Treatment Spotlight: Harmony Massage

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Harmony Massage

Ideal Client: Anyone

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Flynn

 

 

 

 

A Harmony massage is unlike any other massage that we offer at the spa.  It allows your therapist to integrate their personal specialties to fully customize each session according to the clients’ specific needs. This may include blending various modalities such as energy work, reflexology, intuitive bodywork, stretching, or other techniques.

 

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By utilizing different methods, the Massage Therapist can help assess what would benefit the client most and deliver a more holistic and beneficial treatment. The Harmony massage incorporates elements that can balance the body, mind, and spirit. I find that when a client is able to fully relax and really let go of their tension and stress, they can expect to feel a sense of peace or rejuvenation, following the treatment. I have had many clients describe their experience as feeling complete or having a serene nature.

 

This service can be done anytime and gives the freedom to create a comfortable space for healing to take place.  The Harmony Massage is highly recommended for anyone looking to enhance their overall sense of well being through both physical and energetic means.

 

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Hydradermie Facial

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Hydradermie Facial

Ideal Skin Type: All Skin Types

Guest Blogger: Francis Vergara

 
 

The Basics to the Hydradermie Facial

 

Galvanic Current

 
The Hydradermie begins with a good cleansing and exfoliation, making the skin receptive to the benefits which follow. Next, depending on skin type, condition, and treatment goals, we apply customized treatment gels to the face, neck, and around the eye contourThe treatment gels target dryness, dehydration, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, and sensitive skin.

Galvanic Current is then applied to the skin, which initiates two processes known as Ionisation and Disincrustation.  The basic principles of Ionisation are that positive ions are attracted to negative ions, and during this phase, two soothing, electrically charged metal rollers glide over the skin, interacting with the treatment gels and resulting in a deeper and faster penetration of the active ingredients.  The action of the Galvanic Current also softens (disincrusts) blackheads and clogged pores, making extraction of these blackheads easier and more effective.

 

High Frequency

 
The next phase of the facial is the High Frequency phase, this helps to oxygenate the skin’s tissues and cells by stimulating circulation and eliminating toxins.  High Frequency is particularly effective in

  • Energizing skin cells that become sluggish with the aging process.
  • Accelerating the healing of blemishes as well as preventing the formation of new ones.

A cream known to us as “OZ-2” is applied to the face and neck.  The OZ-2 has a high concentration of lavender, which enhances the benefits of the High Frequency phase.  Although each phase of the Hydradermie contributes to that post-facial glow and radiance, I believe that the High Frequency phase contributes the most.

 

Massage & Mask 

 
Next comes a relaxing massage of the neck, shoulders, and facial muscles followed by a facial mask.  In the Hydradermie each phase builds on the previous one, so as we enter the last phase, the skin is even more receptive to a final infusion.  We finish the Hydradermie with an application of a toning lotion to refine the skin’s texture, balance it’s pH, and prepare it for a moisturizer appropriate for the skin type providing additional softening, smoothing, protection and glow.

 

We would be delighted to answer questions you may have regarding the Hydradermie facial. For a brief video describing the Hydradermie treatment and demonstrating it’s equipment, please refer to the video below.

 


 

Who Should Not Get a Hydradermie Facial

 

The Hydradermie is appropriate for the vast majority of skin types and conditions and provides excellent long-lasting results.  That being said, there are a few circumstances which cause us to recommend other Guinot facials because the electric currents could be too stimulating or uncomfortable.   We generally refrain from performing the Hydradermie if any of the following conditions are present:

  • Pregnancy
  • A significant amount of metal pins or prostheses in the body
  • Pacemaker

 

Fun Fact: The Hydradermie was first introduced in 1965 and has been performed in every major city in the world for nearly 50 years.

