How to Winterize Your Skin

 

How to Winterize Your Skin

 
 
 
 
 

Guest Blogger:
Brianda Velarde

 
 
 
 
 

The moment the seasons change from a calm, crisp fall day to the icy cold chill of winter, your skin suffers begins to pay the price. As the temperatures fall in the wintertime and the air becomes drier, your skin will suffer. In chilly weather the skin is less able to protect itself, which can lead to cracks in the outer layer of skin, loss of hydration, and ultimately, inflammation. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin in tip-top shape this season.

 
 

#1 Exfoliate Often
Exfoliation is key! It’s important to remove the dead skin on the surface to allow proper product penetration for best results. Scrub away those dead cells for new and radiant skin with Gommage Eclat Parfait. This amazing scrub is soothing and gentle (smells delightful too!). It’s active ingredients are Shea micro-particles to remove dead cells and sweet almond oil for protection of the new skin during the harsh cold weather.

 
 

#2 Use a gentle hydrating cleanser
Use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight and dry right after. My favorite cleanser is Hydra Fraîcheur Refreshing Cleansing Milk. This milky gentle cleanser removes impurities and make-up (including waterproof!). Its soothing ingredients aloe Vera and cucumber extract leave your skin calm from any redness and irritation from the cold dry air.

 
 

#3 Use toners that don’t have alcohol
I often have clients that come to me with the view that toners are drying. Toners are meant to balance the skins natural PH. If they are drying your skin it’s not the right toner for your skin type. I recommend a toner that does not have alcohol. My favorite toner is Hydra Fraîcheur Refreshing Toning Lotion. It’s active ingredients are ginseng and aloe Vera extract. It softens, alcohol-free, rebalances the skin and prepares it for the application of moisturizer or serum.

 
 

#4 Moisturize more!
Let’s face it, hot showers feel the best in the cold winter but they also strip the moisture right out of your skin. It’s important to apply a good moisturizer to help prevent and treat any skin dryness. My to go product is Crème Hydra Beaute. It provides continuous hydration and reduces feelings of tightness, flakiness and softens skin that lacks water.

 
 

#5 Always Wear Sunscreen 
Did you know? There’s harmful Sun rays hitting the earths surface during winter? Now, you might not get burned because UVB rays (burning rays) are not as strong, but UVA(aging rays) are just as strong strong in the winter as in the summer. My to go sunscreen is Sun Logic SPF 30. This is an advanced anti-aging sunscreen that prepares skin before sun exposure, during and it also repairs afterwards.

 
 

Fountains Gift Guide 2017

 

Fountains Gift Guide 2017

 

 

 

 

This time of year always seems to spring up on us, and so does the need to get a gift for everyone on your list. At Fountains, we’ve put together a gift guide to help you get through your shopping list with ease. You might even find a thing or two on this guide to spoil yourself with!

 

 

 

 

1 Bath and Shower Enhancers

 

This is one of our hidden treasures, and an all around very popular service. The feet are massaged by stimulating points on the feet bringing about better health and balance to the body.

 

 

2 Holiday Recovery Package (Holiday Specials)

 

This is the package that has it all and more for that special someone who needs to recover from this hectic time of year! The spa package starts  with our Black Baltic Body Mud Wrap. After a gentle body exfoliation, a masque of Baltic mud with the added detoxifying blend of essential oils. Then the lucky person receiving this package will be wrapped to absorb the mud’s healing properties.

 

This wrap is followed with a 50-Minute session of  Reflexology, a foot massage focusing on reflex points on the foot and toes.  These points are stimulated with a specific type of pressure, encouraging your organs and nervous system to release toxins and tension, to achieve a harmonious balance.

Time: 2.5 Hours
Cost: $274

 

 

3 The Works Package (Winter Specials)

 

This package is for that someone who has been extra good this year!

