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The right amount of sleep is necessary for maintaining a healthy, functioning body. However, an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health, which often leads to low work performance, slowed reaction time, obesity, higher risk of longtime disease, and substance abuse.

According to certain studies, massage therapy has found to be beneficial for:

  • Insomnia-related stress
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Myofasical pain syndrome
  • Sports injuries

Massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve a person’s sleep. Massage has also been shown to improve sleep in infants, children, adults, and the elderly alike, as well as individuals with fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy, and breast disease.

Good facts to know:

The “Body Clock”

Many people report that they fall asleep easily, but wake up at the same time in the middle of the night. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially is you can’t fall back asleep and wake up tired the next day. The concept of the “Organ Clock” in Chinese medicine is a useful tool in understanding why this occurs. In Chinese medicine, energy or qi, moves through the body’s meridians and organs in a 24 hour cycle. Every two hours, the qi (or energy) is strongest within a particular organ and its functions within the body. The body, mind and emotions are inseparable in Chinese medicine- meaning that if you have disharmony in your physical body, it is tied to your emotional state. So if you wake up at 3 AM, when Liver energy peaks, you may be suffering from Liver Qi stagnation, which could be related to an unhealthy diet- excess alcohol consumption, unresolved anger or high levels of stress. If you consistently wake up at 4 AM, it could be due to an imbalance in your lungs, which is related to grief and sadness, fatigue, and reduced immune function.

The most important time to sleep!

Many people are night owls and think nothing of it, especially if you get a decent amount of sleep each night. However, according to Chinese medicine, it’s not only how much sleep you get that matters, but also when you get it. A bedtime of 10:30pm (at the latest) is advised so that you are asleep by 11pm when the liver and gallbladder start to regulate qi, process emotions, balance hormones and detoxify the body. The window from 11pm-3am, which correlated to the liver and gallbladder, is the most important in terms of maintaining health, especially as you age.

The deepest part of sleep, or Slow Wave Sleep (SWS), is the most restorative part of our sleep. During these hours the stress hormone cortisol is reduced and parasympathetic nervous system activity increases, which allows us to fully rest and move away from the fight or flight responses that dominate during waking hours. SWS is associated with memory or learning. A lack of this type of sleep can lead to reduced daytime functioning and alertness as well as waking feeling unrefreshed. Human growth hormone, which is essential to repairing our bodies from daily injury and maintaining health, is released from 9pm-7am, making each hour of sleep during this time critical.

Check out the guidelines below to learn about why you may be waking up at a certain hour at night:

9 PM-11 PM–Triple Burner (related to the heart and pericardium) Emotion: Joy or lack of joy, depression, hopelessness. Functions: The triple burner is not a distinct organ but is related to our endocrine and lymphatic systems. It controls metabolism within the body. Symptoms of imbalance: Mania, feelings of guilt, depression, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance, sluggish metabolism, frequent headaches, fatigue, earaches. Tips: Consider going to bed earlier, establish a calming nighttime routine, avoid artificial light after 9pm.

11 PM-1 AM– Gallbladder (strongly tied to the liver) Emotion: Indecisiveness Functions: The Gallbladder stores and excretes bile to facilitate proper digestion. It also rules the decision making process, controls the sinews and tendons and governs dreams. Symptoms of imbalance: Indecision, frequent sighing, rash decisions, poor judgment, difficulty making decisions, shyness, high cholesterol, resentment, dream-disturbed sleep, weak tendons. Tips: Avoid alcohol, trans fats and spicy food. Eat a smaller dinner well before bedtime and avoid snacking before bed.

1 AM-3 AM–Liver Emotion: Anger/Irritability Functions: The liver is responsible for detoxifying our bodies and processing emotions each night. Think back to a night when you had too much to drink or a period of intense frustration at work. Did you wake up between 1-3am unable to fall back asleep? From a Chinese medicine perspective your liver was overloaded with and struggled to do its work. Symptoms of imbalance: Explosive outbursts of anger, bottled up emotions, resentment, irritability, moodiness, frustration, high blood pressure, PMS, bitter taste in mouth, red face, blurred vision. Tips: Make sure to drink alcohol in moderation and eat your last meal a few hours before bed. Consider a whole foods cleanse. Cut out coffee for a week and replace it with green tea. Get regular exercise.

