Beauty, Health, Nails, Skin Care

Winter is a magical time of year—who doesn’t want to snuggle up on the couch in some cozy pyjamas with some hot cocoa and Netflix? Unfortunately, winter also tends to wreak havoc on your skin. What can we do about excessive dryness?

General Tips
The first step towards healthy skin is hydration, and that means drinking enough water each day. How much is right for you? That is dependent on your body, but the recommendation of eight 8-oz glasses of water per day is a good start! Being dehydrated not only causes dry skin, but it also depletes energy levels and limits the body’s ability to function internally.

Wearing appropriate clothing for the cold can also help combat dryness. If the winter wind is leaving you dry and cracking, make sure you layer up with gloves, scarves, and thick socks outside, and try wearing slippers or socks in your home. Heated homes are generally dry in the winter, and bare feet can easily dry out.

Hands and Feet
Everyone has experienfarm_house_logoced that moment where you step outside into the cold and every ounce of hand lotion you used earlier is just completely rendered useless, or when you head to bed and your heels snag on the sheets. Dryness can cause painful cracking on knuckles, heels, and around nails, and those cracks can take weeks to heal!

Of course, the first step toward hydration in hands and feet is a manicure and pedicure. Soaking the feet helps loosen dry skin on the heels and other pressure points, which makes removal much easier. A gentle exfoliation with a scrub leaves skin smoother, and finishing with a shea butter balm massage locks in the moisture barrier you need to keep your skin hydrated. You can follow this up with at-home care as well! Farmhouse Fresh carries shea butter lotions and balms, scrubs, and oils in a variety of delectable scents that are sure to keep your skin soft and your wallet happy. All of Farmhouse Fresh products are cruelty-free, and many are gluten-free and vegan as well!L-farmhouse-organics

 

 

Face
Facial moisturizers are a one-size-fits-all kind of product, right? Wrong. It is essential to choose a facial care regimen that works for your skin type.EMINENCE STONE CROP WHIP
Every person’s face is different, and there is a massive range of products out there that may or may not be right for you! Luckily, Eminence Organics skin care products can address a variety of issues without being overwhelming. Is your face extra dry? Try the Stonecrop Whip Moisturizer for lightweight yet effective hydration. Are you worried about wrinkles? Try the Monoi Night Cream for a boost of moisture while your skin regenerates at night. Do you have sensitive skin that reacts to changes in your environment or new products? The Calm Skin Chamomile Moisturizer may be right for you! The best way to choose a new face product, however, is to speak with an esthetician. Our esthetics team is trained to help work with your skin to balance out the issues you may be experiencing. Our range of facial services can pinpoint the troubles you may be having, and we can recommend the best products to keep your face happy and healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

A winter wonderland does not need to mean torture for your skin. Treat yourself to some essential self-care this winter and see what a difference the right services and products can do for you! Your skin will thank you.

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Love the Winter Skin You’re In!

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Healthy Hydration for Fingers and Toes!

Spring cleaning is a way to give our homes and minds a fresh start, so why not do the same for our dry, cracked hands and feet? We are proud to introduce our Healthy Hydration Manicure and Pedicure, just in time for sandal season!

 

honey-heel-glaze-38Our hour-long service features the delectable Honey Heel Glaze from Farmhouse Fresh. This soothing treatment gently exfoliates with pineapple and fruit extracts and moisturizes using natural ingredients like honey and aloe leaf juice. The Glaze is applied to hands and feet and wrapped in deliciously hot steam towels to help it absorb into the skin and work its magic! Finally, your nails will be polished to perfection using our large selection of OPI colors or add on a gel polish application for even longer lasting color!

 

To maintain the results of your service, be sure to purchase a Honey Heel Glaze for at-home use!

 

Give our Front Desk staff a call today to schedule your Healthy Hydration Manicure or Pedicure…or both!

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Get your glow on with Decléor Safe Tan

Everyone wants a summer tan, but no one wants the sun damage. Unfortunately, many self-tanners give an uneven, orange appearance that is anything but natural looking. Luckily, Decléor has you covered with their Aroma Sun Expert Self Tanning Milk Natural Glow. This multi-function cream gives a natural, gradual glow while helping to boost your skin’s natural defenses and reducing lines and wrinkles thanks to Décleor’s Sol-collagenine anti-aging complex. Additionally, Tahiti vanilla lends a delightful, lingering smell that prevents this cream from ever having that familiar, unpleasant odor that most self-tanners have.