 

Start off the spa day with our luscious Rose Mud Moisturizing Wrap, which will exfoliate and cocoon the skin in rich, hydrating rose mud.  Follow this treatment with our popular 80-minute Combination Massage to get out all the knots and tension your body is holding.   Following the massage, you will experience some special attention to your overworked feet with some amazing reflexology!  Our reflexology treatment uses pressure points on the foot to release tension and toxins related to corresponding organs throughout the body.  

 

No spa day is complete without a facial, and our Super Hydradermie Facial is tailored to your specific skin type, to ensure that you have the best looking face for your holiday pictures.  During your spa day you will be given some time to relax and reflect in our fantastic relaxation room while enjoying a spa lunch.  By the end of this day, you’ll be feeling like a new and rejuvenated person!

Time: 5.5 Hours
Cost: $502

 

 

4 Gift Certificate

 

What is the perfect gift? Sometimes it’s really hard to figure out just what everybody wants. With Fountains Gift Certificates, you can make them out for any service, spa package or dollar amount you choose. The best part, if the recipient decides they want to switch up the services, they can always revert any certificate back to the dollar amount and use it towards and service or product that they choose.

 

 

5 BabyFoot

 

Okay so this gift may be a little out there, but what about that crazy cousin or co-worker who you know would love something like this. Baby Foot is a non-invasive foot peel that leaves your feet feeling baby soft. Bonus, this is the best time to do a foot peel as it’s boot weather and no one will be showing off their feet for a few months.
Cost $25

 

 

6 Guinot Program Kits

 

There is a Guinot Program kit that is ideal for all skin types. These kits are a great way to reintroduce life back into your skin with nourishing products made to be gentle and effective. Each item in the kit is in a convenient travel size, ready to grab and take on the go! 
Cost $24

 

 

7 Huile Mirific Oil and Shower Gel

 

This luxury set is to die for. No seriously, just take a whiff and you’ll swear you’ve gone to heaven. This body wash and dry oil duo has scents of Passionflower, Orange Blossom, Vanilla, Amber and Ylang-Ylang. Not only does it smell divine, but it will leave your skin feeling silky soft.
Cost $34-$51

 

 

There are so many more ideas. If you need more help please call us at Fountains at 703-549-1990 we have lots more we can help you with. Happy Holidays to all!

The real reason you have shoulder pain, and how to fix it

 

 

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Guest Blogger: Brett Mehlman

 

 

 

If you’re like most people, you carry much of your tension in your shoulders, and feel pain and discomfort in between your shoulder blades. Although you’re feeling the pain between your shoulder blades, this is not where the source of the problem originates. Sometimes overly stretching that area canl actually exacerbate the problem and continue the cycle of pain.

 

 

So let’s get to the source of the issue.

 

One of the biggest culprits of this tension and pain is your posture. We typically spend several hours a day with our arms reaching out in front of us at the computer, driving, eating, using the cell phone, etc. These activities cause our chest to become chronically tight and our shoulders to round forward.


Then why do you feel the pain in your back between the shoulder blades? This is because those muscles become weakened, inhibited and overstretched. They are constantly fighting to get back to their normal resting length. This constant fighting against the stronger and righted chest muscles causes fatigue, and boom, that’s where your pain is coming from.

 

 

To truly fix this issue you need to do the following:

 

1. Stretch your chest. A great stretch is to stand in the opening of a doorway and reach your arms out, holding on each side of the doorway with your hands. Keeping your hands holding each side of the doorway, lean forward until you feel a slight stretch, as your arms draw back behind you.

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2. Strengthen your rhomboid muscles. While at your desk put your hand behind your head then pull your elbows as far behind you as you can, hold for 30-60 seconds, repeat 1x per hour, or as much as you can. You get more bang for your buck with this exercise as it will also stretch the chest.

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3. Position yourself in an ergonomic position with your chair slightly closer to your desk/steering wheel. This will ensure you can keep your shoulder blades slightly back and together, so that they do not need to draw forward to reach for your keyboard/steering wheel.