3 AM-5 AM– Lung Emotion: Sadness/Grief Functions: The lungs govern the respiratory and immune system, regulate the sweat glands, and moisten the skin. Symptoms of imbalance: Feelings of sadness or grief that have not been dealt with, shortness of breath, sweating easily, weak voice, fatigue, cough, headache, asthma, chest pain, dry skin. Tips: Try breathing exercises, meditation or yoga to improve your lung capacity. Consider getting counseling or talking to a friend about feeling of sadness or grief.

The different types of massages that help improve your sleep:

  • Swedish massage—This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping to help relax and energize.
  • Deep massage—This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage—This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger point massage—This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in muscles after injuries or overuse.

Fun Fact:

Human beings have an intrinsic and powerful connection to sunlight that evolved over thousands of years. Before the advent of electricity, we were bound by the constraints of daylight, and our sleep cycles followed suit. But today, electricity and technological stimulation allow our minds and bodies to be active after sundown, which can wreak havoc on our health. Many hormonal processes in our body are literally hardwired to be orchestrated by sunlight and the absence of sunlight. It is no surprise that adhering to a normal sleep pattern is therefore highly important to maintaining optimal health.

When you are traveling, it may seem that your skincare list is not a top priority to you. But, if you have spent time trying to figure out the best skincare routine for you, do not neglect it when it comes to traveling!

It is important to find a way to keep your skincare routine intact when traveling, even if it means downsizing your products into travel size containers. It is important to keep your skin looking it’s best while you’re in the air, on the road, or just spending a few nights away from home.

Below are some tips and tricks to maintaining your skincare routine while on the go!

  1. Keep things as similar to your usual routine as possible.

In general, trying to keep up as much of your skin-care routine as possible is ideal. If what you’re doing is working, why change if you don’t have to? And for those who are trying to manage skin conditions while traveling, keeping your routine consistent is especially key.

There can be many reasons to why a person’s skin can fluctuate while traveling. However, keeping your same skincare routine that you do at home while traveling is important.

The easiest way to keep your same routine is to buy travel sized, (under 3oz if traveling by airplane), versions of your favorite products. If the brand you like does not have travel size, pick up a few small to-go product containers and fill them up with your facial cleanser, serums, and moisturizers.

2. If you are limited to a few products, focus on the essentials.

If you need or prefer to pack lighter, stick to the essentials of your skincare routine. The skincare essentials are considered to be: Sunscreen with at least SPF 30, makeup wipes, facial cleanser, and nighttime moisturizer. Skipping out on the toners and serums for the time being is OK.

3. If your favorites do not come in travel size, get creative!

There are a ton of excellent skin-care products that come in travel-friendly sizes these days. But if your go-tos aren’t available in minis, there are some other things you can do.

Like I stated before, the easiest way is to pack your products in mini containers that you can purchase at the store.

You can also use contact lenses for smaller quantities of products, such as eye cream. You can also pre-soak cotton balls in makeup remover or toners and store them in a tightly sealed bag to lock in the moisture.

4. Think ahead about the dry plane ride.

Long plane rides can dehydrate your skin. Applying a thick, nighttime facial moisturizer prior to boarding is best to ensure your skin’s hydration.

You might also find it helpful and refreshing to use hydrating sheet masks, under-eye masks, or facial mists while in flight.

Of course, wherever you are traveling to matters as well. Keeping your skincare routine the same is important, however, increasing or decreasing your moisturizer depending on your location is up to you to decide. If you are traveling to somewhere colder, a thicker moisturizer is needed. If you are traveling to a hotter destination, a thin layer of moisturizer will do.

5. Pay special attention to your eyes and lips.

If you’re enduring a dry plane ride or a change in time zones, your eyes and lips may be the part of your face to feel most of the effects.

A time change or jet lag can be the biggest downfall in traveling. Which is why using the correct amount and right eye cream can be crucial while traveling.