Aroma Sun Expert Self Tanning Milk Natural Glow is available to purchase at Designer’s Denn Salon and Spa and is also featured in our Safe Tan Bronzing Treatment. Skip all the hassle of applying yourself by letting us do it for you. Par tanning treatment, part relaxation service, this treatment is designed to leave you feeling relaxed, pampered and positively glowing from head-to-toe.

First, an exfoliating treatment creates a smooth base for application of the self-tanner. Next, aromatherapy balms are massaged over the body to ease tension and soothe leaving you feeling like you just returned from a beach vacation. Finally, the magical self-tanning milk is expertly applied, leaving you with an even, flawless glow that’s anything but artificial.

To achieve an even deeper color, we recommend scheduling a Self-Tan Bronzing Reapplication within 7-14 days of your initial service.

Call our front desk staff to schedule your Safe Tan Bronzing Treatment today!

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Skin Care During Pregnancy

In the third installment of our pregnancy series, we’ll be discussing skin care during pregnancy. It can feel like everything is off limits while pregnant: no sushi, no wine, the list goes on! Luckily, this is not the case with skin care and many of the most common products and services are still completely safe during pregnancy.

The Bad

While most things are safe during pregnancy, there are a few ingredients that should be avoided, the largest being Vitamin A derivatives such as retinol and salicylic acid. There is currently a strong link between these products and birth defects, so they should be avoided, even in small doses. Because of this, services like the HydraFacial are not safe during pregnancy, due to their high doses of salicylic acid. Another ingredient to watch out for is Benzoyl Peroxide, commonly found in acne products, which has also been linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

The Good

Just because some of the most popular ingredients are not safe during pregnancy doesn’t mean you can’t still use effective products. Many women find during pregnancy that hormone fluctuations can cause a myriad of skin issues, from acne to a lack of radiance. Luckily, exfoliating ingredients like lactic acid and hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid are 100% safe during pregnancy. The body naturally produces these powerhouse ingredients; therefore they are of no risk to a developing baby. Lactic acid is perfect for removing excess keratin from the skin that can impact the pores and cause breakouts, while hyaluronic acid is a miracle molecule that can absorb 1000 times its weight in moisture, leaving your skin smooth, plump and supple.

There are also many safe professional treatments during pregnancy. The Decléor Aroma Cleanse facial offered here at Designer’s Denn is designed for deep hydration and removing excess debris, resulting in smooth, flawless skin over time. In just one treatment, however, treated skin will feel softer and have a renewed radiance. More medical grade treatments, such as microdermabrasion and the Megapeel are also safe during pregnancy; however, it is very important to communicate with your technician that you are pregnant so they can make sure to use products that are safe for pregnancy during these services. It is also important to note that skin can be slightly more sensitive during pregnancy and so there may be an increased risk for excess redness and reactions, something in which all estheticians at Designer’s Denn are trained. They are happy to find treatments that will only help, not hinder, your skin.

 

Give our front desk a call today to schedule a facial or stop in to check out our amazing selection of pregnancy safe skin care!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Waxing!

With Spring Break right around the corner and the temperatures beginning to climb, waxing season is officially in full swing! If you’re considering waxing for the first time or it’s been awhile since your last wax, here’s some of the do’s and don’ts of waxing to answer any questions you may have. Don’t forget to check out our article on what to expect at your first wax here to calm any worries and relax your nerves before your visit.

DO make your appointment at least 2-3 weeks in advance to avoid the risk of no appointments being available

DO schedule the service you intend on getting. Don’t schedule a bikini when you intend to get an extended brazilian because you’re embarrassed.

DO grow your hair for at least 2-3 weeks before your service. Any shorter and you may be asked to reschedule to accommodate the growth needed to ensure a successful waxing.

DO schedule your wax at least 3-4 days before you’ll be at the beach. Any closer and you risk infection from dirty sand on your freshly waxed skin.

