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After a recent cold I was left with what felt like water in my right ear. It was that congested feeling you get after swimming and you have to jump on one leg trying to get the water out.  But I didn’t go swimming. It didn’t help that I also have constant ringing in that same ear. A quick check confirmed that it wasn’t an ear infection, so no antibiotics. I took some over the counter allergy medicine that did nothing to relieve the congestion. I started thinking that my Eustachian tube might be inflamed or congested. The Eustachian tube is a canal that connects the middle ear to the upper throat and the back of the nasal cavity.

 The Eustachian tube’s job is to:

  • balance pressure in the middle ear, keeping it equal with air pressure outside the body;
  • protect the inner ear from nasal secretions;
  • drain middle ear secretions into the area between the nasal cavity and upper throat.

When I experienced the congestion, the typical medical approach was to treat symptoms (e.g., with antibiotics, decongestants). No to the antibiotics, but yes to the decongestants. The holistic approach includes natural medicines and Eustachian Tube Massage (ETM), which can alleviate congestion and the discomfort it causes by stretching the soft tissue that lines the tube. This helps reduce pressure and promotes release of fluid from the tube. You can perform ETM on yourself.

How to perform Eustachian Tube Massage:

  1. After washing your hands, use your index or middle finger to feel behind the ear lobe for a bony bump. With firm, steady pressure slide your finger down until it slips into a groove between the ear lobe and the jaw.
  2. Follow that groove down the neck with your finger, sliding down (with same steady pressure) until you reach the collar bone.
  3. For a child or small adult, it may help to tilt your head to the shoulder opposite the ear that you are massaging. (Ex: If massaging right side, tilt head to left shoulder)
  4. Repeat three to four times per side, about three times a day.

You can also schedule a massage with one of our skilled massage therapists.  The 30 minute Scalp, Neck and Shoulder Massage would be a great massage to address congested Eustachian tubes. Always consult your medical professional before seeking out alternative treatments. You would be surprised how many medical professionals also seek out massage services!

Here are 10 facts maybe you didn’t know about our salon/spa!

1. We’ve been open for 10 years now!

2. The owners of Elements Salon & Wellness Spa are sisters!!!! (In-law)

3. One of our hair dressers has worked with us since we’ve opened! Can you guess who?

4. We offer Ultrasonic Cavitation (sounds funny, works great)!

5. We offer Brazilian Blowouts!

6. We offer full glam and natural glam makeup services!

7. You can request to see whom ever you want!

8. We have a med spa!

9. We accept walk-ins!

10. We are open 7 days a week!

Bonus fact:

11. We have offers on groupon!

I hope you learned something new about our fabulous Salon/Spa! We hope you have a great weekend! We look forward to seeing you!

Washing your face may seem simple, but there’s actually an art to it. Let’s talk about the right way to clean your skinand we’ve got all the details right here. The most important thing? Making sure your face is clean, toned, and moisturized before you put on makeup or get into bed, since your skin rejuvenates naturally when you sleep. It may sound like a lot of work, but we’re here to make it easy for you.

Read on for our five simple steps to correctly washing your face:

Step #1: Wash your face with lukewarm water and a cleanser. Warm water helps lift the dirt out of your skin, but hot water can be too drying. Cleansers are hydrating, but if you wear a lot of makeup, you might also want to use a makeup remover.  After washing, dab your face with a toweldon’t rub. It will stretch your skin and lead to wrinkles.

Step #2: Take a cotton ball and dip it in toner and swipe it around your face, focusing on problem areas. For example, if you have an oily t-zone, toner is a huge help. You don’t need a lot! Just one soaked cotton ball is perfect.

Step #3: Serum is like vitamins for your skin. There are some amazing high-end ones, but you don’t need to spend to over due itwe have some amazing ones that you can get at our on line store. Use one or two pumps for your entire face. This is also a great way to address any specific issues you have with your skin, because they make serums for everything: anti-aging, moisturizing, redness, etc.

Step #4: You can also mix your serum in with your moisturizer, which cuts down on a step. For night, pick a heavier moisturizer, but for day, make sure you choose one with SPF if you’re not going to apply sunscreen on your own.

Step #5: The last stepdon’t forget your eye cream! The under eye area is the thinnest part of your skin, so it’s desperate for moisture. Massage or pat a pea-sized amount of eye cream under your eyes about half an inch under your brow bone. If you’re putting on makeup afterwards, wait a few minutes so the cream can sink in.