Don’t forget the lips! Your lips can become chapped and irritated while traveling and changing to different climates. So, keep them moisturized constantly!

6. Don’t just think about skincare products.

Sun safety is always essential for preventing both skin cancer and early signs of aging, but it’s also something way too many of us tend to slack off on. And we know that sunscreen alone isn’t enough to keep us as protected as possible.

Along with sunscreen, be sure to bring sunglasses to protect your eyes, a broad brimmed hat, and sun protective clothing as well.

Familiarize yourself with the basic foot reflexology chart. Starting out, learn about the basic areas on a foot reflexology chart. This outlines the major organs locations on the foot.

  • The right foot is associated with the right part of the body and left foot is associated with the left side of the body. The stomach, for example, is primarily located on the left side of the body so massaging and applying pressure to the left foot can treat stomach ailments.
  • The toes and feet indicate your head and neck. Massaging your toes in foot reflexology means working your head and neck.
  • The thinnest part of your foot, usually found towards its center, is known as the waistline. Parts of your foot correlated with the stomach are found above the waistline. Parts correlated with the intestines are found below
  • The bottom of your foot is connected with your pelvic area.
  • The area just underneath your toes corresponds to the chest.

The sole chart: The sole chart is fairly easy to learn and deals only with the underside of the foot, not the tops or sides of the feet.

  • When it comes to toes, the second and third toe after your big toe are connected to the eyes. If you have eye strain, applying pressure in that area can help. Your remaining toes are connected to your teeth, your sinuses, and the top of your head.
  • Pressure points do differ on the left foot and right foot; however, there are some similarities.
  • Your ears are affected by the areas just below your toes on both feet.
  • On both feet, the lungs are found about an inch below all your toes except the big toe.
  • Your heels on both feet are connected to your legs.
  • The area just below the waistline is connected to your small intestine on both feet.

The outside chart: An outside chart displays what areas of the body correspond to the side of your foot pointing away for the body. It also covers the top of your foot.

  • The very top of your foot corresponds to your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the part of your immune system that helps filter out toxins and other wastes.
  • The area just above your toes is connected to the chest. The side of your foot above your heel is connected to the hips and knees.
  • The side of your foot just below your waistline connects to the elbow. If you move down slightly further, to the side of your foot just above your pinky toe, you’ll hit your shoulder.

The inside chart:  An inside chart addresses addresses the side of the foot facing inward towards your other foot.

  • The bottom of your foot from the tip of your big toe to your heel represents your spine. The insides of your feet are the same basic shape as your spine, with the same curves and bends.
  • Just under the waistline there should be a puffy, oval-like mound on the side of your foot. This is connected to your bladder.

Did you know?

Your hands also have a reflexology chart just like the feet do.


Consider doing spot massages for specific ailments.
 For example, pinching the area between the middle finger and the ring finger may help with eye conditions such as conjunctivitis or eyestrain. If you have allergies, they might be helped by pressing gently on the adrenal gland area.

  • You can also hold a golf ball and roll it with both hands over the areas of your hand to apply pressure.
  • If you suffer from tension or anxiety, try pinching the skin area between your thumb and your first finger.

It is inevitable for us humans to experience pain in our jaws some point in our lives. Certain exercises are known to help ease the pain, however, a certain type of massage is known to improve jaw pain in an instant. This type of massage is called the pterygoid massage. The lateral pterygoids are muscles on each side of your head that help control the temporo-mandibular joint, or TMJ. The muscles help to open your jaw and to move it from side to side. The joint is very complex, so if you are experiencing pain, make sure to see an expert.

The Pterygoid Muscle

The pterygoid is a powerful muscle of mastication. The pterygoid muscles are two of the four muscles of mastication. These muscles are: lateral pterygoid and medial pterygoid. It is involved in closing the jaw as well as protrusion of the jaw. Therefore manual release of the pterygoid muscle can benefit those both with generalized TMJ pain and discomfort as well as people with overbite.

What causes the pain?

The jaw is virtually constantly working when talking, chewing, grinding and clenching and there are estimates that it moves more than a couple of thousand times every day. Below is what causes the pain of the jaw.