DO take an Ibuprofen or Advil 45-60 minutes before your service. You can also use numbing creams, such as PFB Numb-it to further decrease discomfort

DO disclose any personal health information, such as communicable diseases, to your technician.

DO use the hygiene wipe given to you if your technician supplies you with one. This is to cleanse the area of harmful bacteria we don’t want entering freshly waxed pores.

DO stay as relaxed as possible during your service; tensing up will increase your discomfort.

DO exfoliate the waxed area when you shower until you come back for your next wax as this helps prevent ingrown hairs. We recommend the Ultimate Buffing Cloth, because its nylon fibers resist bacterial growth and it is machine washable.

DON’T schedule your wax the week before or during your period. Due to hormonal fluctuations, this is the most painful time to be waxed.

DON’T shower or steam immediately before your service. This can soften the hair, making it more prone to breakage during your wax; showering a few hours before is fine (and recommended.)

DON’T workout immediately after your service. This will result in bumps and possibly ingrown hairs.

DON’T use a loofah in the shower. Loofahs hold a tremendous amount of bacteria and will cause ingrown hairs. Opt for something washable and anti-microbial, like the Ultimate Buffing Cloth, carried in-house at Designer’s Denn.

DON’T apply makeup immediately after facial waxing, which could cause bumps or breakouts.

DON’T shave, tweeze or trim between waxes. This will cause uneven hair growth, making your next wax not as clean. It will also make the hair appear coarser, due to the blunt angle it’s cut at.

DON’T engage in sexual activity the day of your wax if you’re getting a brazilian or bikini wax.

DON’T tan for 24 hours before or after your wax. Better yet, don’t tan at all!

DON’T be worried about redness or slight bumpiness after your wax-this is normal and will recede in about 24-48 hours.

And above all…

DON’T be embarrassed! No one will be judging you!

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Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The holidays are right around the corner and we’re here to make finding that perfect gift for that special someone simpler than ever!

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Ultimate Buffing Cloth: This large exfoliating washcloth is perfect for washing hard to reach areas, like the back and makes any body wash super sudsy. As an added bonus, it’s nylon fibers dry quickly creating an anti-microbial surface that would make anyone want to toss their loofah in the trash!

 

janeiredaleJane Iredale Try-Me Kit: Want to introduce someone to the magic of Jane Iredale cosmetics, but not sure where to start? The try-me kit is the perfect solution! All you need to know is the recipient’s skin color and Jane Iredale has done all the rest. This compact kit features color coordinated trial sizes of PurePressed Foundation, blush, three eye shadow shades, and much more!

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Bumble and Bumble Travel Sizes: What makes a better stocking stuffer than salon quality hair products? We offer many of our much loved Bumble and Bumble products in smaller travel sizes, so you’ll have no problem finding something for everyone! Stop in and our highly trained stylists can help you find exactly what will be perfect for your loved ones. Travel sizes are also available for select Crew, Aveda, Davines and Decléor products!

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Gift Cards: Give the gift of relaxation with a gift card from Designer’s Denn! Gift cards are a great way to allow your loved one to choose exactly what they want. Our always beautiful presentation will also feature a staff selected bath product as an added bonus with any gift card purchase of $100 or more.

 

 

These are just a few of the fabulous gifts you can find in house at Designer’s Denn. Stop in today to browse our shelves and see all we have to offer to cross off that shopping list in no time!

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: A Facial Worthy of Fall

Fall is here and that means it is officially pumpkin time! To celebrate autumn we are featuring a Pumpkin Spice Facial that’s sure to get you into the season and looking radiant!

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Our Pumpkin Spice seasonal facial features Farmhouse Fresh’s Splendid Dirt Nutrient Mud Mask with Organic Pumpkin puree. Invigorating for both the skin and the senses, this yogurt based mud mask will improve even the most red and blotchy skin. Enzymes from the pumpkin puree impart instant radiance in the skin and active yogurt cultures help to deep clean pores, making them appear smaller and improving the look of broken capillaries.

Even the oiliest, most congested skin will feel flawless after this facial. And the best part? It just takes 30 minutes, making it perfect for the lunch break pick me-up!

Come in and experience a Pumpkin Spice Seasonal Facial while they last!

Call our Front Desk staff today to book an appointment with one of our talented estheticians.

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