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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.

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.

Body, Life, Living

#ArtOfTheBath: holiday vibes edition

December 4, 2018

Ahh, the holidays — the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re looking forward to indulging in glühwein (mulled wine, that is) or tucking into your annual screening of Love Actually, there’s no denying the season comes with its fair share of stress, too. If you can, I highly recommend blocking an evening on your calendar between office parties and gift wrapping to slow down and take care of yourself. Read on for our cozy #ArtOfTheBath tips — curated specifically for the holiday season.

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Body, Massage, Wellness

reconnect with your physical self

February 19, 2018

In this day and age, connectivity is a funny subject. In a way, we’re more connected than ever. From FaceTime to Facebook, we’ve been provided with countless accessible tools to keep us in touch. The catch? Sometimes we forget to stop and reconnect with ourselves — our own physical being.

We spoke with milk + honey licensed Massage Therapist to discuss ways to reconnect with your physical self. Continue Reading…

Body, Skin, Skin Care

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 experts are sharing their insight on the topic of exfoliation.

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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.

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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.

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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. The added exfoliation is also great for circulation and removing dead skin.

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.

 

Body, Uncategorized

Style Guide: 5 Styles Explained

October 25, 2017

Our team of licensed massage therapists is incredibly talented and well-rounded. We always recommend asking your therapist what they specialize in–you never know what interesting skills they bring to the table. When it comes to massage styles, it can be intimidating to know where to start. That’s why we’re starting with the basics. Read on for five common styles explained, debunked, and broken down.

 

Signature (Swedish)

Let’s start with the basics. Swedish massages are relaxation-based and focus on tension relief. Think flowy, longer stokes. This style will also be customized to your pressure preferences. The goal of Swedish massage is to set your body to homeostasis a.k.a. your body’s center, home base.

 

Deep Tissue

For more focused, therapeutic work, ask your therapist about Deep Tissue. You might benefit from this style if you have concentrated, specific issues you’d like to remedy. A common misconception about Deep Tissue is that the style must be very firm and intense. In fact, our therapists can use the therapeutic benefits of Deep Tissue without using hard or firm pressure.

 

Reiki

Have you ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Ever walk away from a situation just feeling kinda bleh?  Do you ever feel an ominous weirdness you just can’t shake? That’s how you know it’s time to try Reiki. It’s a type of subtle therapy using light touch that can help with insomnia, anxiety, digestive issues, relaxation, and even PTSD. It activates your chakras (or energy centers) to help calibrate your energetic field. Science has shown we all have electromagnetic fields around us, and a Reiki therapist can help realign your said field.

At milk + honey, there is still massage incorporated – its partially Signature Massage and partially Reiki. You can even customize the ratio to your preference.

Note that only select therapists offer Reiki. Please call ahead or email reservations@milkandhoney.com for more info.

 

Pre-Natal

At milk + honey, we only offer Pre-Natal Massage after your first trimester. We offer a unique bolstering system that can be adjusted to your baby bump to allow the prone position (lying on your stomach.) Of course, you can always lie on your side if that better suits your comfort level. We offer a cold pack during the massage and touching of the abdomen is optional.

Sports Massage

Ready to stretch? Sports Massages lengthen tissues and change fascia. They’re great for pre or post-workout, of course. If you’re active, training for a marathon or 5k, or working through a sports injury, this is your go-to. Don’t be fooled, though — this massage is really for anyone looking to increase flexibility. If you sit at a desk all day, this style would also be helpful for you.

 

Take it home:

Looking to relieve and relax your muscles, but can’t make it into the spa? Here are two at-home steps you can take. First, try our Muscle Soak, formulated with Eucalyptus, Arnica, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram to soothe aches and pains. Next, follow up with a small amount of our powerful Arnica Balm to soothe targeted muscles and joints. Not as good as a massage, but a close second best.

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Shop Arnica Balm

 

Still unsure? That’s okay. 

“milk + honey is unique because the consultation process allows us to identify what the you need. Book the time and know that your therapist is going to guide you.”

-LaLa, Licensed Massage Therapist, milk + honey 2nd Street District

 

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Body, News

Warm Up With Our New Seasonal Scrub: Pumpkin Spice

September 22, 2017

Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole, Pumpkin Spice-Cranberry Muffins, Pumpkin Spice Buns, Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, as seen on Foodnetwork.com, Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice French Toast Casserole, as seen on Foodnetwork.com, Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice-Cranberry Muffins, as seen on Foodnetwork.com, Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Buns, as seen on Foodnetwork.com, Food Networks Kitchen’s Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, FN Essentials/Weeknights/Fall/Holidays Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Pumpkins, brown leaves, and crisp cool air are all signs that fall is officially here (even if we won’t feel that crisp air here in Texas any time soon!). Starting today, we’re offering our new seasonal scrub, Pumpkin Spice. Filled with warm, earthy notes of pumpkin seed, nutmeg, and ginger, this invigorating blend will nourish your body and calm the senses. The scrub is made with organic raw sugar, which gently buffs away dry, dead cells to reveal fresh, soft new skin. Ground cinnamon, clove, and ginger work together to plump your skin, improve evenness and elasticity, and provide antioxidant protection against harmful free-radicals. Lastly, ground pumpkin seed, which is packed with vitamins A and E, promotes cell rejuvenation, providing a barrier against skin-damaging external pollutants.

What treatments feature our Pumpkin Spice Scrub?

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + Steam + Massage

Renew and refresh your skin with this invigorating treatment. First, our seasonal scrub gently exfoliates dead skin cells to give brighter, softer, and more nourished skin. A relaxing steam, followed by a 45-minute Signature Massage, completes this treatment and leaves your mind and body feeling soothed.

Pumpkin Spice Scrub + Manicure and Pedicure

The scrub purifies the skin while nutmeg and clove oil provide anti-aging antioxidants. This treatment includes the same care as our Lux Combo.

 

Photo Credit: Food Network

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