Guinot’s New Double Ionisation Hydradermie

 

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Guinot’s New Double Ionisation Hydradermie

Blog Author: Suzanne Olsen

 

 

 

 

Finally we are ready to introduce Guinot’s brand new Double Ionisation Hydradermie Facial to Fountains’ clients. For those of you who love the results with the original Hydradermie, get ready to be blown away with the new treatment. We are one of the first Spas in the USA to receive our Double Ionisation Hydradermie Machine. We are now offering two levels for all of our Hydradermie Facials. We will still offer the Original, Super and Ultra Hydradermie, however if you would like to enhance any of these facials, you can do so by requesting Double Ionisation.

 

 

 

The Standard Hydradermie

 

The Hydradermie is a facial that has been around for decades and our clients love it. A key factor of this facial is that it uses direct and indirect galvanic current. During the facial, your beauty therapist hands you the negative metal rod as they pass positively-charged rollers over your skin. The negative metal rod in your hand actually attracts and pulls the positive ions from the rollers deeper into your skin as they glide over the face. This process allows the active ingredients contained in the Guinot Gels to nourish and hydrate the dermis and epidermis (outer layer) at the same time relaxing the tiny muscle that holds the pore closed enabling the therapist to perform extractions with ease. Once the skin has been deep cleansed the second and very important part of the facial begins.

 

With the skin clean and the pores open we bathe the skin in oxygen, giving life to the cells. This part is so important no matter the age or skin type. A relaxing facial massage is given before the final step, the individual face mask chosen for your skin type.

 

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The Double Ionisation Hydradermie

 

With Double Ionisation the effect of the current is dispersed directly on the surface of the skin, sending the super food gels (rich in calcium potassium and algae minerals) deeper into the skin, providing you with greater longer lasting results. The Double Ionisation Hydradermie will take the same amount of time as the Hydradermie, however there is no longer a need to hold the negative metal rod. Instead of the client holding it, in the new treatment the Esthetician holds both the positive and negative currents in their hand and use them both simultaneously directly on the skin. By having both the negative and positive electrodes pass over the skin at the same time (Double Ionisation) the client is receiving double the benefits, compared to the standard Hydradermie. The positive current helps the nutrients of the treatment gels to go further into the skin, while the negative current is pulling impurities out.

 

The treatment gels that are used during the facial are formulated to deliver deeper nutrients to the core cells, thus increasing the lifespan of that cell while also aiding the negative current to pull out impurities at the same time, making pore cleansing more effective. Compared to the results or the original Hydradermie, the Double Ionization provides more visible and longer lasting results.

 

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To Sum It Up

 

The Double Ionisation reaches deeper, enabling the gels to perform more effectively than ever before. Bringing your skin instant radiance as well as hydration. Since the gels are penetrating deeper into the skin, the core cell’s life span and productivity are increased, in other words, you skin cell will live longer and become stronger. I really am excited to have you experience the new double ionization hydradermie and see for yourself what a difference just one treatment makes.

 

Cost

 

Double Ionisation Enhancement $22 (In addition to any Hydradermie Treatment)

 

 

 

 

How Glycation Accelerates the Aging Process

 

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How Glycation Accelerates   The Aging Process

Guest Blogger: Francis Vergara

 
 
 

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I often note that some of the key enemies of the skin and factors that accelerate the aging process include several “s-words” — smoking, sun, stress, sugar, and inadequate sleep. Today we’re going to focus on what kind of damage excessive sugar causes, and what can be done to minimize it.

 

Ingesting excess sugar causes a process known as glycation (glie-KAY-shun) to occur. This is where sugar molecules attach to proteins, which basically weakens them and diminishes their ability to function properly. The two key proteins that we’re concerned about are collagen and elastin–the support structure that keeps young skin firm and flexible. As we age, the strength and density of collagen and elastin diminishes. Naturally, our goals in skin care are to slow the aging process, and create a healthy environment for the skin’s cells, tissues and anti-glycation measures should always be considered when setting our anti-aging strategy.