 

 

 

 

Treatment Spotlight: Liftosome Facial

 

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Treatment Spotlight: Liftosome Facial

Ideal Skin Type: Clients looking to tighten their skin

Guest Blogger: Erin Ryan

 

 


One of my favorite facials to perform is the Liftosome Facial. This pro-collagen infused facial is a great pick-me-up for all age groups! Not only does it tighten and tone the face, it also brightens your complextion to give you an awesome glow! Even better, you’ll notice a difference after just one facial. I recommend this facial for someone who is getting ready for a special event, or someone who simply needs a little something to make them feel better.

 


The Liftosome starts out with an exfoliation using Guinot’s Gommage Biologique. Once dead skin cells are removed, a Pro-collagen concentrate in massaged into the skin.  This concentrate is made up with stabilized vitamin C to restore the skins elasticity. The Pro-collagen is kept on the skin while a Thermolift mask is applied on top.  This mask is amazing, and unlike any other that we offer!  It heats up on the skin to really help the pro-collagen penetrate deeper into the skin, providing you with great results. The mask has a luxurious smell to it, and can be applied over the eyes and mouth for maximum lift results, if desired.  Once the mask hardens, it is lifted off the face to reveal a tighter, toned and brightened complexion. The facial is finished with an Anti-Aging serum the contains Biopeptides to firm and smooth the skin.

 


This facial is great to book as a special-occasion facial or if you’re looking for a real head-turning results, I would strongly recommend combining the Liftosome Facial with The Lift Facial.  Together these facials will work on muscle tone and collagen production all in one! I am always getting feedback from clients who rave about their results and they keep coming back for more!

 

Treatment Spotlight: Swedish Massage

 
 
 

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Ideal Client: Someone looking to relax, or de-stress

Guest Blogger: Marcia Lindsey

 

Swedish Massage

 

I love giving my clients a Swedish Massage when they tell me that they need to relax and unwind.  I also recommend this massage to anyone who is new to massage.  The Swedish Massage using the technique of effleurage, which is a light stroking technique.  This movement promotes the body to release toxins, restore muscle tissue, and increases blood circulation. Doesn’t that sound relaxing and healthy?

 

 

Also to keep the benefits of the Swedish Massage coming, I recommend to my clients that they return every 2-3 weeks.  I like to compare massages to working out, if you only do it once in a while you are not going to get lasting results.  If you have any further questions or any concerns, please stop by for a massage and I would be happy to do an in-depth consultation with you.

 

 

Stay happy and healthy!

 

 

Unsure of what to expect when you receive a massage? We have a video that will answer that question and have you ready for your next massage. Just click the image below.

 

 

Product of the Week: Guinot Gommage Grain D’Eclat

 

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Featured Product: Gommage Grain D’Eclat

Ideal Skin Type: All Skin Types

Guest Blogger: Francis Vergara

 

 

Most people are familiar with the term exfoliation, but are not aware of the many benefits it has or even how to use it to achieve the best results for their skin.

 

New skin cells are generated in the lower layer, the dermis. And over a period of about 30 days, these cells develop and mature as they move to the surface of the skin. At the end of their journey, they flatten out, die, and become saturated with keratin, which serves as a basic protection to the more delicate layers of the skin. There are several negative effects of this buildup of dead cells, and there are healthier, more esthetic methods of protection.  We always recommend some type of exfoliation routine, depending on individual skin conditions.

15% off Gommage Grain June 3ed – June 9th

15% off Gommage Grain
June 3rd – June 9th

What is Exfoliation and Why Should I Exfoliate?

 

This is the process of removing the dead skin cells that accumulate on the skin’s surface. The benefits of exfoliation include:

 

  • Minimizes clogged pores from oil and impurities, thereby minimizing breakouts
  • Results in softer, more radiant and glowing skin.
  • Increases the reproduction rate of skin cells
  • Allows moisturizers, serums, and other treatment creams to penetrate deeper into the skin
  • Creates a more even skin tone, preventing and minimizing the visible effects of sun damage (hyper pigmentation)
  • Exfoliation for men keeps the hair follicles clear which allows for a more effective and less irritating shave
  • Increases the skin’s metabolism, boosting circulation

 

How is Exfoliation Performed?