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4. Last, but definitely not least, come in to get regular deep tissue massages here at Fountains. The deeper work will not only release the overly tight chest muscles, but getting regular massages will also lengthen the adhered & tightened connective tissue that has built up. Deep Tissue Massage work is a necessity for your shoulders to fully and effortlessly return to their normal resting position. Breaking up the adhesions through massage, will cause any stretching and strengthening you do in the future to be more effective.

 

 

Doing the above regularly will address your pain at the source and help you find lasting relief!

You only get one body, take care of it!

 

 

 

 

 

Fountains Gift Guide 2016

 
 

Fountains Gift Guide 2016

 
 

This time of year always seems to spring up on us, and so does the need to get a gift for everyone on your list. At Fountains, we’ve put together a gift guide to help you get through your shopping list with ease. You might even find a thing or two on this guide to spoil yourself with!

 
 
 

Travel with Fountains SetAnyone traveling this holiday season, or traveling all the time, would love this gift set. It’s got everything to keep your skin healthy and hydrated during this cold weather. It includes a milky cleanser, moisturizer and face mask. Just watch the Esthetician ordered! $44.00

 

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Go for Gold SetThis luxury set is to die for. No seriously, just take a whiff and you’ll swear you’ve gone to heaven. This body wash and dry oil duo has scents of Passionflower, Orange Blossom, Vanilla, Amber and Ylang-Ylang. Not only does it smell divine, but it will leave your skin feeling silky soft. $85.00

 

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Sheet Masks – Are you looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for a friend or co-worker, think about sheet masks. We offer both a brightening mask as well as an eye mask. You can easily buy a box, give a few out as gifts and maybe keep one for yourself. You deserve a little TLC after all this holiday shopping anyways. Age Logic Eye Mask Box $48.00 / Instant Brightening Mask Box $77.00

 


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Shower minis/Bath Bombs We all have those friends and family members who love to take a bath or better yet start or end the day with a nice hot shower. Why not make those relaxing moments that much better by adding in a Shower Mini or a Bath Bomb. There are a variety of scents to choose from as well. Shower Minis $10.00 / Bath Bombs $8.00-$9.00

 

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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. It’s the perfect gift to give to someone who is suffering from minor ailments, such a stress, lack of sleep, or lack of energy. There are so many patches to choose from, there will surely be one for anyone you’re looking to get a gift for. $19.95

 

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Baby FootOkay so this gift may be a little out there, but what about that crazy cousin or co-worker who you know would love something like this. Baby Foot is a non-invasive foot peel that leaves your feet feeling baby soft. Bonus, this is the best time to do a foot peel as it’s boot weather and no one will be showing off their feet for a few months.  $25.00

 

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Beauty Blender BBFAny girly girl in your life wants this item. BeautyBlenders are all the rage for any one in your life who is into makeup. Even if they already have one, BeautyBlenders have a shelf life of a few months with consistent use. So getting a fresh one (or two) will really give them the perk their makeup routine is looking for. $39.95

 

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AGE LOGIC EYE MASK FOR HOME USE

AGE LOGIC EYE MASK FOR HOME USE

 

Article by: Suzanne Olsen

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We are so excited to announce that Guinot has added to their homecare eye range, Age Logic Eye Mask. After the launch of the Eye Logic Facial, which resulted in a dramatic improvement in three target areas: wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles, Guinot has made the Age Logic Eye Mask available to purchase for home use. This mask will help to encourage longer lasting results the Eye Logic Treatment.

 

 

The eyes are the first area to show signs of ageing and fatigue. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more fragile than the skin on other parts of the face. With exposure to wind, cold and the Sun, early onset of wrinkles and lines can become more visible. Fluid buildup, fatigue poor circulation and inadequate care can accentuate any puffiness, as well as those unattractive dark circles around the eye.

 

 

The mask is exclusively patented by Guinot and is made of microfiber, allowing hold more of the restorative serum concentrate. It’s shape and material perfectly fit the eye contour area. Each mask is individually sealed and comes in a set of four. Designed for someone on the go who want to extend the lasting results of the Eye Logic spa treatment and those who want instant visible results, with dark circles puffiness and wrinkles.