  • T.M.J
  • Teeth clenched
  • Poor body position
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Reduced jaw opening
  • Clicking jaw
  • Headaches
  • Cheek tingling
  • Chronic pain and inflammation in the jaw area
  • Chewing too much gum

Trigger points

If there are trigger points present in the medial pterygoids then you will often have pain in the TMJ and also around the ear. It can also be difficult to swallow with pain referred to the back of the mouth. If you have restrictions in how far you can open your mouth then there is likelihood that you will have trigger points in this muscle, normally present on both sides of the head.

How to prevent the pain:

  • Eat soft foods
  • Avoid eating too much gum
  • Practice stress reduction and relaxation techniques
  • The use of plastic toothbrushes recommended by jaw care professionals
  • Get a pterygoid massage at Elements!

Why a pterygoid massage is important for you

Everyone knows that any type of massage is beneficial for them. If you are continuously experiencing pain in your jaw/mouth, the pterygoid massage will help to ease the pain. And, coming in for continuous sessions will result in your pain going away quicker. This massage is also beneficial for headaches. If you experience frequent headaches, this massage will help control the headaches better and decrease the frequency of them. At Elements, the pterygoid massage can be added onto any type of full body massage.

After the pterygoid massage

Any time you massage trigger points in muscle groups it is a good idea to stretch them out afterwards to enhance the relaxation of the muscle. One recommended stretch for these muscles is to open your mouth against resistance by placing your hand under your chin while you slowly open the mouth against the resistance.

The year 2020 has been one for the books! Unlike any other year before, this one robbed us of many opportunities to experiment with our makeup. As most of the events we would dress up for this holiday season, there are not too many opportunities to glam up properly. But, with the holidays approaching us, it is still a good idea to glam up and dress up for the holidays to keep the holiday spirit alive! Even though masks might be required for this year’s Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities, there are many looks that will emphasize your eyes and steal the show from the mask. However, in case you might be taking part in this year’s festivities only virtually, a full face makeup look will make you feel glamorous and make you forget about 2020. This article will list the hottest new makeup trends to vamp up your holiday makeup look!

  1. The Classic Red Lip & Winged Eyeliner Look

If you love classic looks then this elegant and timeless red lip & winged eyeliner makeup is the right choice for you. Whether you will be celebrating this year’s holidays with your family or with your colleagues from work or school, this look is a perfect choice. If you are participating in the festivities virtually you will love the red lip but, in case you will have to wear a mask the winged eyeliner will make your eyes stand out.

2. The Winter Holiday Cat Eye

If you are crazy about makeup but had no chance to pull off something extra this year yet, then this holiday version of a cat eye is the ideal choice for you.  A bold colored cat eye with some glitter because it is for the holidays, after all, pared with a bold lip, will make you look unforgettable this holiday season. So, if you are more advanced in terms of makeup and love wearing bold makeup look, this is the one you should go for.

3. The Graphic, Bold Liner Trend

One of the hottest makeup trends of 2020 is the graphic liner makeup look. If you feel like standing out on that Christmas/New Year’s Eve party then this is the look you should go for. Do a full face contour, define your eyes with eyeliner, add the glitter, and then the extra eyeliner line to define the crease of your eyes. This look will definitely give your eyes a pop, especially if you are wearing a face mask.

4. Simple & Fast Makeup Look

A fast and easy makeup look that will have both your eyes and lips stand out. This makeup look is the perfect combination of a more natural look and something extra on the eyes and lips. In order to create this look make sure to do your base, contour, and give your face that healthy glow with some highlighter and blush. For the eyes, make sure to define them with a bit of eyeliner that you smoke out and for the finishing touch do a slightly darker but yet natural lip. Also, it’s not a bad thing to add some shimmer to the eyes! After all, it’s the holidays!

5. Holiday Glam

Nothing says holidays like glitter. So, for this glamorous holiday makeup look make sure to put glitter on your eyelids and apply some falsies. In order to bring the whole look together don’t forget to add some shimmer or a bold red lip because nothing says Christmas or New Year like a bold red lip or shimmer! Plus, wearing red for New Year’s Eve brings luck.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed looking at the tutorials from YouTube and maybe learned a little extra about make-up trends. At Elements, we have two make-up artists who can help you bring that holiday glam look that you are looking for!

