In recent years, Korean beauty treatments have gained a great deal of popularity around the world. Commonly referred to as ‘K-Beauty’ there are quite a few skin regimens that have become famous for their effectiveness. The K-Beauty blackhead method is one of these regimens, and might just be the perfect solution for you if you are struggling with skin impurities and blemishes.
Here at Carisma Spa, we want to make sure you know about current beauty trends that are proving successful, so I’ve compiled a short guide that summarises the K-Beauty blackhead routine.
Understanding Skin Impurities
Skin impurities like blackheads form when your pores or hair follicles get blocked by dead skin cells or excess sebum. They can also be caused by a build-up of bacteria, especially if your skin is irritated or damaged by the weather, for example.
This is why it’s important to use a skincare routine that also reduces excess sebum production, moisturizes and restores skin, and purifies your pores. This way, the underlying cause of the problem is addressed, to make it less likely that these impurities will form again.
The K-Beauty Method
Various versions of the K-Beauty blackhead method exist, ranging from a 3-step method all the way up to a 10-step method! These routines can be condensed down into the main steps below:
Clean Your Canvas
Make sure you start your skincare routine with a clean face! This makes it easier for products to reach deep into your pores since you’ve helped them out by removing some surface oil and dirt from your skin. Try and match the cleansing product you use to your skin type, whether it’s dry, aging, combination or oily skin. If you prefer (or your skin varies in dryness/oiliness) you can use a product that’s suitable for all skin types.
Open Your Pores
Next up, wipe your face with a gentle cloth soaked in warm water. You can even microwave a wet cloth if you prefer, but be careful not to burn yourself (or the cloth)! The warmth opens up your pores and makes any products you use afterward more effective.
Optional: Use a Face Mask
Face masks are a great tool to correct and reduce skin impurities. If you use this routine often, make sure you only include a face mask once or twice a week though, especially if you prefer peel masks or have sensitive skin.
Masks reduce future sebum production and help clean dirt and oil out of your pores, especially if they are designed to target build-up in your pores.
Look out for masks that contain charcoal or clay since they’re more appropriate for tackling impurities. Avoid peeling masks altogether if you have sensitive, damaged, or irritated skin since they can make these problems worse. Try out a gentle face mask if you have these skin concerns.
Use a Cleansing Oil
Surprisingly, an oil-based cleanser is great at dealing with excess oil and impurities! Oil-based cleansers do a great job when it comes to dissolving blackheads, so rub a little cleansing oil over your face for 2-3 minutes, paying special attention to your nose area, or any area that is prone to blackheads.
Rinse your face with a little bit of water, and rub your skin again (some cleansing oil should still remain). After a little while, you can fully rinse your face and the clogged pores will be rinsed out as well.
A pleasant advantage to oil cleansers is that they won’t leave your skin feeling over-cleansed or tight after your skincare routine.
Apply a Serum
After this intense cleansing routine, make sure to replenish your skin’s moisture. Serums are especially useful since they tighten your pores, helping to prevent skin cells and oil from building up all over again. You can find serums for dry skin, aging skin or uneven skin that has discoloration.
Heavy moisturizers should be avoided at all costs to prevent blocking your pores all over again, so opt for a gel-based or lightweight moisturizer if serums aren’t your thing.
Remember, moisturizing your face also means your skin won’t enthusiastically produce excess oil to replenish the moisture itself!
This K-Beauty routine is becoming well-loved all over the globe for its effectiveness. It’s definitely worth trying out if you want to tackle impurities, or even simply wish for a routine that provides deeper cleansing than your current skincare regimen.
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Staying healthy doesn’t have to involve boring meals or unpleasant protein shakes. We at Carisma want you to enjoy your journey to wellness, so here are 5 amazing smoothies that support your health goals while tasting amazing!
1. Get a Burst of Antioxidants: Raspberry Green tea Smoothie
Add to a Blender:
Consuming foods containing antioxidants has been suggested as a way to counter cell damage, reducing the chances of diseases like cancer, eye diseases, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and diabetes. Antioxidants can be found in a lot of fruits and veggies, and this first smoothie is full of them. The Green tea is packed with antioxidants and boosts your heart’s health.
2. Boost Your Energy Levels: Cherry Super-Smoothie
Blend until smooth and you have a smoothie that will supercharge your energy! This is a great smoothie to start the day with, or use as a pick-me-up.