 
 

Dietary Changes

 

What dietary courses of action can we take to minimize glycation and it’s harmful effects? Decreasing our sugar intake –especially the more harmful white sugar and high fructose corn syrup contained in so many processed foods–is a good place to start. I’m happy to say that I kicked the “twizzler, gummy bear, and neon gummy-worm habit” several years ago, resulting in increased energy and improved sleep.

 

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Carbohydrates, while needed by the body as a source of energy is converted into sugar. A healthy approach to carbohydrates is eat more of the good carbs –fruits, vegetables, whole grains — and avoid or decrease the bad ones such as candy, soda, and sugary cereals. The good carbs contain less sugar which is introduced to your system more slowly. We’re always advising skin care clients that diet affects the skin –glycation is one of many reasons to improve our diets.

 

 

Improve Your Skin Care Routine

 

Skin care, at the spa and in the home can fight glycation. Regular infusions of anti-glycation agents, particularly those found in Guinot’s “Cellular Life Complex” strengthen and energize the cells and tissues, making them less vulnerable and setting the stage for more effective collagen synthesis. When we’re in our 20’s our metabolism is more active, stronger, and fights the effects of glycation more effectively. As we age, energy and regeneration slows down — making it necessary to step up our anti-aging (anti-glycation) efforts. These more potent anti-glycation ingredients can be found in Guinot skin care products, including Age Logic Celllulaire Cream, Time Logic Age Serum, Pleine Vie, and Douceur de Vie SPF 15.

 


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In the spa, our facial treatments are designed to provide a deep infusion and higher concentrations of these anti-glycation agents. The world famous Hydradermie Facial does this by utilizing two types of electric current — galvanic and high frequency– to both ionize and oxygenate, resulting in immediate visible and lasting results. Regular facials make the skin more receptive to your home care regimen, and good home care makes our facials more effective.

 
 

In Conclusion

 

In summary, glycation is only one of the many factors that can accelerate the aging process. While glycation can never be eliminated, diet and specialized skin care can minimize its negative effects. Other factors can’t be ignored, especially lifestyle habits: exposure to the sun, smoking, inadequate sleep, and the effects of stress. These can all result in oxidation which produces a chain reaction of free radicals, making the components of our skin more vulnerable and ultimately causing it to age faster. Common sense proactive measures –avoid smoking, minimize sun exposure and the use of sunblock, and regular vigorous aerobic exercise to manage stress and stimulate the metabolism — are all necessary to maximize our anti-aging efforts.

 

Bridal Waxing Timeline

 

 

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Bridal Waxing Timeline

 

Guest Blogger: Erin Bunty

 

 

 

 

 

As an Esthetician, I get to work with many brides, and help them prepare for their big day! This summer it was my turn! Of course I know how important it was to plan out my facials and home care, to make sure my skin was perfect. One thing that I wish I would have been better at was planning my waxing timeline so that I was silky smooth for all the events leading up to my wedding, as well as making it through the whole honeymoon without having to worry about pesky hairs.

 

 

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My (Failed) Waxing Story

 

My Bachelorette weekend was at the beach and was only 3 weeks before my wedding day. Since I didn’t have a waxing timeline I planned it all wrong! I waxed right before the beach weekend so when it was a week before my wedding day, my hair growth was not long enough, even though I could see all the tiny hairs that were coming through the surface! I contemplated waxing at the very last minute (the day before my wedding), so that my hair might be long enough, but I realized I had other appointments to think about. I had scheduled a spray tan a couple days before the wedding, so that it would look natural by my actual wedding day. I could not wax after the spray tan or all the color would have been taken away with the wax. Needless to say my waxing timeline was not properly planned out and I had to spend my honeymoon shaving, tweezing and obsessing of little hairs when if I had planned it better I would have spent that extra time with my new hubby! Hence I have created this wedding waxing timeline so save all you lovely brides-to-be from having the same stubbly experience.