 

There are two basic methods of exfoliation: Mechanical Exfoliation and Chemical Exfoliation. Mechanical methods involve creating friction with some type of abrasive material. Chemical methods generally contain some type of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), beta hydroxy acids (BHA), or fruit enzymes, all of which act to loosen or dissolve the substance that holds the dead skin cells together (intercellular cement). 

 

For most skin types, the in-home exfoliator that I recommend is Guinot’s Gommage Grain D’Eclat. It contains polyethylene micro-particles which provide gentle friction to smooth the skin while freeing the pores of dirt and impurities. Another key ingredient is jojoba micro spheres, which act to smooth, soften and moisturize.  For dry skin, I recommend doing a thorough exfoliation once a week; for oily or combination skin, twice per week.

 

How to use an exfoliator?

 

For best results, cleanse the skin and pat it dry. Apply a thin layer to the entire face and neck, avoiding the contour of the eyes. Let it sit on the face for about ten minutes. During this time, excess oil and impurities are absorbed by kaolin and the cream will begin to dry. Once it has completely dried, gently rub the cream with your fingers in circular motions over a sink. Allow the small particles to fall off your face and into the sink. Once most of the product has come off, rinse off any excess and follow with a toner/moisturizer.

 

Some things to keep in mind regarding exfoliation:

 

  • While many exfoliants on the market can dry and irritate the skin, Gommage Grain D’Eclat is gentle enough to ensure that these negative effects do not occur.
  • Avoid exfoliating while in the shower, because the exfoliating cream will not dry sufficiently for the necessary friction to occur.  
  • Gommage Grain D’Eclat is appropriate for most skin types. For those with extremely sensitive skin, Gommage Biologique would be an excellent alternative. And for those with moderate to extreme acneic conditions, even gentle rubbing/friction is not recommended. For these conditions, the Pure Balance Mask is recommended.
  • After exfoliation, the skin is very receptive to the nourishing, hydrating, and stimulating ingredients of a facial mask. Applying a mask after exfoliating is a great way to enhance the effects of your exfoliator, giving the skin more radiance, glow, and energy!

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding exfoliation or any other type of skin care issue.

 

Fun Fact: Did you know that the skin’s natural process for shedding dead skin cells is known as desquamation? This type of shedding however is uneven and incomplete, so we use exfoliation techniques to accelerate desquamation and give us optimal results!

 

 

 

 

 

Guinot Lait Hydra Bronze

 

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Guinot Hydra Bronze

Ideal Skin Type: All Skins

Guest Blogger: Erin Ryan

 


Growing up, I was a huge sun bather, I just couldn’t get enough!  The darker I got, the more sun I would crave! Summer days were spent laying at the beach or pool for many hours, trying to achieve the perfect bronzed body.   Now that I am educated on what those extended days in the sun actually did to my skin, I’ve looked for other, safer ways to achieve the same summer glow without the risk.  This is why, when Guinot introduced their Lait Hydra Bronze moisturizer, I knew I had to try it!  I have tried so many creams claiming to give a natural looking tan.  I have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to self-tanners.  But that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try one more!

 

15% off Guinot Lait Hydra Bronze May 27th – June 2nd


Guinot’s Hydra Bronze is unlike any other cream I’ve tried before.  It also applies evenly every time, and I have yet to see any streaks or unnatural looking pigments.  The cream itself is white, which means it won’t rub off on your clothes or sheets.  The color develops into a soft brown, so there will be no orange in sight! What really surprised me was that this cream doesn’t just tan your skin, it’s also moisturizing it too!  I was amazed at how hydrated my skin felt after applying the cream.  There wasn’t any need for body lotion!  Also Lait Hydra Bronze was created to be used on both the face and body. The main ingredients in the Lait Hydra Bronze is DHA and Erythrulose,which is what gives the skin a tan pigmentation that intensifies with continued use. It also contains a Hydrocyte Complex.  This is what gives your skin all the hydration it’s going to need.