The cherries and the kiwi will add a lot of vitamins and antioxidants to your diet, while almond milk is a low-fat way to improve your calcium intake. Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients and even contain Omega-3 fatty acids!
3. Make Your Diet Fun: Berry Keto Smoothie
Blend together, and you have a low carb snack. This smoothie is also a great light breakfast, if you aren’t a fan of cereals.
Berries improve your blood sugar, are great for your skin and help fight inflammation. Just like the spinach in this smoothie, the berries are also packed with vitamins but have a very low amount of calories. Coconut milk helps with your energy levels, improves your digestion and helps your heart health.
4. Get a Workout Treat: Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie
This smoothie tastes like a delicious apple pie, but without the unhealthy part! It’s packed with protein, making it a great pre-workout incentive or a post-workout reward. You’ll be looking forward to exercising in no time.
Not only does it contain the protein you need for your workout, but the yoghurt will boost your immune system while the apple and oats will give you a great dose of fiber.
5. Boost Your Brain Power: Blueberry Avocado Smoothie
This is a great way of taking a short break from work or studying, and improving your focus at the same time. This smoothie is also loaded with vitamins, protein and antioxidants to improve both your physical and mental wellness.
We at Carisma hope this article has given you some delicious smoothie ideas! If this has given you a craving for some fresh fruits, you may enjoy our Spa & Lunch packages that even include a voucher to use at Kofi & Kale (where you can even try a whole range of smoothies)!
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At many points in our life we may experience something that causes us a great deal of stress & anxiety, and given how hectic life can be these feelings can often last for a long amount of time. The turbulent nature of 2020 has been especially stressful for many of us, so it has become even more important to be able to prevent and cope with these feelings.
Here at Carisma Spa, we want to ensure that people experience both physical and mental wellness, so this article will take you through some ways to manage these negative emotions and to help prevent them from taking hold in the first place.
Understanding Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety can have physical, mental, and emotional effects on you. When you experience anxiety, you can feel scared or apprehensive, you can have negative emotions and you can even experience intense reactions like sweating, shaking or shortness of breath.
Anxiety and Stress are often the result of something that has already happened, or something that you are worried will happen, so tackling these feelings can start from approaching these events in a different way.
Planning in Advance
If future events are causing you anxiety, it can be very helpful to plant for them in advance. Knowing that you already have ways to cope with this event, if it were to happen, can take a great deal of weight off your shoulders.
This can be as simple as writing down your daily routine in advance, listing your short term and long term goals, or writing down some ways to cope with an event that you fear will happen. Consider talking about these worries with people you are close to, as they may have perspectives that you are not seeing at the moment or solutions that you are not aware of. Often the act of simply talking with someone can relieve some anxiety.
Rewarding Yourself For The Small Goals
Many of our goals in life require a great deal of time and effort; getting a good job, buying a house or succeeding in education, for example, can all require years of work. As a result, we can lose motivation and feel like our goals are too far out of reach, so it’s important to list small goals and reward yourself for them. Exercised or ate a healthy meal today? Reward yourself with some moments of relaxation.
Even small achievements have their value, and it’s important not to forget this! Focus on what you can change right now.
Focus & Breathing
Experiencing a moment of high anxiety or stress can be overwhelming, so it’s important to know what to do beforehand. When you feel overwhelmed, try to sit down and take a second to clear your mind. Close your eyes and focus only on your breathing. These calming breathing techniques are surprisingly effective, relieving intense emotions in a matter of minutes.
Question Your Negative Thoughts
When we focus on our negative thoughts, we can give them a great deal of power and make them feel worse than they actually are. When you experience negative emotions, take their power away by listing them either on a piece of paper or in your mind. Ask yourself what is bothering you, why it is bothering you and whether you can do anything about it.
If the problem is something you can change, try and list what you can do to solve it. If you can’t figure out a solution, ask others for advice or even see if you can get some useful information from the internet.
Often, this process can relieve your anxiety even before you actually start doing anything to fix your problem, since it grounds you in the present and makes your feelings tangible. Once you understand something, you can deal with it more easily.
Creating a relaxing environment can help with anxiety and stress, and aromatherapy is a useful tool in your arsenal. By burning incense, using a scented oil or a warmer, you can diffuse a relaxing scent around the room to ground you and relax you.
Specific scents like lavender, jasmine, chamomile, rose, frankincense, and patchouli have historically been used to relieve anxiety, depression, and stress.