 

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How To Prepare

 

My suggestion to any bride looking for smooth skin for her wedding and honeymoon would be to start waxing early. Whether you plan on waxing your brows, underarms, legs or bikini area, it always helps to know how the skin reacts, as well as your own hair’s growth pattern. Another great thing about starting early is that you begin to thin out the hair itself. Continuous waxing will eventually damage the hair follicle and the hair growth will become more sparse. If you begin waxing a year or so before, you will be a great shape come the big day!

 

 

When planning out your waxing timeline, there are a few things you should consider. Most likely there will be a few events leading up to your wedding day, Bridal showers, Bachelorette parties and engagement pictures. These are all things that you would most likely need some kind of waxing done beforehand. It’s good for you to know that hair grows in three different stages and each follicle is growing at a different speed. The hair shaft needs to be at least ¼ of an inch long for the wax to pull it out. I recommend to all my clients that they wait until the shortest hair is at ¼ of an inch so they get a much cleaner wax and they don’t have tiny hairs popping up in the next few days. I know letting the hair grow at first can be a pain, but trust me, it will all be worth it in the end. Typically you can plan to wax every 4-6 weeks. This is where I went all wrong!

 

 

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Yes, it seems tedious, but if you can plan it correctly it is so worth it! Your wax will last a lot longer than shaving and can also cut down on the unsightly ingrown hairs. Waxing timelines can also help you get the perfect wax for another big event or vacation. Feel free to book an appointment and we can help you go over your timeline!

 

 

Meet Brandy – Massage Therapist

 

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Therapist Spotlight: Brandy Noonan

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Brandy Noonan

 

 

 

 

Hi there!!  I’m Brandy and I’m the newest Massage Therapist here at Fountains Day Spa.  I’m  a transplant to the area from Western New York… (cue pity remarks for being a Buffalo Bills/Sabres fan here).  I love where I’m from, everyone pulls together to help each other out. However my love for traveling has taken me all around the country and dropped me off at the Nation’s capital, and I have to say I’m loving it here!

 

 

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Throughout my travels I have worn many hats, and worked many jobs, but my heart has always gone back to Massage Therapy, as it is my passion. I love being able to use my hands to help people, as well as enabling them to relax at the same time. Getting to know each of my clients, and finding out what their specific issues, and requirements are, is my specialty. I am not a one-trick-pony, I believe in customizing my routine to suit their specific needs.

 

 

With eleven years of experience and almost 1500 hours of training, I am sure to be able to customize any clients’ treatment to their liking.  I am so excited to be starting this adventure at Fountains and to provide my clientele with the best possible treatment every time.  I look forward to meeting you!!

 

 

Mantra: Each day truly is a gift. Be thankful

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Suzanne’s Sun Care Tips

 

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Ideal Skin Type: All Skins

Blogger: Suzanne Olsen

 

 

 

Very soon the warm weather will be beating down on us and I feel that after our long, drawn-out, cold winter, many of us will be rushing out to feel the warmth on our sun-deprived skins. Before you venture out, I want to pass on some valuable information to keep you and your skin enjoying the great outdoors without too much concern about the Sun’s rays and their effect on your skin.

 

For thousands of years, our ancestors knew the beach was a place to rejuvenate, get fresh air, build-up our Vitamin D levels and fill our lungs with fresh air.  The Sun warms our Earth, gives us light, and grows our food. It is extremely powerful in both good and harmful ways. I believe the Sun is a good thing, but just like anything that’s good, too much of it can be a bad thing.

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Follow these simple rules for sun exposure to keep yourself protected, safe, and having fun:

 

Safest times to be in the Sun:

 

If you are someone who loves feeling the warm rays on your skin, I suggest getting out early in the morning (7am -11am) or late in the evening (2pm-6pm). During these times, the Sun is farthest from your body and the rays are not as strong, meaning less damage can be done.

 

Application Tip:

 

I recommend applying two layers of any sun product you’re using. The first you rub into the skin and the 2nd you pat on top of your skin, right over the first layer. Studies show that when you rub a sun product into the skin it penetrates further, leaving the surface layer unprotected.

