With the marathon of parties crowding your calendar from now until the confetti clears, you may barely have time to breathe, let alone oxygenate your skin or relax your tense muscles in anticipation of said festivities. But there is one way to keep the requisite primping from becoming a burden: lining up a few crucial spa appointments in advance can help you sail through the season without the usual pre-party panic or stress. Being prepared also means planning for the inevitable eleventh-hour emergency, be it a chipped nail, last-minute breakout, or painful stress knot. Our technicians are here to help! Our experienced massage therapists Tiffany, Ashley and Krystal are ready to relax your muscles and work out all the stress building up in your body as the holidays approach. Ready for a relaxed glow? At the Spa Within, we will guarantee that you stand out for all the right reasons.
2. TIME YOUR HAIRCUTS—PERFECTLY.
“Simple yet chic” is how our stylists Nicole and Alexa describe the vibe to strive for this season. It all starts with a good trim—nothing drastic—to eliminate any split ends that could derail the look of relaxed waves or an easy topknot. Book now, don’t wait! If hair is really fried, the standard trim may not cut it; get a deep-conditioning treatment, but avoid protein masks, which can lead to more breakage if overdone. If applicable, we also suggest scheduling a bang trim one week before a big event, to give hair that neat but not freshly cut feel. Should you find yourself with time to sneak in a glaze while you’re in the chair, do it—the added shine will go far in giving hair a healthy, high gloss appeal. Nicole and Alexa can’t wait to put the finishing touches on your ‘do.
3. INVEST IN A GOOD FACIAL BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS.
About one week before your first big event, book a comprehensive facial with our estheticians Anne or Alana that will deliver lasting results. This is the moment to reduce fine lines, boost hydration, and make your skin glow. A Dermapolish, or epidermal leveling, is a manual skin resurfacing technique that removes the outmost layers of dead skin cells and immediately reveals the new, fresh, and glowing skin underneath, energizing the complexion for a good 21 days. If your skin is congested or breaks out under pressure, our estheticians suggest starting the season with an acid peel instead to head off disaster before it’s too late.
4. SPOT TREAT YOUR FACE WHEN NECESSARY BEFORE THAT PARTY.
If time is of the essence before the holiday rush, an abbreviated speed facial treatment can be especially effective. At the Spa Within, we have a 25-minute express treatment to brighten skin, reduce puffiness and boost circulation. Our estheticians Anne and Alana understand how busy you can be, and want to accommodate your eventful schedule. Also on our menu are facials featuring anti-aging peels and deep-pore cleansing treatments. And for those last-second invites that demand immediate action, we have a ten-minute enzyme which involves prepping skin with a brisk cleaning, enzyme masks, and a layer of tinted moisturizer and eye cream to finish. Scribble on some liner, and you’re ready to go.
5. FLASH FOCUS BELOW THE NECK.
When you slip off your coat, make sure your skin looks as perfect as your plunge-neck jumpsuit or backless LBD. Using our Perfecting Neck & Décolleté product twice daily following cleansing will provide rapid results for smoother, younger looking skin. It is specifically formulated for the delicate skin on the neck and chest.
6. BE STRATEGIC ABOUT YOUR WAX.
The safest time to get waxed is five to seven days before an event, especially for the lip, which is most unpredictable. Don’t let that eggnog catch on an unsightly moustache! We also suggest that clients include a toe wax if exposing their feet with a glittering party sandal to look polished from head to heel.
7. MAKE YOUR MANICURE LAST.
High on the list of polarizing beauty trends is the gel manicure. Love it or hate it, its durability is undeniable. You can get two to three weeks out of one. If you time it right, it can carry you through most of your holiday events. If you prefer nail enhancements such as acrylics, gel polish wears like steel on top of acrylic nails! We recommend massaging on a cuticle oil twice a day to keep your nails looking hydrated and beautiful. Alexa, Catherine, Anne D. and Anne P. cannot wait to see you to perfect your nails this holiday season.
8. REMEMBER YOUR FEET.
Feet tend to fare better than fingertips, especially in winter when they’re less exposed, so the pedicure you get this weekend should serve you well all month. Just don’t let cracked heels ruin a good thing. We have a medical line that will refresh tired, heavy legs and will provide care with select active substances addressing a variety of foot problems.
This concludes our Holiday Advice blog, but the tips don’t end here. Here at the Spa Within, we are dedicated to you. Give us a call at (603) 518-5547 and we would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.