Anti Stress Treatments
If you feel like you would prefer a more hands-on approach to tackling your tension, you can choose treatments designed to relieve these negative emotions. A facial, for example, can relieve tension and allow you to step away from life’s worries for a while.
Meanwhile, a massage that targets anxiety like the Hot Stone Massage or the Antistress Massage is designed to relieve the symptoms of stress in your body to refresh your physical and mental energy.
Meditation & Exercise
Keeping up with meditation and exercise can also be a useful tool to relieve negative emotions. They lower the body’s levels of stress hormones, improve your sleep and make you feel more confident in yourself. In addition, they can be a great distraction that allows you to focus on something other than the way you are feeling.
In conclusion, there are many approaches you can take to manage your feelings in these stressful times. You may choose to try one or more of these techniques or even all of them, so we hope that they will be of help and lead to your mental wellness.
Dry skin can be a very frustrating skin condition to deal with. Your skin can feel flaky, tight, and sore from the lack of moisture, and can impact your confidence. It also makes it difficult to find suitably hydrating face care and makeup products, since they may not be hydrating enough or even make your skin uncomfortably oily.
Thankfully, there are specialised products, facial treatments and natural remedies to help relieve your discomfort and let you enjoy plump, refreshed skin.
Add These Foods to your Diet
Your diet can have quite an effect on your skin, which means that adding these foods can help hydrate your skin and relieve your discomfort as well as boost your health.
Sweet potatoes are an often recommended remedy for dry skin, especially when eaten with their skin. They’re full of Vitamin A which repairs your skin and beta-carotene which protects your skin and keeps it hydrated.
Coconut Oil is a great alternative to vegetable oils for cooking since it’s much healthier. In addition, it can improve your skin both by ingesting it or by rubbing it on problematic areas.
Water is the key to great skin and good health. It’s important to stay hydrated, so keep a bottle nearby at all times to get into the habit of drinking more water. Not only is water hydrating, but it can remove toxins from your skin.
A versatile ingredient that can be eaten in many different recipes, avocados keep skin hydrated and help prevent the signs of aging. They’re incredibly nourishing, so you should definitely include them in your diet.
Oatmeal is a healthy food to wake up to. It’s great at tackling flaky dry skin and redness. It’s also a great breakfast food that can be combined with many other ingredients to keep you feeling fuller for longer, so you’re less likely to snack on unhealthy foods that dry your skin.
Small Lifestyle Changes
You don’t need to completely change your daily routine to tackle dry skin. A few small changes can have a great effect. Incorporating a moisturiser into your shower routine is always recommended, as well as avoiding washing your body or face with water that is too hot. But did you know that moisturiser can be more effective if you apply it to damp skin? So make sure you use it right after you’ve showered or washed your face so that it locks in the hydration and refreshes you longer.
Setting a humidifier on your desk while you work is also a simple solution that won’t mess up your routine. Desktop humidifiers only need to be filled up with water at the start of the workday and you can let them work their magic. They can also improve your breathing if you have allergies or asthma, and counteract the dehydrating effects of being in a room with an Air Conditioner or heater on all day. Plus, they usually come in attractive shapes and colours!
Nothing beats a facial for a powerful boost to hydration, especially facials designed to combat dry skin. A Hydra Blue facial is great at making dry skin radiant again, while a Douceur Marine facial treats redness and soreness to soothe your face. The movements of a facial treatment also have the benefit of boosting circulation and collagen production, so your skin is not only fresher but looks younger too.
Incorporating a moisturiser into your routine is often the first and best-recommended step to tackling dry skin. However, many products contain ingredients that make other skin problems worse, make your skin too oily, or simply don’t hydrate your skin enough. Picking safe, reliable products is important, which is why Carisma recommends products by Phytomer, since they are effective, natural, and sustainably sourced.
If you have combination skin it has probably been an ongoing struggle to find a product that hydrates your dry areas without making your oily areas worse, so you may wish to try an ultra moisturiser that’s oil-free, or an easy-to-apply gel solution that’s great for any skin type. If you feel regular discomfort from skin tightness, a comforting rescue cream may be the ideal solution. If you prefer a more complex routine, then adding a hydrating night cream along with your normal moisturiser can help you get bright skin before you’ve even woken up for the day.