 

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The Age Logic Eye Mask is the exact same mask that is used in the spa’s Eye Logic Treatment and now it’s available for you to use at home. Each mask contains powerful active ingredients that deliver real results.

 

 

INGREDIENTS TARGETING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES

 

  • ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate): Delivers and stores essential energy to the vital function of the cell, for younger looking skin.
  • ACTINERGIE: Increases the oxygen consumption of the cell, boosting cellular metabolism.
  • CELLULAR LIFE COMPLEX: Promotes cell growth renewal and longevity.
  • DYNALIFT:  Firms and lifts the skin

 

INGREDIENTS THAT REDUCES PUFFINESS AND DARK CIRCLES

 

  • DERMOCHLORELLA (Green Seaweed Extract): Boosts the micro circulation thus helping to drain the eye lids and under eye area.

 

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Fountains Introduces The Pregnancy Facial

 

 

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Fountains Introduces The Pregnancy Facial

Guest Blogger: Erin Bunty

 

 

 

 

 

You asked, we answered! We have had many requests for a deep cleansing facial that can be received during pregnancy. Our flagship Hydradermie facial is amazing, but unfortunately we do not recommend it during pregnancy, due to the galvanic current. The current that we use in the Hydradermie is to help with product penetration and opening the pores to allow extractions. During pregnancy the skin can rapidly change and suddenly you’re faced with new challenges due to a change in hormones. Many pregnant women need extractions to rid the pores of excess dirt and oil.

 

 

 

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The HydraClean has always been a go-to facial for a quick cleansing facial for expecting moms. Although the HydraClean is a great facial as well, many moms-to-be have other skin concerns that require a longer facial in order to address them. During pregnancy, you may experience dehydration or hyper-pigmentation. Due to this, Fountains Day Spa has created a new facial, geared towards pregnant women who want a luxury deep cleansing facial.

 

The Pregnancy Facial begins by using a Thermoclean Electrode with an individually prescribed gel to trigger hyper-secretion of the sweat and sebaceous glands to clean the pores and rid the skin of oil and toxins. The Esthetician performs extractions, and follows with a relaxing facial massage. Your Esthetician will use one of our luxury Guinot masks, based on your skin type, to conclude this ultimate prenatal facial.

 

Cost of The Pregnancy Facial: $120

Facial Duration: 50 Minutes

 

Photo credit: Glambeauties1

Photo credit: Glambeauties1

 

Other Facials available during Pregnancy

 

 

Aromatics Facial– This relaxing facial uses essential oil blends suited for your skin type. These oils help to nourish and hydrate the skin. The Esthetician uses these oils while performing a lymphatic facial massage. This will help your body get rid of toxins and reduce redness on your face. The aromatics mask is a setting mask, which binds water to the skin for extra hydration. This facial is perfect for any mom to be, that is experiencing redness, breakouts or dehydration.

 

Beaute Nueve Facial– This facial is for the mom to be that is experiencing issues with hyper-pigmentation. Your Esthetician uses a gentle fruit acid peel for extra exfoliation, followed by a vitamin C mask to help lighten and inhibit the production of melanin. This facial will help to unclog pores, soften lines and fade brown spots, while promoting a softer, clearer complexion.

 

HydraClean Facial– The HydraClean facial is a 25 minute facial working on cleaning the skin. This facial uses a heated wand to relax and open the pores to perform extractions. This is a good facial for moms who may have had a regular facial routine before getting pregnant and wants to continue regular maintenance. It would also be ideal for moms to be that have grown uncomfortable laying down for long periods of time.

 

How To Re-balance & Brighten Hyper Pigmentation

How To Re-balance & Brighten Hyper Pigmentation

 

Article by: Suzanne Olsen

 

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In order to remedy this problem we must first understand how the skin reacts when exposed to sun light. It is vital for our skin to get exposure to natural sun light, however too much exposure is not good. I recommend getting outside early in the morning or late in the evening, at those times the amount of UVA and UVB rays are less intense. By that I mean the rays are less damaging, and the heat is not as strong. On top of that the Sun’s nutrients (vitamin A and D) are more abundant.