 

 

How To Use For Best Results: 


To get the most out of this product, I would recommend exfoliating your skin beforehand.  Removing the dead skin cells on your body will result in a more natural-looking and longer-lasting tan.  Use Lait Hydra Bronze right after getting out of the shower and drying off with a towel. Your skin can soak up all of the hydration that this cream provides. When applying it to your face, blend the cream down your neck and onto your decollete; this will give you a more natural look. This cream can be used several times a week to maintain or increase the desired level of color.  It is important to remember that this cream is not a sun protectant, you will still need to use an SPF if you plan to be out in the sun.

 

 

 

 

 

Product Of The Week: Guinot Youth Time Foundation

 

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Featured Product: Youth Time Foundation

Ideal Skin Type: All Skin Types

Guest Blogger: Storie Olsen

 

 

 


I am someone who is very into makeup.  Even as a little girl, I would go through my mother’s makeup drawer and turn my face into what I thought was a masterpiece (that’s debatable.) When I learned that Guinot was coming out with a foundation last year, my ears instantly perked up.

 

15% off Guinot Youth Time Foundation May 20th – May 26th

 

When I first tried Youth Time Foundation, I was initially impressed with the amount of pigmentation this product had.  With just a light application the coverage was pretty good, I was able to hide marks from blemishes fairly easily.  After having it on my skin for a while I started to notice the texture of my skin.  It left my skin feeling smooth, almost velvety.  This is not something I’ve found with other foundations on the market.  When the foundation was on, it gave my skin a perfect mix of a matte and dewy finish. There wasn’t any “shine” to my skin, but there was a definite glow about it.  Also I noticed when I started wearing it, I was receiving more compliments on how healthy I looked. When I apply my foundation, I find it easiest to do so with my fingers.  The texture and consistency of the actual foundation is very similar to a face cream.

 

 Click below to see a demonstration on how I apply Youth Time Foundation


Now that I’ve gone on about how great the foundation looks on the skin, let me explain why.  Youth Time contains Optical Fillers and Spherical Fillers of Hyaluronic Acid.  What this does is it literally fills in the grooves of wrinkles making the skin appear more plump.  This foundation also includes Vitamin E, Seaweed, and Green Tea extracts.  These ingredients are amazing because they are actually slowing down the aging process, by strengthening skin elasticity.

 

One negative is that this foundation is that it currently only has 3 colors. However I do find that the colors are fairly easy to blend and can suit a variety of light to medium complexions.

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PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: GUINOT NUCLEIC DEFENSE

 

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Featured Product: Guinot Sun Products

Ideal Skin Type: All Skins

Blogger: Suzanne Olsen

 

 

The Guinot Control Laboratory in France is one of the most renowned in the cosmetic sector. It has been recognized as a leader amongst skincare research labs, and incorporates the most modern technology into their research. The Guinot Lab is also dedicated to creating and producing products that go above and beyond the normal standards. To that I should note that all Guinot products are formulated without Parabens or GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism).

 

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As summer approaches I want to share with you the new technology and effectiveness of the Nucleic Defense Sun Protective Range that Guinot has created. This product range has triple the protection of your standard Sun product. Nucleic Defense is the first sunscreen formulated with DNA molecules and sun filters. DNA molecules absorb and neutralize the UV rays that can modify skin cell DNA. In a nutshell the ultraviolet light from the sun causes damage to the skin cells by actually changing the structure of the DNA in them. Introducing small bits of DNA (thymidine dinucleotide) can boost the cell’s repair pathways so they remove more of the damaged bits of DNA after UV exposure. Sunscreens without DNA in them can leave “windows” on the skin through which certain UV rays can penetrate and modify DNA. Applying DNA to the skin’s surface “fills out” these “windows,” thus protecting the cells’ own DNA.