Dry skin doesn’t have to mean constant discomfort or insecurity. You can tackle it head-on in a simple, straightforward way with a few small changes to your lifestyle and diet that will have a positive effect on your wellness as well.
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Losing your job is a distressing experience that can be hard to get over. If you have lost your job due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s important to realize that you are by no means alone. Millions are in your shoes and will be searching the job market in an attempt to relaunch their careers. This competition is bound to be fierce, yet it may surprise you to know that the best course of action, right now, is to not jump right back into the workforce.
Using the time you now have on your hands to focus on yourself and determine the career you now want to pursue is the best option for someone in your shoes. Immediately after losing your job, it can be difficult to determine what you should do, but rest assured that there are preemptive steps you can take to launch a better career in the future.
Revamp Your Skills
One of the first things you should do after losing your job, regardless of whether or not it was due to the pandemic, is revamping your skillset. Unless you already worked in a tech-intensive field, your skills are likely out of date for the future of work. Technology is a driving force of change that is automating industries all around the world. In the near future, there will be no worker more valuable than those that hold the knowledge of maintaining technology.
To that end, revamping your skillset to be more tech-based is one of the smartest courses of action after losing your job amidst the pandemic. There are a number of easy online degrees that you could pursue in your free time which will give you a new skillset based on technology. Besides the fact that these courses may better prepare you for a new career, they will give you important soft skills for the future of work.
As discussed by Skillcrush, tech skills can make you a better problem solver and a better leader overall. Couple this with a knowledge of technology and it’s clear to see why you may be favored over the competition that immediately chose to try and dive back into a changing workforce.
Attend a Bootcamp
Staying on the topic of revamping your skillset, attending a highly rated bootcamp is a great course of action. As far as being proactive goes, coding bootcamps are the best option to consider when setting up a new and long-lasting career. Coding has been around for years, but the skill has led to entire fields being created around it.
It goes without saying that this is an important skill for anyone to learn. In fact, they are teaching this skill lightly to kids as young as elementary school. In order to compete with these future employees, learning some knowledge of the various coding languages now can set you apart from other workers.
There is nothing wrong with gaining additional education and taking the time to do so now may help you later down the line.
Get a Cover Letter Ready
Regardless of how long you held the job you just lost, getting an up-to-date resume and cover letter ready to go should be a priority for you. As far as your resume goes, add all your relevant skills and work experience. Brush up on how to properly craft a cover letter and focus on describing yourself in an appealing way. Obtaining more education in a tech field via an online degree program may come in handy at this point as you can describe yourself as a capable learner able to adapt to technology.
Besides just revamping your cover letter and resume, consider taking a career quiz to see which job may be the best choice for your unique skill set. Try to match your skills and interests to a field that has a high level of growth in the next ten years and consider picking up a job in that career path.
The recent pandemic has made it clear that no industry is safe from disruption. Additionally, more likely than not, technology will lead to another disruption in the near future. In order to overcome these detrimental disruptions, prepare now by getting yourself ready for the future of work. Use this job loss as an opportunity to grow your career in a different direction that can improve the longevity of that career. Get ahead of all these disruptions, rather than struggle to overcome them, and you may find yourself in a better position than ever before.
Getting good sleep is an integral part of maintaining both physical and mental wellness. We may take a good night’s rest for granted, but even a single interrupted or fitful night can make us realise how important restful sleep really is.
Losing sleep for any reason, including insomnia, can impact every aspect of our lives. Tiredness can mean making more mistakes at work, being short tempered with loved ones or simply having a harder time being motivated and enjoying life. At the end of the day, no one enjoys tossing and turning in bed watching the clock tick by, so here are some useful tips to help you get a good night’s sleep. They will range from easy, small changes to your environment to antistress spa day treatments, so you are sure to find something that fits into your lifestyle.
Create a Welcoming Sleeping Space
Sleeping in a room that’s quiet, dark and cool will naturally help you get to sleep easier. If your room is facing a street light or you perhaps prefer to sleep during the day, blackout curtains can help simulate a dark environment.
Removing distractions like computers, T.V’s & work items can also help you get into the right mindset. Having these items around can weaken the natural association you have with your bedroom as a place of rest. Some people also find the light aroma of essential oils like lavender can help them get to sleep, but make sure not to apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin, as they can cause irritation.