 

 

The heat from the Sun’s rays penetrates deep into the dermis layer (top layer of skin). As the heat builds up, it stimulates the skin’s natural protection known as Melanin, to come up to the surface and protect the core cells below. It is the natural reaction to the heat of the sun. Unfortunately over time due to too much sun exposure, some of the melanin is left on the surface and remains as hyper pigmentation, brown spots or melasma. Once the melanin is burnt, it can become lighter in texture in winter months but does not return to its original even color tone.

 

 

Guinot’s NEWHITE Skincare Range Brings New Life to Pigmented Skin

 

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NEWHITE is a professional treatment program which helps to correct pigmentation disorders, whilst preserving the skins beauty. The NEWHITE program is the only brightening skin care program that can be measured in time for visible results.

 

Two Key Ingredients Throughout the NEWHITE Range

    • MELANOXYL creates two effects on the melanocytes. It slows UV-induced melanin production and reduces the initial presence of melanin in the skin.

 

  • VITAMIN C reinforces the lightening and anti-pigmentation action. Through its antioxidant and anti-free radical action it protects the skin and cutaneous tissue. Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis thus regenerating the tissue.

 

The NEWHITE range is comprised of several products, which all work together to even out skin color and bring a healthy even toned completion. Please call us and ask for assistance. Let us help you love your completion again.

 

 

 

Healthy Winter Skin: What To Know To Achieve It

Healthy Winter Skin: What To Know To Achieve It

 

Article by: Suzanne Olsen

 

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Every skin type, no matter what age is affected by the cold winter weather. It is so important for everyone to realize that what they have been applying for protection (moisturizers/night creams) throughout Autumn, is not always sufficient as for the winter season. As our environment/temperature changes, so should our skin care protection.

 

Winter brings with it dehydration (in other words, no humidity) which brings about premature aging from the skin’s surface. The cold weather is actually sucking tiny water lipids away from the skin leaving your skin lacking volume and the true skin vulnerable to premature aging.

 

Think about how we put on more layers onto our bodies as the temperature drops, we should also do the same for our skin. As the humidity drops along with the temperature we need thicker more hydrating moisturizers, which should if necessary be applied several times during the day as needed. As soon as the surface skin begins to feel tight, your skin is in jeopardy of aging. As moisture is sucked out from the surface, skin begins to collapse thus premature wrinkling occurs. Moisturizers and night creams act as barriers/shields that lock in natural moisture, leaving the skin looking and feeling youthful and dewy.

 

There are many types of moisturizers and it is confusing to know which one is right for you and exactly when you should change to a lighter or more protective (heavier) one, depending on the season. If you were not aware, we offer skin consultations to our clients, where we go over your home care products and make sure that you are using the right product for the season. Remember preventing aging is easier with than curing them. Make an appointment, so that you can feel confident that you will face this cold winter knowing you are keeping your youthful glow!

 

 

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

 

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage: 101

Guest Blogger: Tiffany Davidson

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of Lymphatic Drainage

 

Lymphatic Draining is a gentle, non-invasive technique that has a powerful effect on the body. However this technique hasn’t been around forever, in fact the Lyphatic System was first discovered in 1622 by the medical. Later, an Italian physician Hazleton Asselli noticed milky veins in a dog after it was given food.  The term, Lymphatic Drainage was later coined by an Osteopathic Doctor from Toronto named, Frederic Maillard.

 

In 1932, Danish Massage Practitioner, Emil Vodder developed a hands-on technique for lymph drainage called, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, which is a type of gentle massage that encourages the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.