Our hair goes through the upmost throughout each and everyday. Whether it is heat styling, swimming in chlorine, UV exposure, brushing, tying and untying, the things we put our hair through can take a toll on it. There are many hair treatments out there to replenish your hair, however, the Moroccanoil Treatment of original or light is a great hair product for all your hair needs. But, what is the difference? In this article, we will talk about if the original or light best suits your hair.

Moroccanoil Treatment Original

The Moroccanoil treatment original was the first product that Moroccanoil put on their market. This product has argan oil installed right in it, which is loaded with nutrients to provide your hair with the best care. Argan oil is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins that are important for your hair. Having grown in such harsh, dry conditions, argan oil is also known for its UV protection properties.

The Moroccanoil original treatment is a versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula designed to repair and transform hair. This product will also tame the flyaways , condition split ends, and smooth hair that gives it an added shine as well. Additionally this conditioning treatment aids in detangling hair, improves manageability and significantly speeds up blow-drying time.

Being a dense formula, the Moroccanoil Treatment Original is recommended for thick, coarse hair that is dry, curly and unmanageable.

Moroccanoil Treatment Light

The Moroccanoil Treatment Light offers all the same benefits as the Original, however is better suited for people with fine and light-colored hair (bleached and grey hair). It’s basically the same formula, with all the same ingredients, only in a lighter form, texture and color.

The Moroccanoil Treatment Light is simply lighter making it more manageable in fine and thin hair. In terms of color if you have chemically lightened hair, then the Light treatment is recommended over the Original for protecting your hair color.

Quick Recap:

Original: Use if you have thick, coarse, curly hair. Also good if you are naturally light, but still have lots of hair.

Light: Use if you have fine, thin, brittle hair. Recommended for anyone who has bleached, platinum blonde, or grey hair.

How To Use The Morrocanoil Treatment: Original & Light

  1. Clean, towel dried hair

Use the Moroccanoil Treatment Original or Light on clean towel dried hair for a touch of nourishment after your wash. This will also help to speed up drying time. Simply apply 1-2 pumps of the treatment to clean towel dried hair from mid-lengths to the ends. With your fingers work the product through your hair, ensuring it is distributed evenly. Then blow dry or let dry naturally.

2. Dry styled hair

The Moroccanoil Treatment can also be used in dry hair to boost shine and control frizz. Pump a few small drops into your hands and apply on dry hair from mid length to ends. Work the product through your hair with focus on split ends and smoothing out areas of frizz.

3. Second day hair

Use the Moroccanoil Treatment Original or Light in second day hair to tame flyaways and condition split ends. Simply apply one pump into the palm of your hands and distribute evenly working from mid-lengths to ends. You can also use the product more strategically, by applying to problem areas in your dry hair to tame flyaways and frizz.

4. Improve your treatment mask

Another way to use this treatment oil is to combine it with a hair mask. Simply mix a few drops of Moroccanoil Treatment to your hair mask for added nourishment and apply the mask as usual. This will give your hair a deeper and more intense hydration boost.

5. Use before shampooing

For more intense repair and nourishment, use the Original or Light treatments before getting in the shower to wash your hair. Apply 1-2 pumps of the treatment to your hair and massage throughout. Leave this to sit for about 10-15 minutes before shampooing, then wash as usual.

6. Before swimming

As we mentioned, the argan oil infused Moroccanoil Treatment Original and Light are ideal for protecting hair from harsh drying conditions. For example, chlorinated water and UV rays. Before going to the beach or jumping in a pool, apply 1-2 pumps throughout the hair and work through to the ends. This will work to protect your hair from such harsh conditions.

As the weather starts to cool down and eventually become chilling, it can take a toll on your feet, making them dry and feeling uncomfortable. Even if you are trying your best to enclose your feet in layers of socks or boots, the chilling winds of the winter season can really make your feet dry. So, it becomes extremely important to care for your feet during the winter season. By reading this article, you can pick up some helpful tips on maintaining the dry skin and keeping your feet looking good!