Reduce Light Exposure
Your body naturally associates daylight with being awake, so exposing yourself to too much artificial light, especially before bed, confuses your natural rhythms. Bright light, especially blue light typical of phones and computers should be avoided. If this is not possible, look into setting a blue light filter on your device to reduce its disrupting effect. Being in a dark environment will encourage the production of the hormone melatonin, which promotes sleep.
Maintain a Sleeping Routine
You can help your body and mind transition from day to night by relaxing for an hour before bed. You can take a bath, enjoy a hobby or perform exercises like yoga, but make sure to avoid too much time using technology, as explained above.
It is also important to sleep and wake at around the same time if possible. If you need to change the time you are going to sleep, try and adjust your routine gradually instead of all at once, so that your body’s rhythms have time to adapt.
Avoid Caffeine, Nicotine & Alcohol
It may seem obvious to avoid drinking coffee before bed, but what about nicotine and alcohol? Many people enjoy a glass of wine or a smoke before bed, but surprisingly these may be contributing to insomnia like caffeine would.
Studies have shown that consuming these substances may also increase anxiety, which will make it harder to get to sleep and feel well rested when you wake up. A 2015 study showed that caffeine can even make your mood worse if you are already sleep deprived. Instead, consider drinking cherry juice, herbal teas or warm milk to help you drift off.
Try Antistress and Relaxation Treatments
If you are going through a stressful time, especially an unpredictable year like 2020, it may be hard to get a good night’s rest. Trying a soothing massage can help ease some tension and refresh your outlook. Carisma Spa’s dedicated antistress massage is designed to ease tension, while massages like the Hot Stone Massage or the Ayurvedic Massage can help with exhaustion and anxiety.
Conclusion and Closing Thoughts
In conclusion, your body naturally knows when it is time to rest, but the anxiety and complications of daily life can confuse it. By establishing a sleeping routine that simulates a cool, dark night and relaxes your body, you can help promote regular restful sleep.
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Ayurvedic massage, also known as "oil massage or Abhyanga", is a treatment that incorporates herbal essential oils with non-traditional strokes and kneading that suits individual needs. It is one of the world's oldest healing systems with its origin dated back more than 3000 years ago in India.
Ayurvedic massage is based on ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda (the science of life) and pressure points. The treatment focuses on manipulating energy fields and freeing emotional burdens rather than relieving tension in the muscle. The heavy use of herbal essential oil and its focus on specific pressure points in the body is what differentiates the ayurvedic massage from the Lomi Lomi or other types of massage.
According to the Ayurvedic Classics, Ayurvedic massage is a daily regimen needed for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The Ayurvedic Massage technique stimulates the lymphatic system. Practitioners claim that benefits include pain relief, reduction of fatigue and improved immune system.
It is a perfect massage for bringing out your glow. It makes you relaxed, comfortable and at peace. If you ever need a massage to reduce pain, mental stress and fatigue, then it's time you tried out the Ayurvedic massage. Here is some information that could come in handy.
What To Expect At Your First Ayurvedic Massage
The Ayurvedic massage, like other types of massage, starts with a consultation. This helps your massage therapist identify your body needs and expectations to ensure the best treatment is recommended. Your therapist might also inquire about your current lifestyle, especially your eating habits and daily physical activity. Patients are usually advised to provide honest answers to ensure your therapist gives the most favourable recommendations. Recommendations given are based on your habit, temperament, climate and the season of the year as well as your physical constitution.
After your consultation, you will be taken to the spa for your massage treatment. The treatment can last up to 60 minutes depending on the type of treatment recommended. During the massage, you will be in your underwear with your body covered with towels, only the body parts being massaged will be exposed to the oil massage.
Soothing music or chants is played in the background while You will lie on the bed. The massage therapist then pours warm oil on your body and starts massaging it in a series of movement. The ayurvedic massage technique constitutes movement that varies from superficial to deep strokes and is aimed at relaxing your nervous system and nourishing your body. The oil used for the ayurvedic massage is allocated according to your body type to prevent allergic reactions and skin issues.
Oils to use for Ayurvedic Massage
The best oil to use for Abhyanga depends on your body type (dosha). In Ayurveda, three doshas determine which Ayurvedic massage oil you need to encourage balance and health.
The oil can be used by itself or blended with another oil.
Ayurvedic Diet Plan
The Ayurvedic diet plan is an important component of the Ayurvedic massage treatment as it contributes to long term health results. This diet plan consists of six primary tastes that help in stimulating your digestive system as well as maintaining water-electrolyte balance in your body.