 

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This product line also contains a natural ingredient called, Heliotropine (created by Guinot) which helps the skin tame the negative effects of the Sun. Heliptropine is derived from the Greek words helios (sun) and tropos (affinity). The benefits that this ingredient does for the skin is substantial; I will list a few benefits below.

 

Skin protection

  • Protects against harmful UV rays
  • Promotes the production of melanin, a natural skin protection from UVrays

Stimulates natural, even tanning process

  • Generates and accelerates melanin synthesis, thereby enhancing a tan.
  • Prevents formation of pigmentation marks
  • Ensures an even distribution of melanin on the skin’s surface

Fights low tolerance to the Sun

  • Comforts skin by strengthening its natural defense
  • Limits erythemia and sun-induced allergies

 

Basically the DNA in these products will act as a barrier as well as a magnate, by attracting the Sun’s rays, thus protecting and shielding your own DNA. Not only is your DNA kept intact and untouched, but the UV rays are kept from damaging your cells.

 

In my opinion, this Nucleic Defense Range is one of the most advanced programs for skin protection and has several different products to satisfy all skin types and weather conditions.

 

At Fountains, we want to make sure you are informed about sun protection and if you have further questions as to which product is right for you and when and how to use please give us a call, or stop by, and we would be happy to assist you.

I wish everyone a warm happy and protected summer.

– Suzanne Olsen

 

 

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 – Huile Bronzante Diam’Sun Glowing Tanning Oil

 

 

 

 

Fountains Day Spa Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Fountains Gift Guide 2012

 

Gift Ideas under $20


Natural Patches

These patches harness the power of pure essential oils and aromatherapy to help open the pathways to vibrant health and well-being. The patches contain no artificial colors or fragrances and are both latex and preservative free.

 



White Lion White Ambrosia Tea

Rare white tea leaves are laced with sweet toasted coconut and juicy pineapple. It’s like having a vacation in a cup!

 


Yoga-to-go Book

The perfect gift for that friend who loves to work out!

 

 

 

Gift Ideas for Co-Workers/Party Hosts


Winter Essential Oil and Tea Candle Diffuser

Oil Options: Peppermint, Lavender, Lemongrass, Geranium Egyptian, Ylang Ylang, & Tea Tree

 

 

 

Gift Ideas for Bath Lover

 

Biotone Scrub + Body Butter Combination

Biotone has been a frontrunner in luxury spa creams and polishes.  This is the same product line that we use during our professional body treatments.  Your mom will feel so luxurious and pampered after using these high-end products.

 


Bath Cubes (in “Cold & Sinus” & “Go To Sleep”)

The neat, extremely popular packaging is just the right size for gifting. These bath cubes use pure essential oils that will help you unwind from your hectic schedule and boost your senses all at the same time.

 

 

 

 

Gift Ideas for Active People

 

Kozi Neck Wrap

 

This Herbal Neck Wrap is designed specifically to fit the contours of the neck. Stays in place while walking, standing, or sitting. Enjoy the comfort of specific targeted blends with true aromatherapy benefits which are increased when heated in the microwave.

 

Kozi Back Energy Activator

When you apply the Kozi Back Activator a combination of herbal essence, temperature and pressure are used to stimulate the flow of natural healing energy – restoring the perfect balanced state of relaxation.

 

 

Gift Ideas for the Skincare Fanatic

 

Bioxygene Cream

BiOXYGENE is the hottest product to hit the skin care market in a long time! It is a product with natural ingredients, and without any coloring agents. It is ideal for clients who are concerned with pollution and environmental factors affecting their skin.

 

 

Limited Edition! Guinot Youthfulness Boxed Set

 

Guinot Youthfulness Boxed Set Includes an anti-aging serum and cream, duo to effectively target and repair the visible signs of premature aging.  Formulated with a host of antioxidants and bioactive ingredients, the advances pair achieves real results.