Ultrasonic facial treatments cleanse, repair and stimulate the skin by using a machine that emits gentle sonic waves.  It uses ultrasound to loosen and remove dead skin cells and restore the natural charge to cells. The process is safe and is perfect for sensitive, sun-damaged, and acne prone skin.

 

What is an Ultrasonic Facial?

This high-tech facial uses a specialized ultrasonic/ultrasound machine that emits high-frequency waves. Ultrasonic treatments benefit a variety of skin types and can improve many common skin conditions. Your aesthetician will customize your ultrasonic facial according to your skin type and skincare needs.

 

In a treatment, the ultrasonic machine’s high-frequency waves work to:

 

  • Exfoliate dead skin cells for clear and radiant skin without the redness or irritation.
  • Loosen and remove oil, dirt and sebum from the pores and hair follicles, resulting in less blackheads and breakouts. Ultrasonic frequency zaps bacteria and decongests the pores. The result? Clear, healthy skin with noticeably tighter pores.
  • Gently stimulate skin to encourage collagen and elastin production. With a series of treatments, fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable and skin color, tone and texture becomes more even and uniform.
  • Stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage through the combination of ultrasound and electrical therapy. This nourishes the skin and gives it a youthful rosy glow.
  • Facilitate hydration and plump the skin, thereby filling out fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Help skincare products do their job by penetrating deeper into the skin. This is especially true for anti-aging and antioxidant serums, creams and masks. n.
  • Safe for most people: The sonic waves emitted by the ultrasound machine aren’t harmful to your health. However, if you have an autoimmune disorder, a diagnosed heart disorder or cancer, it’s best to skip the ultrasonic treatment. Anyone living with a chronic health condition or are pregnant should check with his or her physician before proceeding with any aesthetic treatment.

 

The ultrasonic facial is gentle, non-invasive suitable for most skin types, from acne to rosacea to sun-damaged skin. Once your skin is rejuvenated and healthy looking, maintain your results with monthly ultrasonic facials.

 

Hello again to my frequent readers and hello to my new ones, too. We’re going to talk about obtaining and maintaining beautiful and healthy nails. With short winters (even though it’s Vegas it gets pretty cold!) and long summers, it’s not just our skin that will be going through some changes, our nails will as well! They can tend to get a bit dry and even brittle in some cases. Also, as some of us love to get manicures (acrylics, gel, or regular polish), our nails go through the wringer a bit in between manicures. So to help combat and minimize any (further) damage, we at Elements have a wonderful treatment called IBX! Just a short summary as to what it is: a treatment that helps to condition and strengthen the nail, whether you’re in between manicures or you just want to give your nails a little TLC.  This treatment doesn’t just SIT on the nails but actually PENETRATES the nail bed.

Now, while most of us have minor nail issues, I am providing a short list to show you a few examples of what your nails might be trying to tell you.  Now don’t freak out beauties, these are just symptoms/signs to look out for so you can keep your nails healthy and strong. Of course, as you know, I am NOT doctor, and neither are some of you so I don’t want you self-diagnosing. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed, please visit your REAL doctor:

*THICK NAILS – This may indicate that the vascular system is weakening and the blood is not circulating properly. It can also be a sign of thyroid disease.

*WHITE LINES – This can show possible signs of heart disease, high fever, or arsenic poisoning.

*WIDE NAILS – If your nails are unusually square and wide, this could indicate a hormonal disorder.

*SEPARATING – Nails separating form the nail bed can be due to injury or infection, a reaction to a drug, thyroid disease, or psoriasis. While infections can occur underneath the nail bed during separation, most times the nails will re-attach themselves to the bed within a few months. If this doesn’t happen and you feel it could be much more serious, please see your doctor immediately.

*DARK BLUE BAND – An isolated dark blue band in the nail, especially in fairer-skinned people, can be a sign of skin cancer.

*CHIPPED, CRACKED, OR PEELING – Nails that chip, crack, or peel can show a general nutritional deficiency, insufficient hydrochloric acid and protein. Minerals are also needed. So take those vitamins ladies! (and gentlemen!).

So there you have it folks! While manicures are fabulous, it is very important to take care of ourselves inside as well as out.  Our nails can also serve as barometers to inform us if we’re doing just fine or if we need to take a little extra care. Also, for more information on our new IBX treatment, please visit us and one of our talented and knowledgeable nail techs will be more than happy to fill you in! Thanks for reading!

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