A typical Ayurvedic diet includes:
Some diet you may want to avoid include:
Types of Ayurvedic Massage
There are various types of ayurvedic massage recommended by the massage therapist during the consultation. Some are more suited for a set of people than the other. Ayurveda understands the uniqueness of different body types. This is why it is usually recommended based on body types.
There are 4 major types of Ayurvedic massage. They include:
10 Proven Benefits of Ayurvedic Massage
According to the ancient ayurvedic text, the ayurvedic massage is numerous. There are, however, 10 proven Ayurvedic massage benefits in specific health conditions. They include:
Side Effects of Abhyanga
Though oil massage has a lot of health benefits, It is strongly advised not to have an ayurvedic massage in the following situations:
Conclusion and Closing Thoughts
There is no greater expression of self-love than being anointed and massaged from head to toe with warm oil. It nourishes your body and improves your well being. As Ayurvedic massage is tailored towards your wellness need, you have to ensure it is done by a qualified Ayurvedic massage practitioner to ensure your safety and well being is guaranteed. Book an Ayurvedic Massage Session Here.
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A Guest Article specially written for carismaspa.com by Olive Goliger
There's an oft-cited statistic that often gets thrown around. Maybe you have heard of it, maybe you haven't, but there's little truth to the statement that says 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
Yet even if this is the case, it doesn't necessarily mean that you can be careless about what you put on your skin. Even if products mostly just reach the surface, they still have a significant effect on your skin health. This is why you should be careful about the ingredients that the beauty products in your skincare regimen contain.
To help you out, here are some ingredients that you should incorporate into your skincare routine and ones that you should completely avoid:
Ingredients to look out for
If you happen to have an issue with your skin's moisture levels, you'll benefit from using products with ceramides. A Self article notes that ceramides are one type of lipid found in the stratum corneum, and are particularly excellent at sealing in hydration. They help your skin look plumper and they can even manage some signs of aging.
It's also worth noting that there are prescription creams containing ceramides that are specifically formulated to treat eczema, but ceramides are also found in over-the-counter moisturizers and night creams.
Just like you look for antioxidants in the food you eat, you should also look for antioxidants to put on your skin. Allure notes that they are basically ingredients that protect the skin against environmental stressors like free radicals. It makes sense, then, to make it a point to use products that are rich in antioxidant ingredients to improve your complexion. Case in point, Pretty Me's review of the Asian-favorite Kojic Acid Soap enumerates four powerhouse antioxidant ingredients: Vitamin E, virgin coconut oil, pure coconut oil, and kojic acid. Together, these can give you a brighter, more natural skin tone, deep cleanse and exfoliate your skin, and fade your scars. With continued use of antioxidant-rich products, you can also expect to treat skin ailments like blemishes, freckles, hyperpigmentation, and melasma.
It's not surprising why Vitamin C is all the rage right now. It has the power to counteract and protect against free
radical damage and can brighten dark spots over time. Plus, as noted in our 'Oranges, our best allies' ; post, vitamin C
can also make you look extra radiant and healthy.
Just be sure that the vitamin C product you're going to use come in airless, opaque packaging, as the ingredient is
sensitive to light and can easily succumb to degradation when exposed to sunlight.
Ingredients to avoid
You may have noticed that many skincare products have a paraben-free label. This is because it's a well-known ingredient to avoid due to a research paper that claimed parabens can be found in breast cancer tissue samples.
And while the cosmetic products only use a small concentration, coupled with the fact that EU and FDA regulations mark them as safe to use if they're in the current form, it's still better to be safe than sorry.
Formaldehyde has long been classified as a carcinogen, but it's still being used in many beauty products.
The good news is many retailers are beginning to ban products that contain this ingredient. But Byrdie points out that while it's a well-known toxic ingredient , many aren't privy to the fact that there are also other ingredients that release formaldehyde. You should exercise caution when shopping, as it might just be hiding behind another name.
Mineral oil may be an effective moisturizing agent, but when used on the skin, it can effectively clog your pores. This
is because it's a petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic.
It messes with the skin's ability to fight against toxins, which means that it can also increase the likelihood of acne and other conditions. This ingredient is typically found in creams, lotions, and ointments, so be sure to watch out for it when shopping for products.