 

 

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How the Lymphatic System Works for the Body

 

The Lymphatic System moves fluids through your body and returns it to the Circulatory System. It is the body’s way of disposing of waste, bacteria, excess water, proteins, and more. These are cleared away from the connective tissue and returned to the blood stream for removal by the kidneys. The Lymphatic System collects proteins and molecules that are too large to return to the blood. The proteins of molecules are transported and filter through the lymph nodes and then rejoin the blood by the Subclavian and Jugular veins.

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage requires that the skin is stretched and torqued in a specific manner, based on scientific, physiological principles that are proven to encourage lymph flow.

 

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How Can Lymphatic Drainage Help You?

 

Lymphatic Drainage massage is a gentle moving massage and it increases lymphatic circulation it helps to remove the toxins from the body and assists load lymph nodes. Lymphatic drainage cleanses and regenerates tissue and therefore promotes homeostasis in the body.

 

The internal movements that this massage stimulates, encourages the formation of lymphocytes which in turn produces antibodies which helped the body’s resistance to infection. Lymphatic Drainage also encourages and improves lymph drainage in the healthy lymph vessels, which helps keep fluid away from swollen areas.

 

 

 

Facials: 101

 

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Facials: 101

Guest Blogger: Mina Fatemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a facial?

 

A facial is one of the best ways to take care of your skin, especially when it’s given by an experienced, knowledgeable Esthetician. Facials clean, exfoliate and nourish the skin, promoting a clear, hydrated complexion, and can help improve and maintain a youthful appearance.

 

A facial will provide the best results when it is a part of an on-going skincare program, including regular facial treatments as well as at-home care. Facial treatments can include a variety of actions, including cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, facial masks, peels and massage.

 

 

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Why do people need facials?

 

  • Facials can actually clear your pores. A professional treatment will cleanse your skin in a way that you simply cannot achieve at home.
  • If your skin is behaving badly, you’ll find out why. Your skin can and will change over time, this can vary depending on age, weather and even hormones. It is always a good idea to have a licensed Esthetician help you to address those changes, identify the potential reason and to educate you on how to treat those concerns. If you have great skin now, don’t trust that it will last forever. For example, many people suffer from eczema in the winter and will simply blame dryness. Not treating a serious condition such as this can lead to long-term damage!
  • You can get extractions done the right way. Don’t lie, we know you do it, but every time you squeeze a pimple you are risking acne scarring and dark marks. Extractions done regularly by an Esthetician will help keep your skin to stay clear. It will also help prevent long-term damage that you might be causing by doing it yourself at home. You may even find that receiving regular facials will eliminate any reason to pop or pick at any blemishes. Facial are an essential step to preventing imperfections.
  • Facials are better than a visit to the beauty counter. You know when you go to a department store and someone tells you what to buy based on looking at your skin under fluorescent lights? This is not how you should be purchasing your skincare items. A knowledgeable, licensed Esthetician will provide you with personalized skin recommendations and a regimen that will address your individual concerns. The best way for anyone to make suitable recommendations for your skin is to examine your bare skin after it has been cleansed. Once you’re on the appropriate regimen, your Esthetician should update it seasonally as your skin changes. It’s like having your own skin concierge!
  • You’ll find your happy place. Facials are so much more relaxing than any DIY project you try on your skin at home. At Fountains many facials include a mix of high frequency, massage and hot towels, all to maximize the pampering experience. Stress can highly contribute to skin issues; therefore a facial can improve not only breakouts, but it can also give you a reason to take a few deep, cleansing breaths, and relax.

 

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How often should people get facials?

 

The frequency in which a person receives facials depends on several factors, your skin type, condition, skincare goals, age, even where you live. On average, getting a facial by a professional once a month is ideal for someone who wants to maintain healthy looking skin.

 

It’s important to remember that the skin is a living organ, and because of that it goes through a type of shedding process. It takes about 30 days for skin cells to move up from the dermis (deeper layers of skin) to the epidermis (surface skin). Once the cells reach the surface, they flatten out, die, and stay right there on the surface of your skin. A facial simulates the exfoliation process, keeping the skin more toned and youthful looking. At a minimum a person should try to have a facial at least four times a year, as the season changes.