 

Use Sun protection that works:

 

I have previously blogged on Guinot’s Nucleic Defense Sun Protection Range before and how it differs from most other sun protection lines. Nucleic Defense is THE FIRST sunscreen formulated with DNA molecules and sun filters, other sunscreens only have sun filters. The DNA molecules are absorbed by the skin and act like an additional skin barrier to neutralize UV rays. Sunscreens without DNA in them allow the UV rays to penetrate into the skin, where they begin to damage your own skin’s DNA, causing premature aging, dehydration and hyper-pigmentation. I now have clients telling me of their experiences and how Guinot’s sun range has saved their skin from burning and aging.

 

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One of my main objectives for this coming month is to educate as many people as I can on the importance of sun protection, how to use it, what products to use in certain locals, and what products to use for different skin types. Because, just like with with daily skincare, it’s not one-type-fits-all.

 

That being said, enjoy and relax in these coming months, but put on your sunscreen first!

 

If you have questions or concerns for your skin, please schedule a facial or skin consultation with one of our knowledgeable estheticians, 703-549-1990.

 

Guinot Sun Products Include:

Guinot – Large Écran UV Sunscreen SPF 30

Guinot – Large Defense UV SPF 20

Guinot – Longue Vie Soleil

Guinot – Spray Bronze Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 15

Guinot – Grand Soin Après Soleil

Guinot – Huile Bronzante Diam’Sun Glowing Tanning Oil

 

 

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Reflexology

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Reflexology

Ideal Client: Anyone

Blogger: Suzanne Olsen

 

 

 

I was recently asked by someone, what my most favorite treatment to give (and receive) was.  It took me no time to reply with the answer, reflexology.

 

 

When reflexology is preformed correctly, it not only balances the physical body, giving a great sense of well being, and total relaxation, but it also can help your emotional state as well. This transformation is achieved by stimulating the reflexes found on the bottom of the feet, which transfer electrical impulses of energy (also referred to as Meridians), to different parts of the body.  For instance if you are suffering with a migraine headache, it may not be possible to massage the head, as it may be too sensitive to touch, however by applying pressure to the big toe (the head meridian) the pressure that you are feeling in you head, will begin to subdue.

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Anyone can receive Reflexology, though extra care is given to pregnant women. It is a wonderful treatment to help the body heal itself, and the frequency depends on the condition you are working on erasing.  I find many of our facial clients at Fountains add it onto a facial service to give themselves the added benefits of well being and relaxation.

 

At Fountains, we give 25 or 55  minute reflexology sessions. If you have back aches or other stubborn pain issues, then I would recommend the longer treatment. Come in and try a little bit of heaven, and judge for yourself.

 

 

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Combination Massage

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Combination Massage

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Tiffany Davidson

 

 

 

 

I would like to share my favorite service to give to my clients, a combination massage. I find this massage can benefits most people coming in for massage.  I generally prefer to do deeper massages as opposed to lighter ones, and the massage gives me the green light to move past the light Swedish pressure. The combination massage is beneficial because it allows me to warm the soft tissue with Swedish techniques and then gradually increase to a deeper pressure, if needed.

 

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I recommend that a person receive a combination massage every three to four weeks,  this will keep your body and muscles on a healthy regimen, so that you don’t find yourself in agony. Regular massages are extremely important for certain people, for instance dentists, who are constantly stuck in the same position all day, with their head looking down over their patients. If you have a job that has your body under pressure from doing repetitive movements, or in the other case restricting movements, than I would  recommend receiving a Massage twice a week for a few months, switching to once a month after that, as the pain and tension begin to dissipate.

 

When I am giving a Combination Massage, I try to incorporate some stretching into it. Depending on the client, the stretching can vary from a very involved table Thai technique to stretching the hamstring group, or something as minor as a pectoralis stretch. I commonly hear from my clients after receiving a Combination Massage that they feel balanced and even taller.

 

Lastly, because the Combination Massage gradually moves from Swedish to a deep massage, people enjoy it the  because they do not feel too sore afterwards.

