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First Look – The Girard-Perregaux Free Bridge Meteorite Adds a Cosmic Dimension to the Cutting-Edge Series

With the addition of the Free Bridge models to the Bridges family in 2020, Girard-Perregaux articulated its vision, stating that “with these models, our master watchmakers have reimagined the company’s famous Bridges, first seen in the 1860s.” The goal was to create a seamless connection between tradition and modernity, tradition being the prominent movement bridges […]

Eminence Organics Team Member Skin Care Secrets

Woman pouring Eminence product into hand

Eminence Organics Team Member Skin Care Secrets

The beauty of working at Eminence Organic Skin Care is having access to every product in our catalog, allowing us to try many before they even reach your local spa's shelves. So, who better to ask about creative ways to use these products than those of us who obsess over skin care like it’s our job ... because it is! We have come up with some techniques and organic skin care product combinations that enhance their incredible benefits even further. From skin care cocktailing to double masking, we’ve discovered some creative ways to mix, match and multitask and we’re sharing them with you! 

Eminence Staff Skin Care Secrets

Flexible Facial Cleanser

By now, you probably know the many benefits of charcoal in skin care. Derived from natural sources like coconut shells, bamboo and oak wood, this ingredient has become a staple in skin care for its ability to treat pore congestion. Charcoal captures and removes impurities, balances the skin and detoxifies — but its uses go even deeper than that. From managing sebum to exfoliating and deep cleansing, charcoal is a powerhouse ingredient for treating all sorts of pore-related issues. And when it comes to breakouts and blemishes, we know that they can appear in places other than the face. Debbie, our Director of Marketing Operations, uses the Charcoal Exfoliating Gel Cleanser to cleanse and exfoliate her back — an area that we often overlook when we think of acne-prone skin. Many of our cleansers are not just for the face!

Pure Energy

Our Creative Director, Choo, likes to take the warm, exfoliating sensation that comes with the Turmeric Energizing Treatment to the next level. Instead of adding water to turn the powder into a fluffy and energetic mousse, she uses the Birch Water Purifying Essence to activate the product. Ingredients like snow mushrooms, reishi mushrooms, birch water and botanical collagen add hydration to the list of benefits that come with this unique exfoliating, invigorating and deep cleansing experience. 

Hydration Hacks

The secret to hydrated skin from Jennifer, one of our Digital Project Managers, is a game-changer for all skin types. “I’ve been using the Stone Crop Hydrating Mist after I cleanse my face to dampen it right before I apply the Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum. I’ve read that hyaluronic serum is more effective when it’s applied to damp skin, so I’ve been trying that for my dry skin and it’s been helping to lock in the moisture.” She may have read it here and she’s not wrong!

Applying moisturizers to damp skin is also recommended for the rest of the body. Product Support Representative, Alicia, applies the Yuzu Solid Body Oil in the shower to “enhance skin’s hydration and keep moisture on lock.” Another great product to apply to moist skin is the Apricot Body Oil, which is packed with nourishing vitamins and hydrating oils. 

Product picks first

Turmeric Energizing Treatment Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum

Product picks second

Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser Bakuchiol + Niacinamide Moisturizer

Body second

AHA Moment

Our Digital Marketing Coordinator, Nayeli, has a trick that helps her hair removal routine go smoothly: “I like to apply the Pineapple Refining Tonique on my arms and legs 24–48 hours after shaving and then follow with the Yuzu Body Oil or Apricot Body Oil to help moisturize. I find the AHA in the tonique provides gentle exfoliation, helping with ingrown hairs and dark spots on my legs and arms. I would definitely say you’d need to apply a good sunscreen on those areas afterwards, as the AHA causes your skin to be more sensitive to the sun.” For more hair removal tips, click here.

Double Down Cleanse

Alyssa, our Digital Project Manager, has a dynamic duo for cleansing in the morning. She amps up the healthy-looking glow she gets from the Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser by adding a couple of shakes of the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant for a light exfoliation that leaves her skin fresh and refined.

Handy Hints

Alyssa also has a hack for handling dry hands. “I put the Kombucha Microbiome Leave-On Masque on my hands at night! I check it after 10 minutes but there is usually nothing left to wipe off. It has been so nice for my hands this winter.”

While we’re on the subject, Senior Production Artist, Yukiko, uses the Linden Calendula Treatment on her hands overnight when they’re extra dry in the winter. She seals it in with cotton gloves and they’re soft and moisturized by morning. Other members of the Eminence Organics team have similar advice when it comes to adding moisture to the hands. One uses the Bakuchiol + Niacinamide Moisturizer morning and night and another swears by the Strawberry Rhubarb Masque. After applying it to her face and neck, she rubs the excess onto the backs of her hands and then washes everything off after 10 minutes.