Scrub those feet!

Your feet tend to become dry and rough as winter draws in, which is normal! But, it is important to take care of them. To remove the dead skin cells, impurities and roughness from your feet, scrub it good. The coarse particles of the scrub ensure to remove the grime and leave you with soft and supple feet. It is recommended that you at least exfoliate your feet once a week.

Get the pumice stone!

Using a pumice stone on your feet is definitely one of the essentials. And it becomes even more important during the winter time. Use a pumice stone to scrub off the hard surface of your heels and wash your feet thoroughly afterwards. To keep your feet soft and stunning during the winter, use the pumice stone at least twice a week.

Always keep your feet moisturized!

Keeping your feet moisturized with foot cream or certain lotions designed for the feet is key. Dry feet during the winter can lead to various skin troubles. Keeping your feet moisturized is important. So, apply a generous amount of moisturizer on your feet every day to get soft and smooth feet.

Start wearing socks more often!

Socks definitely come in handy during the winter time. One pro about socks during the winter time is they keep the moisture locked in your feet. One tip is to apply lotion at bedtime and put socks over the lotion all night for soft, supple feet. As your feet will be covered a lot, choose the socks that make your feet happy. Go for natural material like cotton and avoid synthetic socks.

Soak your feet in hot water often!

Soaking your feet in hot water often provides relief for any possible pains in you feet and helps moisten the roughness of the feet for easy scrubbing. Soak your feet in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Pull out your feet afterwards, use the pumice stone to scrub away the dead skin, apply some moisturizer and you will have soft and supple feet in no time.

Choose the right footwear!

We all know that wearing flip flops in the winter can cause dry, cracked feet. So, it is a good tip to stay away from the flip flops for winter and stick the the close toed shoes. Do not stuff your feet in extremely tight shoes to keep it warm. It is important to choose the right type of shoes in which you can wiggle your toes comfortably and your feet are relaxed. You can also opt for the sandals that are open at the front to give your feet space to breathe.

Massage the feet!

When massaging the feet, you boost the blood circulation and that improves skin texture and enhance the softness of your feet. So, once a week, massage your feet with coconut oil for about 10-15 minutes. You can also opt for a professional foot massage. Just a 30 minute foot massage by a therapist will give your feet the relief they need.

Always go for the pedicure!

There can be no better way of pampering your feet than a relaxing pedicure. A pedicure involves massaging, soaking, exfoliation, foot masks and relaxing your feet. Pedicures remove all the dirt, dead skin cells and roughened skin to leave you with nourished and soft feet. Granted, it can be a little expensive but it is worth it. At Elements, you can sign up for the VIP membership that discounts you off pedicures. With this membership, you can schedule pedicures any time you want. It is the perfect membership for keeping those feet looking beautiful!

Are your eyebrows suffering from hair loss? Or are you possibly wanting your eyebrows to be thicker? Or, maybe, you just want your eyebrows to have that filled in makeup look? Look no further because microblading is the service for you! In this article, we will discuss the difference between microblading and a more current technique, microshading.

Microblading

Microblading is a semi permanent technique to deposit pigment into the skin with the help of super fine pen. The tips are so fine and sharp that it can create hair strokes. No matter what eyebrow shape you are looking for, the real looking hair strokes of the microblading pen create the illusion of real life looking hairs!

The needle reaches into the second layer of skin which makes the method as semi permanent. Compared to other techniques, microblading gives a very natural look and simulates the hair.

How long does microblading last? After getting your first initial full brow done, it is good to wait 4-6 weeks for a touch-up. The touch-up is needed in order for the color of the strokes to stay and appear more vibrant. After the touch-up, depending on your skin, the color can last up to 1-3 years.

Tip: It is good to stay out of the sun as much as possible as it can fade the color much faster.