 

 

         Youthfulness Boxed Set Includes:

  • Guinot Longue Vie Cellulaire Youth Renewing Skin Cream – 1.6oz
  • Guinot Time Logic Age Serum – 0.33 oz

 

 

Limited Edition! Age Logic Vanity Case

Give the gift of Gorgeous Skin with Guinot Age Logic Vanity Case, an anti-aging duo that works synergistically to regenerate and restore the complexion’s youthful radiance.

 

 

         Age Logic Vanity Case Includes:

  • Guinot Age Logic Cellulaire Intelligent Cell Renewal – 1.6oz
  • Guinot Time Logic Age Serum – 0.33 oz

 

Dermawand

The DermaWand stimulates and rejuvenates by sending out a gentle stream of low level micro-current impulses up to 168,000 cycles per second, imitating hundreds of tiny fingers that massage you skin – and massage helps improve circulation, bringing oxygen and vital nutrients to your skin’s surface.

 

 

Stocking Stuffers

 


Eve Taylor Cleansing Brush

This brush is always in high demand because it cleanses and even massages and tones your skin without dragging the skin! The best part is that it is ideal for all skin types!

 

 

Sweet Petula Seasonal Soaps

Looking for a perfect gift for the host of your Christmas party? They are sure to impress even the pickiest nose with aromas which will enchant everyone!

 

 

  • Joyeux Noel: A seasonal blend of crisp sparkling champagne top notes blended with juniper berries & fresh spruce & pine. Good for both men & women.
  • Sugared Plum & Fig: A sweet, slightly floral blend, with a touch of tart fig.  The scent is exotic and mysterious while maintaining just the right mix of ripeness and zest.
  • Fir & Red Berries: Smells just like Christmas! Spruce essential oil gives the blend a fresh tree fragrance and the Balsam adds a nice warm vanilla/amber depth.
  • Balsam Fir: Fresh green fir essential oil blended with a deep amber fragrance, and then add in a pinch of real balsam. Very “clean” smelling, but the amber and balsam add a bit of a vanilla like depth.

Why use a Guinot Gommage Exfoliator?

 

Why should you be using an exfoliator?  To remove dead cell and reveal Healthy new vibrant skin!

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The epidermis (top layer of skin) is composed of roughly 30 dead cell layers.  When the outer layers are dehydrated (contributing factors: over sun exposure, not enough protection against the elements, sickness, aging, etc) this causes the skin to become dull and lifeless.  Fatigue, stress and time all contribute to the loss of radiance, resulting in lack of elasticity in the skin. The outer epidermis layers become clogged with dehydrated cells, which slow down cellular removal which adds to the complexion appearing dull and lifeless.  Thus there is an extreme importance to using at home exfoliants, which enable the skin to breath, revealing a more youthful and radiant complexion.
 
 
Guinot has developed two very important home care exfoliating (or in French, Gommage) products. It has only been in the last ten years that we in the skin care industry have become aware of the importance of regular cell removal.
Both of these exfoliators that Guinot makes are extremely popular and effective home care products. Each one is different and goes about removing dead cells in different ways.  One exfoliant is granule based, while the other in fruit-acid based.  Both are very easy to apply, and give outstanding results.

 
Gommage Grain D’eclat: This exfoliator contains micronized manmade granules in a cream, which is applied to a dry skin and gently sloughed off after the cream has dried on the skin. It is the most gentle of exfoliants, and contains jojoba oil, which instantly moisturizes the skin and  prepares the skin for optimal results with the products to follow, such as a mask or moisturizer.

 
 
Gommage Biologique: This exfoliator gently exfoliates fragile and sensitive skin.  It contains AHA natural fruit acids and green tea, which  is a stimulating antioxidant that gives a youthful boost to the complexion.
 
 

When used on a regular basis these products are of great value to anyone interested in a healthy glowing complexion.  Please see the video above that we have prepared for you to see how to best use each of these exfoliators.