Body third

As Product Support Team Lead, Nadira is the expert on all things related to our formulations. She’s tried them all and knows how the ingredients work and interact. Needless to say, we take her advice very seriously! We asked her to share some of her favorite ways to combine Eminence Organics products with you.  

Spot Treatment 

“When my skin is feeling a bit oily and congested, I love to go in with the Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant to exfoliate my skin. Instead of washing it off right away, I leave it on the areas where I experience enlarged pores and excess oil secretion. Keeping the product on allows the heilmoor clay and various polishing flours (rice, chickpea and oat) to absorb excess oils and lift impurities off the skin. Once dried down for a few minutes, I emulsify and remove before continuing on to the next step in my skin care routine.”

Dullness Destroyer

Another tip she shares is to apply the Turmeric Energizing Treatment and let it set for about 10 minutes before layering the Lime Stimulating Masque over top. This double dose of antioxidants combined with the extra kick of heat and Vitamin C will further brighten even the dullest complexion. 

Perfect Combination 

Mixing and layering treatments and masks is a favorite hobby of a lot of Eminence Organics team members. One suggestion for combination skin (oily t-zone and dry cheeks) is to use the Acne Advanced Clarifying Masque on the nose and chin and a moisturizing mask like the Coconut Cream Masque on the cheeks. Doing both at once saves time and leaves skin fresh and balanced. 

If you're interested in skin care tips and tricks from an esthetician, watch Lead Skin Care Trainer, Natalie Pergar, share some of hers, from popping your eye cream in the fridge to avoiding storing products in the shower. 

 

If you're looking for even more expert advice about which Eminence Organics products are right for you, visit your nearest Eminence Organics Spa Partner

Introducing – Ralph Lauren Introduces a New 42mm Case Size into its Rugged Safari Collection

American designer Ralph Lauren has forged an emporium on his vision of laid-back sophistication carefully choreographed in settings designed to evoke a certain lifestyle. Ralph Lauren’s preppie collegiate apparel incarnated by the Polo shirt of 1971, for instance, was equated with the game of polo, and his Safari apparel collection of 1984 harnessed the designer’s […]

Salt Saunas: Benefits Of Salt In Spa Treatments

A woman in a sauna

Salt Saunas: Benefits Of Salt In Spa Treatments

Think your spa has experienced every trend? It's time to explore the latest in wellness: salt halotherapy (or salt therapy). For spa professionals, introducing salt saunas could set your services apart. But it's not just about following trends; understanding the real benefits of these salt-infused retreats is crucial. Do they offer true value to your Clients, or are they just a passing fad? Along with these newer therapies, we'll also discuss scientifically proven salt treatments, like salt scrubs, to give you a comprehensive view. Let's dive in to find out more about "salty" sanctuaries.

What Is Halotherapy? | Benefits Scrubs & Other Salt TreatmentsCan Everyone Enjoy Salt Treatments? | Installing A Salt Sauna

What Is Halotherapy?

Halotherapy, commonly known as salt therapy, is a wellness practice that involves breathing air infused with fine salt particles. Its roots can be traced back to the natural salt mines and caves in Eastern Europe, where European monks first observed that patients treated in salt caverns experienced faster healing. But the most pivotal moment in the history of salt therapy occurred in the 19th century when Polish physician Felix Boczkowski noticed that miners working in the salt mines had remarkably good respiratory health, despite their dusty work environment. This led to the hypothesis that inhaling salt-infused air had beneficial health effects, inspiring the contemporary concept of salt saunas and the opening of the first health facility in a salt mine in 1839. 

In a salt sauna, or halotherapy chamber, the concept of inhaling salt-infused air is recreated in a controlled environment. There are two main types of salt saunas:

Active Salt Rooms

These rooms are equipped with a device called a halogenerator. This machine grinds salt into fine particles and disperses them into the air of the room. This method is more active in that it artificially creates the salt-infused atmosphere found in natural salt caves.

Passive Salt Rooms

Passive salt rooms are more about replicating the aesthetics and feel of a natural salt cave. They don't use a halogenerator but are instead decorated with various types of salt, like Himalayan pink salt. The ambiance is set for relaxation and meditation, offering a serene environment that resembles the natural salt caves. 

What Are The Benefits Of Salt Saunas? 

The principle behind both types of salt saunas involves breathing in air that is saturated with tiny salt particles. Functional medicine specialist Melissa Young, MD tells Cleveland Clinic that there is not a “mountain” of scientific facts but a lot of anecdotal evidence. “Sometimes, it can be frustrating that there aren’t enough well-designed studies looking at a particular treatment or the different study outcomes can be conflicting,” explains Dr. Young. “But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a potential benefit to that treatment.” 