The Combination of Microblading with Microshading

Even though it’s very similar in nature, microshaded eyebrows look a bit more different than the microbladed ones. The microshading procedure is applied with the help of an electric hand tool or a manual tool which creates a soft and powder effect, which is similar to powder eyebrow. This type of shading helps to fill in the areas that microblading could not touch base on. It also helps your brows to have that fuller look. This method uses repetitive doses of pigment and thus make the whole look less harsh than the one during microblading. An advantage of microshading is that it averages about 2 years before you need another touch-up.

When it comes to the procedure, the technician will start out with microblading first, just to get a base going. Then, the technician will add microshading to fill in any of the missed spots from microblading. There is no need to worry if microshading will look “too filled in” or “too dark for your eyebrows”. Consult with the technician about how much microshading he/she should do, they can go as natural as you’d like or give you that makeup look.

Does microshading hurt more than microblading? The technician will put on numbing cream before they start the procedure. But, it is normal to feel a little discomfort, more than tweezing and waxing, but a lot less than a tattoo. Your eyebrows might be sore after the procedure is done, but nothing too painful.

Microblading vs. Microshading

Eyebrows are in high demand today. The thin, 90s-early 2000’s eyebrow look is out and the thick, Brooke Shield eyebrows are back in. In order to obtain the perfect eyebrows, there are variety of treatments available. There are so many options that you may be confused to select the correct and best treatment that suits you.

A microblade is similar to a tiny blade where a number of sharp needles have joined at a point to make a tiny blade. The microblade is dipped into the selected pigment color in order to have fine cuts and hair like strokes looking natural. So to say, microblading is similar to a form of tattooing.

The difference between these brow techniques is achieved due to the fact that microshading uses a different tool which is known as rotary tool. This allows the artist to add fuller and more frequent strokes to your brow. Microblading leaves tiny, natural-looking hair strokes, while microshading leaves small, pinpoint dots that create the whole look. At the end, your eyebrows will look fuller and thicker.

To Sum It Up

No matter which procedure you choose, or if you choose to have both, our microblading technician at Elements will take great care of you! Once you you come in for the service, discuss all the possibilities, and come together to a decision on what procedure is right for your brows, then your brows are ready to look fabulous!

The fall time is a great time of year. It is a nice transition from the blazing summer heat of Vegas to nice, cool weather. For many people, with the sudden changes of heat to cooler weather, it can cause dryness and sensitivity to the skin.  Even if your skin is generally on the oilier side, it’s common to experience abrupt changes when the seasons shift — particularly from warmer months to cooler ones.

You might not know it, but sometimes, dry skin can be a bad thing for acne. If you have an abundance of dryness on your face, it can clog your pores and cause unwanted pimples, just like oil and dirt. Everyone strives for clear, glowing skin at any time of the year, but it’s essential to pay attention to your face as the weather gets colder and dry.

To prepare for the upcoming cold season and to make your skin healthy, glowing, and beautiful, take a look at the essential skincare tips for this fall season.

1. Switch To A Soap-free Cleanser

Instead of standard soap, choose a specified gel or foaming cleanser designated for people with acne-prone or dry skin, depending on your skin type. Both of these cleansers are loaded with moisturizing properties that won’t damage the skin’s surface. Regular soap can harm your skin’s outer protective layer, leading to accentuated wrinkles and pores, and can trigger acne and inflammation, making breakouts worse and harder to manage.

Find a cleanser that works best for you, and use it twice daily for the best results. If you’re concerned about constant acne breakouts, look for one that contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid increases the amount of moisture in the skin and then dissolves the substance that causes the cells to stick together, making it easier to shed skin skills and acne spots.

2. Apply Natural, Topical Treatments

If you have a breakout that is difficult to maintain, even when you wash your face twice a day, consider applying natural topical treatments directly to the affected spots. The right kind of topical treatment can take a few days to start working, but they’ll help reduce inflammation and control the spread. There are many topical treatments that you can find at the drugstore, and most of them contain an ingredient called benzoyl peroxide. This chemical treatment works by killing bacteria underneath the skin that can cause acne. It’s a well-known ingredient in the skincare community and has shown positive results on many individuals who experience regular breakouts.

