? Dab a small amount on your fingers and blend with your favorite highlighting product for an lit-from-within glow.

(Lead image via @emilyblincoe)

Ingredients

Not Your Typical Orange

November 13, 2017

Thanks to its high content of vitamins and antioxidants, blood orange is a go-to ingredient in skincare products.

Benefits of Blood Orange

Blood orange contains a large amount of vitamin C, folic acids, and anthocyanins. Vitamin C protects your skin and helps to re-energize collagen production. Folic acid helps protect your skin against sun damage and reduces signs of aging. Anthocyanins AKA “super antioxidants” are effective at fighting against free radicals and slow down collagen breakdown.

Blood Orange has natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties, all of which make it effective at eliminating germs and bacteria. It’s also great at stimulating blood circulation.

Which milk + honey products feature blood orange?

 Hand Soap No. 35

 

 Lip Polish No. 35

 

Cream Deodorant No. 52

 

{Photo Credit: 52Kitchen Adventures}

Body

Squeaky Clean Hands

November 13, 2017

Dirty hands are no match for milk + honey Hand Soap No. 35. This gentle hand soap not only cleanses your hands effectively but also leaves them feeling soft and hydrated.

What Makes milk + honey Hand Soap No. 35 Different?

Many liquid hand soaps on the market contain sulfates, parabens, and harsh detergents. These ingredients can strip the oils from your skin, leaving it cracked and dry. milk + honey Hand Soap cleanses and moisturizes your skin with plant-based ingredients and a citrusy blend of organic blood orange, ginger, and lemongrass essential oils. Blood orange and lemongrass have natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties that keep your hands clean. Ginger oil has natural stimulating properties that soothe inflammation and leave your hands healthy and moisturized.

milk + honey Hand Soap No. 35 is gentle enough for the whole family to use — even those with sensitive skin.

Shop milk + honey Hand Soap No. 35

Ingredients

Sunflower Seed Oil

November 13, 2017

Sunflower seed oil is a core component of many milk + honey bath and body care products. Today, we’re shining a brighter light on what makes sunflower seed oil an essential ingredient.

Photo credit: torange.biz

What Is Sunflower Seed Oil?

Compressed from sunflower seeds, it’s a fast-absorbing and moisturizing oil that’s rich in linoleic acid, an Omega-6 essential fatty acid, and oleic acid, an Omega-9 fatty acid. Sunflower seed oil is used as an emollient and helps to keep skin soft, balanced, and healthy.

Benefits of Sunflower Seed Oil

Given the high content of fatty acids, sunflower seed oil is packed with natural antioxidants and vitamin E, which maintain the skin’s health and minimize a range of health conditions. Among these benefits? Sunflower seed oil improves heart health, boosts energy, regenerates skin cells, strengthens the immune system, lowers cholesterol, and reduces inflammation. With time and regular usage, many see a reduction in scars, quicker wound healing, and glowing skin. In a sense, this oil is a miracle worker!

Which milk + honey Products Feature Sunflower Seed Oil?

Not so surprisingly, sunflower seed oil can be found in some of our most nourishing, healing products, including the milk + honey Arnica Balm and all three Bath & Body Oil blends. Shop these sunflower seed oil-infused products now:

Arnica Balm (in our new 1 oz. size!)

Bath & Body Oil No. 14

Bath & Body Oil No. 18

Bath & Body Oil No. 22

Body

How Do You Moisturize?

November 13, 2017

Consider milk + honey Bath & Body Oils your new beauty cure-all. These luxurious and nourishing oils will condition and protect your skin, leaving it smooth, soft, and supple.

All About Our Bath & Body Oils

Organic sunflower, avocado, and jojoba essential oils create the foundation of our Bath & Body Oils. Sunflower oil quickly absorbs into the deepest layer of your skin, while avocado oil — rich in proteins and vitamins — soothes skin irritation. Jojoba oil creates a protective layer on your skin that seals in water, nutrients, and vitamins from the other essential oils to keep it moisturized all day long.

Each of our Bath & Body Oils is formulated with chia seed extract and organic sea buckthorn berry fruit extract to restore dry, damaged skin. Vitamin E softens and revives dull skin. Organic pomegranate seed extract, which is packed with lipids and natural free-radical fighters, helps to prevent wrinkles.

Shop milk + honey Bath & Body Oils

Gentle enough for babies and adults with sensitive skin, Bath & Body Oil No. 14‘s calming lavender aroma will lull you to sleep.

Arnica-infused Bath & Body Oil No. 18 calms dry skin and heals aches, pains, and bruises.

Hydrate your body from head-to-toe with the blend of ylang ylang, rose geranium, and petitgrain essential oils in Bath & Body Oil No. 22.

Body, Massage, Uncategorized, Wellness

4 Steps to a Top-Notch Massage

October 26, 2017

We know what you’re thinking. What could possibly make a massage even better? We have the answer: a massage with enhancements. Each enhancement will take your massage to the next level by addressing a specific intention.

 

If you’re on the go:

Our back scrub or foot scrub doesn’t add much time to your reservation, but it makes the experience extra special. Fun fact: our scrubs are made in house and change seasonally. Currently, our in-house scrub is Pumpkin Spice.

If you’re feeling adventurous:

We recommend giving Body Brushing a try. It feels interesting and invigorating. The process helps to prevent cellulite, stimulate circulation, and lymphatic drainage. The best part? You keep the brush and take it home with you. Dry brushing at home can become a simulating ritual, similar to drinking a cup of coffee in the morning.

If you’re trying to beat the cold, winter months:

Our Warm Oil Scalp and Neck massage is the perfect wintertime treat. This enhancement adds an extra 15 minutes to your experience, as your therapist drizzles warm oil down your head and neck before performing a scalp massage.  Make sure you have time to enjoy the steam shower after this enhancement. This icing on the cake with this enhancement: the oils are incredibly hydrating for your hair.

If you want the ultimate “treat yourself” experience:

The Ultimate Massage package includes full body brushing, a 90-minute massage, as well as the Warm Oil Scalp and Neck massage. It’s just as luxurious as it sounds–we promise.

 

Still curious about our enhancements?

Check out the full list here.

 

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