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The Vitamin C – Craze

Oranges: gina anne

The Vitamin C – Craze, What’s it all About?

I always imagine lots of oranges when I hear the word vitamin C. Drinking a big glass of freshly squeezed oranges is how I imagine intaking a healthy dose of this lovely vitamin.

First off, what is vitamin C and where does it come from. Vitamin C is a nutrient which is good for our health and well being. Vitamin C comes from the land of fruits. Some fruits and vegetables have higher vitamin C content than the citrus family. Peppers, dark leafy greens, strawberries, kiwis, brussel sprouts and papayas to name a few.

Second, why is vitamin C good for my skin. Vitamin C repairs tissues. When applied to the face vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which fights free radicals. Vitamin C repairs and regenerates the skin. It can reduce the appearance of dark spots. Also, helping with collagen synthesis.

“Mimosas are a good source of vitamin C” -unknown

Third, how can you add vitamin C to your day. Vitamin C can be added into the diet. Make daily smoothies, drink hand squeezed juices, eat more salads. Be creative with your diet, have fun. Smile. Breathe Sweet. Yum!

Lastly, vitamin C is very popular in skin care products. When I first became an esthetician products with vitamin C became the craze. Everyone seemed to use it. Vitamin C is probably one of the most popular questions I get in the spa, during my facial treatments.

A lot of products contain vitamin C. The best way to see results in the face would be to use a serum with vitamin C. Serums penetrate a little deeper into the skin than a moisturizer will. But, your diet is going to be the BEST way to gain the benefits of receiving vitamin C. So go grab yourself an orange, take a deep breath, breathe sweet & enjoy!

Be you. Be kind. Breathe Sweet.

-gina anne

Favorite products with Vitamin C: Yon-ka pamplemousse (grapefruit), Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, Kerstin Florian Correcting Serum C+ Infusion.

Favorite Vitamin C Smoothie: 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 kiwi, handful of strawberries, 3 peeled cuties, some spinach, and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice from a fresh grapefruit. Blend in blender. Pour in a fun glass, cheers!

 

The Beauty of Massage

Hibiscus Oil: gina anne

MASSAGE IS BEAUTIFUL!

The beauty of massage is just that…beautiful. Massage is very important and extremely beneficial to our health & wellness. In this busy, crazy, over polluted, over processed, over stimulated world massage can calm us from a go – go – go mentality. Put on the brakes, stop, TAKE A DEEP BREATH, and breathe sweet. Ahhhh, better. Through massage we can learn to relax, calm down, and take away the stress from this busy life.

The beauty of massage brings the stress levels down, and the calm levels up. As soon as you swing through the spa doors the relaxation starts. The whole experience starts with the ambiance. The calming aroma of a honey lavender candle may hit your nose, some warm tea is offered to relax you further. Then, the gentle voice of the massage therapist will greet you putting your nerves at ease. The lights are low, the music is serene. Already, before the body is even on the warm table your nervous system is relaxing, letting go, calming down.

“Every body, deserves a massage.” -anonymous

During the massage, the hand to skin contact feels amazing increasing feel good endorphins & radiating warmth to the skin. The muscles start to melt like chocolate. The circulatory system increases…out with the old blood, in with the new. The lymphatic systems begins to release toxins and healthy nutrients start to travel throughout the body. TAKE A DEEP RELAXING BREATH. Ahhhh, the lungs thank you. Along with all the physical benefits, the mind soaks in the beauty of massage as well… the mind lets go of chaos and expands in creativity.

The beauty of massage lasts well beyond the treatment service as well. So, let’s celebrate in beauty and book a massage as soon as possible. Celebrate your body and get a massage. Enjoy!

Be you. Be kind. Breathe Sweet.

-gina anne

If you live in the Wisconsin area here are some of my favorite spas.

Salon Mode & Daydreams Spa / Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort / Agea Spa

Here are some awesome muscle relieving massage products I love.

Kerstin Florian’s Mineral Wellness Soaks, use 1/4 cup in warm bath.

Aveda’s Cooling Balancing Oil. Brand new product. Great for tension in neck.

Perfectly Posh’s Muscle Stick. Awesome for on the go, at the desk, & before workouts. Hot Pepper Sha-Bang

 

Skin Care 101 for Everyone

Skin Care: gina anne

Cleanse – Tone – Moisturize…OH MY!

Cleanse, tone, moisturize…oh my. Yes, it’s that easy; learning a home skin care routine is pretty simple and important. All you need is a wee bit of time, consistency, and some knowledge. Sooo…what is skin care 101 for everyone? I’ll teach you.

Starting with the basics; taking care of your beautiful face. Yes, you & your beautiful face! This is one thing I wish I had learnt growing up, maybe in high school or health class…How to Take Care of Your Skin – 101. & your beautiful face.

It wasn’t until I was 24, from my friend & colleague Oki, an esthetician, who taught me the importance of skin care, a skin care routine and how to eat sushi, but that’s another post. 😉

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” -Coco Chanel.

Then, we take care of our skin. Read more