However, if you prefer a more natural topical treatment, there are many other products that serve more of an organic, natural ingredient. Check out your nearest health food store or wellness website and look for ointments, including:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Turmeric

Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial agent that can go directly on the surface of any spots you have. Instead of the standard toner used after cleansing your face — splash some witch hazel as an additional exfoliate and pore cleanser. Honey and turmeric are excellent anti-inflammatory agents used in skincare routines for centuries worldwide. The critical thing to remember is to maintain moisture while you use these methods. Never go to bed without a nourishing moisturizer lotion or oil.

3. Try A Thicker Moisturizer

As summer time ends and the heat goes away, it is time to say goodbye to that light weight moisturizer and hello to a thicker moisturizer.

Finding a thicker moisturizer may not be the easiest, but once you do find one, you’ll never look back. It is worth consulting with an aesthetician about what the best, thicker moisturizer will work best on your skin. Sometimes, a skincare routine isn’t as simple as looking for products marketed to oily, dry, or combination skin types. Your skin will dictate the type of moisturizer you need to stay hydrated without becoming too oily. While you should find the right moisturizer for you, remember to also look for one that protects your skin from the cold, dry, and transitional autumn climate.

4. A Professional Chemical Peel

One of the best and most convenient ways to get your face ready for the colder months, treat acne scars, and bring out your natural beauty is to have a professional chemical peel. Here at Elements Salon and Wellness Spa, we provide a chemical peel service that is done by the hands of our aestheticians. There are so many benefits to a chemical peel. A chemical peel removes skin cells from the epidermis and areas of your skin’s upper and middle layers. It’s used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. But, make sure to consult with the aesthetician first to make sure this service is best for your skin type.

Following a skincare routine is an act of self-care. Dedicating a few minutes each morning and night to your beauty and skin ritual is vital because you’re demonstrating that you matter and love yourself! It’s too easy to forget the importance of being kind to yourself when life gets busy and chaotic. This fall, bring out your natural beauty and give yourself some love with these tips.

When you schedule a service that is beneficial towards your health, typically, a pedicure is not on the mind. You may think of it as a treat yourself type of service that you get here and there. But a pedicure is so much more! You only get one set of feet in your lifetime, right? Then you must give them the proper care and yes, that means a spa appointment.

If you’re very physically active, or if you work in a physically demanding job, your feet absorb a lot of stress. They are probably your most strained, overworked body parts. All of that stress takes a toll on your overall health. During your pedicure service, your technician will massage your feet. Those massages reduce soreness, improve circulation, and release tension in your foot muscles. Your feet will thank you for the extra attention.

Exfoliation is not just for your face! Your pedicure technician will exfoliate your feet as part of your service. You can say goodbye to dead skin and calluses. Aside from leaving you with smooth feet, your pedicure doubles as a preventative service. Things like fungal infections are much less likely if you take good care of your feet.

Pedicures Prevent Infections

If you don’t moisturize your feet daily, a pedicure is an important source of moisture. Moisturizing your feet prevents cracks from forming, which can lead to infections. To get much needed hydration for your feet, continuing moisturizing your feet in-between appointments with foot lotion is important.

Pedicures Stops Calluses Right Away

The extra moisture also helps to remove and prevent calluses. A callus is the body’s way of protecting itself. Areas of friction will protect itself from forming calluses, but with repeated friction like walking or working out, inattention to those areas of the skin can break down and lead to sores or ulcerations.

Encourages A Healthier Lifestyle

When getting a pedicure, a mini foot massage is included. Foot massages improve blood circulation, which leads to healthier feet!

Pedicures=Healthier Joints!

When soaking your feet in warm water during a pedicure can help with joint health. With a foot massage, you are putting all of your joints through a full range of motion to help decrease stiffness. Soaking feet in warm water can also help relieve stress on joints and temporarily subside side pain.

Overall

Pedicures are obviously great for your feet, but did you know they help your mind too? When you get a pedicure, you release tension and feel relaxed. This kind of de-stressing releases a brain chemical called endorphins. Endorphins make you feel calm and happy, They also lower blood pressure, improve circulation and even relieve pain. So you shouldn’t feel bad about splurging. You’re actually doing your body a favor and giving your mind a rest.

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