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Acti-Sea Body Wrap

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Acti-Sea Body Wrap

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Sha Sumbatyan

 

 

 

I think that this service is one of the most beneficial services that we offer at Fountains Day Spa, because it just makes you feel good, and the results are immediate.

 

This wrap contains a potent mix of five French seaweeds including, Laminaria, Fucus, Ulva Lactuca, Spirulina and Sea Rocket submerging the body in pure marine actives to stimulate, firm and moisturize the skin of the body. The mud contains ingredients which offer vitamins, iron, iodine, amino acids, lecithin, essential fatty acids, and mucilage, aiding in the overall detoxification. These ingredients work to stimulate the thyroid, promote decongestion and waste elimination, improving skin smoothness, re-balanced, restores proper hydration, and prevents future skin damage by fighting free radicals.

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After having this treatment your joints and skin feel dramatically different. The seaweed removes toxins from your body, which leaves you feeling rejuvenated and your skin looking amazing! I recommend having this on a regular basis if you are looking to begin a healthy routine. I personally have this service done once a month, and I’ve noticed a dramatic difference in my energy level.  Others may need to have this treatment done more frequently depending on activity level and personal goals.

 

I see many of my clients who have recognized the benefits of this treatment, and continually come back to have it done. I also see clients getting this wrap before going on a vacation, before military weight ins, and after a rigorous workout routine that has left them feeling achy and sore.

 

 

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Pregnancy Massage

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Pregnancy Massage

Ideal Client: Pregnant Women

Guest Blogger: Amy Vrouhas

 

 

 

Dealing with stress, and back pain? Are you caring for two human beings at the same time? If so, I understand that things can become overwhelming during this time, as well as uncomfortable! When you’re a mother to be, you want to take care of yourself and the baby as much as possible. Pregnancy massage is one natural ways to make sure that you’re caring for your baby, by taking care of yourself!

 

During many pregnancies, pain occurs in areas that you probably haven’t felt before. I hear from many clients about their back pain is unlike anything they’ve experienced before. Pregnancy Massage incorporates Swedish massage techniques with some modified positions, to help keep the Mother to be comfortable. Pregnancy Massage will aid in relieving back pain, leg cramps, as well as headaches. Pregnancy Massage can also help enhance sleep, reduce Edema (swelling), balance out hormone levels, and it can even encourage child labor, towards the end of pregnancy.

 

Ultimately, if you are pregnant and haven’t received a pregnancy massage — you should do so, and begin to feel the relief!

 

Please Note: Fountains Day Spa will preform Pregnancy Massages on women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters only.

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Eyebrow & Eyelash Tinting

 

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Eyebrow & Eyelash Tinting

Ideal Client:Everyone

Guest Blogger: Nikki Clark

 

 

I am someone who is personally interested in makeup and beauty, which would only make sense that my absolute favorite service to offer is the lash and brow tinting.

Tinting not only does this provides instant gratification and stunning results, it gives you that little extra flair without effecting your daily beauty routine, in fact this can cut down on your usual morning “get ready” time.

 

 

In about 30 minutes we can provide deeper colors to your lashes and brows. Tinting provides your brows a more defined, well-groomed look.  They will appear slightly thicker, which give a more youthful appearance.

 

Many clients with blonde or light colored lashes/brow hair, instantly notice the difference once the service is complete. It truly highlights the eyes and makes them pop!  I find that a lot of people have lashes where their natural color has faded on the ends of the lashes.  By applying the tint, the lashes instantly appear longer.  Also tinting helps lashes to appear fuller, since they do what most mascaras cant, the color begins right at the base of the lashes, as opposed to half way up the lash.  Just put your mascara back in your makeup bag, because you won’t need for a while!

 

Have sensitive eyes? That’s ok, our eyelash and eyebrow dye is formulated from vegetable-base  as well as other natural ingredients, insuring your safety while providing long-lasting results.

 

This service is becoming increasingly popular by everyone who tries it once! Give it a shot and see the dramatic difference.

 

TIP: You want to avoid oil-based moisturizers, cleansers, and/or wipes. They will breakdown the component of the tint, and it will fade faster.