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hydrate, feel great.

January 19, 2018

If you’ve ever read the beauty routines of models and celebrities, surely you’ve been sung the praises of drinking enough water. Still, quenching that thirst is incredibly important for your overall wellness — it’s not just a beauty hack. It seems everyone has a lot to say about said topic, but our resident milk + honey experts are sharing hydration perspectives on two fronts: skincare and the wellness of your body.


Why is staying hydrated so important?

Massage Therapist: Because every one of our nearly 40 trillion cells need water to function properly.

Esthetician: Hydration is an incredibly important requirement for all physiological functions. Pertaining to my field of expertise, the largest organ of the body, proper hydration aids in retaining your skin’s most important role as a barrier in between you and the world.


What are the benefits of good hydration? The consequences of dehydration?

Massage Therapist: The benefits are: More energy, improved digestion, fewer aches and pains, less tension, improved skin, improved joint health, and improved cognition and mood. Without being redundant, dehydration can cause: Lethargy, constipation, aches and pains such as joint pain and headaches, hangovers, acne, dry skin, more prone to wrinkles, muscle and joint stiffness, trouble with memory and focus.

Esthetician: Hydrated skin is as common as a blue moon, but definitely attainable with consistency and effort. Hydrated skin is plump and has an unmistakable luminous glow. When skin is hydrated it heals faster and purges excess oils easily. So, the opposite is true for dehydrated skin. When the barrier function is compromised by improper hydration, the skin is vulnerable to a slew of inflammatory conditions and infection. Without the glow from good water retention in the skin, light absorbs rather than bouncing off the skin. This makes lines, hyperpigmentation, and redness more noticeable.

Staying hydrated can be easier said than done. What are your personal strategies?

Massage Therapist: Take water with you everywhere. Preferably in a reusable container. I’m partial to a stainless steel insulated bottle.

Esthetician: To retain as much hydration in your skin as possible, always use a hydrating mist after cleansing. This is your skin’s first drink of water after cleansing — spray your face to dampen, then proceed with serums. Opt for a hyaluronic acid or sodium PCA-based serum to amp up your water content. Finally, seal in your hydration with your favorite moisturizer. During extreme temperatures, it’s best to keep a hydration mist handy for reapplication. A good hydration mist is non-comedogenic, can be applied over makeup, and contains antibacterial and antioxidant ingredients.


Aside from plain water, how do you hydrate?

Massage Therapist: Fruits and vegetables. They are often high in water content, and are a good source of certain electrolytes. I usually don’t drink tap water because of the contaminants, but it’s better than nothing. I prefer reverse osmosis or deionized water, which you may want to add a pinch of Himalayan sea salt to re-mineralize and add electrolytes.

Esthetician: I’m a big fan of Trace Mineral Research Power Paks to retain internal hydration. Mystic by Cosmedix is my failsafe go-to for instantly hydrated and dewy skin.


Final thoughts on hydration?

Massage Therapist: At milk + honey, the Hydrating Body Cocoon opens your pores so the body butter can hydrate the skin more deeply. Hydrate, feel great!

Esthetician: Dehydration can make you slow (mentally) and dull (epidermally). Stay hydrated!

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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 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.


“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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Skin, Skin Care

What One Esthetician Uses in Her Day-to-Night Skincare Routine

July 20, 2017

Before and after her days in the spa, 2nd Street District esthetician, Jessica, takes care to practice what she preaches. As in — she takes her morning and evening skincare routines very seriously. We asked Jessica to share her Holy Grail products and processes with us in the hopes that you, too, will be inspired to kick up your skincare game a notch or two.

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6 Frequently Asked Skincare Questions — Answered

April 17, 2017

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Skincare is a multi-faceted topic. Depending on your skin type, dietary habits, sleeping habits, environment, activity level, as well as a slew of other lifestyle factors, the approach to personal skincare is varied and subjective. To help navigate your skincare concerns, we asked milk + honey esthetician, Diane K. (based at our South Lamar location), to answer six frequently-asked skincare questions. Have another to ask? Don’t be shy! Leave it in the comments and we’ll respond ASAP.

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Skin Care

It’s Official! OSEA Skincare Is At More milk + honey Locations

March 8, 2017


From OSEA cleansers to masks, we love everything about this organic, clean skincare line. We launched OSEA exclusively at our 2nd Street District location, but now, it’s available at our Hill Country Galleria, South Lamar, and River Oaks locations! To celebrate, take part in this month’s promotion:


Now through March 31st…

Purchase $100 in OSEA products at our 2nd Street District, Hill Country Galleria, SALON by South Lamar, and River Oaks locations, and choose a complimentary Advanced Protection Cream, White Algae Mask, or Red Algae Mask.

Skin Care

Before and After: How the HydraFacial Saved My Skin

January 18, 2017

If you haven’t experienced a HydraFacial yet, what are you waiting for? It’s nothing short of amazing. And if you’ve ever heard one of your friends singing its praises, I promise you — that friend is not exaggerating. In fact, I’m about to join in the chorus and share a few nuggets, including a before-and-after shot, from my most recent HydraFacial treatment.

My skin type: Combination Dry

Current state of skin: Dry and red irritation; oily patches (mostly cheek area), clogged pores, and a hormonal breakout around the jawline. Oof. General dullness. I’ve been traveling more than usual and the stress — and indulgence — of the holidays certainly caught up to my skin. Between major climate changes (cold, frigid Boston air vs. Austin’s warmer temps) and over 30 hours of flight time (Austin > Japan > Shanghai > Austin > Boston > Austin) logged, let’s just say my skin wasn’t looking its best.

Goals for HydraFacial: I know not everything can be “cured” in one session, but I wanted to leave with clear pores and lots of hydration. My skin was screaming for it.

Results Post-HydraFacial: Glowy-ness! My skin feels rejuvenated and undeniably clean. It’s the most hydrated version of itself right now and I couldn’t be more pleased. The jawline breakouts, while still visible to me, have been stopped in their tracks. Finally, the sallow tone of my skin is gone. Success!

See my before-and-after shots…

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Skin Care

New Year, Good Skincare Habits.

January 2, 2017


Now through January 19, purchase a HydraFacial series, (your choice of 4 or 6 treatments) and receive a complimentary CosMedix Cell ID ($120 value).


Purchase a HydraFacial membership and receive a complimentary CosMedix Cell ID and Simply Brilliant ($170 value).

Call 512.236.1115 (Austin), 713.231.0250 (Houston), or email to take advantage of this exciting January special.

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The 411 on CosMedix Peels

September 16, 2016


Acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and discoloration have met their match with our CosMedix corrective peels. Peels work by gently removing the top damaged or dry layer of the epidermis to reveal smooth, youthful renewed skin. At milk + honey, we offer two types of peels: Same-Day and Advanced Peels. While both options reveal beautiful results, our Advanced Peels require two weeks of skin prep, given the potent combination of rejuvenating acids and enzymes utilized.

To get you ready for our Spring Peel Party — 50% off all peels, all day long! — here’s the 411 on every peel we offer. Find out which peel does what and how they can help you achieve your specific skincare goals. To reserve your spot for our bi-annual event on Wednesday, April 5, call 512.236.1115, 713.231.0250, or email

*A non-refundable deposit of $30 is required.

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