 This treatment has been associated with several health benefits:

  • Skin Rejuvenation: Regular exposure to the unique microclimate within a salt sauna has been said to promote healthier, more radiant-looking skin.
  • Stress Reduction: The tranquil environment of salt saunas is ideal for relaxation and is said to help reduce your stress levels.
  • Respiratory Health: Inhaling salt particles is thought to thin mucus and improve lung function, potentially helping people with respiratory conditions.
  • Skin Health: Salt's anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties have been said to soothe the look of inflamed skin. 
  • Improved Circulation: There are suggestions that salt therapy can enhance blood circulation.

While the scientific evidence for the health benefits of salt saunas remains limited, Himalayan salt stone massage has emerged as a rejuvenating practice that spa professionals can confidently offer to their Clients. Keep reading to find out the benefits. 

A woman receiving a massage

Scrubs & Other Salt Treatments

In the realm of skin care, salt serves as an effective exfoliating agent to buff and polish the skin for a smoother-looking appearance. Salt scrubs are renowned for their gritty particles, making them ideal for smoothing tougher skin areas like the feet and elbows. During facials, it's used to gently polish the complexion, and in body treatments, it helps to smooth and rejuvenate the skin while promoting relaxation and improved circulation. 

At Eminence Organic Skin Care, we recommend our Stone Crop Revitalizing Body Scrub that transforms into a luxurious, creamy foam. It is formulated with mineral-rich sea salt and hydrating stone crop to illuminate and refine your Client’s skin. 

While the health benefits of salt saunas may still be under scientific scrutiny, the effectiveness of salt scrubs used in treatments (like Himalayan salt massage therapy) is well recognized. A Himalayan salt stone massage is a unique therapeutic experience that utilizes the natural properties of Himalayan salt, a type of rock salt rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium. This salt, known for its distinctive pink hue, is extracted from the Himalayan Mountain range stretching across several South Asian countries. Estheticians strategically place warm stones on various body points, including the legs, back and feet and gently glide them over the skin. This massage not only offers the physical benefits of exfoliation and pain relief but also enhances the emotional well-being of your Clients, making it a valuable addition to your spa's treatment menu. 

Can Everyone Enjoy Salt Treatments?

While salt saunas and salt treatments can be a beneficial wellness treatment for many, they are not universally suitable as they depend on individual health conditions and personal tolerance. It's always recommended that your Clients consult a healthcare professional, especially for those with specific health conditions, before trying new wellness treatments. 

Who Should Avoid Salt Saunas?

Those with: 

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart conditions or cardiovascular concerns
  • Respiratory conditions such as asthma or bronchitis
  • Skin conditions or open wounds
  • Claustrophobia or anxiety
  • Compromised immune systems
  • Those who are pregnant
  • Those who tend to experience dizziness

Who Should Avoid A Himalayan Salt Stone Massage?

Himalayan salt massages are best avoided for those with:

  • Severe skin conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease

Should I Implement A Salt Sauna

Implementing salt saunas in your spa can be an intriguing and potentially beneficial addition to your spa, but there are several factors to consider for a successful integration.

Challenges & Considerations

When considering adding salt saunas to your spa, there are several key aspects to think about:

  • Space Requirements: Assess the space needed for installation. Salt saunas require a dedicated area that can accommodate the sauna structure while also ensuring comfort and safety for users.
  • Maintenance: Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of the salt sauna. This includes cleaning the salt surfaces and managing the humidity levels to prevent corrosion.
  • Cost: Consider the initial investment, which includes the sauna unit, salt walls or blocks and any additional features like a halogenerator.
  • Training For Spa Staff: Your staff should be well-trained in halotherapy, including its benefits and ideal candidates. Operational training on safe sauna management and maintaining optimal conditions is also crucial.

Remember, the success of integrating a salt sauna into your spa hinges on well-informed planning, strategic execution and clear communication with your staff and Clients. Consulting with seasoned professionals in this field can offer invaluable insights and guidance.

Are you considering adding this service? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or find out how to become an Eminence Organics Spa Partner here.

First Look – The New Louis Erard Excellence Petite Seconde Guilloché

Louis Erard continues its path onwards and upwards with yet another artistic iteration of its Excellence Petite Seconde. A flagship model at Louis Erard since 2020, this model is an attractive dress watch with a small seconds counter available in 39mm and 42mm cases. The uncluttered dial of the Petite Second has been treated to […]

Introducing – The Redesigned Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Skeleton

Pulling out all the stops before Watches & Wonders 2024, watchmaker Arnold & Son presents two skeletonised models powered by one of the world’s thinnest flying tourbillon movements, now dubbed Ultrathin Tourbillon Skeleton. While these new models have been treated to some design tweaks and a new tourbillon carriage, these editions of the Ultrathin Flying […]

Hands-on – The Edouard Koehn World Heritage II, a Rare Combination of Worldtime and Alarm Functions

Operating out of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, for several years now, the brand Edouard Koehn carries four distinct collections. Of particular interest is the model introduced in 2021 as part of the World Heritage line, blending two practical complications: world time and alarm functions. While several mechanical watches offer combinations of an alarm with a GMT […]

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