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A spa day at home can be as simple as having a soothing soak to ease tension from your muscles after a very stressful week. We all need time for self-care to unwind and relax from our everyday life and one way to do that is with a relaxing spa treatment. There is nothing as great as a time-out to clear your head, and reduce stress.
At Carisma spa, we help you reach your full potential through our famous journey of relaxation and rejuvenation either with our spa experience or beyond the spa. This is why we will be sharing tips on how you can create a perfect spa day at home; from the basic preparations for your pamper day to the 17 steps for the perfect home spa treatment.
Preparing Yourself for The Perfect Home Spa Day
Before you can have a spa day, you need to ensure the necessary preparations have been put in place to start the day off on the right foot. No matter how busy you are, you need to treat yourself on special days to refresh and re-energize your body.
The basic preparation before your pamper day includes:
Checklist For Creating a Spa-like Atmosphere at Home
Your home spa environment is a place for you to recharge and revitalize. So you have to ensure you create the right atmosphere that is conducive to self-care, rest, and relaxation.
If you seem to have a little trouble answering the question: “What do you need for a spa day?”, you can find a checklist based on the Feng Shui principles below to help you create a harmonious spa day atmosphere in and around the home :
Now that you have what you need for a spa day, it's time to nurture and care for yourself.
17 DIY Steps To Planning a Perfect Spa Day at Home
You can escape from your usual routine with spa day treatments like Massage, spa & sauna, facials, body care, manicures and so on. There are so many different home spa treatments you can give yourself.
Here is a simple DIY routine you can use to give yourself a rejuvenating self-care treat whenever you please:
1. Draw a Hot Bath: Fill your bathtub with water of the right temperature. While filling your tub, dim the lights and light some candles. Help yourself relax by:
2. Add essential oil and other ingredients to your baths: This enhances your bath and gives you the benefits of aromatherapy. Feel free to add anything that can help you relax like; bubble bath, bath oils, and bath bombs, among others.
3. Try a skin mask: Apply a skin mask, let it sit on your skin for a few minutes and rinse it off. It leaves your skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
4. Massage your sore muscles as you soak: Take time to knead your muscles with your fingers to loosen yourself up from the sore muscle you have acquired from work stress.
5. Exfoliate your skin: Use an exfoliant and body scrub that you love and apply. Exfoliating after a soak is a great way to diminish blackheads and peel off dead skin. Exfoliating leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and healthy.
6. Dry your skin and apply a nourishing lotion: After your restorative bath, pat your skin dry and apply a moisturizing lotion to your arms, legs and torso to seal the moisture in. After that, put on your bathrobe and give your skin time to absorb moisture.
7. Exfoliate your face gently: Use warm water and a washcloth or a facial brush to scrub the dead skin off your face. Ensure to use your washcloth or facial brush in a gentle circular motion as the skin is sensitive and could stretch and wrinkle if handled roughly.
8. Facial steam: This helps relax you and open your pores. You can add a few drops of essential oil or any kind of herbs that appeals to you. Then place a towel over your head for 10 minutes to trap steam and breathe in deeply through your nose.
9. Apply a face mask: A face mask can be relaxing. It can also make your skin feel lovely. The most natural solution is to use a reviving mask with clay from a store. You can, however, create a simple facemask at home with a few ingredients.
10. Moisturize your face: Use a soothing day cream from a store or facial oil on your face to trap in the moisture from your facial treatment.
Mani and Pedi
11. Remove your old polish: Use an acetone-free nail polish remover if possible to remove old nail polish from your toe and fingernails.
12. Soak your fingers in warm water: Soak your fingers in a bowl of warm water for five minutes with your nails immersed. This softens your nails and cuticles to make them easier to shape.
13. Trim and file your nails: Use fingernail clippers or scissors to shape your nails to a crescent shape and round off the edges so your nails look professionally trimmed.
14. Push back your cuticles: Gently push back your cuticles with a cuticle pusher or an orange stick. Be very gentle to protect your fingers from infection.
15. Apply your nail polish: Make sure your nails dry completely between coats to prevent smudging. A good manicure has at least three coats: a base coat, a coat and a topcoat. The best method for painting your nails neatly is to paint one stroke on either side, then fill in the middle.
16. Soak and exfoliate your feet: Soak your feet for some minutes in a tub or a bowl filled with warm water. Use a callus shaver or any other instrument to remove dry skin
17. Trim and polish your toenails: Shape your toenails with clippers. Make sure you round off the edges to prevent ingrown toenails then do a three-coat pedicure.
After your spa day routine, you can slip into comfortable wear, read a book, listen to music and have an enjoyable you-time. If you have any refreshments, you can enjoy those too. There you have it, a DIY spa day at home for a good day's pampering. Don’t forget to check out some of our fantastic home care products to complement your self-care regime.
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Improving your health and wellness, both physical and mental, may seem like a daunting task. We associate improving our health with major lifestyle changes, inconvenient exercise routines or complicated dieting plans, but this doesn’t have to be the case!
There are some surprisingly simple ways to feel and look better that can slot right into your current lifestyle, making them easier to adapt to and maintain. You can’t always find the time to pop into the spa for a massage to break your routine or get advice from our therapists, so this blog will outline possible additions or minor changes to your diet, lifestyle and the products you use in your own home. Not all of them may be perfect for you, but that’s ok! You can adopt as many tips as you like, or use them as a first step into making bigger changes.
Boosting Your Diet
Your diet doesn’t only affect your skin and body, but your mental wellness as well. Eating well helps you feel and look better, but we often try to change our diet dramatically; cutting out the foods we love and eating only carefully meal-planned dishes. This can make diets hard to maintain, and demotivate you quickly.
Instead you should start with smaller diet changes first, that can benefit you a great deal on their own, or help transition you into more major changes. For example:
Herbs and Spices
Herbs and Spices don’t just make your food taste amazing, they also have some major health benefits:
Side Dishes & Fermented Foods
Adding a side dish or small addition to your existing food favourites can also be a great way to boost your diet. I’ve focused on sides that require very little preparation, to have as little of an effect on your routine as possible.
Western Diets are lacking in foods that support your gut health. Fermented Foods contain beneficial bacteria that help with digestion, immunity, weight and mental health, so including them in your diet is a great idea. But what are these probiotic boosting foods? Kimchi, for example, is a popular Korean dish that goes well as a side dish or with dishes that are a little bland. It’s usually made from fermented cabbage, garlic, ginger, spring onions and seasonings. It can be found in any Asian food store in containers of various sizes, so it’s easy to pick up a small packet if you’re not sure if you’ll like it.
Yoghurt is definitely a familiar food, but it has many benefits you may not be aware of. It can reduce your risk of heart disease, contains a great deal of nutrients and like kimchi, boosts your gut health. Adding Yoghurt to baked goods or breakfast dishes is a great option if you prefer not to eat yoghurt on its own.
Kefir is another fermented drink that’s great for you. It’s common in Eastern Europe and Russia, but you can even make it at home by adding grains to a glass of milk and letting it sit for 24 hours. The grains will prevent it from spoiling and ferment the milk, leaving you with a smooth drinkable yoghurt smoothie! You can strain out the grains before drinking, and they remain healthy and ready to make more Kefir!
Small Lifestyle Changes
Adding or making little changes to your routine can dramatically help your physical and mental health. In this section we will take a look at a few simple tips you can adapt to your lifestyle:
Planning Your Meals: Planning your meals in advance can save you last minute stress or problems with missing ingredients. You may want to set a little time aside each week to plan a few meals, or even make meals in advance if the food can be stored in the fridge or frozen. This also helps you avoid eating takeout or unhealthy snacks when you are too tired to cook at the end of the day.
Set and Track Your Goals: Staying motivated is hard sometimes, so track your progress and reward yourself! You can write down your goals and milestones, and set rewards when you achieve them. Achieved your daily goals? Reward yourself with some self-care time like watching a movie or taking a long bath instead of a shower. Achieved a major goal? Treat yourself to a trip to your favourite restaurant, or a relaxing afternoon at the spa on your day off. Rewards can be as large or as small as you want, but remember that it’s healthy to keep your motivation up.
Using the Right Products
Many people use skincare and body care products that are popular, or recommended to them by others, without first ensuring that the products are suited to their unique needs. It is important to use products suited for your skin type, otherwise these products can do more harm than good.
Identifying Your Skin Type
Determining your skin type is straightforward if you know what characteristics to look for. First, wash your face with a cleanser and dry your skin. Take note of any of these features that may occur after 30 minutes:
Improving your health doesn’t require a complete change to your lifestyle. It’s better to take small steps, and build upon them, than take a giant leap and struggle to maintain it. But at the end of the day, making small changes for yourself can lead to better physical and mental wellness.
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